2k20, what's the worst enormous tech company?

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oh hai lex luthor


hot nuts (small) (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 6 January 2020 10:36 (one year ago) link

Mediaite reports:

During his talk with Rush Limbaugh today, President Donald Trump talked about a recent dinner he had with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. As the president today talked about the size of his online followings, Trump brought up how “I had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day” and claimed, “He said I’d like to congratulate you, you’re number one on Facebook. You know, it’s incredible.”

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:48 (one year ago) link

Slate says "Amazon" but the lower levels of this have some I was previously unfamiliar with:


The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link

Our respondents say: “I am most troubled by the growth of cyberstalking apps (pitched as legitimate help for parents and employers and deployed by domestic abusers).” —Danielle Citron, Boston University School of Law

legitimate help for employers huh

qualx, Thursday, 16 January 2020 04:52 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...


In the two decades since Google introduced text ads above search results, the company has steadily made ads less conspicuous. But its latest look may have pushed things too far. Users complained that Google was trying to trick people into clicking on more paid results, while marketing executives said it was yet another step in blurring the line between ads and unpaid search results, forcing them to spend more money with the internet company.

j., Sunday, 2 February 2020 01:33 (one year ago) link

two months pass...


"The Facebook representatives stated that Facebook was concerned that its method for gathering user data through Onavo Protect was less effective on Apple devices than on Android devices," the court filing reads. "The Facebook representatives also stated that Facebook wanted to use purported capabilities of Pegasus to monitor users on Apple devices and were willing to pay for the ability to monitor Onavo Protect users."

El Tomboto, Friday, 3 April 2020 17:23 (eleven months ago) link

Contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and can be done without compromising user privacy. We’re working with @sundarpichai & @Google to help health officials harness Bluetooth technology in a way that also respects transparency & consent. https://t.co/94XlbmaGZV

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 10, 2020

Is this bad

calstars, Friday, 10 April 2020 21:17 (ten months ago) link

a Facebook of medical data of large parts of the world’s population? no, that’s just fine

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 April 2020 22:02 (ten months ago) link

Is this bad

― calstars, Friday, April 10, 2020 2:17 PM (fifty-two minutes ago)

i guess it depends on how much you believe in the illusion of privacy your smartphone currently affords you and whether you'd sacrifice that data-collection for legitimate health reasons (ie, saving lives) rather than selling you bullshit ads.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 10 April 2020 22:12 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

The owner of @ChiPizzaBoss shared this nightmarish Grubhub invoice that will haunt me for days. https://t.co/VMDcIgAqxd pic.twitter.com/Zz6cPi0HnJ

— Susie Cagle (@susie_c) April 30, 2020

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 30 April 2020 23:00 (ten months ago) link


El Tomboto, Thursday, 30 April 2020 23:18 (ten months ago) link

A VP at Amazon quits over whistleblower firings

Warehouse workers reached out to AECJ for support. They responded by internally promoting a petition and organizing a video call for Thursday April 16 featuring warehouse workers from around the world, with guest activist Naomi Klein. An announcement sent to internal mailing lists on Friday April 10th was apparently the flashpoint. Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, two visible AECJ leaders, were fired on the spot that day. The justifications were laughable; it was clear to any reasonable observer that they were turfed for whistleblowing.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:14 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This is interesting:


ShariVari, Monday, 18 May 2020 16:30 (nine months ago) link

That’s a good read. What a dumb world we live in.

El Tomboto, Monday, 18 May 2020 21:35 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

During an internal presentation, Facebook debuted a feature for its workplace chat product allowing employers to remove & block specific topics that are trending in office chats. The topic chosen in the demonstration was “unionize,” the Intercept reports https://t.co/Q1Tpa5dXEt

— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) June 12, 2020

our god is a wee lil god (Karl Malone), Friday, 12 June 2020 15:33 (eight months ago) link

what in the fresh hell

mh, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:42 (eight months ago) link

The Wirecard story is amazing.


Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Saturday, 27 June 2020 08:21 (eight months ago) link

holy shit

shout-out to his family (DJP), Saturday, 27 June 2020 10:43 (eight months ago) link

Wirecard acknowledges for the first time the potential scale of a multiyear accounting fraud, warning that the €1.9bn of cash probably does “not exist”.


coptic feels (seandalai), Saturday, 27 June 2020 11:41 (eight months ago) link

softbank really are gonna singlehandedly destroy the world economy huh

scampo, foggy and clegg (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 27 June 2020 12:48 (eight months ago) link

fun read

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 27 June 2020 15:07 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...



bring your flamethrowers, NYC

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 20:00 (six months ago) link

this is "fun": https://simpletexting.com/tech-ceo-salary/

rob, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 16:33 (six months ago) link

BREAKING: Facebook refused to apply hate-speech rules to BJP officials, despite evidence of their violent and Islamophobic rhetoric on the platform. A smoking gun from @WSJ:

Read now: https://t.co/jU7nxV2QR2

— Equality Labs (@EqualityLabs) August 14, 2020

Paywalled article but highlights that Facebook has been permitting hate speech from right-wing Indian politicians, having hired a BJP supporter to oversee public policy.

