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Facebook Exposure To Biden Crime Spree Exposed

(by Andrea Widburg) The moment the New York Post reported on some of the sleazy, corrupt details contained on Hunter Biden’s hard drive, Twitter and Facebook, the social media giants most closely connected to the way Americans exchange political information, went into overdrive to suppress the information and protect Joe Biden. In the case of Facebook, though, perhaps one of those protectors was, in fact, protecting herself.

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A Senior’s Version of Facebook

For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them “thumbs up” and tell them I “like” them.

And it works just like Facebook. I already have four people following me: two police officers, a private investigator, and a psychologist.

Facebook Bans “Women for Trump” Ads, Because They Target “Gender”…

Facebook has banned any ads from the Women For Trump movement because they target support from “Women” for Trump.

Facebook has removed President Trump’s pro-women re-election advertisements, according to reports from tech site Gizmodo, as well as the left-wing Popular Information blog that reported a “violation” of Facebook’s terms and conditions.

Facebook policy states advertisers may not have “direct or indirect assertions or implications” about race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, religion, or financial standing. So the Women For Trump advert was banned… for referring to women.  (read more)

Source: by Sundance | The Conservative Tree House

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Study: Nearly Four-Fifths Of “Gender Minority” Students Have Mental Health Issues

 Depression, self-injury are also common…

Facebook’s Secret ‘Hate Agent’ Formula Leaked By Insider

An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users’ offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a “Hate Agent,” according to Breitbarts Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document.

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Titled “Hate Agent Policy Review,” the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of “signals” which include a person’s behavior both on and off the platformOnce determined to be a “hate agent,” a person is banned from the platform. 

If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a “hate agent.”

Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology,” if you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)

Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of “hate paraphernalia,” although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category. –Breitbart

Facebook may even brand someone a hate agent for “statements made in private but later made public,” according to the report. 

Bokhari also notes from his previous reports that Facebook categorized right-wing pundit Paul Joseph Watson as “hateful” in part because he interviewed British activist Tommy Robinson on his YouTube channel. Similarly, prominent conservatives Candace Owens and Brigitte Gabriel are on the list, along with UK politicians Marie Waters and Carl Benjamin. 

The Benjamin addition reveals that Facebook may categorize you as a hate agent merely for speaking neutrally about individuals and organizations that the social network considers hateful. In the document, Facebook tags Benjamin with a “hate agent” signal for “neutral representation of John Kinsman, member of Proud Boys” on October 21 last year.

Facebook also accuses Benjamin, a classical liberal and critic of identity politics, as “representing the ideology of an ethnostate” for a post in which he calls out an actual advocate of an ethnostate. –Breitbart

Facebook divides hate speech into three tiers depending on the severity of the offense; 

Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

Any violent speech or support in written or visual form

Dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to:

Insects; Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior; Filth, bacteria, disease and feces, Sexual predator, Subhumanity, Violent and sexual criminals, Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”); Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image. 

Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as; Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person’s or a group’s physical, mental, or moral deficiency; Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”); Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”); Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”); Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to) “I hate”, “I don’t like” , “X are the worst” , Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to), “Gross” , “Vile” , “Disgusting” , Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics

Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

If you have done any of the above over the past two years, Facebook considers it a ‘hate signal.’ 

Source: ZeroHedge

Facebook Report Claims Half Its Users Are Fake

As bad as things have been for Facebook since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke one year ago, one team of researchers, led by a former peer of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard who created one of the original Facebook prototypes, thinks the reality of the company’s circumstances is even more dire than investors realize.

In a report published Thursday by PlainSite, an independent research shop led by Aaron Greenspan, analysts calculated that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been regularly lying to investors and the public about the company’s user metrics, and that the company could be overestimating the number of users by as much as 50%.

The team detailed their findings in a 70-page report published on their website.

Facebook has been lying to the public about the scale of its problem with fake accounts, which likely exceed 50% of its network. Its official metrics—many of which it has stopped reporting quarterly—are self-contradictory and even farcical. The company has lost control of its own product.

Ultimately, this is just the latest sign that Facebook – formerly one of the world’s most successful companies – is doomed to go the way of CompuServe and AOL.

PlainSite is a project launched by the Think Computer Corporation and Think Computer Foundation which aims to make “data accessible to the public free of charge” and “lets ordinary citizens impact the law- making process,” according to Bloomberg. Aaron Greenspan recently told his story about how he fit into the history of Facebook’s founding at Harvard on a podcast

Facebook’s fraudulent numbers hurt its customers (advertisers) by overstating the effectiveness of Facebook’s product, the company said.

Fake accounts affect Facebook at its core in numerous ways:

  • Its customers purchase advertising on Facebook based on the fact that it can supposedly target advertisements at more than 2 billion real human beings. To the extent that users aren’t real, companies are throwing their money down the drain.
  • Fake accounts click on advertising at random, or “like” pages, to throw off anti-fraud algorithms. Fake accounts look real if they do not follow a clear pattern. This kind of activity defrauds advertisers, but rewards Facebook with revenue.
  • Fake accounts often defraud other users on Facebook, through scams, fake news, extortion, and other forms of deception. Often, they can involve governments.

