Apple says Facebook-commissioned ‘study’ on preinstalled app usage is ‘seriously flawed’

The majority of apps used by iPhone and Android users are made by Apple and Google, according to a so-called “study” commissioned by Facebook.

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

The first-of-its-kind Comscore study ranks the popularity of preinstalled iOS and Android apps alongside third-party apps, indicating that the most popular apps are preinstalled. The results show that on iOS, stock apps such as Weather, Calculator, and Clock, are more popular than YouTube, Facebook, and Amazon. The statistics are similar for Android, where pre-installed Google apps dominate the rankings.

Facebook said that it paid for the Comscore study to show the “impact of preinstalled apps on the competitive app ecosystem,” hinting at the apparently anti-competitive nature of Android and iOS.

Speaking to The Verge, Apple scolded the report as “seriously flawed in a number of ways.”

This Facebook-financed survey from December 2020 was narrowly tailored to give the false impression that there’s little competition on the App Store. In truth, third-party apps compete with Apple’s apps across every category and enjoy large scale success.

MacDailyNews Take: Forget about fake studies. If Facebook wants to create their own iPhone, iOS, and App Store knockoffs, just like Google and its minions, obviously the world’s courts aren’t going to stop them. So, have at it, Facebook!

By the way:

Facebook is to privacy as Chernobyl is to nuclear power.MacDailyNews, February 3, 2021


As I’ve said before, if we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated and sold, we lose so much more than data, we lose the freedom to be human… If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, it does not deserve our praise, it deserves reform… Too many are still asking the question, “how much can we get away with?” when they should be asking “what are the consequences?”Apple CEO Tim Cook, January 2021


Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SSNs
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks

(Instant messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early days, reported by Business Insider in May 2010.)

Zuckerberg is like a really early model that somehow escaped Westworld.MacDailyNews, April 12, 2018


If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane. — MacDailyNews, May 23, 2018


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


We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018


As we’ve said many times: Delete Facebook.

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  1. Democrats say legally-commissioned audits of ballots are ‘seriously flawed’ (unless you are a democrat running for mayor of NYC, then it is ok).

  2. Zuckerberg contributed $450 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a left leaning organization that provided these funds to towns, cities, and counties for “election administration,” via contributions to their general funds. The largest public donations went overwhelmingly to strongly Democratic areas with the goal of buying the U.S. Presidential election for Biden via 40K or so votes in targeted swing states.

    Mark Zuckerberg provided nearly as much money to this year’s election administration – in very targeted areas – as the federal government.

    Republican legislatures are correcting this with legislation to prevent private money from buying elections in the future. Democrats call this “racist” and demand federal control of elections so Democrats can “win” elections forever by “counting every vote,” legal or not, chain of custody be damned. Whatever it takes to “win” and put government in control of every aspect of your life is perfectly acceptable to “Democrat” marxist filth intent on destroying America from within.

    By using Facebook, you helped fund the most blatant Democrat theft of a U.S. Presidential election since Kennedy stole his in 1960.

    CTCL’s 20 largest publicly identified donations totaled over $80 million. All these funds went to areas that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. In these 20 areas Hillary Clinton cumulatively had 66.7% of the vote compared with Donald Trump’s 28.5%. In addition, large amounts of these grants went expressly to Democratic areas in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

    Biden “beat” Trump in:
    • AZ by 10,457 “votes”
    • GA by 11,779
    • WI by 20,608
    Note: Some of these results are currently being audited, which Democrats oppose because “divisiveness” and, of course, “racism.”

    So, a handful of 42,844 “votes” – paid for by Mark Zuckerberg – swung the election from Trump – which China / the corrupt establishment simply could not have for 4 more years – to Biden-Harris who are provably corrupt globalist puppets.

    1. Of course we don’t know how much conservatives spent to influence the election because they mostly used untraceable dark money. We know how much Zuckerberg gave to CTSL and how they spent the money because they complied with full disclosure.

      1. You have no proof that conservatives used “dark money” to influence the election.

        It’s not okay to cheat and steal a U.S. presidential election just because you “disclosed” the theft.

