Discussion on: I'm concerned with the move that FreeCodeCamp just pulled by leaving Medium

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Ben Halpern Author

I knoooowwwwww. Google is trying to make the web their platform. I don't think it's cut and dry, but it's a real thing going on.

We play the open source game, but I totally recognize where you're coming from here and wholeheartedly agree. It's a big part of why we haven't adopted AMP, which is just about the boldest move Google has made in terms of trying to swallow the web.

Google employs a lot of great people and have done great things, but we should seek to divert power from them where possible.

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Large sites silo away from competitors. They don't run their embeds/tech etc because then all your data & all your UI tips will go through their systems. 👀

They would never look at it or use it. Ever. Not their style at all.


Trust your instincts or study tech history or just wait a bit.

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László Károlyi

Google is really becoming evil.

Just recently, they disclosed that they're gonna disable adblocking for the masses in chrome, except for 'business customers':

It's time to change from chrome, or to fork blink as a community effort. It's the best web rendering engine imo, but them having this much power has to be counteracted, and I seriously hope that according to the rules of free market, this power will be soon seized.

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// , Ben and Vuild, that's correct. For the amount that they're raking in, they've ended up way less corrupt than I'd expected. It's going to get even worse with the move away from perimeter security towards identification security consolidated in the hands of a few massive "trusted" platforms. dev.to's already screwing up that one.

And it chaps my ass that I have to qualify the word "standards" with the word "open." When did the oxymoron of "Proprietary Standards" become a thing technically literate people say?

Take the power back.