Canada's five big banks have joined as well. Scotiabank, RBC, CIBC, BMO and TD.
I could go on, but the list keeps growing. A great first step in, what I imagine, will be a long fight ahead.
When I first began trying to reverse-engineer the algorithms of social media, starting with Facebook's newsfeed, I was totally ill-prepared for the level of ignorance and hate I would encounter in these forums. And then to figure out first-hand how it is actually designed to amplify such behaviour. It is very much hate by design.
I can't even begin to express what a relief it is to know that I am not alone in thinking this is unacceptable. That there is still such a thing as ethics. I mean, make no mistake, to perpetuate lies and profit from harassment only makes you complicit. I'd even go as far as to use words like accomplice, accessory, and aiding and abetting; since so much of what happens online are criminal acts, punishable by law. The latest example being this heinous report involving Snapchat.
I am also relieved to know I'm not the only one on the planet who's been impersonated by fraudsters. Ripple, the cryptocurrency company, has sued YouTube for letting scammers impersonate its CEO, damaging its reputation. I'm fairly certain Twitter has verified these types of fraudulent accounts too, making that checkmark symbol meaningless.
It's also worth noting that Google has recently banned ads for spyware as well. For more information on spyware, please visit the Coalition Against Stalkerware at stopstalkerware.org.
I am curiously anticipating the next iteration of social media. The future of the Internet. A safer space where harassment isn't rewarded and identity theft near impossible – because math. One can only hope.