Martin Lewis is suing Facebook

And he's pissed

It hasn't been a great couple of months for Facey B. This latest law suit is about 'reputational damage' after Facebook allowed fake ads to appear bearing Martin Lewis's name.

What it means: Money Saving Expert is known for giving impartial financial advice. Martin Lewis, the guy who started it (he then sold it but it still uses his face and name as an integral part of the brand – that bit's important) said the ads imply he's endorsing products he's not, and often contain false information.

Lewis is taking aim at big technology companies – the issues he's suing on ones that the law hasn't managed to come to a conclusion on since the explosion of online companies like Facebook. The main ones are: 1) Is Facebook legally responsible for anything published under its banner? 2) Which jurisdiction (another word for country, basically) does it operate under – if it's not actually based in the UK, can it be subject to UK law?

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?