Wikimedia’s co-founder Larry Sanger calls people not to use social media for 48 hours to denounce corporate control over personal data.
On July 4th, he invites people who “have serious grievances against social networks” to declare that they are on strike with the hashtag #SocialMediaStrike (social media strike), before ceasing to use social networks.
“We are going to use our collective strength to demand that giant, manipulative companies give us back control over our data, privacy and user experience,” he wrote on his blog this week.
July 4th and 5th (at least one day), people who have serious grievances against social networks – you, among others? – will go on strike.
Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia
Larry Sanger also wrote a Digital Declaration of Independence that he invites people to sign.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRIKE INFO TWEET
"Will you strike?" poll: https://t.co/VIFZEitsow
— Larry Sanger (@lsanger) June 30, 2019
“We declare that we have inalienable digital rights, rights that define how our personal information should be treated or not by others,” reads the statement. These rights include freedom of expression, privacy and security.”
According to Sanger, decentralization of social network management is necessary, so that they become open and operable by people rather than large companies in competition.
“That’s how social media should have been developed,” he says.
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