FB shares reversed earlier gains after the report started making the rounds; shares were down 1.2% on the day in recent trade.

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Here is glimpse of what the “other half” of Facebook users look like.

Read the full report below:

Source: ZeroHedge

 

Samsung Users Can’t Delete Facebook App

(Bloomberg) Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones, users aren’t allowed to delete the Facebook app.

Winke bought his Samsung Galaxy S8, an Android-based device that comes with Facebook’s social network already installed, when it was introduced in 2017. He has used the Facebook app to connect with old friends and to share pictures of natural landscapes and his Siamese cat — but he didn’t want to be stuck with it. He tried to remove the program from his phone, but the chatter proved true — it was un-deletable. He found only an option to “disable,” and he wasn’t sure what that meant.

“It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions,” Winke said in an interview. “Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do? We the consumer should have say in what we want and don’t want on our products.”

Consumers have become more alert about their digital rights and more vigilant about privacy in the past year, following revelations about Facebook’s information-sharing practices and regulators’ heightened scrutiny of online data collection. Some people have deleted their Facebook accounts in protest of the company’s lapses, while others simply want to make sure they have the option to do so. Many Android phone users have begun to question Samsung’s deal to sell phones with a permanent version of Facebook — and some of them are complaining on social media.

A Facebook spokesperson said the disabled version of the app acts like it’s been deleted, so it doesn’t continue collecting data or sending information back to Facebook. But there’s rarely communication with the consumer about the process. The Menlo Park, California-based company said whether the app is deletable or not depends on various pre-install deals Facebook has made with phone manufacturers, operating systems and mobile operators around the world over the years, including Samsung. Facebook, the world’s largest social network, wouldn’t disclose the financial nature of the agreements, but said they’re meant to give the consumer “the best” phone experience right after opening the box.

Balwinder Singh’s experience wasn’t what he would consider the best. Singh, who lives in the Susquehanna Valley of the eastern U.S. and works in transportation, bought his Samsung phone seven months ago. He first tried to delete the Facebook app when he was setting up the device.

“My news feed was full of negative stuff, people going crazy on social media,” he said. “It was affecting me emotionally and mentally.” Even after disabling the app, he was bothered to still have it on his phone.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, said it provides a pre-installed Facebook app on selected models with options to disable it, and once it’s disabled, the app is no longer running. Facebook declined to provide a list of the partners with which it has deals for permanent apps, saying that those agreements vary by region and type. There is no complete list available online, and consumers may not know if Facebook is pre-loaded unless they specifically ask a customer service representative when they purchase a phone.

Consumer-advocacy groups have been skeptical of such arrangements for years, according to Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

“It’s only recently that people have become to understand that these apps really power the spy in your pocket,” he said. “Companies should be filing public documents on these deals, and Facebook should turn over public documents that show there is no data collection when the app is disabled.”

Facebook isn’t the only company whose apps show up on smartphones by default. A T-Mobile US Inc. list of apps built into its version of the Samsung Galaxy S9, for example, includes the social network as well as Amazon.com Inc. The phone also comes loaded with many Google apps such as YouTube, Google Play Music and Gmail; Google is the creator of the Android software that powers the phone. Other phone makers and service providers, including LG Electronics Inc., Sony Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., have made similar deals with app makers. When Twitter’s app is loaded on a new phone by default, it wouldn’t collect any data unless a user had an account or created a new one, and opened the app and logged in, the company said.

But Facebook, which has spent the past year apologizing for security breaches and data privacy scandals, is the one drawing ire about its irrevocable presence on Samsung’s phones. “Very slimy,” Twitter user Gopinath Pandalai in Bangalore, who goes by @gopibella, wrote on the site in October. “Been a Samsung customer for 10 years. Time to move on.”

In December, Justin McMurry, whose Twitter handle is @BoutSebm, wrote that he considered Facebook a privacy threat. “If I can’t delete it, this will be the last Samsung product I ever own.”

Apple Inc., whose iPhone is the top-selling smartphone in the U.S., doesn’t pre-install Facebook or any other third-party apps on its new phones.

José Cortés, a Spaniard living in Sweden, has started using Facebook on his phone more infrequently, sharing less because he doesn’t like the way it broadcasts his activity to his friends. If there’s an event coming up on Facebook, he never marks that he’s going or interested, even if he is, because he dislikes that his attendance will advertise the event to his other friends.

“I understand Samsung is trying to make it easy for the user, but I don’t like that it does not allow me to uninstall,” he said. For his next phone, he said he’ll consider buying something else.

Source: by Sarah Frier | Bloomberg

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I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.

 

Why It’s Impossible to Hide Your Location from Facebook

An IT teacher noticed Facebook was still posting localized ads even though her phone’s GPS was off for this application. In investigating, she realized that Facebook has other ways to achieve this.

“The Location Controls provided by Facebook give an illusion of control over the data that informs one’s ad experience, not actual control. Moreover, Facebook makes false claims about the effect of controls. This statement – which has the merit of being clear – was made by Aleksandra Korolova, assistant professor of computer science at the Southern California University.

