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FB / Facebook & GOOG / Alphabet ... since 1.2016 : FB: $142 / GOOG: $1040 = r-13.65% (prev: 13.76%)

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Facebook is the villain and we all finally know it

What we really should have taken away from the Cambridge Analytica scandal last spring is that Facebook is the villain and we need to know more. And this week we’re learning yet again that we the public are in big trouble with not just Facebook, but all the other big companies that have troves of data on practically each and every one of us.

Despite repeatedly denying that Facebook sells its users’ data, the company emails released this week show that in fact it effectively did – that it leveraged our data to reward developers who spent a lot of money on the platform, and ice out its competitors, all the while making sure we, the users, never found out.

And let’s not kid ourselves that it’s just Facebook doing this. Five of the most valuable companies in the world today – Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google's parent company Alphabet – have all commodified our data and used it to take over their respective sectors.

What’s equally unsettling is our government’s response. The questions that senators asked Zuckerberg during his April hearing clearly showed how little they understand about the basic workings of his company. The government has had at least 10 years to get on top of big tech companies’ exploding growth and power, but so far they’ve been allowed to act with free rein.

Sure, we the consumers bear some of the responsibility. I certainly have freely given up my data to various apps, companies and websites. And boy do I love Amazon’s suggestions – it always seem to know just what I need! Advertising isn’t coercive. I know what I’m choosing to buy, just like I know what candidate I’m choosing to vote for. I’m not being tricked in either case.

But at the same time, these companies have been allowed to run amuck, and the laws haven’t been keeping up. For the entire Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook was fined a little over $600,000. Facebook makes that in less than 8 minutes

 

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42 minutes ago, drbubb said:

Advertising isn’t coercive

quite the opposite in fact.

Things i see advertised are almost always things you know that people who already bought it wouldnt recommend to their friends because its ####.

i therefore love advertising as a way to know what NOT to buy.

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  • Jack Poulson, who quit Google in September over its search project in China, spoke about the company's culture of secrecy.
  • He said managers are more concerned with stopping leaks than anything else.
  • Poulson cited an engineer yelling "f--- you leakers" at an all-hands meeting as an example of the attitude to leaking.
  • Court documents and concerned employees have previously given a picture of the extreme lengths to which Google goes to protect its secrets.

A senior former Google employee who quit over its controversial plans to launch a search engine in China painted a picture of a company whose upper echelons are obsessed with stopping leaks, to the exclusion of almost anything else.

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This graph shows 90% of political donations from big tech workers went to the Democrats, with Googlers leading the charge

  • More than 90% of the political donations made by Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google staff went to the Democrats, figures dating from 2004 show.
  • Staff at Google’s parent company Alphabet were the biggest benefactors to Democratic candidates and causes, according to the data from GovPredict.
  • The findings come at a delicate time for Silicon Valley.
  • US President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans have criticised what they see as bias at powerful tech firms and are threatening anti-trust probes.

The political donations made by staff at the world’s biggest tech firms have been revealed in data seen by Business Insider.


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New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust

The documents include some of the internal discussion that led to Facebook Messenger’s sneaky logging of Android users’ phone call and text message histories. When a user discovered what Messenger was doing this past spring, it caused public outrage right on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica news. Facebook responded with a “fact check” press release insisting that Messenger had never collected such data without clear user permission.

In newly revealed documents from 2015, however, Facebook employees discuss plans to coerce users into upgrading to a new, more privacy-invasive version of Messenger “without subjecting them to an Android permissions dialog at all,” despite knowing that this kind of misrepresentation of the app’s capabilities was “a pretty high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective.”

 
Where's the Termination Guy when you need him?
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In  Do-do up to his neck... And thinks he does not smell

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Smug Google CEO Sundar Pichai Tells Whopper to Congress, Denying Tech Giant’s Undeniable Censorship of Conservatives:

‘I Lead This Company Without Political Bias’

The head of Google told Congress Tuesday that the firm has no political bias, pushing back against President Trump and top Republican lawmakers who say the world’s largest online search engine stifles content from conservative news outlets and personalities.

“I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Tuesday in highly anticipated testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. “To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests.”

The hearing was called by House GOP leaders to shine the spotlight on Google’s search algorithms, which Republican critics say suppress conservative viewpoints and give prominence to liberal media voices because Silicon Valley’s work force leans left politically.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican and member of the judiciary panel, cited statistics that show Google is responsible for 90 percent of all internet searches, but warned that there was a “widening gap of distrust between tech companies and the American people.”

“We need to be sure than any political bias within Google’s workforce does not leak into its search product,” the California Republican said.

