Google’s response to Korea ‘laughable’: CAF leader (Korea Joongang Daily)

Korea Joongang Daily: Google’s response to Korea ‘laughable’: CAF leader. “Korea’s ongoing battle with the world’s largest tech companies is shaping up to be epic. Months in, the country’s aggressive gambit, in the form of the ‘Anti-Google law,’ has been met with a seeming flimflam from Google and a stiff-arm from Apple. It might be a disappointing result if it were not for the fact that the world has taken note, and Korea is fast becoming a base camp for a global resistance to what is referred to by some as a duopoly.”

Business Insider: After years of struggling to get people to leave Facebook, tech recruiters say there’s an exodus building at the company

Business Insider: After years of struggling to get people to leave Facebook, tech recruiters say there’s an exodus building at the company. “Kali [Hays]’ story, and another this week from Insider’s Rob Price describing burnout and frustration at the tech giant, hint at a shift in how staffers at what’s now known as Meta look at the company. Yes, they’re still well paid, and yes, lots of people still want to work there. The company is still hiring, planning to bring on 10,000 people to build its metaverse. But there’s a feeling among some employees that there’s more interesting work to be done elsewhere. That poses a risk for any company that depends on having the best talent.”

Wired: Facebook Failed the People Who Tried to Improve It

Wired: Facebook Failed the People Who Tried to Improve It. “‘HI, ALL,’ READS a note on Facebook’s internal Workplace system that was posted on December 9, 2020. ‘Friday is going to be my last day at Facebook. It makes me sad to leave. I don’t think I’ll ever have a job as good as this one … Unfortunately, I don’t feel I can stay on in good conscience. (1) I think Facebook is probably having a net negative influence on politics in Western countries … (2) I don’t think that leadership is involved in a good-faith effort to fix this … (3) I don’t think I can substantially improve things by staying.’ This is a Facebook ‘badge post.’”

The Register: The pandemic improved the status of IT workers … forever

The Register: The pandemic improved the status of IT workers … forever. “Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you the reader choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you’re in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular. It’s up to our writers to convince you to vote for their side. This week’s motion is: The pandemic improved the status of IT workers … forever.”

Bloomberg: Google Whistle-Blower Says Speaking Out Is Harder Than It Seems

Bloomberg: Google Whistle-Blower Says Speaking Out Is Harder Than It Seems. “Facebook Inc. whistle-blower Frances Haugen has received plaudits from Congress and appeared prepared and confident in interviews and testimony. But her experience is far from typical for employees seeking to hold Big Tech accountable. Just ask Chelsey Glasson, who sued Google for discrimination.”

Washington Post: New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked

Washington Post: New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked. “A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges that the company prizes growth and profits over combating hate speech, misinformation and other threats to the public, according to a copy of the document obtained by The Washington Post.”

Politico: Facebook lobbying surges to $5M amid whistleblower uproar

Politico: Facebook lobbying surges to $5M amid whistleblower uproar. “The $5.1 million spree outpaces the company’s big tech peers Google, Amazon and Microsoft. In fact, the only entities that outspent Facebook on lobbying for the quarter were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors, Business Roundtable and the drug lobby PhRMA, according to disclosures filed late Wednesday.” That’s for a quarter of the year. A quarter.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Orders Tech Giants to Turn Over Information on their Payment System Plans. “Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a series of orders to collect information on the business practices of large technology companies operating payments systems in the United States. The information will help the CFPB better understand how these firms use personal payments data and manage data access to users so the Bureau can ensure adequate consumer protection.”

Axios: Groups launch “How to Stop Facebook” effort

Axios: Groups launch “How to Stop Facebook” effort. “The more than 30 groups involved include Accountable Tech, Article 19, Center for Digital Democracy, Fairplay, Global Voices, Media Justice, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Presente, Public Knowledge, United We Dream, Ranking Digital Rights, SumOfUs, Win Without War, and the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. Between the lines: The groups aren’t being subtle about their goal. The campaign page calls for a law ‘strong enough to end Facebook’s current business model.’”