World Wide Web inventor worries Facebook and Google have become too powerful

The man who invented the World Wide Web wants to bring order to the Internet, starting with taking a long hard look at dismantling tech giants like Google and Facebook.

“I am disappointed with the current state of the web,” Tim Berners-Lee said in an interview with Reuters. “We have lost the feeling of individual empowerment and to a certain extent also, I think the optimism has cracked.”
The 63-year-old MIT professor, credited with developing the Web in 1989, cites information leaks from companies like Facebook — which saw nearly 90 million of its users’ personal data compromised with a British political consulting firm — as evidence that a handful of tech giants have too much power.
According to The Guardian, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook have a combined market capitalization equal to Germany’s Gross Domestic Product.
“What naturally happens is you end up with one company dominating the field so through history there is no alternative to really coming in and breaking things up,” he reasoned.
Berners-Lee recommends that regulators hold off a bit before doing anything drastic as the market could correct itself or technology could change to make the big companies less dominant. He’s also concerned that social media, with all its trappings, is a powerful tool for advancing hatred.

“If you put a drop of love into Twitter it seems to decay but if you put in a drop of hatred you feel it actually propagates much more strongly,” he said. “And you wonder: ‘Well is that because of the way that Twitter as a medium has been built?’ ”