Translation: Facebook is successful and profitable, Facebook has outcompeted its competitors, Mark Zuckerberg has gotten rich off Facebook, and that is just not fair so the public should own it instead.
It isn’t really even about privacy as the article goes on to explain all the wonderful things government could do if it had access to our Facebook data, “Many academics are finding that big social network data sets can generate surprising and valuable information for addressing social problems—for instance, public health and national security. Researchers are working on ways to use social networking patterns to predict the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. We could even use Facebook data to analyze criminal networks in the
The bottom line is Facebook is not private. It is a public forum on the internet. Anything you post here, any data you put into your profile about yourself is not private. It is no more private than what you say to friends at a party or shout across a public square. If you want to keep something private, don’t put it on Facebook. We all use Facebook voluntarily and can choose not to use it if we are concerned about the privacy of our data (I know many people who do not use it for that reason).
As someone who frequently posts things critical of the government, I for one would stop using it if the government took it over. But, I suppose if the government took over Facebook there would also be an individual mandate to use it since we have determined that the government can force you to do anything as long as they do so by taxing you for not doing it. Then Facebook could be just like the two way televisions in