Apple is stealing our birthright, says Facebook (er, Meta) spokesperson

From The Times’ “Nick Clegg takes aim at Apple’s ‘Land grab” posted Wednesday:

Sir Nick Clegg has accused Apple of making a “commercial land grab” by changing its privacy settings to prevent digital advertisers from tracking its customers without their consent.

The head of global affairs at Meta, the new name for Facebook’s parent company, said that Apple was abusing its power by introducing changes to the iOS operating system that force apps to ask for tracking permission…

“This is an old-fashioned commercial land grab where they are using their dominant position in one of the leading operating systems to tilt the scales in their favour,” said Clegg.

My take: In Sir Clegg’s metaphor, Apple is an mob of greedy homesteaders and Meta represents the Cherokee, Chikasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes, forcibly removed from their traditional lands.

18 Comments

  1. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Fact: Apple’s hardware and Apple’s OS’s were Apple’s lands first. Before anyone else showed up & moved in, like the Pilgrims, right?

    Happy Thanksgiving in advance, Nick Clegg.

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  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    “…. This is an old-fashioned commercial land grab where they are using their dominant position in one of the leading operating systems to tilt the scales in their favour,” said Clegg.

    Looks as if the language being used by Mr. Clegg and FB (oh, excuse me, Meta) is designed to send a subliminal message to the audience and reader that Apple is exercising monopolistic behavior as it strangles competitors on its platform. Could work. Just keep repeating that message says Mark Zuckerberg.

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    • Fred Stein said:
      Thanks for highlighting Zukerberg’s top down control of the messaging. During our AMA chat Saturday, Horace touched on Apple’s unique organization. I suspect META may become vulnerable if everyone has to tow the line on the false narrative that Apple is a predator.

      When people cannot speak truth to power, disease creeps in.

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      November 3, 2021
  3. Randy McCleary said:
    I’d see it less about settlers on Indian lands and more removing the occupying British from Boston. -RJ

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    • Mordechai Beizer said:
      Or maybe the correct metaphor is that Facebook ads are like cockroaches and Apple’s new policy is like sending in Orkin.

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      • Robert Stack said:
        I’m pretty sure that the cockroach is Zuck himself, but remember he is assisted at every step by Sheryl Sandberg (Assistant Cockroach?). Somehow she almost always gets a “pass”…

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  4. Fred Stein said:
    OTOH, the WSJ reported today that Ms. Khan, is ramping up privacy protection enforcement. But be aware this will be tangled up in out-dated laws, legal precedent, and politics.

    Fortunately the WSJ reports GOOGL and META, not AAPL as companies to be concerned about.

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  5. David Emery said:
    There’s an interesting post on Slashdot, “Zuckerberg’s Meta Endgame Is Monetizing All Human Behavior” I think Zuck wants a closed internet where he controls all the rules and makes all the money. Speaking of FB, I commented “Nice ass” on a photo of a rescued donkey, and FB’s AI accused me of ‘inappropriate behavior’. FB gives AI a bad name! Their translation of Spanish city names would be funny, except when the translations are downright insulting.

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  6. Greg Lippert said:
    Letting users decide what about them can be tracked is Apple abusing its position? Sounds more like Apple wresting control of what used to be hidden in the shadows.

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    November 3, 2021
  7. Today FMetaBook flouts the implications of using facial recognition to create secret files for every woman, man & child on the planet, for many years!!!
    I have zero faith they will delete all copies of their precious rank-a-face file Zuckerberg & cohorts started in college. Hardly matters now that Palantir’s AI sucked those same faces off FB to sell our souls to every devil with a dollar. Zuckerberg’s “new idea” is Linden Labs old idea, Second Life. More self-deception through self-isolation while bombarfed by subliminal messages.

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  8. Robert LoCascio said:
    There is so much wrong with Cleg’s analogy that I’m not sure where to begin. Giving people a choice not to be tracked isn’t “grabbing” anything from anyone. It is, in fact, giving something to someone.

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    • David Emery said:
      “isn’t “grabbing” anything from anyone”

      Not true! This is clearly users grabbing power and therefore money from Clegg’s employer, and that’s why it’s so objectionable to Clegg.

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      November 3, 2021
  9. Daniel Epstein said:
    This actually a pretty offensive propaganda campaign by a large company which wants people to think that Apple is doing them harm. We are being played!

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  10. Ken Cheng said:
    “In Sir Clegg’s metaphor, Apple is an mob of greedy homesteaders and Meta represents the Cherokee, Chikasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes, forcibly removed from their traditional lands.”

    Wait, what?!? His metaphor has Apple, Meta, and where’s the USER? Without the user, his metaphor is incomplete.

    Only the user can be the indigenous person. Meta is the mob of greedy homesteaders. And, Apple is restoring the indigenous person’s rights.

    If anything, Apple is doing what government regulators should be doing, but I’m sure government regulators will be blinded and blame Apple.

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  11. Steven Philips said:
    OK, this is probably slightly political, but…
    He sounds like he could be writing op eds for certain churches claiming someone is threatening their religious “rights”!

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  12. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    Shallow and erroneous thinking is why he was Deputy Prime Minister with an emphasis on “Deputy.” He was reluctantly elevated to that position because including his minority party in government was the only convenient way to create a majority coalition in parliament. Suggesting that taking away our privacy rights and merchandising it without our expressed and conscious consent is somehow a virtuous and noble act is so far off the mark, it’s no wonder he left public service and went to work for an enterprise that only seeks to serve itself. Just saying… It was elitist British thinking about the right to deprive people of their rights that lead to the American Revolution. Perhaps we need a new battle cry for a new era: “End tyranny. Buy Apple products!”

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