Facebook Begs Gov to Go After Twitter and Google Too

How do coercive enterprises continue to get away with abusing the sovereignty of private entities, be they companies or individuals? Well, in the case of companies especially, the #ThemToo mentality is a key part of that enabling of coercive enterprise abuse of sovereignty.
Facebook is pulling the #ThemToo card when it comes to being hauled before the Senate and pressured to do Social Media the way the government wants to do social media. The #ThemToo card for Facebook is to point at other social media giants and say to the coercive enterprise, “Hey, if you’re going to abuse our sovereignty, do the same to those guys. We need a level playing field.”
Of course, Facebook could just come out and say the coercive enterprise is wrong for attacking them in the first place, but no, let’s just make sure EVERYONE is equally affected by coercive enterprise overreach.


From techcrunch.com

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

“Other companies suck in your data too,” Facebook  explained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web.

Facebook product management director David Baser wrote, “Twitter,  Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. Google  has a popular analytics service. And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features. These companies — and many others — also offer advertising services. In fact, most websites and apps send the same information to multiple companies each time you visit them.” Describing how Facebook receives cookies, IP address, and browser info about users from other sites, he noted, “when you see a YouTube video on a site that’s not YouTube, it tells your browser to request the video from YouTube. YouTube then sends it to you.”

It seems Facebook is tired of being singled-out. The tacked on “them too!” statements at the end of its descriptions of opaque data collection practices might have been trying to normalize the behavior, but comes off feeling a bit petty.


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