It’s ironic that while the boy child in charge of the world’s largest surveillance program feigns concern and those in charge feign outrage, the theft of intellectual property is being used as a weapon by the US government against China.
As to Zuckerberg… Well, he hasn’t (to our knowledge) done this with state information, just yours. And so don’t expect anything to come of this because it’s likely just theatre. I expect it to look very Corzine-like: a slap on the wrist and a promise to be a good boy should do the trick.
- a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
- a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
It may well hurt Facebook shareholders, but the FANGs are a bug in search of a windshield anyway.
Let me ask you a question…
Let’s imagine Facebook was a Chinese or Russian company that had collected (as Facebook has) data from users worldwide, and Zuck or his Chinese or Russian alter ego was sitting in front of men in suits with stern faces in the halls of power of either Beijing or Moscow.
Tell me, what do you think the US government would be doing and saying?
While you’re pondering that let’s move on…