Saturday, February 27, 2021

Once in a blue moon: Facebook is actually right about something

Once in a blue moon: Facebook is actually right about something

There are few things the Macalope hates more than Facebook.

Hoof in mouth disease. Showing up to a technology mascots reunion and finding Clippy is already drunk. Just Clippy in general. But high on that list is Facebook.

At least partly because Facebook is the anti-Apple on several important scales, not the least of which is privacy.

As you may recall, Facebook had an app that paid teenagers to let the company have root access to their phones. What could go wrong with that? Probably fine. Just for science. When that got outraged out of existence the company then made an app that just paid adults for the ability to track what apps they use and for how long and to potentially access a bunch of other stuff they said they won’t look at. That app was only on Android, fortunately, because Apple slammed the door on them.

Then there’s the fact that Facebook took out full-page ads in a series of laughable attacks on Apple because Apple is giving users insight into and control over their data. In no universe is Facebook right on this and Apple wrong. No, seriously, the Macalope consulted a scryer and there aren’t any.

(Also, just FYI, scryers are pretty awful, too. Just a bunch of know-it-all jerks. “Oh, yeah, tell me about your 2020 March Madness bracket again. No, it’s a cool story, bro, and not at all tainted by the fact that YOU’RE A SCRYER, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, OF COURSE YOU’D KNOW WHO’D WIN.”)

And this is just the fights Facebook has had with Apple. They’ve also done some pretty bad things to people and democracy. It’s a long list.

So, it is a hard habit to kick to not respond to everything Facebook does negatively. And by “negatively” the Macalope means not just flipping tables, but lighting them on fire and then sending the ashes to separate countries for interring as if they were some kind of vampire tables.

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