There were definitely people on the Right selling Google’s contact tracing app as *better for privacy* than the gov’t could ever be. Guys, they’re both terrible. themarkup.org/privacy/2021/0…
This piece comes to mind. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/contra…
The government is bad at privacy due to sheer incompetence. Companies like Google are bad at privacy because they make all their money by trafficking in your data. They’re not at all incentivized to keep it private. It’s their business model.
Btw Google has the health records of up to 50 million Americans. And the data of 28 million FitBit users. I’m sure it’s fine though. They say they take privacy every seriously. 😬 theguardian.com/technology/201…

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I lived through 9/11. My grandfather was sent to war after Pearl Harbor. Stop disrespecting the memories of the dead you absolute hack.
This guy is a historian in the same way that Bernie Madoff was a hedge fund manager.
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This is a long read but a brutally necessary one. Keep this in mind every time major US corporations issue shrill statements about the "terrible actions" of US states while happily doing business in China. Looking at you, MLB & Disney.

Excerpts below.

newyorker.com/magazine/2021/…
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Florida gets it.
60% of voters support requiring the publication of standards used to ban posts, de-platform & shadow ban users.

67% support requiring equal access for established news organizations & qualified political candidates to reach users free from manipulation by algorithms.
56% support stopping the process of arbitrarily censoring and de-platforming users.

68% support giving users the power to completely opt out of algorithms
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Corporations that play dumb political games should win dumb political prizes from the state legislature.

See how this works?
Also Republicans should never bail out these airlines again.
And yes. I opposed the bailouts in the beginning. amgreatness.com/2020/03/28/cor…
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.@SenMikeLee and @RepKenBuck are refusing to take Apple, Google, and Amazon’s transparently pretextual BS reasons for banning Parler at face value and I am SO HERE FOR IT.
For years, people on the right told conservatives unhappy with the free market to “build your own.” So John Matze built Parler. And as soon as it was a real competitive threat, Big Tech joined forces to knee cap it.

And way too many on the right clapped like obedient seals. 🦭
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“Here’s who makes money writing books now:
a. People who were already famous
b. Robin Diangelo
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