Facebook Finds an Angle

April 23, 2018

I read “Americans Want Tougher Rules for Big Tech Amid Privacy Scandals, Poll Finds.” Polls are easy to shape. I did note one comment about this insight into what “Americans want”:

83% of Americans call for companies like Facebook to face harsher penalties for breaches.

Remarkable consensus.

Calling is different from “doing.”

In fact, Facebook seems to have found a way to finesse at least some of the European Union’s privacy protection requirements. “Facebook to Put 1.5 Billion Users out of Reach of New EU Privacy Law” states that Facebook “is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR.”

The alleged desire for tougher rules may not apply to some Americans. Furthermore, Facebook wants to continue on the path which minimizes the impact of regulations on the firm’s operations.

Clever beats what those in the survey sample say they want it seems.

Stephen E Arnold, April 23, 2018


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