Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media Is Ripping Society Apart

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Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist and the co-owner of NBA basketball team The Golden State Warriors. Oh, and he  was a top executive at Facebook. And that makes his thoughts on social media salient, because he thinks social media is “ripping society apart.” He argues that Facebook and other forms of social media are little more than dopamine-producing machines that have profoundly negative effects on people and society. I recommend this as a must-watch. He also did an interview on CNBC on the topic earlier in December, where he also talked about cryptocurrency.

Dear Facebook, Snuff Films Aren't 'Content'

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I have a message for Facebook: snuff films aren’t “content.” Videos and streams of humans murdering other humans aren’t “content.” Any outlook that considers such videos “content” is morally bankrupt, and Bryan Chaffin believes it is rooted in a business mind-set that sees all of our lives as product to plunder.

Twitter, Instagram, and Others Agree to Pay $5.3 Million for Privacy Obnoxiousness

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Several social media companies have agreed to a US$5.3 million settlement for being obnoxious about user privacy. The suit stems from 2012, when Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Foursquare, Kik, Path, Gowalla, and Foodspotting all took advantage of the way iOS worked at the time. More specifically, these companies sucked up our Contacts without telling us. iOS later required user permission to access our Contacts. The settlement was reported by Law360, who said the $5.3 million would be used to pay out damages to people who downloaded the above-mentioned apps between 2009 and 2012. What that means is the attorneys in the case get a phat paycheck, the companies get a slap on the wrist, and the millions of users who downloaded those apps will get pennies. Yay!

Twitter, Instagram, and Others Agree to Pay $5.3 Million for Privacy Obnoxiousness

Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO - ACM 403

· · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday’s technology at today’s prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple’s new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.