The recent debates on whether tech-giants, particularly, Facebook and Google “needs to be regulated” has heated up.
There are some genuine comments coming in over the issue. One such being from Ben Thompson.
The founder of one of the leading tech newsletter Stratechery presented on Thursday at Recode’s annual Code Conference.
He argued that Facebook and Google, potentially the biggest influential “platforms,” actually act more like aggregators.
Google and Facebook act more as aggregators as they deliver information to users without naturally connecting them directly to the information source. “An aggregator completely intermediates,” he says.
The popular tech-commentator talked about Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram. He claimed that one of the biggest tech acquisitions of all time was a massive regulatory failure.
Thompson’s suggestion to regulate an aggregator in the best way is to “limit horizontal expansion,”.
But with Facebook acquiring Instagram, they were able to expand their access in a horizontal way to more users and more time within those users themselves. The photo-sharing platform provided Facebook an unfair reach.
He also says that there no reason for Facebook, beyond goodwill, to do anything for publishers.