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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


El Tomboto, Thursday, 30 April 2020 23:18 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

This is interesting:


ShariVari, Monday, 18 May 2020 16:30 (one year ago) link

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

El Tomboto, Monday, 18 May 2020 21:35 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

what in the fresh hell

mh, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:42 (one year ago) link

The Wirecard story is amazing.


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

holy shit

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

softbank really are gonna singlehandedly destroy the world economy huh

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

fun read

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

one month passes...



bring your flamethrowers, NYC

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

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

rob, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 16:33 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Facebook to ban political advertising

the week before the election

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

why do people still use it

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

and people still use it

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

If only DDG converted easily to a verb.

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

If they weren’t monopolists nobody would use them anymore

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

Nefarious rather. Stupidfingers.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:09 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

there's literally no reason to stop hating either

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

Arent NSM one of those antivax nobs?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 19 February 2021 05:31 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

A rideshare driver terminated an active ride because one of his passengers refused to wear a mask. The passenger ended up punching the driver, grabbing his phone and trying to steal it, and then upon exiting peppersprayed the driver from outside the car.

Here's how Uber responded:

The fundraiser was organized by Cyan Banister, an early investor in Uber who was appalled by the amount of money Uber gave to the driver after the incident.

"Uber then failed to step up to take care of this Uber driver to help him with lost wages and cleaning from having pepper spray chemicals sprayed into the fabric of his car," a statement read on the fundraising page. "They instead began with only offering $20 in compensation for having pepper spray covering his interior fabric. They then upped it to $120 in compensation but this does not come close to the expenses needed to have a professional car detailing to try and remove the strong chemicals of pepper spray and also the lost wages from not being able to work."

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 12 March 2021 03:59 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Jeff Bezos will soon be the owner of a $500 million superyacht he purchased two years ago, and whose construction is nearing completion, according to Bloomberg. The yacht will be 417 feet long, include several decks, and will also come with its own “support” yacht, complete with helipad.

In other words, this yacht—among the largest ever built in the Netherlands—comes with its own yacht.

Bezos is just one billionaire among many to recently “splurge” on a superyacht. Steven Spielberg is reportedly trading in his modest $158 million yacht for one from the same company currently manufacturing Bezos’s. And overall the “market’s been roaring,” a superyacht appraisal expert told Bloomberg, even (and especially) during the pandemic. Bloomberg explains:

Covid wasn’t a factor when Bezos put in his order a couple years ago, but it has contributed to the industry’s boom. With galas canceled and land borders closed, yachting suddenly seemed the best option for private, socially distanced leisure and a good way to escape from the prying eyes of the public that might look askance at wealthy overindulgence during difficult times.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 10 May 2021 20:44 (eight months ago) link

I suspect part of the mental justification of owning a super yacht is as an insurance policy against the breakdown of social order.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Monday, 10 May 2021 20:47 (eight months ago) link

i'm reading https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52019031-notes-from-an-apocalypse right now and there's a good chapter on that

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 10 May 2021 22:14 (eight months ago) link

for half a billion dollars you shouldn't have to take a zodiac to the support yacht whenever you want to fly out

mookieproof, Monday, 10 May 2021 22:33 (eight months ago) link

Mr Choppy

how tone deaf is this social media team? this is dystopian, nightmare shit

Amazon's Leila Brown used her background in sports medicine and her passion in alternative therapies to create a space where our employees could focus on their mental well-being. https://t.co/bvk2bw9Lke pic.twitter.com/cEQhsTH0Od

— Amazon News (@amazonnews) May 26, 2021

frogbs, Thursday, 27 May 2021 19:41 (seven months ago) link

very good thank you. im jacking off in one of these right now while playing the knight rider theme on my phone https://t.co/AlFIVlttVR

— wint (@dril) May 27, 2021

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 May 2021 19:42 (seven months ago) link


pplains, Thursday, 27 May 2021 19:59 (seven months ago) link

I'm sure plenty of people have already thought of this but what came to mind:


silverfish, Thursday, 27 May 2021 20:53 (seven months ago) link

Hi we’re the portal of record for all information, also we think this is not humiliatingly badly done pic.twitter.com/GGUlZ1pbJd

— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) June 8, 2021

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 08:39 (seven months ago) link

Regulators told Amazon that its ruthless quotas were injuring workers.

Amazon just said it won't be changing anything.

Its plan instead: a donation and a task force!https://t.co/4eD667Tl1j

— Andy Donohue (@add) June 11, 2021

Joe Bombin (milo z), Saturday, 12 June 2021 00:05 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

The new Apple Watch commercial featuring real 911 calls might’ve landed a bit better if the people making them weren’t regularly launching themselves out the factory windows

frogbs, Monday, 3 January 2022 22:25 (two weeks ago) link


The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack subpoenaed Twitter, Meta, Alphabet and Reddit on Thursday for records related to the 6 January insurrection, as it seeks to review data that could potentially incriminate the Trump White House.

Facebook is part of Meta and Google is part of Alphabet.

Far from the worst thing about either, but good God the renaming of these companies is so mindboggling stupid and irritating.

peace, man, Thursday, 13 January 2022 23:46 (one week ago) link

Is anywhere on ilx hosting the "let's clown the metaverse video" conversation? Lots of pointing and laughing on twitter.

emil.y, Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:35 (yesterday) link


Tracer Hand, Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:48 (yesterday) link

Twitter enabling NFT losers even more than they had previously lol

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:48 (yesterday) link

Civil War II won't be fought between MAGA and liberals but people who paid $300k for a racist caricature vs. people who think those people are troglodytes.

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:49 (yesterday) link

this video?

This is the #metaverse... A live rave happening right now in @decentraland for the upcoming @LightbulbmanNFT release by #BjarneMelgaard. Music from @feedelity @prins_thomas @mightbetwins #NFTdrop #rave #virtualevent #NFTCommunity pic.twitter.com/aC4WYRbgH9

— Alex Moss (@alexmoss) January 20, 2022

in the time of NFTs I bought a monkey (rob), Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:53 (yesterday) link

Yeah, that one. It's just... THIS is what the facebook billions are being spent on? Sub-Second Life garbage for incredibly boring NFT parties?

emil.y, Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:57 (yesterday) link

yeah it's embarrassing...or it should be. Predicting what happens in tech is pretty futile, but everything metaverse is so strongly reminiscent of the dot-com bubble to me, it's hard not to assume this is all going to be dead in a year

in the time of NFTs I bought a monkey (rob), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:00 (yesterday) link

textbook wishful thinking of course, but yeah it just looks so bathetic and unappealing

in the time of NFTs I bought a monkey (rob), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:00 (yesterday) link

Third Life

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:11 (yesterday) link

feels way more divorced from reality than the dot-com bubble

ciderpress, Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:17 (yesterday) link

Ha that's a good point. I was reacting more to the wave of corporations rushing to declare their participation in something that has no proven utility yet, but you're right, websites could at least be mundanely informative

in the time of NFTs I bought a monkey (rob), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:20 (yesterday) link

That laughably awful video makes me think back to all of those (understandably! justifiably!) concerned articles about pervs taking creep shots with their Google Glass because they were going to be so ubiquitous in mere months!

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:20 (yesterday) link

They've been trying to make AR/VR/etc. happen for almost 30 years now (the first Wired I ever read had a big thing on VR in... 1995? '96?) and it's just a bust over and over. Nobody wants an extra layer of shit on top of buying their morning coffee.

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:22 (yesterday) link

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