One-Liner Wednesday — Hashtag

“The last time internet regulations were passed, a hashtag was that button you never pressed on a telephone.”

This quote showed up in a full page newspaper ad last week. The rest of the ad read…

It’s been 25 years since comprehensive internet regulations were passed. It’s time for an update.

We support updated internet regulations to set clear guidelines for addressing today’s challenges.

Do you know who ran this ad?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

14 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Hashtag

  1. newepicauthor February 10, 2021 / 6:32 am

    They were added in 1968, but no one knew what to do with them. AT&T figured they may as well put the extra buttons in, just in case someone figured out a use for them. The # button became useful for a generation of voice-mail systems that proclaimed, “To finish, press pound.”

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  2. Marleen February 10, 2021 / 8:37 am

    Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are in a tiff. I don’t think Zuckerberg will win.

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    • Marleen February 10, 2021 / 5:49 pm

      https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/16/tech/facebook-apple-ios-privacy-rules/index.html

      December of 2020

      Facebook is now waging a public relations effort to attack Apple …

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      The privacy change was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June but is delayed until early 2021. During the event, Apple teased how a user would be shown a prompt asking if they want to allow tracking, warning that the data would be used for personalized ads.

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      In response to the campaign, Apple in a statement to CNN Business late Wednesday said, “We believe that this is a simple matter of standing up for our users.”
      “Users should know when their data is being collected and shared across other apps and websites — and they should have the choice to allow that or not,” the statement continued. “App Tracking Transparency in iOS 14 does not require Facebook to change its approach to tracking users and creating targeted advertising, it simply requires they give users a choice.”

      In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Dan Levy, Facebook’s VP of ads and business products, said the company wants to sit down with Apple “to figure out a way to move forward.”

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      Apple (AAPL) declined to respond to Facebook’s claims, but said it is committed to helping small businesses, such as with its new developer program to accelerate innovation.

      The two companies have clashed before over privacy, including very recently. Last week, Facebook-owned WhatsApp criticized Apple over its move to display a summary of an app’s privacy practices before a user downloads it from the App Store, almost like a nutrition label for data collection.

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  3. rugby843 February 10, 2021 / 10:11 am

    Well that was a good morning chuckle😀

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Laura February 10, 2021 / 10:38 am

    Now there’s something I’d never thought about. That *was* a useless button back then!

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