Creepy Techno-Elites Spy on Users

If you weren’t convinced that techno-elites are working hand-in-glove with the Deep State, news that Facebook hired scribblers to transcribe voice calls on the Messenger app should wake you to the fact.

That’s a level of creepy beyond merely selling your data or using an algorithm to use facial recognition software.  That’s creepy, to be sure, but when it’s some faceless formula it doesn’t seem as bad.  When a living, breathing humanoid is pouring over your voice conversations (salacious or otherwise), it adds a whole other layer of skin-crawling chilliness to creepiness factor.

Meanwhile, an anonymous Google insider has gone to Project Veritas, journalist Sara Carter, and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division with nearly a thousand pages of incriminating evidence against his former employer.  The documents suggest that, contrary to prior congressional testimony, Google’s programmers have manipulated the company’s search algorithm to hide or suppress conservative content.

Google also espouses a concept called “algorithmic unfairness,” a social justice-y justification for altering search results that have mathematically undesirable outcomes. The example Google offers is a search for “CEOs” would yield pictures of almost entirely males, so the programmers have to tweak the algorithm to ensure some women show up in the mix. Never mind the statistical reality that most CEOs are men—Google believes it should use its search engine to nudge people towards RightThink, representing the world as Google thinks it should be (all pansexual women of color as CEOs, it would seem), rather than as it is.

Even girly app Instagram is listening in on our conversations, it seems.  The gist of that overly long piece is that Instagram seems to pick up on key words from conversations and produce ads related to those keywords, even if you’re not using the app.  Yikes!

Given the suppression of conservative viewpoints, candidates, and websites, it certainly seems that Big Tech companies are not the neutral platforms they claim to be.  The old argument that “they’re private companies, they can do what they want” doesn’t seem to work with companies involved in collecting massive amounts of data on users, and then using it to suppress or identify users with the “incorrect” thoughts.

Blogger Z-Man detailed this form of public-private censorship in a segment on last week’s episode of his podcast.  His argument is that governments get around First Amendment protections through public-private partnerships:  get the corporations to suppress the ideas the governing elites don’t like, but which the government can’t outlaw due to the Bill of Rights.

You can listen to that segment here:

It might be time to break up these monopolies, or otherwise curtail their increasingly despotic powers.

4 thoughts on “Creepy Techno-Elites Spy on Users

  1. […] “Creepy Techno-Elites Spy on Users” – as if all this malfeasance weren’t enough, Facebook—owned and operated by an autistic intellectual property thief—was paying scribblers to transcribe the contents of voice calls made over its Messenger app.  Even the NSA never (allegedly) listened to calls without a warrant, but Facebook “is a private company, so it can do whatever it wants,” scream the libertarians.  Even more shocking, Google is rewriting its algorithms to suppress search results related to conservative content.  Break ’em up, DoJ! […]

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  2. […] In reading the tea leaves, it seems that the days of making a relatively easy living from passive revenue online has, if not passed entirely, are fading into the sunset.  The era of the Wild West of the World Wide Web is giving way to the Gilded Age of Tech, in which a few well-positioned mega-firms crush opposition and free speech with equal impunity.  At least Andrew Carnegie had some sense of noblesse oblige; Mark Zuckerberg only cares about reading your Messenger conversations. […]

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