Democrats came out in defense of the firm, with the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Jerry Nadler,

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"IT IS ASTONISHING" how evil Silicon Valley has become

This Shouldn't Be Allowed' - Ben Shapiro REACTS To Sargon Of Akkade Getting Banned From Patreon

 

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NY Times - writes about a taboo subject

Is SugarBorg about to go under the bus?

What Happens When Facebook Goes the Way of Myspace?

> NYT Magazine :  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/magazine/what-happens-when-facebook-goes-the-way-of-myspace.html

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60-Million-Strong Christian Group Targets Big Tech Over Censorship Over Christians, Conservatives

The National Religious Broadcasters group has sent out a final ultimatum to Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter warning that if they don’t stop censoring Christian and conservative viewpoints, the NRB will lead its organization of 60 million members into a campaign to remove their Section 230 legal protections.

NRB President Jerry Johnson disputed claims by those tech companies which suggest they’re not actively burying Christian and conservative viewpoints.

“We have documented over many years that they are consistently censoring political debate between conservatives and liberals, religious and philosophical debate between Christians and non-Chirstians, on issues like life, marriage, and Islamic terrorism,” Johnson told PJ Media on Monday.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects web sites from legal liability for third-party content, but only if the sites act as a platform and not as a publisher.

However, censorship of content is a role more associated with that of a publisher, which is why Big Tech is running a risk of losing their Section 230 protections.

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Take 'em apart. Let the company stock prices dive.  Maybe put some of the filth bags in prison

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FB STOCK PRICE FALLS AFTER FACEBOOK REPORTEDLY SHARED YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES WITH NETFLIX, SPOTIFY

As of 12:50 p.m. EST, shares were down more than 6 percent from the opening, and by the market's close it was at $133.24, down 7.25 percent. The downward trend for Facebook's stock price is not new. In the past six months, the company's shares have fallen nearly 5 percent. Its stock price reached a high over the summer, hitting $217 on July 25.

Documents obtained by the Times showed that "Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages."

The report also alleges that Facebook allowed Amazon to get usernames and contact information and Yahoo to view friends' posts.

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FB / Facebook & GOOG / Alphabet ... since 1.2016 : FB: $125 / GOOG: $980 = r-12.76% (prev: 13.65%)

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Dustify Target #1?
PAPER: FACEBOOK FINISHED?

Is Facebook finished? 'We're not far from Zuckerberg getting subpoenaed', privacy expert says

'We need to get him and other Facebook executives under oath and ask them questions they cannot dodge,' one professor says

Even for a company as serially scandalous as Facebook, it's been a bad week for the social network. Separate investigations revealed that Facebook gave more than 150 firms access to people's private messages, while also making it impossible for users to avoid location-based ads.

After months of fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, US prosecutors also finally got around to filing a lawsuit against Facebook for its data sharing practices.

Individually, none of these would likely be enough to bring Facebook down, but some experts believe that, collectively, this could signal the end for the internet behemoth.

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The dustification of FB / FascistBook continues

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(Take it down, & Fire everyone who still works there. Lock-up SugarBorg for lying to Congress.)

Anti-Christ Fascistbook Slaps Reverend Franklin Graham With 24-Hour Ban Over 2016 Post About North Carolina Bathroom Bill:

‘Facebook is Trying to Define Truth; They are Making the Rules and Changing the Rules’

The (Facebook) spokesperson said that Graham was mistakenly banned from the site due to the contents of a post he shared in 2016 for violating a company policy banning “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on factors like sexual orientation and race.

The representative went on to say that the mistake was made by the company’s content review team – which is comprised of 15,000 members – and that the company has since restored Graham’s account and the post in question.

Fascistbook Deems Post Honoring Police Officer Gunned Down by a Foreign Invader ‘Hate Speech’

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More SugarBorg Lies Exposed

Facebook Cancels Controversial ‘Common Ground’ Program After Conservative Employee Speaks Up

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Thanks to input by the company’s lone politically conservative executive, Facebook has shelved a program they were calling “Common Ground” which was meant to help liberals and conservatives come together.

The project was in the research phase and would have encouraged their users to interact in a positive way and see things from someone else’s perspective.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s global policy chief and former White House aide to President George W. Bush, put an end to the idea because of the possibility it would make the company look biased against conservatives.

According to The Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall) the initiative consisted of boosting news stories and status updates by those on the opposite end of the political spectrum from the users’ personal beliefs.

Kaplan said he believed that the company’s efforts to fend off political polarization would open up the platform to criticism from conservatives about left-wing bias.

. . . “Mr. Kaplan personifies an unresolved tension within Facebook amid the drumbeat of criticism since the 2016 presidential election: The company has set a goal of minimizing polarization and misinformation, but it is increasingly wary of being perceived as being partisan,” Fox reported.

