Facebook preps antitrust lawsuit against Apple for allowing users to protect their privacy

According to The Information, via MacRumors, Facebook is preparing to launch an antitrust lawsuit against Apple for alleged anticompetitive behavior, particularly regarding App Tracking Transparency and iMessage.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Hartley Charlton for MacRumors:

The antitrust lawsuit would contend that Apple has abused its power in the smartphone industry by enforcing App Store rules that Apple itself supposedly does not have to follow. Within this, the case would argue rules such as the requirement that developers use Apple’s own in-app payment service, make it harder to compete in areas such as gaming, messaging, and shopping.

iOS 14’s App Tracking Transparency feature, which allows users to opt-out of being tracked via an on-screen prompt, is believed to be central to Facebook’s case. Facebook alleges that the prompts are unfair because they do not appear for Apple’s own apps, offering it a competitive advantage.

In addition to App Tracking Transparency, Facebook is expected to focus on Apple’s refusal to allow third-party messaging apps to be installed as the default option on iPhones and iPads. The company lobbied Apple to allow users to choose Facebook’s Messenger app as the default on iOS instead of iMessage in September last year, and it now claims that Apple disallows other messaging apps to be set as default in an effort to prevent people from switching to competing smartphone brands.

MacDailyNews Take: Uh, Facebook, Apple’s apps do not track users or share data for advertising purposes which seems like a weak, as in nonexistent, foundation for an antitrust lawsuit against Apple.

Suing Apple for allowing users to protect their privacy seems like a losing position – to anyone not named Mark Zuckerberg, it seems.

By the way, all of these “social media” platforms – Twitter, Parler, Facebook – are cancers on society. They are clearly eating society from the inside out. There’s something unsavory within human nature that “digital distance” amplifies to the point of disgust.

If you quit these cancers you will quickly realize what they are and what they do. You will be happier and healthier to have excised them from your life.

We haven’t had personal Twitter or Facebook accounts for many years now. And very happily so.MacDailyNews, January 9, 2021

The bottom line: Mark Zuckerberg was smart enough to steal the idea for Facebook, but isn’t smart enough to run Facebook without trampling his users’ privacy.

22 Comments

  1. “The antitrust lawsuit would contend that Apple has abused its power in the smartphone industry by enforcing App Store rules that Apple itself supposedly does not have to follow.”

    No more than Big Tech Facebook picking and choosing winners and losers in the Free Speech debate based on the correct political ideology! Give me a break MotherZucker!

    “By the way, all of these “social media” platforms – Twitter, Parler, Facebook – are cancers on society. They are clearly eating society from the inside out.”

    Add Apple’s iPhone to the list and every other phone, smart or otherwise, that has a video camera/camera to add to the fire the fuel of discourse by allowing idiots to whip out that technology and capture a snippit of an unfinished story that the masturbating media runs with. Media, there’s another cancer on society, followed closely by Hollywood entertainment, musicians, and sports athletes.

    Get rid of them all. It may not make the world a better place, but it sure would clear up the stink.

    1. Time runs only forward. No matter how many wooden shoes were thrown into power looms, the Industrial Age happened anyway. My mother remembers her Dad sitting with his friends complaining about Swing Music and Social Security. Time moved on anyway.

  2. Reduce Facebook’s to a web address on iOS within a browser, no apps, you don’t have to do business with them no government can make do so, it isn’t Facebook’s right.

    Apple do not waste anymore time with them treat them like FLASH on the iPhone.

  3. Mark Suckerberg should form ‘STEALING CLUBS'” with members like China Beijing Biden, Obamagate to steal an election and user private data. The lizard has to face consequences some day. furthermore, the lizard wants to reform criminal, immigrants for $350 million, besides $400 million in interfere election. Oh my, the power of money can buy presidency.

    1. Get over it. The most secure election ever is over. Your chosen one lost (in spite of all his whining and crying). The prophecy did not come to pass. Comrade Trump did not rise up and smite the unfaithful. Hoards of Satan-worshipping, pedophile, baby-eating, celebrities are still roaming the streets freely, inciting your fellow peace-loving cultists to violence. Can we move on?

      1. Wait a sec — unverified mail-in ballots by the tens of millions was the most secure ever? Most countries have election security extremely high. The US does not.

        Apple could create a perfect voting system that would guarantee one person, one vote, that I would love.

          1. Duh! We live in a Republic.
            The reason we live in a republic is prevention of the tyranny of the majority. The States would have never joined the union without it. If we didn’t have a republic, concentrated populations would be deciding all things in the nation. All the campaigning effort would be concentrated there and the small populations would have zero say. You might think that good, but they happen to be the backbone of our economy. the ‘productivity’ of the concentrated populations of this nation ultimately depend on the ‘needs’ of the nation actually being produced. Not phones, not Starbucks, but the ‘blood’ that runs the nation, i.e., energy production, food production, water distribution. If we ever go to a democracy instead of a republic, States will secede.

      2. Oh Tony, Tony, Tony… stop being an indictment of America’s educational system. “The most secure election ever”, man you’ll believe anything. Mail in ballots is fine for US presidential elections when it suits the Left, but when applied to them, how you say, ‘whine and cry’. Just look at Jeff Bezo’s Amazon and the mail in voting for Unionizing…

        https://www.outkick.com/jeff-bezos-amazon-mail-in-votes/

        https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2021/01/24/amazon-union-vote-in-person-covid-19/6693642002/

          1. Where is your proof of ‘most secure election’? I suppose you heard someone you believe. CNN maybe? Have you investigated it or have you just read what you like to read to feel better that your guy won? Hmmmm. If so, then maybe you are the gullible one.

  4. “By the way, all of these “social media” platforms – Twitter, Parler, Facebook – are cancers on society. They are clearly eating society from the inside out. There’s something unsavory within human nature that “digital distance” amplifies to the point of disgust.”

    Um, isn’t the problem one of an imbecilic majority of “people” who do not think for themselves, who react with heated emotion rather than rational thought and analysis (lazy?) and refuse to take any kind of responsibility for their own thoughts and behaviors, all the while blaming others?

    I say let FaceBook, Twitter, whatever is the platform of the day, do whatever they want. They are nothing more than images on computer screens. If any “harm” is done, it is not because of what they do, it is because of what we accept and allow.

    If the government or other groups want to try to “fix the problem”, they should focus on getting people to take responsibility for their own thoughts and ideas and stop blaming external forces. Internal Locus of Control!

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