What's wrong with Facebook and how to fix it

  • Published on Dec 27, 2018
  • Facebook is everywhere, whether we like it or not. The sheer size and power of the company has convinced some that it's time to treat the company the same way we treat phone and cable companies: with anti-monopoly suits and heavy regulation. But reining in Mark Zuckerberg's monopoly will be harder than it sounds.
    Correction: At 1:18, we mention that about 180 million people use Snapchat each month. This is actually the number of users each day, not each month. Snapchat does not release global monthly user numbers.
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Comments • 465

  • The Verge
    The Verge  5 months ago +149

    Why is it so hard for you to delete your facebook?

    • Niels Gerritsen
      Niels Gerritsen 3 days ago

      I personally almost never use facebook login, so thats not the issue. It’s more that I have some family that I see there.

    • Lepariyo Lputari
      Lepariyo Lputari 2 months ago


    • Jestin James
      Jestin James 2 months ago

      if you dont want facebook dont use it.whats the matter with people.or use pay services if there are any.

    • Ross
      Ross 3 months ago

      I havnt logged in over a month... going for a full year.

    • Waldschatten
      Waldschatten 3 months ago

      Quitting Facebook wasn't hard.
      Google, on the other hand, being tied to Android...

  • Ashirwad Mishra
    Ashirwad Mishra 11 days ago +2

    Just got done watching 'smithereens", the black mirror episode and this was recommended.

  • Eduardo J Perez
    Eduardo J Perez 17 days ago

    The last clip gave me the chills 😢

  • Eduardo J Perez
    Eduardo J Perez 17 days ago

    I don't even use Facebook anymore 😭🤣

  • Glynna Schmehl
    Glynna Schmehl Month ago

    I think if I was to patent something or open a buisiness, a stalker might try to sell the type of product for cheaper or give my trade secrets away. It's really not right sometimes.

  • Javier Sánchez Panduro

    It's called a oligopoly, not a natural monopoly.
    A natural monopoly is when one enterprise has the total control of the market it is situated in because of natural consequences, such as people preferring to use that service, or it being first. Opposed to a law monopoly, when there is an enterprise who has the control of the market because of the law, kind of how in Mexico the entire electrical grid is controlled by one company.
    It does have competitors, just as you mentioned, snapchat and twitter, so it doesn't make it a monopoly, you could also argue that it is monopolic competence, since there is not other enterprise who offers the exact same product, and all of them vary, but since you said it is hard to enter the market, it wouldn't line up.

  • john tuttle
    john tuttle Month ago +1

    Very simple.....break em up.into a bazillion pieces

  • Dustin Brandel
    Dustin Brandel Month ago

    Internet based communications should be a public utility.

  • John P.
    John P. 2 months ago

    am i the only one who finds his headshaking and hand gestures weird and almost unnecessary? im getting uncomfortable the more i watch this presenter

  • kellyanquoe
    kellyanquoe 2 months ago

    please stop saying its free. we are paying the bill.

  • DR NO
    DR NO 2 months ago

    Not that hard, I did it in 2016

    EX0MATRlXTV 3 months ago +1

    Funny how he avoids mass Fb censorship!

  • Patchuchan
    Patchuchan 3 months ago

    The best way to fix Facebook would be to use something like Boeing's CHAMP weapon on the HQ and server locations.

  • Alan Vasconcelos
    Alan Vasconcelos 3 months ago

    WhatsApp has ruined Brazilian democracy.
    I've always been a technology enthusiast, but I have to admit that few things scared me more than WhatsApp.

  • listen13
    listen13 4 months ago

    Too bad people don't get as ticked off about the Fed income tax and the henchmen the govt employs to extort & steal their money. Don't like the way FB uses your personal info? You can tell it to go to hell and drop out? Yet you give govt thugs everything they ask for or "else". LMAO

  • Dr Howard
    Dr Howard 4 months ago +2

    This guy in the vid, while being in the Gillette demographic, probably has no need for their product

  • Tannar Frampton
    Tannar Frampton 4 months ago

    Natural monopolies are a reflection of what the buyers/users wanted. And there are competitors to FB such as LinkedIn, who dominate the business-minded social media networking sources. I advertise my business on LinkedIn more than I do FB. Give it 10-20 more years and we'll really see how it goes. New generations will likely see FB as unappealing.