        When you do something that causes election integrity laws to be enacted in multiple states in order to prevent future election theft, you should regard your so-called “president” as illegitimate.

        You should also be embarrassed. If only you had that capacity. Far too many Democrats are without shame.

        The fact is that Democrats couldn’t beat President Trump without multiple feet on the scale and every honest person in the world knows it.

        1. To anyone downvoting either of First Then’s posts above, I say to you, “You can’t handle the truth, you vapid Democrat in severe denial.”

        2. Circling back around:

          “It’s not okay to cheat and steal a U.S. presidential election just because you “disclosed” the theft.”

          One brilliant paragraph defines the 2020 election….

          👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

      2. Pennsylvania Senate Chairman announces forensic investigation of 2020 election fraud

        The case for a forensic investigation of the 2020 general election is evident to any unbiased observer.

        This was the first election in Pennsylvania with “mass” mail-in voting. In 2020, there were 2.7 million ballots cast by mail and absentee compared to about 263,000 absentee ballots cast in 2016. Many of these ballots were counted at offsite locations with little outside observation or oversight. Furthermore, mail ballots without signature verification were permitted to be counted across the Commonwealth. And, of course, all of this transpired in the midst of Covid-19 where uncertainty and fear impacted the conduct of the election.

        Additionally, in the weeks leading up to the election, the Department of State repeatedly altered the manner in which Pennsylvania’s election was conducted. Those who voted in person were held to a higher standard than those who mailed in their ballots. Signatures required for mail-in ballots were rendered meaningless as the PA Supreme Court ruled that ballots could not be rejected based on an analysis of the voter’s signature.

        On September 17th, the PA Supreme Court ruled that counties had to count ballots received up to three days after Election Day. A week before the election, the Department of State told the U.S. Supreme Court that ballots received after 8 p.m. on November 3rd would be segregated. But the department changed the rules two days before the election and directed counties to canvass those ballots upon receipt. The U.S. Supreme Court had to step in and order the counties to segregate the ballots.

        Just hours before the polls opened on November 3, the department changed the rules again by providing late guidance on how to help voters whose mail-in or absentee ballots were incorrectly completed. The “guidance” resulted in inconsistent application across the Commonwealth. Some counties contacted voters as directed while others did not. There was no basis for that guidance in current or case law.

        It would defy logic to assume that an election with the kinds of drastic changes we saw in 2020 was run perfectly with zero errors or fraud.

        Governor Wolf and the Secretary of State refused to conduct any type of thorough investigation despite the concerns of millions of our citizens in the aftermath of the election and hundreds of affidavits alleging firsthand fraud, irregularities, and illegal behavior witnessed at polling places.

        The closest thing to an investigation we got was a small so called “risk-limiting” audit which consisted of a sample of only 45,000 randomly selected ballots from the November Election. Not nearly the type of investigation that was needed to determine any fraud, misconduct, or technical anomalies. This audit was conducted by the Department of State and did not include public input or outside observers.

        — Senator Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, Chair

        https://senatormastriano.com/2021/07/07/op-ed-why-i-am-initiating-a-forensic-investigation-of-the-2020-general-election-and-2021-primary/

        1. Just because somebody alleges something does not make it true.

          Just because one individual highly partisan member of the Pennsylvania Senate is shocked, I say shocked, that the guy he supported lost does not make the outcome fraudulent.

          Just because the voters in a rural Pennsylvania district elected a graduate of the Army War College to the State Senate does not qualify him to conduct a “forensic audit,” whatever that is supposed to mean.

            1. Fulton County (Central Atlanta) is heavily African-American and would have voted mostly for any Democrat. Democratic turnout was particularly high because of the perception that the last gubernatorial election had been stolen by voter suppression, and the determination not to allow that again,

              The Republican presidential candidate and his supporters had spent months telling his potential voters that mail-in ballots were unsafe, that they should avoid them, and vote exclusively in person. Most Republican voters followed those instructions.

              The Democratic candidate and his supporters, particularly in Georgia, were being told that voting by mail was safer because the aforementioned suppression efforts would guarantee long lines and maximum transmission of a deadly virus that Democrats were taking seriously and that had particularly hit minority communities. Many Democratic voters followed those instructions.