“Many current and former Facebook insiders argue that the company’s desire to avoid criticism from conservatives prevents it from fully tackling broader issues on the platform,” the report continued.

> https://www.westernjournal.com/facebook-cancels-common-ground-conservative-speaks/

Shut it down.  There is NO Good in FB. Feed Sugar to Raptors

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"if you don't Hate Facebook, You don't believe in Free Speech"

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2019 Resolution: More Political Censorship on Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform.
Zuckerberg repeated his previous calls to suppress “sensationalism and misinformation” and to “remove content related to terrorism,” terms he did not define. He also committed to promoting “news from trusted sources,” which he did not list.

“We’ve partnered with fact-checkers in countries around the world to identify misinformation and reduce its distribution,” wrote Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform.

Facebook has simply devolved into the 4th Estate: Now we have the Executive , Congressional, Judicial, and Surveillance/Monitoring/Deplatforming branches of government: Zuckerberg, of course, is riding herd on that last element of the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika in 2019.

 
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Mark Zuckerberg is suing Hawaiian land owners to secure his 700-acre island getaway

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to great lengths to protect his privacy on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he purchased a 700-acre plot of land in 2014 for more than $100 million. Starting last month, Zuckerberg began filing lawsuits against Hawaiian land owners who own small slices of his estate that were passed down from generation to generation, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. As many as eight suits have been filed against hundreds of people, some of whom are dead. Notably, this isn’t the first of the social network exec’s attempts to buy his privacy; Zuckerberg’s plan to teardown and rebuild four of his Palo Alto, California homes surrounding his primary residence was denied last September.

 
NO WALLS?
If Zuck wants to avoid charges of Racism, shouldn't he tear down the walls around his palace?

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Just Like the witch. SugarBorg lacks the ability for self-Reflection

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Zuckerberg Slammed After Posting ‘Out of Touch’ New Year’s Message

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a self-congratulatory post about how well Facebook responded to the challenges it faced in 2018, the social media giant’s critics responded with scorn.

“For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community — whether that’s preventing election interference, stopping the spread of hate speech and misinformation, making sure people have control of their information, and ensuring our services improve people’s well-being. In each of these areas, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made,” the post on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page began.

“We’re a very different company today than we were in 2016, or even a year ago. We’ve fundamentally altered our DNA to focus more on preventing harm in all our services, and we’ve systematically shifted a large portion of our company to work on preventing harm,” he wrote, before listing all the areas where he said the company had improved.

> https://www.westernjournal.com/zuckerberg-slammed-posting-touch-new-years-message/

I am waiting for God's lightning to strike him down

- Karma works, sooner or later. Zuck is an inviting target

 

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Facebook has been the biggest Loser. I thought it would be Google."

Facebook Continues to Spiral Down the Toilet

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Experimental Billion-Dollar Privacy Lawsuit Could Clobber FACEBOOK...

What if law enforcement was outsourced to class action attorneys? Don't imagine. It's happening as the Cambridge Analytica scandal becomes Mark Zuckerberg's legal nightmare.

Less than one week. That's all the time needed for Jay Edelson to swing into action in March and file suit upon splashy headlines that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users in the interest of swinging the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. Edelson was hardly the only class-action lawyer rushing to allege a huge violation of trust on the part of the world's biggest social network. But not every attorney is known to be a corporate America bogeyman, notorious for picking fights with large and small companies over the seedier sides of online life, including surreptitious information collection and the hawking of personal data to occasionally shady third parties.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal gave the 45-year-old bespectacled attorney with a passing resemblance to Steve Jobs an opportunity to go to court with a new story of tech infidelity. One that begins in 2014, when a Russian-American working for Cambridge Analytica created a personality quiz app called thisisyourdigitallife. About 270,000 users downloaded the app. Cambridge Analytica parlayed its modest access to the lives of ordinary Facebook users and their family and friends into more and more information — enough to begin psychologically profiling American voters and then bombarding them with phony and real news.

And Facebook's role?

"This kind of mass data collection was not only allowed but encouraged by Facebook, which sought to keep developers building on its platform and provide companies with all the tools they need to influence and manipulate user behavior," states the March 23 lawsuit filed by Edelson. "That's because Facebook is not a social media company; it is the largest data-mining operation in existence."

Sharp words, but Edelson obviously wasn't alone in expressing that sentiment. In addition to the many lawsuits filed over Cambridge Analytica, lawmakers have expressed outrage that Facebook hasn't taken user privacy seriously enough. And millions of consumers have decided to ditch the platform. But Edelson's lawsuit is notable — and not just for what the complaint says and the prospect that Facebook may pay through its digital nose.

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