Posted: 2017-12-07 17:56
It’s increasingly difficult to do anything on your phone nowadays without sharing your geolocation information. Certain Snapchat filters, Facebook status updates, Instagrams, and even text messages are all potentially tied to geolocation data. It’s relatively simple for app developers to build in geolocation functionality—and many services require users to opt-in to sharing location data. But now the state of Illinois wants ensure that all companies extracting geolocation data from individuals must provide an opt-in, or else they’ll have to pay up.
It’s not clear what Gionet means by the tweet, as marching in a neo-Nazi rally seems to be the very definition of “spewing actual racial hatred.” Gionet has seemingly been much more open to the cause of non-violence since getting maced at the rally in Charlottesville, but not open enough to denounce the cause of white supremacy. He also doesn’t seem to understand that things like Holocaust denial and retweeting “Hitler did nothing wrong,” is itself a call to violence.
The app is certainly a relic, from a time when the casual computer user couldn’t crack open Photoshop or Skitch or Pixelmator or thousands of web apps. MS Paint can’t save image components as layers or vectors it’s for making flat static images only. It doesn’t smooth lines or guess at your best intentions. It does what you tell it and nothing more, faithfully representing the herky-jerky motion of drawing freehand with a computer mouse. It’s from a time before touch, a time before trackpads.
The most notable conspiracy theory was floated by neo-Nazi hacker Weev, who said that he had hacked Kessler’s account. Weev, whose real name is Andrew Auernheimer, published a post on the social networking site Gab about two hours after Kessler’s tweet, taking credit for the hateful message. But Weev is known for making outlandish claims and so far there’s been no evidence presented to substantiate the claim that he hacked Kessler.
Illinois has a reputation of passing strict data privacy legislation. The state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act prohibits tech companies from using biometric identifiers—like face scans and fingerprints—without consent. Their Right To Know Act—which passed in May, but was put on hold—requires companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google to disclose what data has been collected from consumers and shared with third parties.
Kessler’s tweet referred to Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, as a “fat disgusting Communist” and claimed that since Communists had “killed 99 million” people throughout history, her death was “payback time.” His tweet included a link to the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site that has been booted by both GoDaddy and Google and has had a hard time finding a home.