  • savedfaves
    savedfaves 4 months ago

    Duck Duck Go and Signal should band together and do a privacy (we don't track you) Facebook-style social network.

  • Jason Mackey
    Jason Mackey 4 months ago


  • funny men
    funny men 4 months ago

    Facebook will soon be a trillion dollar company

  • Snabbe_Fabbe
    Snabbe_Fabbe 4 months ago

    At least Google doesn't own it yet.

  • Erik Maldre
    Erik Maldre 4 months ago

    I just want to know where you got that jacket from.

  • Uzair Majid
    Uzair Majid 4 months ago

    Quit 6 years ago. Still get the urge to use.

  • John McKeon
    John McKeon 4 months ago +1

    And then came Donald Trump... President of Twitter.

  • Nithin Ravi
    Nithin Ravi 4 months ago

    Facebook is no threat.

  • Rafi Ahsan
    Rafi Ahsan 4 months ago

    No One Is Able To See My Posts and Photos in their News Feed....Even I'm not getting like and reacts.....what can I Do???😭😭😭please help

  • Andy Brice
    Andy Brice 5 months ago

    I'm not sure it's healthy to combine publishing, discussion, news, and personal communication into one timeline. It seems to make us act like tribal, narcissistic idiots.

  • Ari Marun
    Ari Marun 5 months ago


  • Rev Jonathan Wint
    Rev Jonathan Wint 5 months ago

    Make it open source or break it up as its a clear monopoly and danger to free speech.

  • Otaku Cho
    Otaku Cho 5 months ago

    Like to see more...Adam Ruins Everything the INTERNET!

  • dvnultimate
    dvnultimate 5 months ago

    Fb is not for free, you pay with your data; what is way more important than money. This is exactly the reason why it should be regulated (just as google)

  • pyro226
    pyro226 5 months ago

    The assertion that Facebook is going to gobble up the internet is a fallacy.

  • Indian Gaming Nation
    Indian Gaming Nation 5 months ago

    Facebook banned me a year ago and I am glad about it

  • Alex
    Alex 5 months ago

    Never really got into Facebook

  • Alexander M. Hofmann
    Alexander M. Hofmann 5 months ago

    WTF? whatsapp is not a platform, it is simly a messenger, like just the fb messenger or sms.

  • Vyacheslav Klimshin
    Vyacheslav Klimshin 5 months ago

    use Facebook for login in games

  • G G
    G G 5 months ago +1

    So what was the fix?

  • jumanous
    jumanous 5 months ago

    Facebook is near the MySpace dive of death anyway ... In 5 years I doubt it will still be around

  • Korben Dallas
    Korben Dallas 5 months ago +1

    No single alternative will become as big as Facebook is today, but what will happen is it will be replaced by multiple alternatives with less users. Same goes for Twitter and TheXvid.

  • ya3 coco
    ya3 coco 5 months ago

    Sheer jealousy :)

  • Tom Mendenhall
    Tom Mendenhall 5 months ago

    I hope low cost satellite internet will change the natural monopoly of last mile networks. Competition is good. I don't use facebook. Hate data mining and targeted ads. If a website pops up a dialog telling me to turn off my ad blocker I just hit the back button.

  • Charles Stewart Jr
    Charles Stewart Jr 5 months ago

    It's simple, politics ruined Facebook. After I unfriended or unfollowed friends that were posting nothing but political content, my feed suddenly turned into stuff I actually wanted to see. Facebook should design an option to turn off political content.

  • PauliPaulchen
    PauliPaulchen 5 months ago

    make it public owned

    ARBAZ QURESHI 5 months ago

    Using FB has become extremely boring.I only log-in into it once a month.

  • Bunjee
    Bunjee 5 months ago

    I keep Facebook mostly for messenger and my business pages. I also linked my text messaging to messenger since I message almost everyone I know with messenger rather than texting, when I do get a text Its in the same spot as my usual messages. I think I maybe have 2-3 people I still phone call/text message, everyone else I call/message through messenger.

  • QRS3C273
    QRS3C273 5 months ago

    I am not on Facebook.

  • Jerry Lifsey
    Jerry Lifsey 5 months ago

    Please make the people on my blocked list to be the first ones to turn into zombies during the Zompoc.

