Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger launched a sharp attack at technology giants saying that tech giants ‘demand a great deal of information and control.’ He, therefore, asked consumers to stop their engagement with the Silicon Valley giants from stem to stern.
According to Sanger, FAANG companies(Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) are the biggest threat to our privacy. He also pointed out that YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft are equally involved and asked consumers to get off these platforms as well.
“Naturally, because what they offer is so valuable and because it is offered at reasonable prices (often, free), they can demand a great deal of information and control in exchange. This dynamic has led to us (most of us) shipping them boatloads of our data. That’s a honeypot for criminals, authoritarians, and marketers,” he said. “I want to kick the tech giants out of my life.”
While the Co-Founder holds the view that we all should stop using these big corporations’ products, he underlined that it’d be quite a difficult task.
He also doesn’t recommend Gmail. The Co-Founder said that he chose an email hosting service to replace Google’s e-mail service.
His plans also include switching to Linux from Windows and Mac, calling a quit to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc, stop using cloud storage among others.