Yes, the social media site is a good way to keep in touch with family, friends, and even businesses, but the friendliness is Facebook belies the danger that lurks in the background when users become part of the product. Think ‘morality-free zone.’
Zone? Or, Garden?
As trackers and stalkers go, Google and Facebook are the one-two punch of sinister online forces. For now, Facebook is getting beat up in public thanks to the Cambridge Analytica scandal but Google will not go unscathed into the future, even with attempts to make collections more transparent.
In Europe, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire from politicians and government authorities. MP Julian Knight:
I put it to you that Facebook is a morality-free zone. You aren’t an innocent party maligned by the likes of Cambridge Analytica. You are the problem.
Here! Here! Good show, old chap! Where can I buy one of those ‘Fix Facebook’ t-shirts? Jolly good!
Think about the phrase ‘morality free zone.’ That more than implies that Facebook– and certainly Google can be placed into a similar zone– puts profits ahead of morality. Laws may not have been broken in recent scandals, but policies were, and morality has become the victim.
Google may not be front and center in similar scandals but faces scrutiny from authorities and diminished stature from the very humans the company needs to maintain its advertising monopoly.
So, if Facebook and Google are so-called ‘morality free zones‘ then what does that make Apple’s so-called walled garden ecosystem?
Apple’s approach to privacy and segregation from the rest of the social media and online world has taken plenty of heat in the past but not so much recently. Why not? That walled garden looks pretty good these days, right?
Google wants to build a new worldwide messaging system without end-to-end encryption. Apple’s Messages has it already. Facebook’s users become part of their product for advertises (much like Google) while Apple prospers the old fashioned way. They earn it by selling products customers want to use.
How does that approach compare to Google or Facebook? Both have attempted to become purveyors of hardware and both have failed miserably. Google Pixel smartphones sell in the, well, perhaps millions. Anybody remember Facebook’s smartphone? Or, Amazon’s smartphone?
Apple seems to have found a new friend in privacy, but mostly because of money. The iPhone maker’s profits and success do not depend upon exploiting customer information in the same way as Google, Facebook, and even Amazon.
If you had a choice, and you do, which zone would you care to live in the most? A morality free zone? Or, a walled garden where the landlord treats you with respect?