Big Tech: “Our Terms Have Changed”
So go ahead and say whatever you want around all your networked devices, but don’t be surprised if bad things start happening.
I received another “Our Terms Have Changed” email from a Big Tech quasi-monopoly, and for a change I actually read this one. It was a revelation on multiple fronts. I’m reprinting it here for your reading pleasure:
We wanted to let you know that we recently updated our Conditions of Use.
What hasn’t changed:
Your use constitutes your agreement to our Conditions of Use.
We own all the content you create on our platform, devices and networks, and are free to monetize it by any means we choose.
We own all the data we collect on you, your devices, purchases, social networks, views, associations, beliefs and illicit viewing, your location data, who you are in proximity to, and whatever data the networked devices in your home, vehicles and workplaces collect.
We have the unrestricted right to ban you and all your content, shadow-ban you and all your content, i.e., generate the illusion that your content is freely, publicly available, and erase your digital presence entirely such that you cease to exist except as a corporeal body.
What has changed:
If we detect you have positive views on anti-trust enforcement, we may report you as a “person of interest / potential domestic extremist” to the National Security Agency and other federal agencies.
Rather than respond to all disputes algorithmically, we have established a Star Chamber of our most biased, fanatical employees to adjudicate customer/user disputes in which the customer/user refuses to accept the algorithmic mediation.
If a customer/user attempts to contact any enforcement agency regarding our algorithmic mediation or Star Chamber adjudication, we reserve the unrestricted rights to:
a. Prepare voodoo dolls representing the user and stick pins into the doll while chanting curses.
b. Hack the targeted user’s accounts and blame it on Russian or Ukrainian hackers.
c. Rendition the user to a corrupt kleptocracy in which we retain undue influence, i.e., the United States.
Left unsaid, of course, is the potential for “accidents” to happen to anyone publicly promoting anti-trust enforcement of Big Tech quasi-monopolies. Once totalitarianism has been privatized, there are no rules that can’t be ignored or broken by those behind the curtain. So go ahead and say whatever you want around all your networked devices, but don’t be surprised if bad things start happening.
Editor’s note: this is satire. If I disappear, then you’ll know who has no sense of irony or humor.
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Wed, 07/21/2021 – 11:09