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Antitrust case reveals the dangers of Facebook's business model

At stake is the right to engage online without being watched, tracked or managed

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Facebook's profits flow from its capacity to generate highly specific and disaggregated audiences for advertising.   © Reuters

Lizzie O'Shea is a human rights lawyer. She is author of "Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology."

When the U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Facebook for "illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly through a yearslong course of anticompetitive conduct," it signaled a potentially new direction in antitrust law that is much better suited to the digital age.

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