Apr 11, 2018

Facebook and Google need ad-free options says Jaron Lanier

An influential tech evangelist has called at the TED 2018 conference for an overhaul of Facebook and Google's business models. Jaron Lanier, who is often referred to as a "Father of virtual reality", told the Vancouver event that the two firms should let users pay for their services as an alternative to relying on ads. That decision led directly to the advertising model that allows Google and Facebook to flourish, he explained. The Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton has also urged others to take similar action, despite the app now being owned by Facebook. Mr Zuckerberg has said that while Facebook users are free to delete their data and quit his service, he has not seen them do so in "Meaningful" numbers as a result of the privacy row.

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