Facebook’s Fall From Grace Looks Like Ford
But the idea that Facebook’s technology fundamentals are supposedly so complex that they can’t be audited, and the business model is so fast-paced that it’s not slow, is ultimately caught up in unforgettable risks. A series of devastating consequences, from political manipulation of free elections to violence against minority populations to harm young people, and even public health disinformation that has prolonged and worsened one pandemic, destroying the satisfying fulfillment that the company’s products make positive for society.
In the case of the U.S. automotive industry, the need is not only for regulation but also including the enforcement agency to ensure compliance is equally not immediately obvious. The need and ingenuity to actively regulate infrastructure technology, rather than relying on the myth that consumer choice is the primary mechanism to prevent harm, is only recognized after decades of damage and years of whistleblowing. and investigative journalism.
Just like anywhere on the internet platform, Detroit in the mid-20th century did something that most Americans felt they couldn’t live without and were quick to rely on. As suburban sprawls surround areas around cities, racist resource allocation has displaced urban centers and encouraged white flight. As a result, owning one or more cars is more necessary to more and more Americans. State and federal government resources will go into creating more roads to ensure that auto traffic goes unchecked, even if- or even more so- at the expense of those who can’t afford cars or are banned- an of the structure from moving to neighborhoods that are more divided. and was ruined by famous domain attempts to acquire more land for highways in and out of towns.
At this point in time, the Big Three is also unstoppable, circling the U.S. scene with the help of strong business and government interests, while also illegally negotiating with each other, and against the public interest and safety. in public, for more revenue.
When was the bombshell known to lawyer and activist Ralph Nader’s 1965 bestseller Not Safe At Any Ease began to explode in U.S. public discourse, auto executives lined up before Congress. They tell the American public and those who represent them that they are doing their best to make cars safer and less dirty and they can do little to quickly eliminate the damages done to their product. Executives have downplayed the scale of the public safety crisis and have often admitted to being unaware of the magnitude of the damage to their products to consumers. Their answers, of course, are mostly a charade aimed at saving revenue and stopping regulation as much as possible. Ford’s president at the time, Arjay Miller, recounted in great detail how his Lincoln Continental safely survived to save his life when he was involved in a freeway accident-the doors didn’t close. , the fuel tank did not explode, and Miller escaped unharmed. He vowed to make sure Ford does everything they can in the coming years to improve safety even more.
But years later, Ford cut safety, making cars like the Ford Pinto that took the key aspects of safety to market quickly and cut manufacturing costs to get the most revenue. In 1977, the famous Ford Pinto “memo, ”Revealed by Mother Jones investigator reporter, a detailed alarming analysis of the company’s cost of past and future accidents. According to the memo, the horrific deaths and total burns suffered by the occupants of the Door in the back collisions amount to an acceptable loss because, once the claims or other settlements, the cost is less than the cost of repairing the Door scheme to prevent the explosion of the gas tank. the costs to repair the scheme $ 11 per car. After public and government pressure, it was finally implemented through a reminder requested by the recently formed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Today, a similar scenario is being played out in the field of Big Tech — a term that has become critical for ad-driven platforms and internet arbitrage firms that reduce the cost of products and services by squeezing workers and consumers. Whistleblowers from many companies, most of them women and most of them women of color, are coming to the role Nader occupied in the 60s-from Ifeoma Ozoma, who stood on Pinterest and next worked making laws to prohibit the abusive practice of nondisclosure agreements for whistleblowers in California, and Timnit Gebru, who warned the world about Google’s lack of commitment to the ethics of AI used, to Sophie Zhang and now Frances Haugen. In each case, companies similarly tried to silence, burn, or harass workers, providing their heaviest treatment of women of color.
The need for reforming power structures in this sector is critical not only for society but also for democracy: As Haugen’s testimony last week showed, Facebook is targeting a lot of revenue not to well with known problems but to avoid being considered to be the cause of problems. And like Arjay Miller, Mark Zuckerberg said whatever it takes to delay and get rid of regulation.