Law Enforcement & Tech; Facebook Staff Concerns; Musk vs Bezos
Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology:
What kind of technology is law enforcement using in their standoff with protesters?
A lot of technology to try to find out who's who, like face recognition software and license plate readers. Protesters, meanwhile, are using a lot of encrypted messaging, trying to kind of do the opposite.
What is going on at Facebook and how will Mark Zuckerberg address the concerns of his employees?
A lot of his employees, and we don't know exactly what percentage, are frustrated that Zuckerberg isn't doing what Twitter is doing and blocking Donald Trump's statements if they're potentially false or could maybe be read as inciting violence. It's time, many Facebook people think, for Zuckerberg to take a stronger stand. Zuckerberg has not. Partly because he's a strong believer in free speech, partly because I don't think he wants to get on the bad side of the president.
Why are tech industry leaders Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos feuding and should it concern consumers?
They are feuding because Amazon may have briefly blocked a book about the coronavirus from a controversial author who has sort of extreme views about the coronavirus that are shared by Musk. So, Musk got upset and he tweeted that Amazon should be broken up. I actually think the feud also probably has something to do with a long feud between SpaceX and Blue Origin. But in any case, I think it's a tempest in a teapot and it should not concern consumers.