President Nixon had an ‘enemies list.’ I’m certain that President Trump has an enemies list, too, but it’s unlikely he has anything written down. Apparently, Twitter is his only audit trail.
Apple’s customers need an enemies list, too. For Mac, iPhone, and iPad users, who is your enemy?The list can be long but let’s start at the top with the worst offenders; Google and Facebook. Why? How?
First, what constitutes an online enemy?
An enemy or a foe is an individual or a group that is verified as forcefully adverse or threatening. The concept of an enemy has been observed to be “basic for both individuals and communities”. The term “enemy” serves the social function of designating a particular entity as a threat, thereby invoking an intense emotional response to that entity.
Google and Facebook fit the definition because both engage in tracking and stalking their users, obtain private information from their users by many means, and use that information to subvert– manipulate and influence– their users.
One can argue that Google and Facebook are little more than malware.
Programs officially supplied by companies can be considered malware if they secretly act against the interests of the computer user… One strategy for protecting against malware is to prevent the malware software from gaining access to the target computer.
So, why would an iPhone user want to put Google and Facebook on their devices? David Nield:
Maybe you’ve got yourself some Apple hardware, but you prefer Google’s apps and services, or maybe you just find Google a less scary Big Brother in your iPhone than Apple (though both companies should inspire concerns about privacy)—to what extent can you live the Google life on your iPhone?
How is that not a false equivalency?
Google and Apple are being compared to Big Brother.
In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens (with the exception of the Proles). The people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan “Big Brother is watching you”: a maxim that is ubiquitously on display.
Who watches you more? Who puts you under constant surveillance for its own benefit? Apple? Google? Or, Facebook? One of those three is not the same.
Yet, Nield gives plenty of tips on which Google apps you can use on your iPhone, rather than a list of tips on how to remove Google and Facebook from your iPhone?
If you want to go even further in the Google takeover of your Apple device, install the main Google app for iOS as well as the Google Assistant.
Takeover? Seems like appropriate language, no?
The difference between these so-called Big Brothers– add Apple to the list– is intent. Apple does not capture as much private information about you because privacy is a feature of the company’s platforms, but for Google and Facebook, the information they gather by tracking and stalking your online whereabouts and habits IS used against you for advertising (money), manipulation (money) and influence (money).
If you’re an Apple customer you need an enemies list.