Millions of French citizens were alarmed and outraged last week to learn that one of the institutions they thought they could trust more than any other, digital comics company comiXology, had been using advanced spying techniques to collect personal data from them for the past year. The news comes not as the result of a daring whistleblower stealing classified documents and revealing them to the public, but from a press release from comiXology itself, containing this shocking infographic:
Following the release of the infographic, esteemed French newspapers such as Le Papier Toillette published articles strongly criticizing comiXology and calling for the company to cease its surveillance on French citizens immediately. In a recent poll, 41% of all French citizens reported being against the surveillance, with 23% believing it is for the greater good, and 35% believing the country should surrender to comiXology immediately. Less than 1% answered "stinky cheese." Regardless, it's clear that tensions are high and a discussion needs to be had about the extent of comic book company spying.
Pepe Le Pew, President of comiXology Europe, denies allegations that the company is doing anything illegal. "Do we even have ze constitution in France?" the evasive skunk wondered. "Eef we doo, I am sure we have not violated eet in any way." Le Pew then excused himself in order to chase after a female cat that had earlier walked underneath a ladder with a paint brush dangling off its edge, producing a white down across the cat's back.
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