  • YouEnglish
    YouEnglish 5 months ago

    I think what's keeping Facebook ahead of the game for so long (over 14 years) is that it's far more complicated to understand and manage than telephones were. People in charge have also become quite good at bending laws and practices, finding loopholes than anything else. Telephones were physical, facebook is not, therefore it is harder for people (specially the old ones in power) to grasp and understand how complex it really is. Or we'll just have to wait another 100 years till it actually gets sorted, or we are taken over by China controlling style of government.

  • Abdelrahman Fathy
    Abdelrahman Fathy 5 months ago

    Consumer preferences

  • John Ball
    John Ball 5 months ago

    .. what ever happened to MySpace ? ..

  • Captn Maico
    Captn Maico 5 months ago

    They do raise prices, their price is information. Its hard to control certain monopolies, because some markets always tend to evolve into them, because of priceinelasticity, market intransparency, local discrimination and market barriers.
    The goverment could implement a tax on information gathering tahts used for third parties (so companies could still verify accounts and so on without costs, but if they sell them to ad companies they would need to pay a certain amopunt), which would heavily impact facebook and instagram.
    The networks, which gather less information would therefore gain an advantage over others.

  • Arnold D'Souza
    Arnold D'Souza 5 months ago

    It's been three whole years off all social media. But I'm badly tied in with Google services which is equally worse if not better.

  • Wholesale Septic Supply

    This whole thing is elementary in its view. Almost like the congressmen who asked questions did a video. Google has way more power than Facebook. Almost every website in the world has a google tracking code on it they have facebook as well but you can do way more with the information Google gives you.

  • Jan Kalfus
    Jan Kalfus 5 months ago

    Facebook isn't "free", as you said. You give up your personal data, which they sell.

  • Lt. Surok
    Lt. Surok 5 months ago

    Deleted fb years ago .. stills addicted to TheXvid though.

  • AminCad
    AminCad 5 months ago

    How about we don't use government violence against a party that has market dominance due to the voluntary choices of consumers.
    Instead, the government should fund the development of an open-source decentralized alternative to Facebook. Government intervention should always be to expand options, and never to limit them.

  • Dopz
    Dopz 5 months ago

    Why is it so hard for you to delete your facebook? - the verge
    Well it was easy for you to delete your computer tutorial video

  • Joe Cole
    Joe Cole 5 months ago

    Not a fan of Facebook, but it's not a monopoly. I can use many other platforms to stay in touch. I'll admit it's easy to use Facebook since everyone is mostly there. But everyone also has email and cell phones so texting and calls are other alternatives.
    The question I have is this, do we grow governments ability to interfere with the market because we're too lazy to try other methods of communication?
    Footnote: do you actually think our current government can be trusted with more power?

  • Arun Rm
    Arun Rm 5 months ago

    Brother, you wave your hands too much. It's too distracting. Nice review though.

  • shukusuku
    shukusuku 5 months ago

    it can't be worst than the verge and vox media

  • Yash Pal Goyal
    Yash Pal Goyal 5 months ago

    01:15 I know I had to quit the video... !!

  • Qweqw Alm
    Qweqw Alm 5 months ago

    already deleted fb, 6 minths now and i am much happier without it,
    now i concentrate on people who really ant to connect

  • Michael Grepp
    Michael Grepp 5 months ago

    Lol but it can be controlled?! What is this? Ok so, make sure you have a browser that allows add-ons, and get the facebook newsfeed eliminator, it will remove the newsfeed entirely which is where most of the chaos and toxicity comes from Facebook, allowing you to still use it as a means to share what YOU want, along with still messaging and keeping in touch with people. That way, no ads, no toxic nonsense, but you can still use it for how YOU see fit.

  • Aaron Stevin
    Aaron Stevin 5 months ago +8

    Why is it so hard to delete the verge?

    • Stanley Corr
      Stanley Corr 5 months ago +2

      This guy's asking the real questions

  • Dazraf
    Dazraf 5 months ago +2

    Verge is the worst.

  • Joko
    Joko 5 months ago

    this video is great and you were right with most of your reasons. but to delete all of your social network accounts is something that is apparently not possible for you, which is totally understandable, it's part of your job as journalist. For me and most of my friends, we deleted all accounts facebook, instagram, and so on.

  • ransom182
    ransom182 5 months ago

    Charlie Angus represent! An amazing Member of Parliament doing excellent work.

