Google vs. Facebook: Should Human Rights Factor in Your Choice of Social Network?
Timothy Karr, Campaign Director, Free Press andSavetheInternet.com
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“Question: What would billionaire Mark Zuckerberg lose by refusing Chinese demands that he censor Facebook? What would he and his company gain from being more principled?
This came up after reading Christopher Luna’s analysis of Google Plus as an alternative to Facebook, Zuckerberg’s social networking colossus that boasts more than 600 million users globally.
Google Plus, which launched in beta last week, has been Topic One among the “digerati,” who’ve spent much of the week kicking the tires of Facebook’s new competitor and reporting back to followers and friends.
But Luna, a masters student at Harvard Divinity School, looked at the competing services through a different lens.
He wrote that he’s come to trust Google more because of its refusal to buckle to Chinese censors:
Google is currently in a power war with China, and Google has made the correct choice in its difficult decision between compromising with a totalitarian government that would exert every pressure possible, legal and illegal, to use the information that we trust to Google to continue its campaign against freedom and dissidence.”