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Amnesty says Facebook and Google are all threat to human rights

pulse: Global human rights organization Amnesty International attacked Google and Facebook in a no-holds-barred report, claiming the two tech giants’ business models “threaten human rights.”

In the report , Amnesty described Google and Facebook’s predominantly ad-based business models as “surveillance-based,” and said the “mass harvesting and monetization of data primarily for the purpose of advertising has meant that surveillance has become the ‘business model of the internet’.”

Facebook said in a statement that it disagreed with Amnesty’s findings. Google has not responded to a request for comment.

Critics and activists frequently point out that Google and Facebook rely on scooping up vast amounts of data in order to make their ads more precisely targeted and, therefore, more profitable. Both firms make the bulk of their revenue from online ads. The practice has spawned a new and pejorative term: surveillance capitalism.

Many of Amnesty’s arguments are a repeat of those criticisms, but the report is a damning verdict on how the two firms operate.

Amnesty says their model threatens the right to privacy, as well as freedom of expression and opinion, freedom of thought, and the right to equality and non-discrimination.

Specifically, Amnesty noted:

  • The fact that Facebook and Google run continuous analysis and accumulation of information about people, and argued that this is surveillance.
  • Facebook and Google don’t charge for their services but rely on people effectively handing over their data as a hidden kind of payment.
  • The two firms are able to collect a wealth of highly detailed data, meaning they can reasonably be claimed to know more about individuals than the individuals do about themselves.
  • The two firms are able to analyze and predict people’s habits and behaviors.

The final piece of this business model is to sell access to this information to anyone who wishes to target a particular group of people thereby letting advertisers target people online.

The report goes on to argue that the companies’ power stops them from being held fully accountable by governments and regulators.

But it also acknowledged that the era of tech self-regulation is nearing an end, as lawmakers around the world scrutinize the major tech firms more closely.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, Facebook strongly disputed the report. A company spokesperson said: “We fundamentally disagree with Amnesty International’s report. Facebook enables people all over the world to connect in ways that protect privacy, including in less developed countries through tools like Free Basics.

“Our business model is how groups like Amnesty International who currently run ads on Facebook reach supporters, raise money, and advance their mission,” the spokesperson added.

Source: Published by pulse

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Ifeoma
Ifeoma
2 months ago

They ain’t no threats but ones business, both Facebook and google helps people to communicate and get informations around the globe

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

Amnesty don’t know what they are saying

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

Facebook or Google ain’t threat to anybody’s human rights

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

Faceboook and Google is just a social media where we express our feelings and show forth

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

In the side of Google it’s good for finding out good research

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

So both of them are good

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
2 months ago

I don’t think those giant techs are in any way threats to human rights, rather they aid and facilitate spread of information globally

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

The are not threats though depends on the usage and application.

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

I don’t see them as threats either.

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Threats?

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Amnesty take time plsss

Onyeke chioma lynda
Onyeke chioma lynda
1 month ago

I disagreed ….