Large technology companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc. are too dominant and need to be broken up, believes the father of the Internet.
In a recent interview with Reuters, Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with inventing the Web in 1989, stated his disappointment with the misuse of internet, recent scandals around abuse of personal data, and hate spread though social media.
“What naturally happens is you end up with one company dominating the field so through history there is no alternative to really coming in and breaking things up, there is a danger of concentration.” , stated Berners-Lee.
Disruption of Hate
“If you put a drop of love into Twitter it seems to decay but if you put in a drop of hatred you feel it actually propagates much more strongly,” he said. “And you wonder, ‘Well is that because of the way that Twitter as a medium has been built?'”, he lamented.
His comments followed
“I am disappointed with the current state of the Web, we have lost the feeling of individual empowerment and to a certain extent also I think the optimism has cracked.” said the 63-year-old.
However, he also suggested, new tech firms and user behaviour could lead to a disruption that could bring the change.
Sir Tim, cautioning against the “concentration” said that in past governments have stepped in to break up large firms in order to get rid of the monopolies.
“Before breaking them up, we should see whether they are not just disrupted by a small player beating them out of the market, but by the market shifting, by the interest going somewhere else,” he told Reuters.