              Dozens of articles were published before the election pointing all that out and predicting a “blue mirage” with a massive Trump lead when the in-person votes were counted, followed by a “red shift” as the mail ballots were tallied. That is exactly what happened, with no fraud involved.

              Given all of that, no it is not “statistically impossible” that a particular batch of 100 Fulton County mail-in ballots were all for Biden, any more than it is statistically impossible that there might have been heavily Republican precincts in Georgia where a batch of 100 in-person votes might have been for Trump.

            2. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett testified about the difficulties his team is facing finding serial numbers to ensure duplicate ballots were only counted once. “We found, I would have to say, thousands of duplicate ballots where those serial numbers are not on them. So it’s created great difficulty to try to match up a duplicated ballot to its duplicate.”

              Senate President Karen Fann then asked: “If the corresponding numbers aren’t on there, how would you know if it was duplicated once or ten times?”

              Bennett replied: “You wouldn’t.”

            3. To begin with, Ken Bennett is not “Arizona Secretary of State.” He is a former Secretary of State (and President of the State Senate) who was appointed by the Republicans in the Senate to help with the “audit” they set up to find election fraud, whether it happened or not. The Senate knew that Bennett had been an Obama “birther” so he could, of course, be relied on as impartial (/s).

              In the second place, the only time that Bennett (or anybody else with personal knowledge of the audit) has ever mentioned this issue in any public forum was in a State Senate hearing on May 19, 2021. There have been a flurry of social media posts the last few days like the one First Then cited, but they all trace back to Bennett’s testimony that day. For context, this was the same time that the “auditors” admitted that they were mistaken about claiming that Maricopa County had deleted databases when that was not the case.

              If this were a real “smoking gun” of potential election fraud, don’t you think that Bennett, the “auditors,” or some Republican Senator would have said something else about it at some point in the last two months? Ockham’s Razor suggests that “serial-number-gate,” like “deleted-database-gate” before it, was the product of sheer amateurism by people who were not selected for their experience with elections (they have none), but because they promised the Republican Senate Caucus the results they were paying taxpayer money to get.

            4. The Democrats can’t have it both ways, claiming that the election was the “most secure ever” while doing everything possible to preclude the verification of that simple claim through forensic audits.

              U.S. CITIZENS ARE BEING SCAMMED. ELECTIONS WERE RIGGED AS VOTE GATHERING AND TALLYING WERE INSECURE, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND COMPROMISED.

              Audits aren’t a “threat to democracy,” as the Democrats and their media sycophants continually bleat. In reality, standing in the way of audits undermines our constitutional Republic and the confidence that the American people have in our election processes, for without election integrity, anything is possible (including Democrat/Uniparty political hegemony ad infinitum against the will of the people).

              If we have learned anything in the Age of Trump, the opposite of what Democrats claim is almost certainly the truth. The list is long of Democrat agitprop later proved to be false: Trump-Russia collusion, Trump is a stooge of Putin, Steele dossier, Ukraine phone call quid pro quo, Charlottesville, Trump is a dictator, clearing Lafayette Square with tear gas, inciting insurrection, and all the rest.

              THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE SHOULD WELCOME ELECTION AUDITS AND FULL TRANSPARENCY.

              Thus, their endlessly repeated claims that the 2020 election was the most secure in history with its corollary that any assertions of voter fraud are “baseless” are merely the next on the list of items that will be debunked – just as the mountain of evidence discovered and analyzed since Election Day is making obvious to all but the willfully blind.

              Finally, to claim that those advocating for forensic audits must be stopped “to prevent this concerted effort to undermine our election,” as Illegitimate Biden read from his remarks prepared by his handler in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, is the opposite of the truth, as fraud vitiates everything, including a presidency.

              IF THERE WAS NO FRAUD, DEMOCRATS SHOULD WELCOME AUDITS TO LEND BIDEN SOME LEGITIMACY, YET THEY INSTEAD FIGHT TO HIDE WHAT WAS PERPETRATED ON AMERICA. WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?

