Inventor of internet: ‘Regulate social media companies!’

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the internet 29 years ago, told the German business daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday that big internet platforms and social media companies must be regulated to prevent the worldwide web from being “weaponized at scale.”

In an open letter to the global internet community, he spoke of “a new set of gatekeepers” being dominant and controlling the spread of ideas and opinions.

“The fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponize the web,” he argued.