Despite their advertising and marketing claims to the contrary, a new report reveals the extent to which major tech companies like Apple, Twitter/X and Meta/Facebook prioritize profit over consumers’ rights.
The meta-analysis by Atlas VPN covers data from Ranking Digital Rights, a research program at the left-leaning New America think tank, scoring companies’ policies and practices regarding privacy, governance and freedom of expression and information on a percentage scale. According to the analysis, a pre-Elon Musk Twitter scored the highest, with a 56% rating, meaning if this were school, none of the companies rated would earn a passing grade.
Close behind top-rated Twitter is Yahoo, which scored 54%, followed by Microsoft at 50% and Google at 47%. These findings largely dovetail with other research into consumer views of big tech companies, including a July survey that revealed 95% of Americans are concerned their medical information will be hacked, as well as a Brookings Institution study showing that trust in tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, declined precipitously during the pandemic.
Apple scored just 44%, though that reflects an improvement from the previous year, as the company expanded reporting on content moderation and AppStore rules. Fourth-place Google, on the other hand, saw its score drop from last year, largely due to outdated policies.