While some in Congress have raised concerns about Facebook's privacy policies and others are already grousing about the company driving the "biggest Mack truck ever driven through the stock option loophole" with a $16 billion tax deduction, a pair of local congressmen are liking Facebook very much.
Representatives Pete Sessions and Kenny Marchant, both North Texas Republicans, will stand alongside company representatives on May 25 at a pair of local events "to present seminars to North Texas small business owners on how to leverage the world's largest social network," according to a news release from the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The seminar show attendees how advertise on Facebook, how to engage with customers, and also, how to advertise on Facebook. But you don't just listen to a talking head tell you how to advertise on Facebook; you get $50 in credit to try it yourself.
That's cool. I make a point to ignore the ads on the side of my Facebook page, but I would much rather ignore small, local businesses than large evil corporations. But wait: Why is the guy who represents me in Congress all of a sudden shilling for a company that makes money off my personal information? (Even now, I'm sure the algorithm is poring over my old, now-deleted college photos and finding the right brand of malt liquor to sell me.)
Torrie Miller, Session's spokesperson, said the congressman attends job fairs and the like all the time. He's in favor of jobs, you know, and business. She's not sure exactly how the liaison with Facebook came about.
"I'm pretty sure it's the Chamber we're partnering with, and it just happens to be a Facebook initiative," she said.
Maybe. It seems more likely that Mark Zuckerberg realized that, holy shit, his company is going to be valued at oh, 107 times what it makes. That means Facebook needs to sell more ads, and who's better at shoving things that people hate down their throats? How else do they keep getting reelected?