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Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit

Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit

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  • Most could live without Facebook and you can certainly buy at retailers not named amazon if you wish, but try using the net without google search. That’s a real monopoly of utility.

  • What would it actually take to get a large portion — say, a third — of a free internet service’s users to quit *in protest*? I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of something like that happening. Either way, it’s clear most of Facebook’s users don’t yet care enough about the company’s taste/behavior/mistakes to abandon.

  • "We want more privacy, but they thrive on targeting and personalization data. We want control of our attention, but they subsist on stealing as much of it as possible with distraction while showing us ads. We want safe, ethically built devices that don’t spy on us, but they make their margins by manufacturing

    "We want more privacy, but they thrive on targeting and personalization data. We want control of our attention, but they subsist on stealing as much of it as possible with distraction while showing us ads. We want safe, ethically built devices that don’t spy on us, but they make their margins by manufacturing them wherever’s cheap with questionable standards of labor and oversight. We want groundbreaking technologies to be responsibly applied, but juicy government contracts and the allure of China’s enormous population compromise their morals."

    I don't intend to delete Facebook, for example, because of its practical uses and convenience. However, and I think many other users think similarly, any sense of trust in these consumer-tech companies is long gone; I certainly wouldn't want to get onboard with new products or services when the only assurance that anything will work is them saying "no, really, it's fine this time!"

  • The lack of viable alternatives and the way regs end up hurting smaller (less well resourced) options are part of the larger picture of a systemic issue - these two components work together to keep potentially viable alternatives from getting big enough to be actual viable alternatives.

  • I haven’t signed in to my fb since the beginning of the year and life goes on. Way overrated. I use the phone to text and call family members.

    What the heck did we do before Facebook?

  • We can’t quit Facebook. We are hooked. Our friends and family are there. So we stay in this relationship with the media giant, even though we know it’s not healthy?

  • Where's Teddy Roosevelt & the Trust Busters when you need them? As someone with a more individualist approach, telling me to count on Silicon Valley insiders with their own agenda is like putting the fox to guard the hen house. No thinks. Why would I trust Zuckerburg clones?