2018 was a rough year for people who use the Internet, as distinguished from the bots that now account for a majority of online traffic, or the corporate behemoths that continue to monetize us. One bright spot, however, offers reasons for cautious optimism. Facebook, in particular, has screwed the user privacy pooch so many times that mounting global public outrage at Silicon Valley’s corporate carelessness is finally forcing policymakers to pay attention and consider potential interventions.
As many know, some of the world’s biggest tech companies call San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Silicon Valley their home. Locals have had a hell of a time getting those companies to put us, their neighbors, ahead of company shareholder goals. Uber adding over 6,000 cars to our streets daily, Twitter opposing the business tax for homeless, overpaid employees driving up rents and worsening the divide…you get the picture. It hasn’t been a pretty one.
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Zuck’s Testimony and Facebook’s Recent Actions Don’t Show a Company that’s Serious about User Privacy
the company has been saying sorry for 14 years for undermining user privacy. Apart from some hilariously bad questions by our elected representatives that betrayed their lack of knowledge of how Facebook works, the hearings were revealing in how Zuckerberg thinks Facebook should be regulated