In an article published on Medium, she is surprised to continue to see Facebook’s advertisements based on her geographical position while she has disabled Facebook geolocation. She goes even further since she explains that her profile does not contain the city where she lives, that she has not posted a photo on Facebook for years and that she never publishes content containing her position.

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Nothing in his behavior betrays his position

She has even disabled geo-location on third-party apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger. Finally, she never searches for a geographical criterion in the Facebook application.

So how is it possible that Aleksandra Korolova sees geolocated ads of Santa Monica, the city of California where she lives, and of Los Angeles where she works?

Why did she see ads for activities in Montana while she was crossing Glacier National Park in that state? And why did she see the same kind of geolocated ads when she went to Massachusetts or Israel?

Facebook has many other ways that the only GPS

One could almost believe that this computer scientist is paranoid, except that her doubts are well and truly proven. By going to the “About Facebook Ads” section, she first notes that the social network specifies that the users’ location is also determined by “where you connect to the Internet.

But things go even further when you consult the documents made available to advertisers. A diagram details the processes used by Facebook to measure visits to stores. In addition to the classic geolocation by GPS (which is disabled by Aleksandra Korolova), we see that Facebook collects the Wi-Fi networks that are around the user but also Bluetooth, which can be detected by beacons arranged in the shops.

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IP addresses provide valuable clues

With these data, including connection IP addresses, Facebook does not need more to extrapolate a relatively accurate position, although the geo-location of his device is disabled.

“We use the IP and other information like check-ins or the city mentioned in your profile,” confirmed a Facebook spokesperson to Gizmodo.There is no way to completely disable the location for ads.

Now You Know! If we thought we were hiding our location to Facebook, We Were Wrong. The social network has always a way to know more or less your position. Without forgetting the information that the New York Times revealed 2 weeks ago: how Facebook shares users’ data with its customers, to the point where it can read private messages….

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Source: vijbzabyss | Steemit

Facebook Censors Image of Santa Kneeling Before Jesus

Facebook censored the following image of Santa Claus kneeling before the Baby Jesus — warning that the image “may show violent or graphic content.”

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LifeSite News reports a second warning beneath the obscured image of Santa on bended knee, reverentially adoring the Christ Child states, “This photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to see it.”

This is what the original posting on Facebook looked like:

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Source: ToddStarnes.com via Infowars

Facebook Struck Secret Deals To Sell Preferential User Data; Used Onavo VPN App To Spy On Competitors

Update: As the giant cache of newly released internal emails has also revealed, Karissa Bell of Mashable notes that Facebook used a VPN app to spy on its competitors.

The internal documents, made public as part of a cache of documents released by UK lawmakers, show just how close an eye the social network was keeping on competitors like WhatsApp and Snapchat, both of which became acquisition targets. 

Facebook tried to acquire Snapchat that year for $3 billion — an offer Snap CEO Evan Spiegel rejected. (Facebook then spent years attempting, unsuccessfully, to copy Snapchat before finally kneecapping the app by cloning Stories.)

Facebook’s presentation relied on data from Onavo, the virtual private network (VPN) service which Facebook also acquired several months later. Facebook’s use of Onavo, which has been likened to “corporate spyware,” has itself been controversial.

The company was forced to remove Onavo from Apple’s App Store earlier this year after Applechanged its developer guide lines to prohibit apps from collecting data about which other services are installed on its users’ phones. Though Apple never said the new rules were aimed at Facebook, the policy change came after repeated criticism of the social network by Apple CEO Tim Cook. –Mashable

A top UK lawmaker said on Wednesday that Facebook maintained secretive “whitelisting agreements” with select companies that would give them preferential access to vast amounts of user data, after the parliamentary committee released documents which had been sealed by a California court, reports Bloomberg.

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The documents – obtained in a sealed California lawsuit and leaked to the UK lawmaker during a London business trip, include internal emails involving CEO Mark Zuckerberg – and led committee chair Damian Collins to conclude that Facebook gave select companies preferential access to valuable user data for their apps, while shutting off access to data used by competing apps. Facebook also allegedly conducted global surveys of mobile app usage by customers – likely without their knowledge, and that “a change to Facebook’s Android app policy resulted in call and message data being recorded was deliberately made difficult for users to know about,” according to Bloomberg.

In one email, dated Feb. 4, 2015, a Facebook engineer said a feature of the Android Facebook app that would “continually upload” a user’s call and SMS history would be a “high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective.” A subsequent email suggests users wouldn’t need to be prompted to give permission for this feature to be activated. –Bloomberg

The emails also reveal that Zuckerberg personally approved limiting hobbling Twitter’s Vine video-sharing tool by preventing users from finding their friends on Facebook. 

In one email, dated Jan. 23 2013, a Facebook engineer contacted Zuckerberg to say that rival Twitter Inc. had launched its Vine video-sharing tool, which users could connect to Facebook to find their friends there. The engineer suggested shutting down Vine’s access to the friends feature, to which Zuckerberg replied, “Yup, go for it.”

