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The case for treating Facebook as a ‘hostile foreign power’

Mark Zuckerberg. Johannes Simon/Getty Images While many of Facebook’s critics are pushing for antitrust regulation to rein in the tech giant, The Atlantic ‘s Adrienne LaFrance thinks dealing with the company also "requires a civil-defense strategy." In other words, she believes Facebook deserves to be treated like a "hostile foreign power." LaFrance argues that Facebook effectively fits the bill as a digital nation-state, considering that it has nearly 3 billion users (more than the populations of India and China) combined, its own form of governing philosophy, and is developing its own blockchain-based payment system. And, when viewing the company […]

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