Tech Platforms — from “Saving Lives” to “Killing People”

March 2020: When Facebook is more trustworthy than the president. Covid-19 reminds us Social media is good actually. Has the Coronavirus killed the Techlash. Created by Dr. Nirit Weiss-Blatt, PhD, July 2021.

Tech Giants Are Our SAVIOURS

With people told to work from home and stay away from others, the pandemic has deepened the dependence on services from the technology industry’s biggest companies. Suddenly, the tech giants received vocal gratitude “for the technologies we’ve often taken for granted.”

Tech Giants Are a THREAT

Very soon after, there were cracks in the new idealism. The claim to get traction first was based on the realization that while most industries are suffering in the lockdown caused by the pandemic, the tech companies are blooming.

The “Killing/Saving” Debate Over The Weekend

President Biden’s “They’re killing people” remark caused a media storm over the weekend. As everyone assumed he was referring to Facebook, the focus was on how significant this claim is: “It’s one thing for the White House to criticize Facebook. It’s another for the US President to bluntly accuse a private business of ‘killing’ people in the country.”

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Nirit Weiss-Blatt

Nirit Weiss-Blatt

Dr. (Ph.D.). Book Author: The Techlash and Tech Crisis Communication. Contributor: Techdirt. Former visiting research fellow, USC. Expertise: Tech Journalism.