              Who are those who have “undermined our election” when massive fraud is proven? Voter fraud means that US citizens have been disenfranchised through illegal ballots cast and counted. And this is a violation of equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment. Full forensic audits are the only way to ascertain the truth and restore election integrity. Let the chips fall where they may, Democrats. The country will be better for it.

              Read more about the U.S. States and how the Democrats stole the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election here.

            5. These aren’t “audits.” The term “election audit” has a clearly understood meaning. The votes in almost every state have been audited since last November, some of them several times, according to generally accepted professional standards for election audits. Some states have conducted full recounts, a few more than once. None of those audits or recounts have had a net impact on any state’s totals of more than a few hundred votes, with pro-Biden corrections about as common as pro-Trump corrections.

              The Ex-President and his supporters are not satisfied, because the real audits and recounts did not confirm their contention that there was massive fraud. So, they have invented a new form of “forensic audit” defined as “an unprofessional show trial conducted by Trump supporters with no experience or expertise in elections with the express purpose of pulling facts out of context to confirm their preexisting conclusion.”

              Suppose the State Senate decided that Republicans were particularly prone to sexually-transmitted infections, rejected all the data from doctors and public health workers to the contrary, and created a “ forensic audit” to confirm their bias by using subpoena powers to subject female Republicans to pelvic exams conducted by “auditors” who knew nothing about medicine. I suppose the outcry from that would also be dismissed with “They must have something to hide or they wouldn’t object to forensic audits.”

            6. TxDickBag,

        2. I agree. That’s why the system is designed so that it can be completely audited and it has been, repeatedly. The outcome of those audits and recounts is that there has been no persuasive evidence of widespread fraud.

      3. How many votes did conservatives count in the weee hours after the counting had been halted for the evening (which has NEVER occurred before in a presidential election)? How many? Am I allowed to ask? Can you ask this question on FB, Twitter, YouTube? No, you can’t. So strange, don’t you think?

        1. Honesty, Truth, Justice and the American Way with a level playing for everyone you will NEVER find in TxLIAR wheelhouse. The Leftist elites mantra “not for me, but for thee”…

        2. TxLiar and his ilk work to undermine America either willingly or a brainwashed pawns. Ignore his and their endless lies.

          Democrats understand full well that election integrity laws passed in Red states signal political doom for them. Here is one such admission:

          “These rules, these restrictive rules that have been put in place in the state are such that it could really cost Democrats seats in the House and the Senate,” former Democratic House Rep. Donna Edwards admitted, adding, “I mean, that is how serious it is.”

          This is the common refrain. They would have us believe that ensuring the identity and residency of voters somehow leads to “disenfranchisement” and minority voter suppression when the fact is that election integrity laws ensure that elections are free, fair, and legitimate.

          Democrats are bemoaning their inability to cheat in future elections, at least in Red states. They’ll have to cheat even more in Blue states to try to make up the difference.

          More: A.U.D.I.T. of Elections: The Pot Is Boiling out of Control!

          1. Perhaps you could model your reforms on the “election integrity laws” adopted in the generation after 1877. Rules that knowingly favor one segment of the population over another do not lead to free, fair, and legitimate elections. Quite the contrary.

            Why accept hunting licenses as an acceptable government issued ID but not student photo IDs? Obviously, because hunters are more likely to vote Republican than students.

            Why restrict early voting hours to “banker’s hours,” rather than times that would be convenient for shift workers? Obviously, because bankers are more likely to vote Republican than shift workers.

            Why restrict mail-in voting to those who have residential mail delivery? Obviously, because people in the suburbs and small towns with door-to-door delivery are more likely to vote Republican than Native Americans and farm workers.

            Why adopt rules that limit the number of in-person polling locations in large cities? Obviously, because residents in non-urban areas are more likely to vote Republican than those in inner cities.

            That is just the beginning.

      4. Complied with full disclosure? Is this why Democrats are so open to election audits? Because they are interested in full disclosure? Uhhh….

