Taking to his official Twitter account on earlier this week, MEGA creator Kim Dotcom has now called on Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and the Chaos Computer Club to create a new alternative social media service. The Chaos Computer Club, commonly referred to as the CCC, is a Germany-based hacktivism group. Referring to Twitter and Facebook as "deep state conspirators" and their actions as "betrayal," Dotcom says it's time for something better and more secure. The outcry is hardly surprising, especially in the case of Facebook's services. Given the number of controversies the company has found itself in the middle of recently, in addition to legal proceedings, it's not necessarily a unique sentiment. The new tweet follows an earlier Twitter poll run by Dotcom, which questioned whether Twitter was actively aiding "the deep state." Around 89-percent of the Internet entrepreneur's responding voters affirmed that belief.
No details have been provided as to what that social media platform should entail. In the meantime, Kim Dotcom has not been free of his own legal troubles over the years. In early 2017, extradition proceedings started in an attempt to bring Dotcom back to the U.S. from New Zealand. Dotcom – born Kim Schmitz – faces stateside allegations of wire fraud, copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and money laundering. At the time, it was ruled that New Zealand's lack of extraditable laws pertaining to copyright infringement and what one judge called a “flawed” ruling would have seen Dotcom remanded to U.S. custody. The case stems back as far as 2015, with the charges being linked to a website founded by Dotcom back in 2005. Dotcom has maintained his innocence but that extradition case and subsequently all charges stemming from the U.S. remain unresolved and ongoing.
Responses to Dotcom's post have been mixed. Some users agree with his sentiment and others believe the creation of yet another social network is simply a waste of time or that funding isn't available to start such an ambitious project. Still, others have pointed out that neither of the individuals Dotcom has called out for the idea is necessarily in a better position legally than Dotcom himself. As of this writing, Snowden is still in Russia after his actions as a whistleblower against the CIA and seeking asylum there. On the other hand, Assange is a leading actor behind WikiLeaks and has faced several allegations of his own, resulting in charges in the U.S.