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From day one, Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook to become a social utility. He succeeded. Facebook is now a utility for many. The problem with utilities is that they get regulated.
A little over a year ago, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a piece highlighting the importance of corporate transparency, especially within Facebook. Just over one year later, he is coming under scrutiny for what is essentially a lack of transparency. While there have been excessive and unnecessary attacks on Zuckerberg himself within some of the press, a lack of a response this time around will paint him as someone who is dictatorial.
from Mashable! by Ben Parr
danah boyd makes this argument in a recent post, suggesting
Your gut reaction might be to tell me that Facebook is not a utility. You?re wrong. People?s language reflects that people are depending on Facebook just like they depended on the Internet a decade ago. Facebook may not be at the scale of the Internet (or the Internet at the scale of electricity), but that doesn?t mean that it?s not angling to be a utility or quickly becoming one. Don?t forget: we spent how many years being told that the Internet wasn?t a utility, wasn?t a necessity? now we?re spending what kind of money trying to get universal broadband out there without pissing off the monopolistic beasts because we like to pretend that choice and utility can sit easily together. And because we?re afraid to regulate.