Google Sergey Brin 1 Google Co Founder Sergey Brin Clarifies his Harsh Statements on Facebook & Apple
 
On Sunday Google’s Sergey Brin was quoted in an interview with The Guardian as saying, "Very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world…" He also went on to compare the environments that Apple and Facebook have created to “walled gardens”, and that their practices are doing a disservice to the freedom of information. Today, after a considerable amount of controversy was caused by his sentiments, Brin decided to update his Google+ page with a clarification on what he meant in the interview. 

Google Sergey Brin 1 Google Co Founder Sergey Brin Clarifies his Harsh Statements on Facebook & Apple
 
On Sunday Google’s Sergey Brin was quoted in an interview with The Guardian as saying, "Very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world…" While his main contention was with government policies, he also went on to compare the environments that Apple and Facebook have created to “walled gardens”, and that their practices are doing a disservice to the freedom of information.
 
Today, after a considerable amount of controversy was caused by his sentiments, Brin decided to update his Google+ page with a clarification on what he meant in the interview.  He said that the article by The Guardian was "a short summary of a long discussion," and that his "thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage.” 
 
He made it clear in today’s post that he believes the practices of Facebook and Apple are nowhere near the severity of government intervention when it comes to the freedom of information and the privacy of users. He even praised both companies for their positive effects on information sharing, saying “I have much admiration for two of the companies we discussed — Apple and Facebook… In fact, I am writing this post on an iMac and using an Apple keyboard I have cherished for the past seven years.”
 
He seemed particularly happy with Facebook for their role in government transparency worldwide, saying “Facebook has helped to connect hundreds of millions of people, has been a key tool for political expression and has been instrumental to the Arab Spring."
 
Brin’s sentiment seems to be that both companies should adopt a more ‘open-source’ philosophy, saying in The Guardian interview that "The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules that will stifle innovation." 
 
While the openness of the web did help in the development of Google, it’s worth noting that Google has a vested interest in a more open social environment because that data can be used to vastly improve their advertising platform, serving more relevant ads to user based on their web habits and social data.