With three billion users today, Facebook impacts our social, economic and political lives in an unprecedented way. This is why we initiated the collective action lawsuit to force legal recognition of Facebook as a public domain that should be under ownership and control of its users: Facebook must be collectivized.
Facebook infringes upon the right to self-determination of peoples and individuals in various ways. The corporation instrumentalizes users as neo-feudal data workers, turning our affective labor into its capital. Facebook employs racist algorithms and is used in various surveillance capacities that infringe upon privacy and further impacts democratic elections in disproportionate ways, of which data capture and targeted campaigns of Cambridge Analytica are a recent example. And the corporation has willfully advised authoritarian regimes such as that of Duterte in the Philippines.
Only through collective action can we turn Facebook into our collective property. We urge you to read our indictment against Facebook or watch the introductory video, and consider joining as co-signatory to this lawsuit in the form below that will be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2023.
Jonas Staal (artist) and Jan Fermon (lawyer)