MSNBC host Kasie Hunt announced her intention to delete her Facebook account on Wednesday, citing a lack of trust in the platform’s ability to protect its users private information.
As Facebook finds itself embroiled in privacy scandals, with revelations this week showing Facebook allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users’ private messages, and news last week that Facebook leaked private photos of up to 6.8 million users to third party app developers, it is facing an exodus of high profile personalities on the left.
“Unfortunately, I simply don’t trust [Facebook] any more,” Hunt wrote, revealing she would be discontinuing use of the platform totally in 2019. ” She also urged her fans to follow her in abandoning the social network.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) December 19, 2018
“To anyone who uses this as a place to get news, I urge you, DON’T,” she wrote, “It’s bad for your brain, divides you from your neighbors.”
Echoing the sentiments of other celebrities, Hunt concluded that Facebook is “worse for democracy,” and suggested those who use Facebook to become informed instead “read the paper, watch the news, or read” other mainstream websites.
Hunt joins a growing number of prominent leftists who are deleting their Facebook accounts amid privacy controversies and left wing accusations that Russian actors used the platform to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Yesterday Cher, pop icon and noted critic of President Donald Trump, announced she would delete her Facebook account and stop using Google, blaming the platforms’ pursuit of profit for the results of the 2016 election, and stating that the companies “might as well be conspiring with Russia to destroy our democracy.”
Struggling to please everyone, left wing criticism over privacy and Russian meddling concerns continues to ramp up for Facebook, even as conservative legislators in the Freedom Caucus grill top executives and begin to consider regulating the Big Tech platforms.
As Biden Eyes “Transition Away” From Fossil Fuels, Pennsylvania is Second-Largest Natural Gas Producer in US
Destroying Pennsylvanian jobs.
Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans on a “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels as an energy source may not go over smoothly with the people of Pennsylvania- a state that has scored as the second largest producer of natural gas anywhere in the country.
Joe Biden admitted at the Thursday debate that he plans to “transition away from the oil industry,” citing pollution.
Joe Biden says he will "transition from the oil industry" pic.twitter.com/0TgtYhhLEZ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 23, 2020
The United States Energy Information Administration identifies a considerable 20.0% of national natural gas production as coming from the state of Pennsylvania, making it the second biggest producer behind Texas. The state punches well above its weight in doing so, producing almost as much natural gas as Texas despite having less than half of its population.
Biden has sought to dismiss his track record of support for the banning of fracking oil extraction, employing a similar thinly veiled rhetorical trick by stating he’d only decline to allow any new fracking.
The energy industry continues to be a source of gainful, family-supporting employment for over ten million Americans. It’s not an option to “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels in the immediate future- a fact Biden tacitly admitted to after the debate suggestion, perhaps indicating that he realized the political folly of the statement.
Biden also said he’s talking about “getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels. But we’re not going to get rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 23, 2020
A study from the American Petroleum Industry indicates that more than 322,000 Pennsylvanians are employed by the natural gas industry that Biden wants to transition away from.
Pennsylvania is shaping up as the most critical swing state in the election, and in nearly every plausible election night scenario the winner of the state’s 20 electoral votes secures the 270 needed to win the election.
Perhaps Joe Biden should transition away from national politics, and leave policy answers relating to carbon emissions, the environment and a strong energy industry to those more considerate of the role of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and around the country.
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