HowToStopFacebook.Org was started by public interest groups seeking to shut down Facebook, as the name of the website suggests.
The public advocacy groups behind the website include Fight for the Future and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Other groups behind the website include Center for Digital Democracy, Advocacy for Principled Action in Government, Indigenous Friends, and Simply Secure.
The goal of HowToStopFacebook.Org is to encourage members of Congress to investigate the social media giant and pass a data privacy law “that puts an end to their nefarious business model forever.”
The website launch was fueled by testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen at a congressional hearing.
Launch of the HowToStopFacebook.Org website
CommentStopFacebook.Org, a website that’s pretty self-explanatory about its purpose, was started by public advocacy groups.
These public interest groups included Fight for the Future, Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as “dozens of others,” according to a report by Gizmodo. These dozens more include Advocacy for Principled Action in Government, Center for Digital Democracy, and Simply Secure, among others.
The website mentions the testimony of Facebook Congressional whistleblower Frances Haugen, which the website said shed light on “how apps like Instagram and YouTube use algorithms that choose what content to show us (and not us show) in order to keep us scrolling and clicking, to sell more ads. ”
âThese dangerous algorithms use our own personal data to manipulate us,â according to HowToStopFacebook.Org. The website adds that Facebook is harming children and even undermining democracy in the country.
What HowToStopFacebook.Org Wants Congress to Do
HowToStopFacebook.Org wants lawmakers “to investigate Facebook and pass real data privacy law that puts an end to their harmful business model forever.”
The website is currently asking visitors to the site to sign a petition calling for the closure of Facebook’s “watch machine.”
According to HowToStopFacebook.Org, “The best way to stop the misdeeds of Facebook for the whole world is to cut off the fuel supply to its dangerous machine.”
The Facebook whistleblower
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Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the second day of congressional testimony for Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had seen their personal information collected by Cambridge Analytica, a related UK political consultancy to the Trump campaign.
This latest problem Facebook is currently facing began when the Wall Street Journal published a report indicating that the company was aware of the detrimental effects Instagram has on the mental health of its young users.
The internal research cited in the report actually comes from Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee who released the “60 Minutes” TV show. Haugen shared internal Facebook-owned documents to reporters, lawmakers and other groups.
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Frances Haugen then testified at the Congressional Facebook hearing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacted to his testimony and allegations, saying many allegations against his company made no sense.
He also commented on the claim that Facebook is deliberately trying to anger people for profit and called the claim “deeply illogical.”
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