“We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents,” said Collins in a Twitter post accompanying the published emails. –Bloomberg

We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents.

— Damian Collins (@DamianCollins) December 5, 2018

Thousands of digital documents were passed to Collins on a London business trip by Ted Kramer, founder of app developer Six4Three, who obtained them during legal discovery in a lawsuit against Facebook. Kramer developed Pikinis, an app which allowed people to find photos of Facebook users wearing Bikinis. The app used Facebook’s data which was accessed through a feed known as an application programming interface (API) – allowing Six4Three to freely search for bikini photos of Facebook friends of Pikini’s users. 

Facebook denied the charges, telling Bloomberg in an emailed statement: “Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform,” adding “We’ve never sold people’s data.” 

A small number of documents already became public last week, including descriptions of emails suggesting that Facebook executives had discussed giving access to their valuable user data to some companies that bought advertising when it was struggling to launch its mobile-ad business. The alleged practice started around seven years ago but has become more relevant this year because the practices in question — allowing outside developers to gather data on not only app users but their friends — are at the heart of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook said last week that the picture offered by those documents was misleadingly crafted by Six4Three’s attorneys.WaPo

“The documents Six4Three gathered for this baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context,” said Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, who added: “We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends’ data with developers. Any short-term extensions granted during this platform transition were to prevent the changes from breaking user experience.”

Kramer was ordered by a California state court judge on Friday to surrender his laptop to a forensic expert after he admitted giving the UK committee the documents. The order stopped just short of holding the company in contempt as Facebook had requested, however after a hearing, California Superior Court Judge V. Raymond Swope told Kramer that he may issue sanctions and a contempt order at a later date. 

“What has happened here is unconscionable,” said Swope. “Your conduct is not well-taken by this court. It’s one thing to serve other needs that are outside the scope of this lawsuit. But you don’t serve those needs, or satisfy those curiosities, when there’s a court order preventing you to do so.”

Trouble in paradise?

As Facebook is now faced with yet another data harvesting related scandal, Buzzfeed reports that internal tensions within the company are boiling over – claiming that “after more than a year of bad press, internal tensions are reaching a boiling point and are now spilling out into public view.”

Throughout the crises, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who maintains majority shareholder control, has proven remarkably immune to outside pressure and criticism — from politicians, investors, and the press — leaving his employees as perhaps his most important stakeholders. Now, as its stock price declines and the company’s mission of connecting the world is challenged, the voices inside are growing louder and public comments, as well as private conversations shared with BuzzFeed News, suggest newfound uncertainty about Facebook’s future direction.

Internally, the conflict seems to have divided Facebook into three camps: those loyal to Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg; those who see the current scandals as proof of a larger corporate meltdown; and a group who see the entire narrative — including the portrayal of the company’s hiring of communications consulting firm Definers Public Affairs — as examples of biased media attacks. –Buzzfeed

“It’s otherwise rational, sane people who’re in Mark’s orbit spouting full-blown anti-media rhetoric, saying that the press is ganging up on Facebook,” said a former senior employee. “It’s the bunker mentality. These people have been under siege for 600 days now. They’re getting tired, getting cranky — the only survival strategy is to quit or fully buy in.”

A Facebook spokesperson admitted to BuzzFeed that this is “a challenging time.”

Source: ZeroHedge

 

Facebook is Dying, Here’s Proof

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The #DeleteFacebook hashtag is alive and well. It’s become an attractive scenario for anyone brave enough to deal with mobile addiction. In fact, we’re deleting the app and deleting our accounts at such a pace, Facebook is fighting back! Yes, you heard me right.

Facebook is now making users wait twice as long to delete their accounts

So you finally realized your life would be better without Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, until you realize something odd. It’s harder than ever to quit, because now Facebook makes saying goodbye a long-drawn out affair. Of course, Facebook doesn’t want you (their product) to leave.

In a shocking and bizarre move to the product and customer experience it now takes a full month to delete your Facebook account — twice as long as before. That’s not exactly free will or the right to say no and breakup with an app that you may have spent way too much time on in your life.

Facebook Thinks we Should have a “Grace” Period

Facebook thinks it should over-ride our decision by making us wait longer. Facebook really understands trust and consumers it seems. When a user tries to delete their account, it makes them wait for a “grace period” before it is actually deleted.

Facebook must seriously be losing a lot of users in 2018 to pull this stunt. Where’s the strategy, bro? The change comes after months of scandals and PR crises for Facebook, including Cambridge Analytica and the recent hack of 50 million people. That we should delete Facebook’s apps has never been clearer to people under 45.

Facebook thought it could be the gateway to the world and help the world feel closer together; instead it made us the product, harvested our data and sold it to the highest bidder, not to mention scamming brands out of $millions of dollars each year. I may not even exist any more on Facebook but their targeting data on me still does — think about what that means for a while.

Facebook even shared user data with Chinese companies. Facebook handed over “deep access” to user data to 60 other tech companies. Facebook’s laundry list of privacy invasion is downright criminal, and not only should Mark Zuckerberg not be its CEO, he should be held accountable.

