Google and Facebook 'Deliberately Engineer Addiction — George Soros

Marcus Newton
January 27, 2018

He pointed out that it took Facebook eight years to reach one billion users, but only four years to double that amount. He is, of course, the legendary currency speculator, investor, philanthropist, political activist and author - George Soros.

At the beginning of his speech, the investor, Holocaust survivor, confessed that he had a pessimistic view of the current historical moment, which he considers "quite painful".

Soros stated that President Trump had set the United States on a path towards nuclear war due to his interactions with North Korea and Kim Jong Un.

The world's major geopolitical actors must now "come to terms with North Korea as a nuclear power" to prevent a nuclear war breaking out.

Harsh as they were, Soros's criticisms of Trump weren't exactly surprising. Soros was an active supporter of Hillary Clinton during her unsuccessful campaign against Trump in 2016.

Soros has been a consistent critic of Trump who is also in Davos, the first US president to attend since Bill Clinton in 2000. "I give President Trump credit for motivating his core supporters brilliantly", Soros said.

The Hungarian-born Jewish octogenarian then turned to social media giants Facebook and Twitter, describing them as a "menace" and warning against the monopolistic power they hold.

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Soros isn't alone in this view: Rupert Murdoch recently said Facebook should pay a fee to trusted publishers in order to share their content on the platform. "But the fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access", he said.

Soros suggested that the tech giants could ally themselves with authoritarian regimes to supply information on their citizens. "They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide", Soros said.

"There is a similarity between internet platforms and gambling companies".

It wasn't merely a matter of "distraction" or "addiction", Soros went on. "Social media companies influence how people think and behave without them even being aware of it", he said.

Soros said growth like that isn't sustainable because sooner or later the sites "will run out of people to convert". As a strong supporter of liberalism, globalism and Democratic Party, Soros has gone bonkers and taken the pleasure bashing the US president. And "there is an even more alarming prospect on the horizon", he added. Overseas, Soros said he's concerned that some social media and technology companies may fall into "unholy marriages" with regimes in Russian Federation and China, creating a "web of totalitarian control". Facebook and Google also control half of all digital advertising revenue worldwide and 60 percent of said revenue in the United States.

"This requires the United States to cooperate with all the interested parties, China foremost among them".

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