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Why do businesses get involved with politics?

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by jrbiz, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. jrbiz

    jrbiz Acclaimed Member

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    #21
    To follow that up: if Twitter's fascist leanings do not affect the other side, does it have any effect on the fascist side? I guess what I am asking is whether Twitter's political activities actually have much of an effect, in general? I suppose by blocking the non-fascist members' posts, it can limit discussion but if people still use it in the same amounts and recognize its blatant biases, has Twitter actually furthered its nefarious causes?
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    JEET Notable Member

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    #22
    For these social sites, I think the big money maker is "number of views on ads".

    I'll tell you about my own behaviour.
    Until 2013-14, I was barely active on any social site.
    I used to check my fb account once a week may be.
    Today I am checking it at least 10 times daily. Sometimes that many times in 2-3 hours...

    Its not just about blocking content from one side, Its also about spreading content of other side more.
    In just these last 6-8 years, use of whatsapp has grown so much, that I cannot even explain it.
    Lot of it is happening via paid APIs.

    Its difficult to explain what these companies are doing here...
     
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    qwikad.com Illustrious Member Affiliate Manager

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    #23
    Good question @jrbiz Wondered the same question many times myself. Me thinks reasonable CEO's would not. Looney ones would. Most CEO's make BAD politicians anyway. A litmus test: a CEO gets involved in politics - beware, there's so much more to his/her persona than he/she has lead you to believe. And usually it's not good.

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    You raise a good point. The best CEO's I have known are too busy and/or have higher priorities than getting involved in politics.
     
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    #25
    So, I have a local story on this subject: Back in the May/June timeframe, when Antifa and Black Lives Matter were rioting against the police in the streets of many major cities here, we had an interesting development on the donut front. :)

    Those of you who have seen my posts on my Armchair Dining thread (see my signature line) over the years, might remember a few tributes I did to a Rhode Island donut shop, called Ally's Donuts. Fantastic donuts and donut-based birthday cakes. However, when the rioting broke out, the owner of the shop, in a big display of virtue signaling, announced that he was going to stop offering a small discount that the shop traditionally offered to police customers in support if the Antifa and BLM cause. He got a lot of local publicity on TV and the press because of it. However, despite the cliché that all PR is good, the shop immediately suffered a tremendous drop in business for weeks and weeks, until he humbly and apologetically went on the airwaves to say that he was reversing his originally bad decision and welcoming back his law enforcement customers.

    Not sure how well that worked out, but have heard a lot of comments from people that they will never visit that establishment again now that their hatred of the police is out in the open. I will never buy a donut there again.

    Their product is good and memories are short, so they will likely survive this incident. But, I bet that the owner has learned a powerful lesson to keep his politics out of his business.
     
    jrbiz, Nov 1, 2020 IP