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Friend portability is the must-have Facebook regulation

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Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations. When people can easily move to a competitor, it creates a natural market dynamic coercing a business to act right. When we can’t, otherRead full story

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  • Dr Gail Barnes
    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    Strongly agree! "The government should pass regulations forcing Facebook to let you export your friend list to other social networks in a privacy-safe way. This would allow you to connect with or follow those people elsewhere so you could leave Facebook without losing touch with your friends. The increased threat of people ditching Facebook for competitors would create a much stronger incentive to protect users and society."

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    What a friend portability sounds like a fantastic must have regulation, the justification is a little bit weaker then local number portability. In the case of local number portability, individuals are paying for a service, and therefore have a service level agreement. In the case of most social media individuals do not pay for their accounts, and the media company monetizes through other means. Being an at-will relationship does not automatically entitle individuals to friend portability, and under

    What a friend portability sounds like a fantastic must have regulation, the justification is a little bit weaker then local number portability. In the case of local number portability, individuals are paying for a service, and therefore have a service level agreement. In the case of most social media individuals do not pay for their accounts, and the media company monetizes through other means. Being an at-will relationship does not automatically entitle individuals to friend portability, and under the terms and conditions of service for most social media sites, it is not legally binding. For regulators to come in and impose it could be overstepping.

  • Paul O'Brien
    Paul O'BrienCEO at MediaTech Ventures

    When information is freely available, brokers of it emerge who fight to retain control of it, for profit.

    This same article should be written of Amazon wish lists, Netflix watch lists, and more. It's my information, you're just maintaining (and monetizing) it.

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