Listen, if a data breach of 50 million could cost Facebook $1.6 Billion in fines by the EU, how much should it pay the average user for its crimes in the long run? Facebook’s already breaking the law with breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union.

A One-Month Wait to Delete Facebook is Worse than Censorship

So now we are prisoners online it would seem, according to Facebook. Thinking of deleting your Facebook account? Not so fast. Sorry, my friends, it now will take an entire month, up from 14 days before. Even if you delete your account, don’t expect Facebook to put your data in the trash bin. That’s impossible.

Facebook’s trust dilemma is so epic the stock could decline further even as pundits say it’s alright. Just wait until we find how many users leave Facebook’s flagship app by 2020. It’s going to be pretty epic. The change to the deletion time was first noticed by The Verge.

Amazon gives me speed and convenience, and Facebook gives me fraud and imprisonment. Good luck competing in the future of Advertising, Facebook. This is the sort of thing that will make users revive the #deletefacebook campaign, and it certainly makes me upset.

  • When a user decides to delete their Facebook account, it doesn’t actually get deleted straight away. Instead, there’s a “grace period,” in which the account remains inactive but accessible — just in case the user gets cold feet and decides to stay on Facebook after all.
  • Aw, yeah, I really can’t quit, just one more thumb scroll of my legacy feed where nobody I know is active anymore.

Facebook thinks being nostalgic is cool as, historically, that grace period has been 14 days, or two weeks. I bet Mark is nostalgic for the good old days but major failures in leadership, strategy and pivoting have led Facebook into a dead-end path. When the vanity of having billions of users retreats into the past, Facebook doesn’t have a product, because the product has always been you and your data!

Silicon Valley doesn’t take the regulation of AI seriously (because it’s too expensive) and Facebook and YouTube are prime examples of this. When the talent exodus starts like it has for Facebook and Snapchat, it’s pretty serious. There’s no saving a sinking ship that makes it harder to leave.

Don’t be afraid we all have to move on. It’s best to terminate now if you want your data deleted. It’s time to do the unthinkable to lead a higher quality life:

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  • Delete Facebook
  • Delete Messenger
  • Delete Instagram
  • Delete WhatsApp

Facebook was once a candy treat of the digital dopamine variety for human connection. That era is long gone.

Of course, a longer grace period is also to Facebook’s advantage as it mindf8cks us into thinking it’s still relevant. Twitter is nostalgia, Facebook is just dumb.

If your value is tied to massive numbers of users and those users are leaving you; you have nowhere to go but down. Instagram isn’t no YouTube and WhatsApp isn’t any WeChat. If only they had had the sense to change their CEO, things could have been different. But all good things must come to an end, even the app of many regrets.

Source: by Michael K. Spencer | Medium.com

Queen’s Privy Council Infiltrates Facebook To Destroy MEGA, Brexit And Take Control Of Google’s Project Dragonfly

Chief propagandist Sir Nick Clegg was Lord President of the Privy Council for five years, directed Christopher Steele and Stefan Halper, joins Facebook to run global affairs and communications

Sir Nick’s aunt was a lifelong spy mistress to some of the world’s most infamous socialists: H.G. Wells, Maxim Gorky and Guy Burgess (Cambridge Five)

As a Brit and Facebook officer, Sir Nick is proof of foreign interference in the U.S. midterm election as well as Facebook interference in British elections

Project Dragonfly is building a censored search tool for the planet that secretly monitors you 24x7x365

Contributing Writers | Opinion | AMERICANS FOR INNOVATION  | Oct. 25, 2018, Updated Oct. 28, 2018 | PDF | https://tinyurl.com/y9bpylbd
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Fig. 1—Privy Council Lord President (2010-2015) Nicholas William Peter CLEGG (“Sir Nick”). He was nominated for a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth on Dec. 30, 2017 and actually knighted on Mar. 07, 2018.

See Sir Nick’s definitive biography, timeline and conflicts of interest.

FACEBOOK DAMAGE CONTROL: Within months he began negotiating with Facebook CEO Mark E. Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl K. Sandberg “over the summer” to become vice-president of global affairs and communications (chief propagandist). These desperate negotiations appear to have occurred concurrently with Zuckerberg’s and Sandberg’s disingenuous Congressional testimony. On Oct. 19, 2018, Sir Nick was appointed at Facebook. It appears that Clegg’s pecadillos may hasten Facebook’s decline into further immorality.

Leo McKinstry. (Mar. 08, 2018). LEO MCKINSTRY: Nick Clegg gets a knighthood despite destroying his party and costing taxpayers billions. Daily Mail.

Carole Cadwalladr. (Oct. 21, 2018). If you’re on the side of democracy Nick Clegg, why are you going to work for Facebook? The Guardian.


(Oct. 25, 2018)—On Oct. 19, 2018, Facebook announced that Sir Nick Clegg was appointed vice-president of Global Affairs and Communications.

