# Social(?) Media

Internet cancer
Monday, November 16, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020

Sure, laugh at Trump for calling TikTok a threat to national security (it’s kid posting karaoke vids of themselves after all!), but accidentally, he’s actually right…

  • In 2019, TikTok made 20% of its revenue ($36 million) in the US. That’s the US economy hemorrhaging money towards China.
  • TikTok is specifically targeting teenagers and young adults - upcoming first time voters. It’s the “Russia uses Facebook to influence democratic elections” argument all over again. Only this time, China controls the network.
  • TikTok captures the audience Facebook is loosing with a twitterized version of Youtube and it’s really good at it. One could see this as an attack on the US economy.
  • TikTok is dark patterns wherever you look. It rewards self exposure with 5 minutes of fame and uses peer pressure to conquer the school yard. Now think of a high ranking government official (military general, business leader,…) having a teenage daughter publicly documenting her life. Sooner or later, something sensitive is going to spill (granted, this is a side effect and can happen on any social network, but TikTok is the Chinese one, damnit!).
  • The sins of one’s youth make for great leverage in one’s future.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Ok, I’m facing a moral dilemma here. Trump’s going to force Google to ban TikTok from the US Playstore on Sunday. I’m pretty sure that I could cobble together a quick and dirty region free apk downloader for this one app.

So, what’s worse? Not standing up to censorship or being instrumental in helping to turn kids into social media addicts?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Offline, you’d…

  • Hang curtains on your windows
  • Stop people from going through your trash
  • Lock your front door
  • Not share your bank statements with strangers

So why is it so fucking hard for people to understand that their online privacy matters, too even more?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Huh, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe just left Libra as well. Now it almost feels as if it was their plan to backstab Facebook before Facebook could backstab them.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Paypal Leaving Libra is a Relief

I'm not a big fan of Paypal. Unfortunately, I'm pretty much forced to do business with them. Having to deal with Libra as well, would be even worse.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Libra, Facebook's new cryptocurrency - better sit that one out

Facebook is really making an effort to make Libra appear legitimate. Not buying it.