The human rights organization Amnesty International has gone public with a scathing criticism of Facebook, Google, and the rest of the tech giants, which the group says “threaten human rights.”
Describing Google and Facebook’s advertising-centric business models as “surveillance-based,” Amnesty International warns that the “mass harvesting of data – primarily for the purpose of advertising – has meant that surveillance has become the ‘business model of the internet.’”
In an official report about Big Tech’s many malfeasances, Amnesty International points out that:
• Facebook and Google both run “continuous analysis and accumulation of information about people,” which constitutes illegal surveillance under the United States Constitution.
• Facebook and Google don’t charge for their services, and instead rely on people “handing over their data as a hidden kind of payment.”
• Facebook and Google collect “a wealth of highly detailed data” that allows them to know more about individuals “than the individuals do about themselves.”
• Facebook and Google now have the capacity to analyze and predict user habits and behaviors using artificial intelligence (AI) systems equipped with advanced surveillance and tracking technologies.
All of this proves that Facebook, Google, and the rest are acting against the best interests of consumers, though these tech giants and others deny that they’re engaged in any behaviors that harm their customers.
Because tech giants like Facebook and Google pretty much now hold more power than even our own government, they’re getting away with murder as nobody in Congress seems willing to do anything to stop them.
As a result, consumers are having their rights steamrolled as millions of them continue to patronize the “services” offered by these corrupt tech companies, nearly all of which operate outside the rule of law.
“… despite the real value of the services they provide, Google and Facebook’s platforms come at a systemic cost,” the Amnesty International report reveals.
“The companies’ surveillance-based business model forces people to make a Faustian bargain, whereby they are only able to enjoy their human rights online by submitting to a system predicated on human rights abuse,” it adds.
“Firstly, an assault on the right to privacy on an unprecedented scale, and then a series of knock-on effects that pose a serious risk to a range of other rights, from freedom of expression and opinion, to freedom of thought and the right to non-discrimination.”
NOW is the time to completely dismantle Big Tech – but are you brave enough to help do it?
If Americans, along with other people around the world who are being negatively impacted by Big Tech’s dominance over what people are allowed to say and do online, don’t take a stand against this encroachment on their rights, then these same rights are going to ultimately disappear.
It’s no longer a matter of if, but when, the Constitution will face its final and total destruction at the hands of tyrants like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Sundar Pichai (Google), and Tim Cook (Apple), all of whom hate the First Amendment and want to see it abolished.
The above infographic says it all, revealing exactly what needs to happen if we, at least as Americans, stand a chance at protecting our right to online free speech.
“This isn’t the internet people signed up for,” notes Amnesty International.
“When Google and Facebook were first starting out two decades ago, both companies had radically different business models that did not depend on ubiquitous surveillance. The gradual erosion of privacy at the hands of Google and Facebook is a direct result of the companies’ establishing dominant market power and control over the global ‘public square.’”
Alexander: The Internet is the Modern Day Agora
The ongoing purge of dissenting voices, shadow censorship and outright ban is the trademark of the Deep State: a rogue faction that has infiltrated all aspects of government and is now taking over the United State of America. The Republic is at risk. We have never faced such a danger before.
The Internet is an integrated part of our society and it has a huge impact on our daily lives. It is the modern day agora — the principal medium for communication, conducting business, exchange of information, the center of the artistic, spiritual and political life.
The Internet must be protected at all costs!
By Ethan Huff, Guest writer