Google CEO Larry Page: Facebook Is Holding Users Hostage

Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page appeared on the “Charlie Rose” show on Monday in an extensive interview which saw Page chat about the challenges of working with Facebook.

The first few minutes of the interview sees Page chatting about Google, the responsibility he faces now that he has taken over the reins of CEO once again and their excitement over Google Chrome becoming the most used internet browser in the world. Page then went on to speak about the company that has been on everyone’s lips lately: Facebook.

Page spoke mainly about the challenge of working with Facebook. For Google, one clear issue with the social media giant has been the sharing with data. According to Page, Google has been happy to share its data with Facebook; however there hasn’t been the same kind of reciprocation from their side. One example Page gave was the sharing of contacts and Facebook’s refusal to allow users to transfer their contacts across the Google and Facebook platforms.

 The reason Facebook may be wary of sharing such information with Google is because both companies are starting to explore each other’s traditional territory: Facebook is tinkering more with search and Google have been delving into the social realm with Google+.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin believes that these “restrictive” walls raised by Facebook and its rules are one of the threats to the freedom of the internet. In a recent interview with The Guardian Brin said, “Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation.”

Page did say that that while he hopes that Facebook will one day cooperate with Google, it probably won’t be of their own volition. “I imagine they will be forced to eventually. You don’t want to be holding your users hostage,” Page said.

Meanwhile Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had very little to say about Google and their Google+ offering as competition. At the beginning of the year, Zuckerberg named Google as one of the companies he admires, but it seems that admiration isn’t enough for Facebook to open up its own data vaults on its 900 million users.

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