The hot-selling Oculus virtual reality goggles were one of the many products listed on a phony pirate scam site advertising on Google.
As frenetic and volatile as a runaway toboggan escaping the rarefied air of K-2 crammed full of Labatts guzzling expats sampling an eclectic Pandora mix of Yacht rock, the digital entity of Google is completely out of control, and cool with it. The miscreant subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc., which completely lacks the basic framework on the subject of reasonable administrative and sustainable corporate policy, is a global leading guerilla marketing agency disguised as a search engine. And scalability is where the excuses start and end, in the complete absence of a reliable infrastructure of checks and balances.
While the pompous and reprehensible actions of the company allow for a certain ominous ideology to dominate the environment and lexicon of the search dashboard, consumers of all political leanings are discovering that fraud protection protocol is not at the pinnacle of corporate concerns trickling down from the boardroom. As the Alphabet family dabbles into compartmentalizing and innovating just about anything under the sun that falls under the umbrella of life, including the aggressive campaign to launch a self-driving vehicle with weaponized “Murder Hornet” repellent capabilities, customer service remains obsolete.
Not even a social insect species can overcome the sensationalism of the media combined with a gullible audience.
With the online retail market exploding due to the stay at home order applicable to most industrialized nations, a new online scam has emerged, with the same time-tested characteristics of good old fashioned fraud. If not for a media syndicate (fingers are crossed) basically shaming Google into removing an offending site from paid searches, consumers would still be robbed of funds garishly liquidated from savings and checking accounts. In one of the most stunning developments of Covid-19 ear, the BBC actually resembled a journalism outlet for once, in publishing a watchdog article, which took both the galaxy’s largest search engine, and the fake electronic retailer of criminal action to task. The venerable his majesty Mark Zuckerberg was seen screaming at some clouds, as his philosophy of “no press is bad press” was temporarily upstaged on the trending news feature by a digital nemesis.
The BBC reports that a large contingency of consumers fell prey to a website bolstered by Google Ads and offering popular products and electronic gadgets for a discounted price. Attention grabbing items included virtual reality goggles, video games, and high performance footwear listed as blockbuster deals. While the old adage of “…if it is too good to be true, then it probably is.” comes to mind, the response of the company, or complete lack of accountability in removing the offending site in timely fashion is why this is a relevant and important news story.
Google finally deleted the crooked domain from searches, but only after the BBC staff confronted the company as to why the site remained active after it was flagged multiple times by users. The sordid track record of multiple scandals and privacy violations due to sloppy or maybe deliberate performance has marred the reputation of an entity that has no qualms in demonstrating a leftist agenda in deliberately obscuring conservative content, and possesses a strict and limiting policy towards firearms.
As over three days had passed, which is an eternity within the internet, until the involvement by the BBC in forcing a tepid resolving of an unacceptable scenario, the glacial response by the search engine begs the questions of how many similar scams are currently operational, and does purchasing a large quantity of advertising guarantee a safe harbor for the criminal underworld?
Officials at Google claim that 2.7 billion felonious ads were moderated by humans and AI in 2019, an absolutely staggering figure that equates to an astronomical amount of cash and transactions flooding the company’s servers. With the election on the horizon, and skeptics out in droves as to the questionable accountability coming out of Silicon Valley, how can a responsible individual invest any trust in corporations who are disturbingly above the law, and willing to spread propaganda and compromise Constitutional rights motivated by the coarse and brutal game of politics?
Within the construct of a crazy world, the fact that the BBC stepped up to inform the public about a potentially lingering issue plaguing a company too vast for its logistical resources, is a blazing red flag that things will get much worst, and the failed protocol of Google is only the tip of the iceberg in a world that is gravitating towards the presence of AI in every facet of everyday life. Certainly, the climax will not involve murderous cyborg robots hacking into the nuclear arsenal, but a subtle and steady change for the worse is possible if the emphasis continues to focus on overengineering every conceivable system imaginable.
The raucous toboggan party is still illuminating the breathtaking summits of the Hindu Kush range, as the intoxicating libations have elevated the conversation to one of moving the mountains themselves. One has to take small steps before talk of going to head to head with God. The arrogance of the pseudo-intellectual dog loving tech atheists holds no bounds.
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