            1. I agree, as is requiring someone to register.
              Should just be open to everyone.

              As Lisa Sparks would say-
              “Come early and come often”…

          1. Same question — suppression HOW? Prove your biased point tedious one!

            H1 is possibly the worst law ever proposed by Congress. Not going to waste my time explaining it to you because you are all in for Democrat controlled swamp to pass it, FEDERALIZE elections and Biden, Pelosi and Schumer rig the rules for the party’s benefit in years to come.

            Not going to happen, so you can mischaractize it all you want, you are crying Leftist IRRELEVANT…

            1. You want an example of HOW suppression works? Here:

              Arizona is a very large state with low population density (extremely low outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas). It is a struggle to locate and staff enough polling places that are reasonably accessible on Election Day. Like many other low-density Western states, Arizona had largely solved this problem by providing liberal provisions for mail-in ballots.

              As many as 80% of the votes in Arizona elections have been cast by mail for years, with next-to-no problems. Because so many people vote by mail, the number of in-person polling locations, and the volume they can handle, has been greatly reduced. The state legislature, which is heavily gerrymandered to enhance its Republican majority, saw no problems with this as long as they kept winning the important elections.

              In 2018, Kyrsten Sinema became the first Arizona Democrat since 1988 to be elected to the US Senate (she was also the first woman and the first LGBT person elected to the Senate from Arizona). In 2020, Mark Kelly became the second Arizona Democrat in the Senate and Joe Biden carried the Arizona presidential race. In all these races, the winning margin came from three groups: urban and suburban voters in the two big cities, rural Hispanic voters, and Native Americans. There is no evidence other than politically-motivated gossip that the (largely Republican) election officials who ran those elections saw any more fraud than when Republicans were winning all the elections.

              Comparatively few rural areas in Arizona, and almost no areas within the Indian Nations, have residential mail delivery or pickup. This can also be a problem for urban voters in low-rent housing. Residents rely on their neighbors who are going to the post office. That allowed the Republican majority in the Legislature a very simple strategy for suppressing rural and lower-class urban votes, which are largely minority votes that are cast largely for Democrats.

              With few exceptions, they required that mail ballots be either delivered in person by the voter to a USPS collection site (such as the mailboxes the rural voters do not have) or delivered in person by the voter by standing in line at one of the limited number of remaining in-person election sites during its regular hours of operation (in which case, why vote by mail?). As a follow-up to this strategy, the Legislature mandated a purge of voters who did not respond to letters addressed to their residence, even if that letter was never delivered because of the gaps in mail service.

              The US Supreme Court’s Republican-appointed majority held last week that this was perfectly OK because it did not expressly single out ethnic minorities, but merely had an enormously disparate effect on minority voting. So much for the Voting Rights Act as an effective limit on what was obviously an effort to suppress voting.

            2. Hey TxUseless, tedious paragraph after paragraph YOU GOT NOTHING!

              With the exception of Demonrat Party political poison.

              Nuff said…

          2. I don’t expect anything from leftist socialist filth, except for more lies.

            1. Yes, LEFTIST LIES are useless to a free and fair society. A famous female conservative once said something like, Democrats don’t get mad if you LIE about them, they only get mad if you tell the TRUTH about them…

    2. Your post ought to be included in the Wikipedia entry for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election as it clearly and concisely explains precisely what actually happened and why.

      Of course, if you posted that on Facebook or Twitter, they’d delete it and ban you for life. Sound familiar? 😉

      The U.S. mainstream “news” media is irredeemably broken and doing more harm to the country than anything ever has.

      1. Amen!

        The media is an absolute biased DISGRACE and dead as objective and critically thinking reporters since 19 minutes after President Trump took his hand off the swearing in Bible.

        Specifically, Leftist biased WashPost proclaimed on their website, the impeachment has begun.

        Two failed rightly so on bogus charges, and President Trump stands taller than ever Godspeed to repealing winning your lawsuit regarding Section 230 CENSORSHIP and ABUSE…

  3. Want to puke to see that lizard’s eyes. He stole Facebook ideas from friends now he using billionaire powers to interfere with the election fraud. Once a crook is always a crook, even he gets into 80s or 90s years old.

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