Kim Dotcom calls for Facebook replacement

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Internet Entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has announced that he would like to build a new social network.

He describes Facebook and Twitter as “the deep state conspirators” and said that it was “time for something better”.

Writing on Twitter, he has also asked the CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, and the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club (CCC), to join him.

Mr Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the united states from New Zealand.

He is wanted there to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud, which he has always denied.

“All it takes is a real alternative with a real protection of the private life and zero censorship from a trusted source, and Twitter will become the next MySpace, a ghost town,” he tweeted.

Mr Dotcom has conducted a Twitter poll asking its 732,000 followers if Twitter was “in bed with the deep state,” and 89%, slightly less than 20 000 voters responded yes.

Cyber-security expert, Professor Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said the issue revolves around trust.

“Do you trust Kim Dotcom, Julian Assange, et al more than those running Twitter, Facebook?” he said.

“All of these networks go through growing pains, and I suspect that Facebook and Twitter have learned a few lessons recently. May be any new social network would simply have to learn the same way.

“It may be a case of better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.”