Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook Could Fragment Web

Monday Nov 22nd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

The founder of the World Wide Web says that social networking sites and services like iTunes are chipping away at the Web's foundational principles.

The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee, often credited as the founder of the World Wide Web, has published an essay in Scientific American in which he says that services like Facebook and iTunes are "chipping away" at the foundational principles of the Web. "The web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because it was built on egalitarian principles," he writes. "The web as we know it, however, is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles."

Specifically, Berners-Lee has a problem with social networking sites that don't allow users to extract the data they have put in. He says that services like iTunes and app stores that create "closed worlds" are "disturbing." He's also in favor of net neutrality laws.

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