Not completely dissimilar to a case in Ukraine where an investigative news outlet had their page deleted after writing an article exposing far-right activists linked to the organisation that does Facebook’s local fact-checking.


The local head of public policy is another controversial nationalist.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Friday, 14 August 2020 22:35 (six months ago) link

it's a garbage company and people who use its platform are morons

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Friday, 14 August 2020 22:50 (six months ago) link

It took Apple 42 years to reach $1 trillion in value. It took it just two more years to get to $2 trillion.

Even more stunning: All of Apple’s second $1 trillion came in the past 21 weeks, while the global economy shrank faster than ever before in the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday Apple became the first U.S. company to hit a $2 trillion valuation when its shares climbed 1.2 percent to $467.78 in morning trading. It was another milestone for the maker of iPhones, Mac computers and Apple Watches, cementing its title as the world’s most valuable public company and punctuating how the pandemic has been a bonanza for the tech giants.

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 15:32 (six months ago) link

Apple is not a noble company by any stretch of the imagination but they shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as FB, Google/Alphabet, Amazon, Uber imo

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 15:56 (six months ago) link

this is about right

Always find @ReadMargins fascinating https://t.co/tV5smIomXQ pic.twitter.com/QQcFtP7kfU

— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) August 31, 2020

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 31 August 2020 17:49 (six months ago) link

Facebook to ban political advertising

the week before the election

erratic wolf angular guitarist (sic), Friday, 4 September 2020 03:48 (five months ago) link

After reaping all those sweet political dollars, like sucking a marrow bone.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 4 September 2020 04:03 (five months ago) link

why do people still use it

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Friday, 4 September 2020 04:41 (five months ago) link

They haven't banned political advertising in the week before the election they've banned new political adverts in the week before the election. Existing adverts can be retargeted, have their speed adjusted. Your bullshit will be slightly stale but it will still be served up by the shovel load.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Friday, 4 September 2020 05:48 (five months ago) link

Basically they have done the minimum amount possible without actually doing anything, so they can announce they are doing something.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Friday, 4 September 2020 05:49 (five months ago) link

Also, they "banned" political advertising in Washington State 21 months ago, after being repeatedly sued by the Attorney General for violating electoral law regarding disclosure.

They then continued to sell political adverts, but had lawyers argue that they did not have to follow the law and make disclosures about them, because they had a policy banning them, therefore they did not keep any information about their sale.

erratic wolf angular guitarist (sic), Friday, 4 September 2020 07:08 (five months ago) link

and people still use it

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Friday, 4 September 2020 12:46 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

This is a disturbing development.

Last Friday, Facebook sent a cease-and-desist letter to two NYU researchers (@LauraEdelson2 and Damon McCoy), demanding that they shut down their research into political ads and disinformation on FB’s platform.https://t.co/ksBVmqV27K

— Alex Abdo (@AlexanderAbdo) October 23, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 24 October 2020 12:38 (four months ago) link

It's always simultaneously sad and hilarious when the tech bros testify on capital hill. You get, like, Jack Dorsey, with his wizard beard and nose ring and obvious tech knowhow, and then on the other side these 75-year old white guys who can barely check their AOL.


Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 14:47 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

One of several fantastic answers from various Amazon help desk workers in this thread. (At some point they stop signing their initials to 'em.)

Thank you for that information. We apologize but upon reviewing your location you're in Northern Ireland. Rugby Autumn Nations Cup coverage is exclusively available to Prime members based in the UK. We don't have the rights to other territories. ^RS

— Amazon Help (@AmazonHelp) November 14, 2020

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Saturday, 14 November 2020 21:42 (three months ago) link

You apologise for the TROUBLES??? https://t.co/LPwwSjA9Ci

— jericho cane stan account (@brynteresting) November 14, 2020

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 15 November 2020 12:25 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

1. A small business began selling camera tripods on Amazon
2. It reached $3.5 million in sales, 0.001% of Amazon's revenue
3. Amazon copied the tripods exactly and sold them as AmazonBasics tripods
4. Amazon banned the tripod company from Amazonhttps://t.co/f930Dvjpdp

— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) December 22, 2020

huge rant (sic), Thursday, 24 December 2020 09:23 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Time for a new thread?

