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Technology Google, Facebook business models threat to rights: Amnesty report

09:00  21 november  2019
09:00  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Facebook reportedly was in talks to buy Fitbit before Google was

  Facebook reportedly was in talks to buy Fitbit before Google was But Google offered twice as muchIt’s not entirely clear what happened with Facebook’s talks, but it’s likely the money played a big part. According to The Information’s report, Facebook was offering Fitbit roughly half of what Google ended up paying, which seems to have swayed the decision in Google’s favor.

Amnesty International in a report has said tech giants Facebook and Google should be forced to abandon what it calls a "surveillance-based business model " that is Google and Facebook also present a threat to other human rights , including freedom of expression and the right to equality and

The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday. The organization argued that offering people free online services and then using information about them to target

The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.

a black sign with white text: The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday. © JOSH EDELSON / AFP The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.

The organization argued that offering people free online services and then using information about them to target money-making ads imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression.

"Despite the real value of the services they provide, Google and Facebook's platforms come at a systemic cost," Amnesty said in its report, "Surveillance Giants."

"The companies' surveillance-based business model forces people to make a Faustian bargain, whereby they are only able to enjoy their human rights online by submitting to a system predicated on human rights abuse."

Facebook working on own operating system to run AR glasses .
Facebook is exploring the possibility of designing its own software to power augmented reality glasses, which would free it from dependence on Google's Android operating system, the company confirmed Thursday. It would also allow Facebook to avoid dependency on Google for Android software updates. A spokeswoman told AFP the California-based social media giant was working on the project and that options include potentially collaborating with other companies, information initially revealed by tech news website The Information.

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