The Radice Files — Episode 180: “It’s time for a social media reckoning?”

Frank Radice
7 min readOct 6, 2021


Mark Zuckerberg finally surfaces after a devastating week for Facebook, and denies everything, except the need for Congress to step up. But that begs the question, how did your life change when the Facebook Apps went down? Not much if you don’t rely on them, but tons of company relays on Facebook for business, or you rely on WhatsApp to communicate. I have my fingers in a number of alternative pies, so I didn’t get hammered. This newsletter lets me stay connected, Telegram let’s me message and communicate, Skype is still working, and Clubhouse has become a staple. The bottom line is, there is no reason to rely on one company to keep you going, especially if that company is sketchy with the truth. The internet is vast and the services are wide. If you learned anything from the 6 hour downtime, other than getting some peace and quiet, I hope it’s that there are plenty of places to do your thing. Try some out, you may like what you see. Plus, you shouldn’t use Facebook as a news source. And remember, if you’re using services Ike Facebook, Google, and Amazon, your part of the surveillance capitalist society.

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Facebook’s chief executive has denied claims that the company prioritises profit over the safety of its users.

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Journalists sue U.S. broadcasting arm for wrongful dismissal under Trump — POLITICO

The journalists allege the U.S. Agency for Global Media fired them based on vague and false accusations of disloyalty to America.

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U.K. Film and TV Production Restart Scheme Extended by Six Months, Will Support 400 More Productions — Variety

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Russian actor and director will launch with cosmonaut to film first movie made in space — CNN

Veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actor Yulia Peresild and film producer Klim Shipenko will travel to the International Space Station on Tuesday. Peresild and Shipenko will be filming segments for the movie “Challenge,” the first feature film set in space.

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Trillion-dollar platinum coin could be minted at the last minute — Axios

The coin could be deployed to help bridge the gap between the money running out and the debt ceiling increasing.

Donald Trump loses place on Forbes rich list for first time in 25 years | The Independent

Former president is one of 51 people to drop off the list

TSA heads into 20th anniversary with new challenge: Unruly passengers | TheHill

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which marks its 20th anniversary next month, is facing a new challenge with the recent surge in unruly airline passengers.

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And finally…

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