Perfect. No surprise. I was in SF in the late ’90s for the same reason, watched companies started and staffed by young white men blow up and become a force in the American culture; men whose privilege underlay an assumption that the public good and the profit motive were in perfect sync. Men who, when confronted with the requirements of their libertarian assumptions, threw ethics under the bus, swept abuses under the rug of an imaginary technological neutrality, dined in style on empty mantras of “don’t be evil.”
Twitter, Facebook, and Google are far too influential, not simply in terms of pure numbers but in terms of their capacity to unconsciously shape opinion, to be left to the profit motive. They delivered us this disastrous presidency, despite their empty protestations.
It’s time to hold them to account.