In a recent interview for The Guardian Sergey Brin , the co-founder of Google, practically compared Facebook and Apple with China or Iran, assuring that both companies constitute a danger for innovation and fragment the web with their proprietary platforms.
From Sergey’s perspective, “There is a lot to lose. For example, all the information from the applications, whose data is not accessible to web crawlers. You can’t search them.” Aside from how little I’d love for Facebook content to appear in Google searches or how strange it is that he talks in these terms about mobile apps existing Android, the statements of Google’s co-founder have hit a hornet’s nest among followers of both companies to the point of launching to publish a clarification in his Google+.
Sergey points out that the Guardian article is a summary of a longer conversation in which some points have been distorted. Specifically, he points out that it was not his intention to put Apple and Facebook in the same place as the governments that censor the web, and that he admires both companies. “I’ve always admired Apple’s products.”
They say that to rectify is wise, and if it also comes with a note of self-criticism as in the case of Brin, better than better. “Although the open philosophy is a fundamental value in Google, there are a number of areas where we can also improve.”
Brin concludes with an appeal for calm that seeks to return the focus of attention to the subject he originally intended to talk about. “Regardless of how you feel about digital ecosystems or Google, please do not take for granted an open Internet free of government intervention. As long as the free flow of information endangers the powerful, those in power will try to suppress it.”