Software engineers are indoctrinated to believe: "People only hate ads when they aren't relevant." This doctrine has led to over 20 years of mass data collection. It's a lie, and if more engineers dared to question it, we'd get a lot further on #privacy.
@mplammers @kylerankin Incrementalism (https://www.zdnet.com/article/q-why-did-you-write-adware-a-i-was-broke/), apathy, "banality of evil" (a.k.a. people following local incentives, "knowing their place", "not rocking the boat" and so on), implicit fear of not getting promoted or getting shadow banned (ex. put on secret lists to suddenly have zeroes on their performance reviews so they can get shoved out legally.)
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