Mark Zuckerberg has been deleting his past messages on Facebook — and you can't
In the middle of the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting controversy, the Facebook founder has been erasing his private chats from Facebook servers. So why isn't this an option for anyone else?
Depending on who you ask, Mark Zuckerberg is either the boy-wonder billionaire of the tech world or a shark-eyed sociopath who will sell your digital persona to nefarious Russian oligarchs. Either way, he's a 33-year-old tech dude with too much money and a penchant for Ayn Rand, therefore you can't expect too much from him in the way of empathy.
So when it came to light this week that he's been deleting his own sent messages from Facebook — something that users themselves can't do — nobody was exactly surprised. But the news comes in the middle of a category-5 shitstorm for Zuckerberg thanks to the 87 million accounts affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and it has only made Facebook's problems worse.
What happened is: if you'd had a chat with Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook and went back to look at it recently, you would've noticed that it appeared like a one-sided conversation as Zuck's answers were cleared. This is a feature only available to Facebook's top brass: regular users don't have that feature. Indeed, quite the opposite is true: every single click you've ever made on Facebook is recorded. So this action sends the message to regular users (and everyone else) that Zuck and crew are somehow above everyone else.
Facebook was quick to say that the reason for Zuck's missing messages was due to increased security after the 2014 Sony hack where the South Korean tech behemoth's private emails and communication — some of which was definitely not meant for public consumption — was aired out to dry by North Korean hackers objecting to the release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie The Interview, the plot of which focuses on killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It's fair to say that if Facebook wasn't embroiled in the Russiagate scandal that this ol' "message erasing" thing probably wouldn't be big news. But in the context of today's headlines, it couldn't come at a worse time for both Facebook and Zuckerberg as it makes both Mark... and his company... look like they have something shady to hide precisely at the point when all the world is watching.
Lest we forget, this is the same Mark Zuckerberg who, in 2004, called users who gave him their data "dumb fucks". And while it's safe to say we've all moved on spiritually and intellectually from 2004, perhaps some regulation is in order.
Could this be the long-awaited solution to economic inequality?
Under capitalism, the argument goes, it's every man for himself. Through the relentless pursuit of self-interest, everyone benefits, as if an invisible hand were guiding each of us toward the common good. Everyone should accordingly try to get as much as they can, not only for their goods but also for their labour. Whatever the market price is is, in turn, what the buyer should pay. Just like the idea that there should be a minimum wage, the idea that there should be a maximum wage seems to undermine the very freedom that the free market is supposed to guarantee.
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- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
It's unlikely that there's anything on the planet that is worth the cost of shipping it back
- In the second season of National Geographic Channel's MARS (premiering tonight, 11/12/18,) privatized miners on the red planet clash with a colony of international scientists
- Privatized mining on both Mars and the Moon is likely to occur in the next century
- The cost of returning mined materials from Space to the Earth will probably be too high to create a self-sustaining industry, but the resources may have other uses at their origin points
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