Mark Zuckerberg finds his company blamed for facilitating the subversion of democracy, genocide, the destruction of whole industries and self-harm among young people – among other things. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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US whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to European officials by video during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in 2014. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

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Former US president Barack Obama in March   2013. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

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‘What if the biggest threats to human rights in the digital world are not despots but rather the platforms we use every day in our online lives?’ File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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The Apple Watch was initially positioned as a luxury, but it soon became clear that its true appeal was functional. Photograph: AP

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Xu Li, chief executive of SenseTime Group, is identified by the company’s facial recognition system. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg ‘continually fails to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility that should be expected from someone who sits at the top of one of the world’s biggest companies’. File photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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