Wikipedia Founder Wants Two-Day Social Media Boycott

By Gary Cutlack on at

The lesser-famed Wikipedia co-founder Dr Larry Sanger is raging about the ills of social media, and has declared a two-day social media strike for this weekend. That'll teach them to put things in the wrong order.

Sanger's not suggesting all social media is binned off for good; he's pushing a change agenda that's asking for greater control over privacy and data. He explained: "We're going to flex our collective muscles and demand that giant, manipulative corporations give us back control over our data, privacy, and user experience," also arguing for a greater level of interoperability between networks. Sounds like someone's been trying to get his Instagrams to automatically go on Twitter as well.

Rather oddly Sanger suggests using the hashtag #SocialMediaStrike to... post about being on strike, or to at least let the infinite scroll overlords know in advance you may be [pretending to be] avoiding looking at the endless scrolls of people's had-before jokes and off-the-shelf imagery. It's July 4 and 5, if you can be bothered.  [Larry Sanger via BBC]

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