FB, Google jug­gling China, EU

Warwick Daily News - - GAMES & GADGETS -

AS EUROPE looks to make tech giants bet­ter cor­po­rate cit­i­zens, China is go­ing the other way.

And users and em­ploy­ees are let­ting the com­pa­nies know they are not happy.

China will only let com­pa­nies into the mas­sive mar­ket of 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple if they re­move cer­tain apps or fea­tures, block ac­cess to cer­tain web­sites or pro­vide gov­ern­ment ac­cess to data.

Its mas­sive Stal­in­ist sys­tem aims to crush dis­sent, con­trol so­cial be­hav­iour and stop tiny le­gal in­frac­tions such as cross­ing the road where there is no cross­ing.

Google em­ploy­ees have signed pe­ti­tions protest­ing a se­cret search en­gine the com­pany is de­vel­op­ing for China.

At the same time, Europe is go­ing af­ter the data man­age­ment and tar­get­ing side of the com­pa­nies.

And Face­book is fi­nally try­ing to clean up its mess over tar­get­ing users so it can de­liver ads and fake news. But this comes only af­ter a swag of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, a lot of bad me­dia and a fall in users and in time spent on site.

US Depart­ment of Hous­ing took ac­tion against Face­book be­cause its tar­get­ing tools let land­lords dis­crim­i­nate sex­u­ally and against peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

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