posted on Aug, 10 2017 @ 09:46 AM
a reply to: HorizonFall
Here's my problem with those who complain about Google and Facebook and Twitter and all of these companies (not government entities) suppressing
freedom of speech or controlling the content that we are "allowed" to see: Private companies have every right to control how their products are
Yes, the three that I mention have become household names, almost to the point of being as necessary as electricity to some people, but it must be
remembered that they are private companies whose products or services you are choosing to use--if you don't like Facebook, don't use Facebook. If you
hate Twitter's censorship, don't use Twitter. If you don't like Google's process of providing search results, use a different search engine--there are
tons of them out there.
Of course this type of control exerted by some companies is concerning and frustrating, but at the same time, usage of their products/services is
absolutely a choice and not a necessity--it's not as if these are government-mandated services that must be used in the face of a threat of fine or
imprisonment. I'm pretty sure that this is not the same as what Orwell had in mind.
As for people not being aware of the social engineering, as pointed out by
, I will remind everyone that the Latin phrase, "Caveat
emptor," exists for a reason--the onus of knowing what you're using/buying is on the individual, not the service provider. Ignorance is not a valid