The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, too, so does it not stand to reason that if a company breaks the law, somebody should be put on trial, and if convicted, sent to jail?
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden:
[Mark Zuckerberg has] “repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy. I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term.
Ouch. Could this happen to other CEOs? Apple’s Tim Cook, for example? Or, maybe Amazon’s Jeff Bezos?
The problem here is that the problem is rather complex. Facebook, as with Google, Amazon, and others, takes information from users, then filters, slices, dices, and mixes it into packages that are then used in advertising and promotions; often to persuade and manipulate the very people who gave up their information in the first place.
That seems like something of a reverse cannibalistic effect, and if cannibalism is illegal, then maybe some corporate executives could find themselves behind bars for their actions.
That was just a thought.
The real problem has many facets. Facebook and Google are advertising businesses that depend on information. There are reasons why their software is free. An exchange takes place. We give up information in exchange for using their software. Yes, advertising makes the world go ’round, but there is a limit and many technology companies have reached the limit of public support, free software be damned.
One of the reasons I prefer Apple products– and Apple collects information, too– is because the company does business the old fashioned way.
It makes stuff. It sells stuff.
As much as Services is a big part of the company’s revenue these days, Apple remains a hardware company. If they don’t make good hardware or the ecosystem of privacy and security begins to show holes worse than competitors, I can move elsewhere.
For online search, where are you going to go besides Google? I use Startpage but even that uses Google’s results.
For online social media, which one is more connected than Facebook? For online product sales, who beats Amazon?
They are successful because their businesses are based on information from users and customers. Yes, corporations are full of people, but many at higher levels take no responsibility or suffer any consequences for the company’s actions.
Maybe corporations are not really people after all.