Clegg’s appointment comes amidst widespread and unprecedented Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google blacklisting of politically conservative sites including Dennis Prager, Alex Jones, David Knight, Gateway Pundit, Western Journalism, Tommy Robinson, Roger Stone, President Trump’s Facebook page, Matt Bracken, Mark Dice, Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart, Infowars, Sibel Edmonds, Newsbud, Right Wing News, Anti-media, Natural News, Sarah Palin, Stefan Molyneux, Pamela Geller and Diamond & Silk.

Clegg arrives in the wake of uniformly arrogant testimony from Mark E. Zuckerberg, Sheryl K. Sandberg and Jack P. Dorsey before Congress several weeks ago.

Nick Clegg: Groomed for globalism

Clegg’s bloated biography (33-pages on Wikipedia) oozes globalism. He has never held a real job. He has only ever worked in groomed globalist EU and Privy Council politics his entire life.

He attended a notorious private school named Caldicott Preparatory School where he was the Head Boy (Prefect) (1980-1983). During that time, it is now known that his Head Master, Roland Peter Wright, and some of the staff had engaged in decades of pedophilia at Caldicott. Clegg claims he knew nothing about the ritual sodomy of his schoolmates by the Caldicott staff. These facts only came to light after the documentary Chosen in 2008. After Caldicott, Clegg was prefunctorily whisked off to Cambridge University for a degree in social anthropology. After Cambridge, he immediately went to work for the European Union. This is a similar schooling pattern for many in the Queen’s Privy Council. See Crimeline re. Cambridge involvement in global corruption.

Click here to see Nicholas William Peter CLEGG. (Oct. 24, 2018). Biography, Timeline & Conflicts of Interest. Americans for Innovation. (Raw *.xlsx spreadsheet). See also Fig. 7 below.

After an internship with the notorious Marxist Christopher Hitchens, Clegg teamed with people like Larry H. Summers and Sheryl K. Sandberg to press the establishment of corrupt Russian oligarchs to push the globalist takeover agenda at the same time as George Soros was allowed by the Bank of England and the Privy Council to crash the U.K. pound and pocket $1.4 billion overnight (Sep. 17, 1992) for their WAM (walking around money).

Clegg then worked in various positions at the European Union and the World Trade Organization (WTO) feeding cash to control the ex-Soviet oligarchs that he and Summers had created (2003-2005).

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Between 2005-2015 Clegg was a member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Democrat party. During that time he served as Deputy Prime Minister in the government of David Cameron.

Between 2010-2015, Clegg was Lord President of the 600-person Queen’s Privy Council. During this time his political priorities sounded uncannily similar to socialist Bernie Sanders. Free tuition. Free public shares in banks. Hold the 1% accountable. Handouts for the poor. None of these priorities gained traction and were the subject of popular sarcasm, including the song “Nick Clegg says I’m sorry.” See Fig. 5 below.

Clegg recruits (Preys Upon?) Innocent Young Londoners for JP Morgan Chase

On Jul. 23, 2015, Clegg was appointed director of The Social Mobility Foundation Co. No. 05488354, Charity No. 1115888. On paper, their mission is to give education and life chances to disadvantage young people in Greater London. However, their financial statements indicate that this foundation is little more than a London recruit-em-young-and-innocent tool for J.P. Morgan Chase and the Privy Council.
Bookmark: #clegg-jpmorgan | https://tinyurl.com/yc7r2xcv


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On Jul. 24, 2015, while still an MP, Nick founded OPEN REASON with donations from globalist fascists George Soros’ Open Society Initiative and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. (Definition of fascism: the government aligns with selected corporations and allows them to monopolize an industry in exchange for that corporation paying tribute to the tyrannt and doing his/her bidding.)

All in the Family: Branson’s grandfather was Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson. His grandfather was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a member of the Privy Council. So, grandson Richie was himself schooled in the ways of global corruption.

Clegg also started RADIX GROUP LIMITED to “reimagine Europe,” along with numerous globalists. Bookmark: #clegg-open-reason | https://tinyurl.com/yckrsb6j


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Bookmark: #nick-clegg-takeover | https://tinyurl.com/yauhjkha


Sir Nick Clegg just took control of global MSM propaganda via Facebook

Fig. 4Douglas Gabriel, Michael McKibben. (Oct. 25, 2018). AIM cats find another British swamp rat – YUCK! American Intelligence Media, Americans for Innovation. https://youtu.be/IAFp3-xMxmA | (Raw *.mp4 video file). Bookmark: #nick-clegg-sorry-song | https://tinyurl.com/y8zjfdc6


“[Sir] Nick Clegg says I’m Sorry”

Fig. 5Nick Clegg. (Sep. 19, 2012). The Nick Clegg Apology Song: I’m Sorry (The Autotune Remix). The Poke. https://youtu.be/KUDjRZ30SNo | (Raw *.mp4 video file).

