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09-08-2019 | Discussion Note | Issue 2/2019

NanoEthics 2/2019

Does Facebook Violate Its Users’ Basic Human Rights?

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NanoEthics > Issue 2/2019
Author:
Alexander Sieber
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Abstract

Society has reached a new rupture in the digital age. Traditional technologies of biopower designed around coercion no longer dominate. Psychopower has manifested, and its implementation has changed the way one understands biopolitics. This discussion note references Byung-Chul Han’s interpretation of modern psychopolitics to investigate whether basic human rights violations are committed by Facebook, Inc.’s product against its users at a psychopolitical level. This analysis finds that Facebook use can lead to international human rights violations, specifically cultural rights, social rights, rights to self-determination, political rights, and the right to health.

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