Archive for February 19, 2019

U.K. Parliament Calls Facebook “Digital Gangsters”…. A Big Hint To #DeleteFaceBook

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 19, 2019 by itnerd

This isn’t going to help Facebook’s image. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee released its final report [Warning: PDF] after studying Facebook, disinformation and fake news on February 18th, which called the company and its executives as “digital gangsters.”

Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalized ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use every day

And:

Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.

The UK is a country that is serious about making Facebook pay. To that end, here’s what is recommended:

  • The report calls for a code of ethics for tech companies that would be overseen by an independent regulator
  • The regulator would be given powers to launch legal action
  • The government look to reform current electoral laws
  • Social media companies are forced to take down harmful content
  • Tech companies are taxed.

I can pretty much assume that this is not going over well at Facebook HQ. They could really get smacked silly if they’re not careful. Perhaps they should take a more conciliatory approach and be a good corporate citizen.

Nah. That’s too much to hope for from these people. They have proven that time and time again.

The US Cannot Crush Us: Huawei

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 19, 2019 by itnerd

Well, I’ll place bets that this won’t end well. The founder of Huawei has said there is “no way the US can crush” the company, in an interview with the BBC:

Ren Zhengfei, founder and president of Huawei, described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer, as politically motivated. The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and Ms Meng, including money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. Huawei denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Ren spoke to the BBC’s Karishma Vaswani in his first international broadcast interview since Ms Meng was arrested — and dismissed the pressure from the US. “There’s no way the US can crush us,” he said. “The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit.” However, he acknowledged that the potential loss of custom could have a significant impact. […] Mr Ren warned that “the world cannot leave us because we are more advanced”. “If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine. And if the North goes dark, there is still the South. America doesn’t represent the world. America only represents a portion of the world.”

Why would you even say something like this knowing that the US along with a whole lot of other people want to kick your a** all over hell’s half acre at the first chance that you screw up? This seems to be a really dumb move and they may live to regret it.