Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: their products and services aren’t as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn’t anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Like sexual harassment. And biased machines. And Nazis. God, so many Nazis. And so, users awaited their apologies. A sign that the leaders of the tech world had the capacity for empathy. Because they fucked up. So much. God, so much. And so the CEOs (or, more likely, their very well-paid publicists) strung together some words to convey that they care about their users while at the same time evading any culpability for whatever the latest screw-up was. Their favorite scapegoats included glitches and technical issues, as if they (most notably, Google, Facebook, and Twitter) aren’t the ones responsible for creating the machines that they deploy. Advertisement And look, I’m positive that I’m missing some “apologies” here. That’s because it feels like a tech company messes up every damn day, whether it really was a glitch or maybe a human gone rogue. Also, disconcerted employees at these companies as well as users are… Read full this story
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