“RAGA received significant funding from numerous corporations in 2020," including Koch Industries ($375k), Amazon ($100k), Chevron ($50k), the NRA ($50k), Monsanto ($50k), Facebook ($50k), Uber ($50k), Coca Cola ($50k), Exxon ($50k), and Google ($25k) https://t.co/v6EwRXXn2C

— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) January 9, 2021

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 9 January 2021 16:45 (one month ago) link

(RAGA was the group that funded the 1/6 insurrection of the Capitol)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 9 January 2021 16:46 (one month ago) link

Google threaten to cut off search if the Australian government stop Facebook from bootlegging newspapers

shivers me timber (sic), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:35 (one month ago) link

Good, Google search is absolute dogballs. Let another competitor enjoy the traffic.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 22 January 2021 01:09 (one month ago) link

If only DDG converted easily to a verb.

shivers me timber (sic), Friday, 22 January 2021 01:33 (one month ago) link

The experience of searching on Google and shopping on Amazon both absolutely suck now so that should be all the evidence anyone needs to prosecute them for antitrust violations

Canon in Deez (silby), Friday, 22 January 2021 01:44 (one month ago) link

If they weren’t monopolists nobody would use them anymore

Canon in Deez (silby), Friday, 22 January 2021 01:44 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

A crazy detail in this @GrimKim story: Amazon got city employees to *change the stoplight* at the facility workers are trying to unionize. Organizers had been stopping cars at the light w/ info on the union.

This is how hard it is to organize when Amazon has govt in its pocket. https://t.co/CJ6kcy54uk

— Asya Pikovsky (@AsyaPikovsky) February 5, 2021

shivers me timber (sic), Saturday, 6 February 2021 06:30 (three weeks ago) link

Google threaten to cut off search if the Australian government stop Facebook from bootlegging newspapers

― shivers me timber (sic), Friday, January 22, 2021 11:35 AM (three weeks ago)

Facebook have started classifying and restricting "news" pages in Australia in anticipation of this legislation. It's going well.

Facebook has banned Facebook's own Facebook page pic.twitter.com/bvZGRaO77H

— Andrew Brown (@AndrewBrownAU) February 17, 2021

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:03 (one week ago) link

They also blocked various governmental departments, whole state governments, and the Bureau of Meteorology, before, sadly, reclassifying them.

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:06 (one week ago) link

I'm not sure in this one wether to hate Zuck or Murdoch. Both have mefarious aims here tbh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:08 (one week ago) link

Nefarious rather. Stupidfingers.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:09 (one week ago) link

I hear some dinosaurs had a tiny brain in each one of their fingers and yet they were dumb as a bag of hammers anyway.

Compromise isn't a principle, it's a method (Aimless), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:10 (one week ago) link

there's literally no reason to stop hating either

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:25 (one week ago) link

100% endorse Facebook requiring users to access international news on a platform not riddled with Nazis and publishing conspiracy theories next to the news stories.

Not only has Facebook banned Australian news orgs, it’s Australian users can’t view the pages of international news orgs either. @BBCNews, @CNN and @nytimes are all gone. pic.twitter.com/6x4mvPs798

— Peter Law (@PeterJohnLaw) February 17, 2021

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:47 (one week ago) link

Frankly I never went to FB for any of my news to start with and its weirding me out how many ppl I know apparently do.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:47 (one week ago) link

I don't understand Facebook full stop but surely if you want the ABC news you go to the ABC website. Would be great if we could get them to fuck off out of australia completely.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 18 February 2021 06:15 (one week ago) link

This feels like a genuinely interesting development? Like o dunno but I feel this could really fuck up Facebook and drive audiences back toward traditional news sources. Why did I hear the phrase “narrator voice” as soon as I typed that sentence.

the least famous person you were surprised to discover (emsworth), Thursday, 18 February 2021 06:25 (one week ago) link

Hard to imagine anything at all being of less concern than this

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says he has spoken to the administrator of North Shore Mums, whose Facebook page has also been blocked, "and that is of significant concern"

— Michael Koziol (@michaelkoziol) February 18, 2021

the Federal Minister for Communications has probably already refunded the ABC's shortwave disaster/emergency regional broadcasting today and is just working right down the bottom of the list though

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 07:00 (one week ago) link

Arent NSM one of those antivax nobs?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 19 February 2021 05:31 (one week ago) link

My friend's online vintage store is blocked by this too for some reason. She's not bitching about it to a senator though.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 19 February 2021 05:32 (one week ago) link

So: Facebook's nuclear-option has really badly distracted from something really serious and significant. Google has entered into an agreement to *pay cash* to spread Infowars-grade misinformation about climate and energy.

My post -> https://t.co/TbmxciyBN4

And a quick 🧵...

— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) February 19, 2021

stilt in the wings (sic), Sunday, 21 February 2021 03:36 (one week ago) link

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