A year before Clegg was unseated as MP (Jun. 08, 2017), his “glam” Spanish lawyer wife Miriam was appointed director of UBS Limited bank (Sep. 06, 2016). Suspiciously, she was immediately appointed chair of the powerful audit committee. UBS is a Facebook underwriter.
Bookmark: #miriam-clegg-ubs | https://tinyurl.com/ycffezc5


https://www.fbcoverup.com/docs/library/miriam-clegg-ubs-limited.jpgFig. 6Miryan [Miriam] Mercedes Gonzalez Durantez (CLEGG). (Accessed Oct. 23, 2018). Appointed Representative (AR), Approved Persons, Controlled functions, Ref. No. MMG01076, SMF11, Chair, UBS Limited Audit Committee (Start: Sep. 06, 2016), SMF12 Chair, UBS Limited Reumeration Committee (Start: Jul. 18, 2018). Financial Conduct Authority, Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority.
Bookmark: #clegg-anti-brexit-book | https://tinyurl.com/y9k3byye


On Oct. 12, 2017, Clegg published How To Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again).

This is Nick’s book cover (right):
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On Dec. 30, 2017, Clegg was knighted in a puzzling move since he was a failed MP and left his Liberal Democrat Party in tatters.

On Jul. 18, 2018, UBS Limited (Swiss) bank made now Lady Miriam Clegg chair of the compensation committee. UBS is a Facebook underwriter.

Then three months later, on Oct. 19, 2018, Sir Nick was appointed as Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs and communications.

The purpose of Sir Nick’s Facebook appointment in the days before the U.S. midterm elections is beyond suspicious. His involvement is foreign meddling in both U.S. and UK elections by Facebook.

Sir Nick directed  the “Dirty Dossier” as leader of the Privy Council

As Lord President of the Privy Council (2010-2015), Sir Nick directed the world’s top propagandists at SCL (Strategic Communications Laboratories aka Cambridge Analytica). This included key British conspirators in the totally discredited “dirty dossier” Christopher Steele (MI-6), Sir Richard Dearlove (MI-6) , Stefan Halper (dual UK-US citizen, FBI, State Department, DoD, C.I.A.), warlord Sir Geoffrey E. Pattie and election-rigger Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Alexander Downer, Joseph Mifsud (MI6), Sir Andrew Wood (MI6) and others. See Crimeline re. Cambridge involvement in global corruption.

Facebook’s, the Privy Council’s and Sir Nick’s attempts to consolidate the globalist propaganda system are evidently threatened by MAGA, Brexit and Project Dragonfly.

Sir Nick: sent in to destroy MAGA, Brexit & unify Project Dragonfly globally

Therefore, the Queen’s Privy Council evidently was compelled to send Sir Nick as their clean up man to Facebook. For them, the coming MAGA and Brexit votes need to be neutralized. So, they sent their chief propagandist to keep control of the narrative for the globalist Atlantic Council—the Privy Council’s U.N. public face.

Sir Nick’s biography and timeline below shows that he is a dedicated monarchist, a globalist in bed with the likes of George Soros, and he’s an enemy of American and British national sovereignty. It is outrageous that such a person should be put in charge of Facebook’s global MSM propaganda machine. He must be stopped. As people come to realize just how bad he is, he will be stopped.

Readers are encouraged to read the primary evidence confirming the information we have presented by following the embedded links to the source documents.

Sir Nick’s fiduciary duty to disclose all prospective Facebook conflicts of interest

Readers should also note that as an officer of an AMERICAN public company, the Business Judgment Rule says that Sir Nick has a fiduciary duty to disclose all of his potential conflicts of interest—which would include the names included in this biography and timeline, including all current and former members of the Queen’s Privy Council. Such a list should certainly disqualify Nick from being involved in ANY Facebook business.

Readers are encouraged to forward this post and Nick’s biography to all public officials and decision influencers in both America and Britain.

Global Menace

It is clear that Sir Nick Clegg is a global menace who has never worked a day in his life, and has been groomed since youth as an instrument of globalist tyranny.

Bookmark: #nick-clegg-biography | https://tinyurl.com/y9tbzlle

Sir Nick Clegg’s definitive biography, timeline & conflicts of interest

https://www.fbcoverup.com/docs/library/2018-10-24-Nicholas-William-Peter-Clegg-Biography-Timeline-prepared-Oct-24-2018.jpgFig. 7—Nicholas William Peter CLEGG. (Oct. 24, 2018). Biography, Timeline &Conflicts of Interest. Americans for Innovation. (Raw *.xlsx spreadsheet).


Call to action:

We must protect the vote. Now. We cannot allow these criminals to hijack any more elections. Free and fair elections are the property of the citizens in this Republic, not the government. We have gone to sleep. Now that we are awake, we must take action across this country in the coming weeks to protect the 2018 midterm elections.

We must ensure an unbroken bipartisan chain of custody. That should be your rallying cry. This will essentially eliminate the imminent danger from rigged electronic voting machines. Back to the future: (1) Paper ballots, (2) Inked thumbs, and (3) Unbroken bipartisan chain of custody! It is really that simple.

In addition, God-fearing citizens of the United States and the world must call upon President Trump and loyal American leaders to de-fund the feeder systems used by these SES corrupt-ocrats.

Ask President Trump to write the check to Leader Technologies for their Miller Act Notice so they can help implement new technologies that respect Constitutional privacy and property and help implement a truly Free Press.

