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United States president Joe Biden has used his first State of the Union speech to call for a ban on social networks serving ads targeted at children. Speaking in the presence of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who was invited to attend by first lady Jill Biden, the president said "we must hold social media platforms …

  1. ShadowSystems

    I misparsed that...

    I thought he was going to ban social media, ads, & kids. I can understand the first two, but banning children? Piffle.

    I can get behind his tax plan. A 15% minimum corporation tax would go a long way in forcing all those billion & trillion dollar mega corps to stop screwing over the local citizens that help them BE a billion or trillion dollar company in the first place.

    Sure all your execs will do everything they can to exfiltrate all their money offshore into tax havens, but that's a move that can backfire rather nastily.

    IRS: You are the head of a company worth over $100B. You earn more money per year than your lowest level employees make in their entire life. Yet you paid SFA in taxes for the past decade. Cough up the cash or we freeze & seize all your stuff.

    CEO: Can I just make a brown envelope contribution to make this go away?

    IRS: BigRedEx Wrong Answer. Thank you for playing. GUARDS! Come take this piece of shit down, right here, right now.

    Guard, pulling ShockyStick(TM) from his hip holster: YAY! It's Zappy Time!

    CEO, hands up in defense: WAIT! I can-


    Guard: WHEEEEE!


    Damn my fantasies...


    1. lglethal Silver badge

      Re: I misparsed that...

      Hmmm Banning Kids. Well it would solve a lot of the World's problems within a generation or so...

      Obligatory Bill Hicks clip -

    2. I miss PL/1

      Re: I misparsed that...

      Don't hate CEO. Hate did politicians that gave the CEO the tax breaks

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ban social media?

    Now that's an idea that I can support.

    Then send the likes of Zuck to jail for crimes against humanity...

    1. sreynolds

      Re: Ban social media?

      Child abuse? Isn't there something about causing mental anguish with all the stalking?

  3. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Great speach, it's a program we could also apply in Europe.

    More onshore manufacturing was touted as a way to address inflation and protect American industry from supply chain uncertainties.

    We must also bring back industrial work onshore. We cannot depend so much on unreliable partners that can decide to invade their neighbours as they wish.

    China is looking at what will happen to Russia, to know if it can invade Taiwan for a reasonable price.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge

      You forget that GUMMINT does not solve these kinds of problems. It only GETS IN THE WAY and demands a toll...

      (lots of feely words, that do not mean what you think they mean, tickling people's ears and manipulating them into going along with things they would otherwise NEVER agree to, until "it happens" and then you realize what a total Charlie Foxtrot that turned into when you capitulated and went along with it. Too late.)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "lots of feely words, that do not mean what you think they mean, tickling people's ears..."

        "feely words" might be wrong, I'm thinking "tired words" is better fit as we have, once again, "think of the children", "tax the rich" and "we must do better".

        How can it be that so many people understand that the current political system is broken but nothing changes? I'm in the U.S.A. and I know it's broken, badly, but I see it all over the world. Ironically and perhaps sadly, it makes me raise an eyebrow at countries that are far worse off demographically than us "first worlders" but yet, I still look at them curiously to see what they are doing RIGHT... strange.

    2. I miss PL/1

      With 200 ships stacked up in Long Beach I don't think the supply chain is a problem in the rest of the world. It seems the problem is in the US which Biden is doing nothing to fix.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

    It will also ensure he doesn't get re-elected.

    Which is something he might not mind.

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

      Ok then... who do you want to be sworn in as POTUS come 20th January 2025?

      From the polls, I've seen, taxing the likes of Amazon with a 15% flat rate is pretty popular. As is nixing most of the US Student Debt but what do I know eh? (don't answer that because I already know that I know nothing)

      1. bombastic bob Silver badge

        Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

        You already know what MY answer would be - Starts with a 'T'

        1. ShadowSystems

          At Bob...

          Turnip? Tuba? Tuna? Tonsels? Trampolene? Throatwarbler Mangrove? Tickle Me Elmo? Thirsty? Trombone? Thistle? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Tofu? Techno?


          *Ducks & runs away*

          1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
            Big Brother

            Re: At Bob...

            If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve . . . but thanks, bob, I appreciate the vote of confidence!

          2. Snake Silver badge

            Re: Turnip et al

            All would be more useful (besides Throatwarbler :p) than the Orange Blob. I love their belief of how "effective" he was, all whilst they ignore the government's own report that economic growth was the least since Reagan.

            Orange Rose-colored glasses.

            1. I miss PL/1

              Re: Turnip et al

              Take out the pandemic numbers and you would have an employment rate that is still 3 million jobs higher than Brandon's now.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

          But the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are unavailable due to a copyright conflict.

          Now had you said "starts with D", as in Drumpf, then I might have a clue who you're talking about. But I hardly think someone who is ashamed to be called by their own name is worthy of ANY kind of office...

        3. DS999 Silver badge

          Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

          Hopefully your guy whose name starts with 'T' will have fled the country to avoid prosecution by 2024. Though the way things are going, Russia won't take him because Putin will be gone so I guess he'll have to go to Saudi Arabia.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

            That won't work; he did everything he could to take oil business from the Saudis, so I'm pretty sure they'd like to roast him over a low oil fire...

        4. Adrian 4

          Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

          T is for Troll

    2. I miss PL/1

      Re: 15% minimum tax rate ? Great idea.

      Neither would a majority of his party either

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Ban Data Collection

    Even more significant than banning targeted advertising to children was his proposal:

    "demand tech companies stop collecting personal data on our children"

    Kick them where it hurts - right between the servers.

  6. Claverhouse Silver badge

    Cammanding Heights

    The president also tied Intel's plans to American efforts to compete with China, saying that the Innovation Act will help "to level the playing field with China and other competitors."

    I like the president's presentation of America as plucky little underdog.


    "For the past 40 years we were told that if we gave tax breaks to those at the very top, the benefits would trickle down to everyone else."

    Wonder which people said that ? Joe and Nancy and Bill and Hillary should take them out the back and shoot them.

    1. I miss PL/1

      Re: Cammanding Heights

      Nancy made 30 million last year on insider trading. A real champion of the little guy. And she blockd legislation that would ban insider trading in Congress. That's a true democrat.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Cammanding Heights

        Funny how the Repooplicans never have any _evidence_ of their accusations. Unlike the investigations of "Their Man", who seems to be churning up sources of evidence of misdoing at a prodigious rate due to the number of investigations going on across the US. *LOL*

  7. jmch Silver badge

    Spot on!

    "For the past 40 years we were told that if we gave tax breaks to those at the very top, the benefits would trickle down to everyone else. But that trickle-down theory led to weaker economic growth, lower wages, bigger deficits, and the widest gap between those at the top and everyone else in nearly a century."

    Exactly this!

  8. skeptical i
    Thumb Up

    Only the children?

    RE: "It's time to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, demand tech companies stop collecting personal data on our children,"

    "It's time to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising, demand tech companies stop collecting personal data,"


    Or stretch the definition of 'children' to include the occasionally childish. :^)

  9. Marty McFly Silver badge

    $100B Intel investment in Ohio...

    Buh-bye Oregon! How is that tax on gross sales (not net profit) of major corporations working out for you now?

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What’s this “Tax” thing you speak of?

    Mr Orange Blob

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Give me a break

    Please don't mix tech and politics. It's one of the few things left that Biden hasn't ruined.

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