Google’s founder attacks Facebook

16.04.2012 - 16:33

Transparency and Internet freedom is being threatened by the rise of Facebook and government attempts to control access, according to Sergey Birn, co-founder of Google.

In an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, he said the principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are facing their greatest ever threat. He blames Apple and, overall, Facebook of attempting to erode web freedoms.

This fight between Google and Facebook is not new. The battle became more evident when Facebook bought Instagram, a hard stroke for Google, who last year launched its own social networking website Google +, which  so far has 90 million users, compared to Facebook's 800 million.

Sergey Brin also expressed concerns about the efforts of countries like China, Saudi Arabia and Iran to censor and restrict use of the Internet. "There are very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world”, he said, "I am more worried than I have been in the past. It's scary."