Amnesty International, an international organization that works for human rights, has called Facebook and Google business model a threat to human rights. Amnesty has released a report raising concerns about ‘comprehensive monitoring’ by these tech companies. The human rights organization has claimed that their platforms are largely ‘creating conditions that harm human rights’.
Facebook disagreed with this report. The company says that it is empowering the mentors. At the same time, Google says that it values people’s trust and also realizes the responsibility of protecting users’ data.
The report says that Google is the most used engine in the world, more than 90 percent, and one-third of the world’s population uses Facebook every day. According to Amnesty Secretary-General Kumi Naidoo, “billions of people have no other viable option than to use this public space with Facebook and Google’s set conditions.”
In a 58-page report, Amnesty described the business model of Google and Facebook as “a worldwide watchdog of billions”.
The human rights organization has also said that ‘fundamental changes’ need to be made in the basic business model of these tech companies. Amnesty says that even though Facebook and Google do not charge any fees for their services, consumers have to pay the price in the form of their personal data.
For this, the example of the Cambridge Analytica case has been given in the report and it has been presented as proof of how the personal data of the users can be used against them. Amnesty has appealed to governments to reform them by examining their ‘surveillance-based business model’ by creating data-related laws and effectively regulating large tech companies.
On Amnesty’s claims, Facebook says its business model is based on advertisements and promotes human rights by giving people the opportunity to raise their voices and unite.In the report itself, the direction of Stephen Satterfield, Director of Privacy and Public Policy of Facebook has also been published. In this, Satterfield has spoken in 10 points.
He says, “We respectfully disagree with your conclusion that our work does not conform to the principles of human rights.”Furthermore, according to the website covering technology, a Facebook spokesperson said, “We are surprised by Amnesty International’s report.
Facebook connects people all over the world while protecting privacy. Tools like Free Basics in less developed countries It is being done. Our business model is like Amnesty International by reaching out to its supporters by running advertisements on Facebook, a fund to collect and groups pursue their mission. “
On the other hand, Google says that it protects the privacy of its users and is working even more in this direction. Tech portal ‘The Verge’ has published an answer via an email from a Google spokesperson.It reads, “We know that people trust us with their information and it is our responsibility to protect it. In the last 18 months