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Walmart DEMANDS Pics In Tight Clothes For Virtual Try On | CounterPoints with Ryan and Emily

Emily Jashinky provides a new example of surveillance capitalism in the form of Walmart asking customers to upload pictures in tight clothes for a new virtual try on feature

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  1. I hate shopping online when it comes to clothes and things you try on because it's not just oh it fits your body no it's how it feels I can't understand the concept of try on glasses digitally when I know for a fact I got it also see how I can see through them I notoriously by my sunglasses for that entire reason so I can actually see I know I sound weird to other people in this day and age but this is the whole reason why I still go through shoe stores I have walked into one too many shoes scenarios where not trying them on has caused me problems that a digital experience does not count like walking in them.

  2. Suggestion: At least for the first month or two, leave the after-issue banter in these videos. I know its your brand to paywall that stuff, but when you bring in "new talent" your viewers are going to want to know whether that's something worth paying for.

    Alternatively, leave the counterpoints banter in permanently, as seeing the banter between emily and ryan may whet the appetites of viewers who have just zoned out your banter outros on the main stage.

  3. I'm not sure what the issue is. For a computer program to understand the fit it would need to look at you same as a seamstress would. There never really is a reason to buy clothes from Walmart to begin with.

  4. I understand the point about making privacy policies clear and obvious to consumers before using the app, but the reality is most people simply don’t care. They’ll just click “ok” without reading anything and move on. Every website you visit from Europe pops up a really annoying cookie privacy policy and forces you to decide whether you want to allow cookies to track you on the site. It’s too much, I find it frustrating and I just say yes much of the time so I can get on with my life, especially given that they don’t always make it easy to say no.

  5. I guess I'm not rich enough to understand the appeal of not actually trying clothes on I'd like to fit perfectly and not worry about again, unless I'm a man trying to discreetly buy womans clothing, which I could be.

  6. walmart could perform facial recognition from the app, and eventually tie that to in-store surveillance to understand who you are, where you are in the store, what you're looking at, etc. also could sell that data to any interested 3rd party. of course cell phone companies / social media can do the same.

  7. Really adds to the story that Nick clegg used to be the deputy prime minister of the UK. These companies are so big it’s more influential to work for one of those than run one of the most influential governments in the world

  8. I don't understand why people are always so concerned about businesses having your data. In exchange for your data you receive many conveniences. If you'd rather have your entire life private, which is fine, then you just won't have access to those modern conveniences.

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