As Facebook executive Vivek Sharma puts it, “With mobile, if you have the app open and you’re using the app, it’s in the foreground. You can’t do anything else on your mobile phone, and that is extremely powerful.” Well, that’s not creepy at all, is it?
Speaking of creepy, can we talk about that quarantine hype? Yes, we imagine that it’s true that streaming services like Twitch are seeing an increase in viewership now that more people are at home. We’ve even recommended some great free games for you to play while you’re doing your part and staying in quarantine. People need safe ways to entertain themselves during this time, and we’re glad that there are companies out there trying to offer more options in order to keep us sane.
However, to suggest that the spread of the coronavirus is somehow the perfect time to move up the launch of this app is more than a little strange. It doesn’t help that at least one Facebook executive seems thrilled at the prospect of using mobile devices to capture people’s full attention. We’re pretty sure that was the basis of The Riddler’s plan in Batman Forever.