Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, has warned that many popular online businesses and social networking sites are posing a serious threat to the future development of Web.
Expressing his mind in an essay, entitled “Long Live the Web: A Call of Continued Open Standards and Neutrality” in a Scientific American journal, he criticized social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, accusing them of fracturing the values of Net Neutrality.
He further added that some of the most successful inhabitants are destroying the democratic nature and universality of the Web.
He went on saying that the Web could evolve into a powerful and ubiquitous tool as it was built on the principles of egalitarianism.
Expressing his mind, he warned, "The web as we know it, however, is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles."
According to Berners-Lee, social networking sites like Facebook don’t let users to extract the information they put into sites, which is a problem that could break the Web into fragmented islands.
Berners-Lee slammed the social networking sites especially for hindering the flow of freely available information on the web.
Berners-Lee also slammed online businesses that prefer building mobile or desktop apps, like that of Apple's iTunes or smartphone apps, rather than creating apps that sit alongside other websites on the Web.