Social Media Mobility

Social Media Mobility

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Daniel Dow started this petition to Federal communications commision

We have all witnessed the power social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube have. This power has been used to silence people of all political stripes.

There is an answer to breaking the social media oligopoly. This does not require massive regulation, but two simple laws that would allow you to move from one social media platform to another in minutes and keep all of your history - even if you are banned.

First, your data is yours. It belongs to you no matter where you put it. As such, social media companies that have section code 230 protections should have a legal obligation to allow you to extract your data in a translatable format.

This would mean that you could download your data from, say, Facebook as some kind of XML or JSON complete with links to resources like uploaded pictures, etc... The market will provide ways to translate these data schemas for upload to other services like, say, Minds.

This means you could move a profile of ten years worth of history from Facebook to Minds in minutes and with a few clicks which removes the single biggest barrier standing in the way of social media mobility.

Second, social media companies should be made to allow for "forwarding addresses" the same way you can with an email provider or a phone number. "I have moved my profile to Minds. You can find my Minds profile <link>here.</link>."

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