Guess who is accused of discrimination? A local police officer? A school teacher? Male members of congressional committees? The president?
Nope. Well, maybe at times, yes. But in this case, or in these two cases, the cries of discrimination are hurled at Apple and Facebook. Apple because the iPhone line has grown too large in physical dimensions and the large hand challenged people are upset; mostly female. And Facebook because employers are targeted job ads at men only.
Anybody see a few problems brewing?
Miles Dilworth explains Apple’s dilemma:
Campaigners said they were ‘furious’ the tech giant was not making products with women in mind after it announced it would discontinue the smallest iPhone model, the SE.
Remember, the first iPhone had a 3.5-inch display. iPhone 4 to iPhone SE had a 4-inch display. iPhone 6 through iPhone 7 have 4.7-inch displays, and the smallest iPhone X model has a 5.8-inch display.
See the trend? This is a growing issue that Apple has failed to address.
Caroline Criado Perez:
I genuinely have RSI [repetitive strain injury] from having an iPhone 6, and it went as soon as I switched to an iPhone SE… We should be furious about this, we are paying just as much money for it as men for a product that doesn’t work as well for us
Sounds like discrimination to me. Phones and screens are bigger but people’s hands remain the same size. Those who require a smartphone that fits a smaller hand can vote with their feet and it looks as if Apple doesn’t care. That kind of discrimination is not illegal.
What about Facebook’s discrimination? This one might have some legal teeth.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 other companies over alleged age and gender discrimination in targeted employment ads.
In other words, if you want a male to do a job that both male and female could do, just advertise on Facebook and they’ll deliver all the male applicants you need because, yes, Facebook knows your gender and probably how many pimples you have and maybe where they are.
Facebook has done this before.
The charges… aim to prevent advertisers from having the tools and information needed to exclude women and non-binary individuals, as well as individuals in a higher age bracket, from having access to certain job opportunities.
We can see why Facebook discriminates by advertising to specific people. It’s all about money. Why does Apple, the world’s richest and most profitable company, discriminate against people with smaller hands? Even Stormy Daniels did not discriminate against a less endowed rich man, although she did refer to his endowment as something akin to a character in Mario Kart.