Colbert Rips Facebook/Google for Selling Us Out

'They're mining our privacy for profits'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2010 4:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Stephen Colbert managed to get serious yesterday as he blasted the "invasive" personal data mining undertaken by Google and Facebook to "sell our private lives to the highest bidder." The harsh dig came at the end of a long hilarious riff about how Facebook users now must totally change their lifestyle, stop communicating with people and radically alter their looks to dodge new facial recognition programs to protect their privacy. In other words, we must morph into "disfigured nameless loners," snorts Colbert.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a much easier way to dodge the company's privacy grab, says Colbert. "If you have something you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," suggests Herr Schmidt in a video clip. Are "you listening young people?" asks Colbert. "Just don't ever make a mistake. How hard is that?"

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