  • Prashan Thapa
    Prashan Thapa 5 months ago

    Deleted 2 months ago

  • Lnik Sned
    Lnik Sned 5 months ago

    Nah us Gen Z-ers have some common sense

  • ThIcC_ HuNteR
    ThIcC_ HuNteR 5 months ago

    Pls Elon Musk buy Facebook and delete it

  • Steve H2488
    Steve H2488 5 months ago +3

    Come off Facebook its hard at first but better in the long run.

  • Dominic Williams
    Dominic Williams 5 months ago

    Budget Justin Timberlake

  • Puneet Kaushik
    Puneet Kaushik 5 months ago +1

    Google scares me more than Facebook. But Facebook became a powerhouse because they bought Instagram and WhatsApp, so yeah they are dangerous too!

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    302 Facebook employees disliked this video as of December 30, 2018.

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    First of all, I have none of my information on Facebook. I only use a few _groups_ . Second, I block all ads. I have never seen an ad on Facebook. I think of Facebook like using a credit card. There is a right way and wrong way to use it, and most people use it wrong or do not understand how to use it.

  • Tech Always
    Tech Always 5 months ago

    I hate this guys face

  • Krisson A
    Krisson A 5 months ago

    Me watching the first seconds: I'm making sure it's not😤

  • ABD qw
    ABD qw 5 months ago

    You can use Wechat, but better?

  • bulbadox
    bulbadox 5 months ago

    one greedy old lady loses an election, instead of accepting the responsibility they go after social media to control the dissenting voices of the society.

  • Curtis Das
    Curtis Das 5 months ago

    Why do the verge hosts look so spastic?

  • Christian Zarghetta
    Christian Zarghetta 5 months ago

    Loool I don’t care take my data and sell it. I gave permission so...

  • Áron Kovax
    Áron Kovax 5 months ago

    overplayed, bad article, actor"

  • Abhiram Puranik
    Abhiram Puranik 5 months ago

    "You know who he is" 😂😂

  • DeSilentio
    DeSilentio 5 months ago +1

    You only have to quit and that's it. It's not that difficult.

  • Paul T Sjordal
    Paul T Sjordal 5 months ago

    Zuckerberg: "Well, it doesn't feel like a monopoly to me."
    Zuckerberg is shrewd. He knows that feelings count as facts to conservatives and that conservatives will find that a compelling argument.

  • Manjot Singh
    Manjot Singh 5 months ago +1

    Facebook is just for parents

  • Manjot Singh
    Manjot Singh 5 months ago +1

    Facebook is trash anyway, Instagrams going the same way, I could survive with just Snapchat and twitter.

  • john price
    john price 5 months ago

    I hope a day internet explodes

  • Sage Of Space
    Sage Of Space 5 months ago

    Does no one use Instagram and Snapchat?

  • MegF
    MegF 5 months ago +1

    Never trusted them. Never used it much... everyone just delete it! I refuse to get sucked in. Lie to them about your information.

  • Benet Thomas John
    Benet Thomas John 5 months ago

    When i checked the phone app usage, fb was the app used almost 30% of the battery. So I recently deleted the Facebook app and still use it through the web browser. Best thing i ever done which actually reduced the amount of usage a lot.

    MD. WAHIDUR RAHMAN 5 months ago

    Broker of google

  • Aquins Varghese
    Aquins Varghese 5 months ago

    Zuck could make an argument that Google is it's main competitor.

  • Dave Harris
    Dave Harris 5 months ago

    I'm not on facebook. Jokes on you.

  • Aakash Kamdi
    Aakash Kamdi 5 months ago

    what about instagram?

  • andrew zuo
    andrew zuo 5 months ago

    Facebook as a utility? That is so 2018.

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    Kindle Fire 5 months ago


  • Merijn
    Merijn 5 months ago +1

    Wait? People still use Facebook?

  • Reko Sri
    Reko Sri 5 months ago +7

    I remember when whatsapp used to charge us $1 for its service. Then facebook came in. I wouldn't mind paying again as long as no more FB ...

  • Nick Robinson
    Nick Robinson 5 months ago

    If you’re serious about quitting social media then don’t be one of those people who says ‘I deleted Facebook and don’t miss it.... still use instagram, messenger and WhatsApp though’.