I don't think the issue of controlling information flow (which is a political hot potato) has much to do with the legitimacy or not of this business model. E.g., Newspapers are obviously controlling flow, may have biases from sponsors, advertisers etc but they do not create user profiles by collecting all the private data they can get access to, they do not modify news shown based on profiles and (in any democracy) there is a wide variety of them and you can always choose which one to read.
Those two companies are having absolutely no trust from my side, they have abused the trust so often, that they no loger know what the term means. I dont care what they do, I dont care how usefull their "gifts" are. Just NO.
They have seriously flawed internet and human society as it was (is) and there is just no way I will let them into my finance. One is goverment, something completely different is survailance capitalism (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIXhnWUmMvw and there is a book that I would put in schools for mandatory reading: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...)
"Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes." ("Beware of Danaans bringing the gift", reference to Trojan horse, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeo_Danaos_et_dona_ferentes)
p.s.: people downvoting, you just dont understand what you are against with. Educate yourself, please, this is no longer the time of cheering for your favorite coorporation, the things have gone over the edge.
May I recomend you a book? https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...
Or, if books are not your thing, maybe watch Black Mirror - Nosedive (S03E01).
You need to understand that some people are older than facebook and have seen the tranformation of human society since the Facebook came.
Google has gone its way to the mega corporation where nothing else matters but money. And they are moving into direction where this money is comming from worse possible sources.
Regarding "true evil", to some people google IS true evil. And based of their conduct in last 5 years it is hard to argue.
If you want some insight, read: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Fr...
> Do you remember how terrible email was before Gmail? How awful MapQuest was before Google maps?
No? There was nothing wrong with email without g. I am still using it and having my own mail server. And now you have OpenStreetMaps, I don't use Google Maps, when I want map, I want MAP, not map&ads&suggestions&search&reviews,..
"The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power"
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