Facebook’s fall from Grace looks a lot like Ford

However, the idea that Facebook’s technical foundation is so complex that it cannot be audited, and its business model developed so fast that it cannot be slowed down, was eventually replaced by its undeniable danger. A series of disastrous results, from political manipulation of free elections to violence against minorities, harm to young people, and even public health disinformation that prolongs and exacerbates the pandemic, have destroyed the company’s products to society. A pleasant fantasy that produces a net positive effect.

As far as the US auto industry is concerned, not only is it necessary to supervise, it also needs a law enforcement agency to ensure compliance is also not obvious. The necessity and wisdom of proactively monitoring this infrastructure technology, rather than relying on the fiction of consumer choice as the main mechanism for avoiding harm, is only recognized after decades of destruction and years of reporting and investigative news reports.

Like the ubiquitous internet Platform, Detroit in the mid-20th century produced things that most Americans thought they could not do without and quickly became dependent. As the sprawl of the suburbs encircled the area around the city, racist resource allocation hollowed out the city center and encouraged white people to flee. Therefore, it is becoming more and more necessary for more and more Americans to own one or more cars. State and federal government resources are used to build more and more wider roads to ensure that car traffic grows unrestricted, even-or especially-at the expense of those who cannot afford cars or are structurally banned At the expense of the people who moved out of the community, these people were increasingly cut in half and destroyed by land expropriation in an attempt to purchase more land for the highways in and out of the city.

At this time, the Big Three seem to be unstoppable. With the help of powerful commercial and government interests, they are rolling on the American map. At the same time, they are also illegally colluding, violating public interests and public safety, and seeking greater interests.

When the lawyer and activist Ralph Nader’s 1965 best-selling book was discovered Not safe at any speed It began to explode in American public discourse, and automobile executives formed long lines in front of Congress. They told the American public and their representatives that they are doing their best to make cars safer and less polluting, and that they can hardly eliminate the harm caused by their products immediately. Executives have downplayed the scale of the public safety crisis and often claim that they do not know the extent to which their products are harmful to consumers. Of course, their answer is largely a trick aimed at saving profits and avoiding regulation for as long as possible. At the time Ford President Arjay Miller described in vivid detail how his Lincoln Continental was safe enough to save his life in the event of a highway accident-the car door did not jam, the fuel tank did not explode, and Miller Escaped unharmed. He pledged to ensure that Ford will do everything it can to further improve safety in the next few years.

But in the years after that, Ford cut corners on safety, producing cars like the Ford Pinto, removing key safety features in order to quickly enter the market and reduce manufacturing costs to maximize profits. In 1977, the notorious Ford Pinto”memorandum,”be found Mother Jones Investigative reporter, Detailed the company’s analysis of the terrible costs of past and future accidents. According to the memorandum, the terrible deaths and body burns suffered by Pinto occupants in the rear-end collision are acceptable losses because once litigation or other settlement costs are paid, they will be lower than the cost of repairing Pinto to prevent gas tank explosions.this cost The cost of repairing the design is $11 per vehicle. Under pressure from the public and the government, it was finally implemented through the recall required by the recently established National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Today, a similar scenario is taking place in the big technology sector-the term has become shorthand for advertising-driven platforms and Internet-supported arbitrage companies, which reduce the cost of goods and services by squeezing workers and consumers.Whistleblowers from multiple companies, most of them women, many of them women of color, have entered the role of Nader in the 1960s-from Ifeoma Ozoma, who stood with Pinterest and subsequently worked on Enact legislation Abuse of confidentiality agreements for whistleblowers in California is prohibited, and Timnit GebruRemind Sophie Zhang and now Frances Haugen that Google has a lack of commitment to AI ethics in practice. In each case, these companies tried to keep these workers silent, fired or discredited them, and retained the harshest treatment for women of color.

The need to change the power structure of this sector is critical not only for society but also for democracy: As Hoogen’s testimony showed last week, Facebook uses its huge profits to solve known problems, not to avoid being considered The cause of these problems. Like Arjay Miller, Mark Zuckerberg has already said anything that needs to be delayed and shifted.


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