Silicon Valley leaders to meet with internet’s premier troll
President-elect Donald Trump is getting some important face-to-face time with the most important people in technology Wednesday afternoon. Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Timothy D. Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg are just a few of the visitors arriving in NYC to kiss Trump’s ring and discuss jobs, overseas tax holdings, and how PEOTUS is using his social media presence to bully and intimidate everyday citizens, encourage fake news stories to run rampant during the election, and possibly start the next world war. Just kidding — they just want jobs and tax cuts.
Dean C. Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, told the New York Times, “There are many areas of potential shared alignment between the technology industry and the incoming Trump administration. Wednesday’s meeting is a good opportunity to explore what is possible.” Cue the thinking face emoji.
In addition to concerns over Trump enlisting Peter Thiel as a tech advisor, there’s the question of whether or not Trump should even be using Twitter as often, and as erratically, as he currently does. Farhad Manjoo wrote in the Times that, should Twitter ban Trump, “the repercussions could be vast,” calling into question if activists and other political figures can or should also use the platform. Of course, that overlooks how Trump uses Twitter, which is to incite his followers to harass everyday people and to inflame already precarious international situations — basically, trolling America in a way that would get a regular citizen /kickbanned for life, a la Milo Yiannopoulos.
Anyone venturing into Manhattan can look forward to more traffic and creepy low-flying planes for, well, the next four years, but especially Wednesday afternoon.
[Source: New York Times]