The feckless European Union apparently has bigger balls than the United States. Unlike out losers in Washington, D.C., the EU is cracking down on big tech companies, and their monopolistic practices.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, on Tuesday presented two new pieces of legislation that will affect how Big Tech operates. The region has long had concerns about how powerful some companies have become, and how this is a problem for smaller firms looking to compete in the European market.
One of the potential changes is putting an end to self-preferencing — when, for instance, app search results in an Apple product display options developed by the tech giant. The idea is to give smaller app developers the same chance of being found and chosen by consumers.
A few years ago, I would have taken the libertarian position, and shied away from government dabbling in Big Tech. Considering how Google, Facebook, and Twitter continually blocked, banned, or suspended conservatives throughout 2020, I am wholeheartedly embracing these companies’ censure.
I guess that’s not the “conservative thing to do,” but we’re playing by the new rules. Big Tech helped Joe Biden steal this election, so I am absolutely fine with their dissolution.
Other practical changes include: companies like Apple and Google will have to allow users to uninstall apps that have originally come with their devices, and performance metrics will also have to be shared for free with advertisers and publishers.
This may be the best part of this legislation, since it is nearly impossible to delete Google Chrome or Google Mail from Android phones. It’s the reason I changed to Samsung.
Nearly half a million people signed up to storm Nevada’s Area 51 in September, after a Facebook joke went viral. While the event was an obvious joke, far too many conspiracy theorists and random dullards are seriously considering the raid.
Should everything go according to plan, more than half a million strangers will gather in a remote Nevada town in mid-September, united by a common goal: raid Area 51 in the wee hours of the morning – using a strength-in-numbers approach to reveal any extraterrestrial treasures stashed within the notoriously clandestine government base.
Or, put more simply, “Lets see them aliens.”
Kyle told me about this last week, and said, “That would be awesome.” I reminded him Area 51 is on the grounds of an Air Force base, they have heavy weapons, and they don’t take too kindly to invasions.
By Friday evening, more than 540,000 people from around the world had signed up to attend the event: “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” – and just as many had indicated they were “interested.” Planned for Sept. 20 in Amargosa Valley, an hour’s drive away from Las Vegas, the event page is currently filled with thousands of posts theorizing the best way to break into the top-secret facility.
“They Can’t Stop All Of Us.” I wonder how much it costs to put that phrase on half a million tombstones?
The nanny-state leftist sucklings who inhabit Facebook determined this week the Declaration of Independence violated their rules on hate speech.
The Liberty County Vindicator, a newspaper between Houston and Beaumont, had been posting the whole declaration in small daily chunks for nine days on its Facebook page in the run-up to July 4. But the 10th excerpt was not posted Monday as scheduled, and the paper said it received an automated notice saying the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”
Part of the standard notice, Vindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett wrote, included a warning that the newspaper could lose its Facebook account, on which it depends for much of its reach, if there were more violations. The offending passage?
It was part of the “Bill of Particulars” against Britain’s King George III: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Mr. Stinnett noted that the newspaper wanted “a means of contacting Facebook for an explanation or a opportunity to appeal the post’s removal, but it does not appear the folks at Facebook want anyone contacting them. Or, at least, they do not make it easy.”
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that Facebook is run by merciless leftist jackasses.
As if you needed another reason to despise douchebag Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, apparently he holds his customers in complete and utter contempt.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has thrown a harsh light on how Facebook uses the data its billions of users share with it. And an early conversation from Mark Zuckerberg shows that the CEO himself was at one point confused by why people would share so much information with him.
Dating from the early years of this century, when Facebook had just 4,000 users, the conversation was highlighted this week in a Medium post by Maria Bustillos entitled ‘The Smallness of Mark Zuckerberg.’ It’s from messaging records dating from when Mark Zuckerberg was 19, and was first leaked to the media in 2010.
Zuckerberg: Yea so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard, just ask. ‘i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sms
Friend: what!? how’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: people just submitted it. i don’t know why. they “trust me”. dumb f***s.
I’ve been telling Mrs. Earp I was looking to leave Facebook for a while now. It’s a horrible platform, I don’t really use it, and this info sharing nonsense has me apprehensive about staying there. In fairness, I’m about to leave Twitter, too. That place is a cesspool, and all it does is anger me.
Police in Bothell, Washington received a deluge of 911 calls last week which had nothing to do with rapes, homicides, robberies, or the Seattle Seahawks abysmal play.
Facebook and Instagram experienced widespread outages Wednesday, leading some panicked users in Bothell, Wash., to report their social networking emergencies to 911.
“We will move mountains to help those in our community,” Bothell Police tweeted. “However we can’t fix Facebook so please don’t call 911 to ‘let us know [it’s] down.'”
Facebook said “a networking issue” was to blame for the connection problems.
Still think my True Detective Stories are fictional? Here’s a little wisdom nugget from a 23-year police veteran; people will call 911 for literally anything… because people are morons.
In a revelation which will surprise no one, Facebook employees have admitted the social site routinely suppresses conservative news stories.
So basically Facebook is just like Twitter, but with a much douchier CEO.
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
In other words, Facebook’s news section operates like a traditional newsroom, reflecting the biases of its workers and the institutional imperatives of the corporation. Imposing human editorial values onto the lists of topics an algorithm spits out is by no means a bad thing—but it is in stark contrast to the company’s claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”
Sadly, most social sites are liberally owned and operated, so they may foist their views on their consumers without repercussions. While we may not be able to combat time-wasting sinkholes like Facebook, exposing them for the liberals they are is a good start.