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Facebook has been making internal changes to make itself harder to break up

By nanoguy · 19 replies
Aug 12, 2019 at 3:37 PM
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  1. By now you may already know that 2020 U.S. presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren want to break up big companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google -- the main reason being their power to acquire new startups and drive them out of business. Even Facebook's founders have expressed the reasons why they see the need to split the social media giant into smaller businesses.

    The company is already under close inspection from regulators for purchasing WhatsApp and Instagram, and has reportedly been adapting its strategy in response. According to a report by The New York Times, Facebook abandoned its plans to acquire video chat app Houseparty last year out of fear that it may raise the level of antitrust scrutiny around its acquisition practices.

    Apparently, Facebook has entered a self-preservation mode and made a number of steps to make it more difficult to split up. First, it scrambled to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure powering Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Then it used its legal team to negotiate a deal with the FTC to pay a fine of $5 billion.

    The social giant has made changes to its internal structure as well, so that Facebook is "more clearly in charge." On the outside, these changes will become visible in the branding of both WhatsApp and Instagram. Naturally, these moves can be looked at as smart from a business point of view, and as a bright red flag that it's paving the way for more anti-competitive behavior in the future.

    To put things in context, one of the reasons why CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues against splitting his company is linked to the way the "attention economy" works. Facebook is currently a $56 billion-a-year business thanks in part to acquiring some of its biggest or potential competitors. And at least in principle, it makes sense for the company to want to have a rounded offering that covers all aspects of online communication.

    But these arguments are unconvincing for regulators and spark even more questions and debate around the many ways in which it uses its power to strangle the competition. It's also why the FTC has recently started talking to several founders of companies that Facebook has bought over the last two decades.

    The social giant was interested in Houseparty for the audience it commands, which is mainly comprised of people under 24 years old, an area where competitors like Snapchat have had more success. Then, by December 2018, Facebook's corporate team ended the talks with Houseparty, which was later acquired by Epic Games.

    The New York Times says employees at both WhatsApp and Instagram have now started reporting to the Messenger management, and share increasingly more resources with the other teams. This comes in contrast to the way they used to operate, with relative independence from the parent company.

    Facebook appears to be less worried about patching important vulnerabilities in its apps and doing well on its promise to make the social platform more private. Recently, the U.S. Appeals Court approved a class-action against the company's collection of facial biometric data -- yet another reason for Facebook to be concerned about survival in its current form.

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  2. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 212   +55

    Well, they're clearly worried.
    lexster likes this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,503   +3,890

    Oh goodie! Won't be able to break them up so let's' just SHUT THEM DOWN!
  4. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    Wannabe Dictator Trump and his racist sycophants that want to use Facebook and other social media to spread their propaganda pretty much can't...
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019 at 7:05 PM
    scavengerspc likes this.
  5. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    And rightly so.

    We can only hope..

    Wow. Can we dispense with the political extremism and nonsense? Considering that Trump uses twitter as his primary social media outlet, your statement makes zero sense anyway.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019 at 10:03 PM
    p51d007, Misagt, VBKing and 1 other person like this.
  6. vayeate

    vayeate TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +17

    haha. Are you OK?
  7. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Addict Posts: 245   +113

    That spaghetti code in Facebook cannot be protected even if they hire Google's AI to analyze it for them.
  8. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    I'm doing better every day.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,503   +3,890

    Uhhhhhh ..... you might want to double check your facts on that last statement. It's been widely reported with the appropriate evidence that the Trump organization has posted over 20,000 Facebook postings, many of which are very subversive and misleading .... just saying .....
  10. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    It's amazing that we actually have a cyberbully in office and Twitter hasn't censored him under their own cyberbullying TOS.
  11. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Addict Posts: 118   +104

    Too big to break up?? They learned from the American banking system (too big to fail. let's bail them out!)
  12. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 817   +324

    They can't. It's relevant news. Sure, many might argue with that, but such that it is.
  13. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    It’s sad

    Half of the **** Trump utters would be deleted on TECHSPOT for being cyberbullying or off topic.
  14. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Addict Posts: 212   +20

    That's probably because half of the people on techspot are actually smarter than Trump, and that's why they're never going to be president xD
  15. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    Then you should be deleted/banned for being such a bully against Trump/supporters. See how that works?
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019 at 2:52 PM
    QuantumPhysics likes this.
  16. Faplyboy

    Faplyboy TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +12

    Honestly wish this company would shut down... After everything they have done, treating OUR DATA like dust...
  17. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    The things I absolutely would say are against TECHSPOT TOS.


    Don’t worry: you’re safe space is here. ❄️
  18. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    I would have equally colorful things to say about Hilary and many of the dems. Of course I'm not much of a Trump supporter either..
  19. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    I’m independent.

    I voted Obama in 08 and 12 and voted Trump in 16 because I hated Hillary.

    Now I will vote against Trump for the next great hype.

    I spend so much time in Southeast Asia managing my condos that I’d be lying if I said Trump has influenced anything beyond my larger tax return.

    Still: I enjoy a fight.

    Watching Social Media defy him is the reason I have a big screened TV.
    lexster likes this.
  20. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    Ok. Fair enough.

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