The Decline and Fall of the Facebook Empire

eWeek | March 18, 2019

The Decline and Fall of the Facebook Empire
When Edward Gibbon wrote in 1776 his then comprehensive history of what happened to Rome and the civilization it created, he probably never realized that “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” could just as easily have been about 21st century Facebook. But in fact, watching Facebook’s self-immolation is very much like watching the collapse of Rome over the course of 1,500 years, but in a much shorter time. Make no mistake, Facebook is dying. It’s in a slow-motion collapse around its structures and users who don’t see it clearly, yet. And just as vestiges of Rome and its empire remain, so will parts of Facebook. But the edifice is crumbling, and the signs are everywhere. In addition to Facebook’s very bad week last week that started with a systemic collapse from what should have been an easily fixed misconfiguration. Then on another front, word came from The New York Times that Facebook was under criminal investigation for its data sharing deals with a variety of technology companies, including Amazon and Apple.

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On March 20, 2017, New America will convene leaders from industry, government, academia, and policy to consider those unknowns, and to look at both long-term trends and more immediate prospects for the next administration and the 115th Congress.New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the digital age through big ideas, technological innovation, next generation politics, and creative engagement with broad audiences.

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