TikTok Is A Threat to National Security
One year ago, on August 6, 2020, the Trump administration announced an order to ban TikTok in the United States due to its risk to national security.
Fast-forward to June 9, 2021, when the Biden administration revoked President Trump’s order. This is the wrong approach. President Trump had it right: TikTok poses a significant threat to Americans, our children, and the world. A year later, this threat has only grown worse.
TikTok has approximately 100 million active users in the United States, and it gathers massive troves of personal data on these…
Facebook recently announced it is developing “Instagram for Kids”, a version of Instagram that targets children under 13. This stunning cradle-to-grave social media immersion, similar to Facebook’s unconscionable “Messenger Kids” app, is an insidious threat to the privacy, mental health, critical thinking and safety of children everywhere.
As the founder of MeWe, a full-featured social network with millions of members, I can tell you first-hand that social media is no place for young children. That’s why MeWe requires members to be 16 years or older.
The Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, along with recent Senate hearings and confessions from former social media executives are waking up the world to the significant threats posed by Facebook, Twitter, and the other social media giants. These giants spy on, target, and manipulate their users’ newsfeeds, minds, purchase decisions, and votes. They even censor good users and their groups, pages, and posts simply for sharing political viewpoints that these companies’ leaders disagree with.
Recently, news of record privacy fines, massive data breaches and election interference on social media have plastered the headlines. Web/social media companies are increasingly collecting our personal data and selling/sharing it with advertisers, politicians and other entities who use it to covertly manipulate our votes and purchase decisions in the business model known as surveillance capitalism — and this will only increase in 2020.
I’m here to let you know there is good news: you can still enjoy all the best features the web has to offer while staying safe and protecting your privacy. …
In September 2019 Facebook announced that it will stop fact-checking political ads, and the backlash has been swift and widespread. Harsh criticism has been leveled against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook by journalists, presidential candidates, Nancy Pelosi, and even Luke Skywalker.
Mark Zuckerberg defended his decision by claiming Facebook is a champion of “free expression,” but this is theatre of the absurd. Instead of freedom of speech, what Facebook really supports is freedom of reach: any advertiser, political operative, government or other entity can pay Facebook to reach and manipulate a target or group of targets. As we saw during…
On May 23, 2019, Rolling Stone published an article about MeWe that contained so many falsehoods and was so overtly biased, it’s hard to believe it made it out of the drafts folder. As a longtime reader and fan of Rolling Stone, I was astonished and disappointed that the magazine would release such an unprofessional and misleading piece.
The article was a strange, unwarranted, “hit job” full of untruths, grossly mischaracterizing MeWe and its members, appearing to be a vendetta by their journalist who had previously written about vaccine discussions on social media and was offended that MeWe would allow…
Recently, Twitter and Google have announced new limits on political advertising, which have in large part been welcomed with applause by journalists and the public. While placing restrictions on these types of ads may appear to be a solution on the surface, these moves are merely cosmetic changes that do nothing to address the foundational problems. Data harvesting and targeted ads of any kind by web/social media companies are the real threat to democracies worldwide. Let me explain how bad actors will easily subvert these superficial new restrictions.
Following Facebook’s controversial policy, announced on September 24, that it will stop…
In recent years, the importance of privacy has entered the mainstream like never before. In fact, a recent survey from Harris Poll found that Americans are more concerned with data privacy than job creation. As a leading privacy advocate, I’m heartened to see this transformation in people’s attitudes underway. Privacy is an essential right for all, which is one of the reasons why I created MeWe, the uplifting social network built on trust, control and love for social media users worldwide. Privacy was built into MeWe’s DNA, encompassing all aspects of the platform in a concept called “Privacy by Design.”
According to a recent report by eMarketer, for the first time ever, people are spending more time on their phones than they are watching TV. The average American now spends close to four hours per day on a mobile device, and this is likely to increase in the future.
As people spend more of their lives on devices and in digital spaces, it’s more important than ever that we ensure people’s time online is time well spent. …
It seems that every day a new Facebook scandal plasters the headlines. From its countless privacy violations, to its biased censorship, to its interference in elections worldwide, calling Facebook a “dumpster fire” would be an insult to the waste management industry.
A list of all the reasons to dump Facebook could go on ad infinitum. Let's keep it short and just look at 7 reasons why you should ditch Facebook today and switch to a better social network that provides the love, control, and trust you deserve.