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NBC News: Co-founder of Facebook says Zuckerberg can't be trusted, company should be broken up...
Interesting podcast about Silicon valley with Peter Scweizer
Interesting read on the subject:
Facebook hit with $5 billion fine for privacy breaches...
Facial recognition technology was activated by default. When you opened the app, FB took a picture of you on your device before you could de-activate the feature. With the fine, FB is basically given immunity for past dirty deeds and is NOT being held accountable on how it collects data in the future.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recommends most people get off Facebook.
Yesterday The Chive decided to step up and rip FB a new one.
Last week Bob Ferguson the State’s attorney general for Washington launched an anti-trust probe into Google and Facebook. Amongst the many allegations, he claimed that the Duopoly had not only formed an unfair monopoly to squeeze publishers and “squash competition”, but also that Google and Facebook had gone one step further by, “actively seeking to harm consumers.”
How and why? I’ll explain why below but to put it succinctly – it is in their best interest to do so. Once complete they will have succeeded in creating a platform-based internet, keeping you in their walled garden and removing your freedom of choice. You will see whatever they want you to see. Adios free will.
This is tearing at the fabric of our society. They create filter bubbles, fuel hate, and narrow our worldview. They are invading our privacy. Have you ever talked about something and then seen an ad for it? Yes, they’re listening in on every device.
They are doing all of this while also crushing free enterprise on the internet. Which brings us to this post today.
You see, when they harm publishers, they also harm the end user, and that’s you. You are collateral damage in the biggest land-grab in the history of modern society.
At the same time the government launched their probe, the top publishers in the country had gathered for an emergency summit in New York. Advertising dollars from 2015-2018 were slowly declining. 2019 trends were showing an alarming trend with programmatic revenues in freefall industry-wide. Ad revenue across publishing was down over 50%??? There’s gotta be an explanation for this?
Here’s the sticky-fingered culprit. Facebook has decided to sweep the leg on the entire industry, it’s actually happening now. But why now? The reason why is shockingly simple.
Google and Facebook are ad-supported businesses. They want to get you on their pages and keep you there at all costs. This puts them at odds with the publishing community, much of which is ad supported. Google. Facebook, and Amazon control 70% of all online ad dollars spent. The rest of the publishing world fights for scraps of the other 30%. But Google and Facebook got together last year and colluded with each other, asking a simple, shocking question, a question that prompted the anti-trust probe:
“What if we took it all?”
And these clowns actually agreed they should ****in’ do it. Holy smokes.
The endgame is underway. Last Thursday, Rooster Teeth, a company I admire and have tremendous respect for laid off 50 people. To avoid the same fate publishers have absolutely littered their website with ads; Pop-ups, Auto-sound ads, the kitchen sink, to stay afloat. We haven’t followed suit. Frankly I’d rather die.
Fewer publishers, and the ones left must worship a new god. Sound familiar?
By taking it all, the Duopoly actually wins twice. Not only do they kill publishers and take their money, what’s left of the publishers who hang on will have no choice but to attach their skeleton crew to Facebook and Google for life support. Facebook will actually have the balls to play savior by creating, say, a ‘preferred publisher program’, anointing a handful of publishers as partners who will get traffic from FB and just enough ad revenue to survive. Then Facebook’s algorithm will only show you articles from those publishers that their algorithm thinks you want to see. Your entire internet consumption, as well as how you think and feel, will be dictated to you.
theCHIVE doesn’t have that option nor would we want it.
Logically, if the ad-supported model is dying, we must diversify our business model. We must control our own destiny and diversify away from ad-supported to subscription model.
The Truth About Social Media
You owe yourself the time to look at this video. So much of it rings true
Yep, was recently at a restaurant, a group of college age kids were sitting at a table with their phones laying on the table. Very little interaction or conversation because they could not go more than 30 seconds without looking at or texting on their phones, weird to watch.
cNet tech writer says "Don't Buy" Facebook products because the company sucks...
Facebook and Google are a threat to human rights
What a convenient half-truth ))) But the fact that they invade a person’s personal life by stealing and using at their discretion the data available about him is also an advancement of human rights? Then another question arises: what rights of a person, some chosen person, who pays money? )) Since I do not understand how they promote the rights of an ordinary user, delving into his personal life, and using an open box to fill their pockets?
Interesting bit of info I came across this afternoon...
The co-founder & CEO of 23&Me: Anne Wojcicki.
CEO of YouTube (a Google subsidiary): Susan Wojcicki
Google is rigging the internet, has all your data and now it's sibling has your DNA.
Not that I think many here are into "college humor", but the FB business practices that led to the demise of the CH website are pretty frikkin' shady, and they didn't come as a surprise to some.
I bookmarked a similar article a couple days ago. Meant to post, but battling server issues...