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Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are 'surveillancestates' and risk more regulation



 
 
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Old September 15th 17, 05:40 PM posted to alt.conspiracy,alt.comp.os.windows-10,alt.windows7.general,alt.comp.os.windows-8
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Default Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are 'surveillancestates' and risk more regulation

On 15/9/2017 7:12 PM, BurfordTJustice wrote:
Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are 'surveillance states'
and risk more regulation



Even though he was once an executive at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO
of Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, favors investing in Amazon instead,
he told CNBC's "Fast Money: Halftime Report" on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has been a critic of Amazon, tweeting his disdain for
coverage from The Washington Post, which is a personal holding of Amazon CEO
Jeff Bezos. But Palihapitiya said he thinks that Facebook and Google face
more regulatory risk, given the many retailers that compete with Amazon.

"Amazon is a microscopic portion of global consumption today, so ultimately
I think it has more room to grow before it invites regulatory overview,"
Palihapitiya said. "On the other hand, Facebook and Google effectively are
surveillance states. And they have so much personal, private information
about so many citizens of so many countries."

Google has already had a tussle with regulators in Europe, after the company
was slapped with a record fine in one investigation.

"It's already beginning," Palihapitiya said. "Because it's part and parcel
to them realizing that there's too much power unbounded."

Palihapitiya noted that many big technology companies have seen their stocks
soar, making it tempting to take gains. Palihapitiya's holding company,
which also includes former Twitter executive Adam Bain, hit the public
markets Thursday.

But Palihapitiya said he thinks investors should reframe the way they think
about the long-term trajectories of the companies.

For instance, Amazon is competing against Wal-Mart, which has acquired
e-commerce companies like Jet.com and Bonobos. But with tools like Alexa,
robots and cloud, Amazon's technology could lead it to victory over "laggard
competitors," Palihapitiya said.

"It is competing against fundamentally impaired companies, including
Wal-Mart, quite honestly," Palihapitiya said. "That don't have the technical
savvy, they don't have the capabilities, specialty retailers, an entire
overhang of cost structure that [Amazon doesn't] have to deal with."

Facebook, Google and Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a request for
comment.




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