Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to Online Freedom'

April 16, 2012 -

Google co-founder Sergey Brin shared his "growing concern" with UK newspaper The Guardian over what he calls "very powerful forces" trying to restrict freedom on the internet. In an interview with the newspaper, Brin said that the efforts by governments and companies such as Facebook and Apple to control online activity are "scary."

"I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "I thought there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put back in the bottle."

While we expect such behavior from countries like China, Saudi Arabia and Iran, online freedom is under threat in more subtle ways, by Brin's estimation. He points out that "walled gardens" like Facebook and the App Store are significant obstacles to further innovation on the web.

"There's a lot to be lost," he said. "For example, all the information in apps - that data is not crawlable by web crawlers. You can't search it. The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation."

He also criticized Facebook for making it difficult for users to transfer their personal data to other services and added that "Facebook has been sucking down Gmail contacts for many years."

Source: GamesIndustry International


Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

that kind of is the pot calling the kettle black,i do use facebook but for mainly keeping in touch with a friend in pa who is pretty much my little sister,and talking to my cousins,along with playing pawn stars of course

Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

wait.. google is concerned about what these "governments and companies" are up to, yet they have some serious contracts with the U.S. Gov themselves....

whats wrong with this picture?

Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

I think they are referring to how other companies are restricting THEIR freedom ^_~

Google is one of the scarier forces out there.  Having your site black listed/blocked by Google pretty much makes you fall off the public internet....

Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

The pot-and-kettle aspect of this doesn't necessarily mean that what he is saying is incorrect.

Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

no, but it does give him less credibility in saying it as a result. 

Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

But if it's something that you can see for yourself, and don't have to take his word for it, why does his credibility matter?  You don't have to trust him to see that he has a point.  Or should we only allow commentary from perfect saints?  Good luck finding any of those...  ;)

Re: Google Co-Founder Calls Apple, Facebook 'Threats to ...

I'm not that hard to find actually. XD

I agree with the googlemaster. ThoughI have a point to add, it annoys me that just because I don't have a facebook I can't participate in the cheez-it presidential race.

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