Mr. President: De-fund these Criminals and Fund The Miller Act Notice

Mr. President, please pull the plug on these corrupto-crats and their illegal funding streams. Since they are all based on fake values, no real services will be affected.

In addition, write the Miller Act Notice check to Leader Technologies for 18 years of unpaid use of their revolutionary social networking invention—which these Privy Council criminals (Sir Geoffrey E. Pattie and Lord Mark Malloch-Brown) have hijacked with the Senior Executive Service (SES) to takedown the American Republic.  This will generate new cash streams to free up our economy from the globalist stranglehold.  This will also empower Leader Technologies and other actually creative people in America to fix our foundering ship of state.  See Leader Technologies files trillion dollar bond lien on the U.S. Government.

One Miller Act Notice check starts the ball rolling, Mr. President.

In addition, Leader shareholders have proposed a win-win solution to the collapse of the American Free Press, as well a large new revenue source without raising taxes. Leader principals are willing to funnel these payments back into establishing a truly Free Press. See Leader proposes trillion dollar fed revenue while lowering taxes.

Source: American’s For Innovation

Facebook Sells Disabled Iraq Vet $300,000 In Ads, Then Deletes His Influential Pages

Facebook banned several pages operated by disabled by Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, after he says he spent $300,000 on advertising. The social media giant removed without warning Kolfage’s Right Wing News and Military Grade Coffee Company (which donates 10% of all profits to veteran organizations), in a site-wide effort to crack down on “misinformation” on the network.

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Right Wing News alone had over 3 million followers at the time of its banning.

According to his new wesbite, Kolfage, a triple amputee, explains: 

I’m not a “conservative.” I’m not a “liberal.” I’m an American, with deep beliefs in what our country stands for. I proved this by vowing to protect and fighting for Americas greatest tenet: free speech.

Many Americans have fought for these political freedoms … freedom of speech … and every American has enjoyed those freedoms … UNTIL TODAY. On October 11, 2018, Facebook shut down thousands of Facebook accounts for their political opinions, saying in effect that they don’t have a “legitimate political argument.” STOP SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP NOW! Fight4freespeech.com

Kolfage says his “income as a father and husband is threatened,” and that he “invested over $300,000 in ads at Facebook’s own request,” according to Breitbart‘s Lucas Nolan.  

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In a Facebook post on his personal page, Kolfage wrote “Facebook lied, they shut down my page because it was conservative, powerful, and the elections are in 2 weeks.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom

In 2004, Kolfage was on his second deployment in Iraq when his airbase came under rocket attack. He would lose both legs and an arm as a 107mm rocket shell “exploded about three feet” away, throwing him into the air and against a wall of sandbags. 

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Airman Kolfage’s best friend was thrown from his bed during the attack. He heard the screams and rushed outside to find his friend bloody, mangled, and clinging to life. The Airman and a medic rushed to help Airman Kolfage, who was struggling to breathe with only one lung after the other had collapsed. Brian’s friend desperately tried to divert his attention from the seriousness of his injuries, but calmly, Airman Kolfage assured him that he already knew the extent of his wounds, and that he just wanted to go home to his family. –Briankolfage.com

Brian spent 11 months at Walter Reed medical center, and claims that to this day he is “still the most severely wounded Airman to survive any war.” 

Not going quietly

“If I have to roll into their headquarters and sit there with people in the media, I will,” said Kolfage of his plans to fight Facebook’s decision. “I will be there exposing everything they’ve done to me and my family and our employees. We’re going to take legal action if we don’t get our pages back. It’s just going to turn into a sloppy mess for them. I think they’ve underestimated what they’re dealing with, attacking me, attacking conservatives in general, right before the elections. Never once did Facebook come to us to say there was any issue with RWN or our other pages. Never. But they sure loved taking our money.” 

Source: ZeroHedge

Facebook Sued By PTSD-Stricken Moderator For Non-stop Exposure To “Rape, Torture, Bestiality, Beheadings, Suicide And Murder”

A Northern California woman hired to review flagged Facebook content has sued the social media giant after she was “exposed to highly toxic, unsafe, and injurious content during her employment as a content moderator at Facebook,” which she says gave her post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Selena Scola moderated content for Facebook as an employee of contractor Pro Unlimited, Inc. between June 2017 and March of this year, according to her complaint. 

“Every day, Facebook users post millions of videos, images, and livestreamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder,” the lawsuit reads. “To maintain a sanitized platform, maximize its already vast profits, and cultivate its public image, Facebook relies on people like Ms. Scola – known as “content moderators” – to view those posts and remove any that violate the corporation’s terms of use.

“You’d go into work at 9am every morning, turn on your computer and watch someone have their head cut off. Every day, every minute, that’s what you see. Heads being cut off,” one content moderator recently told the Guardian.

According to the lawsuit, Facebook content moderators are asked to review over 10 million potentially rule-breaking posts per weekwith an error rate of less than one percent – and a mission to review all user-reported content within 24 hours. Making the job even more difficult is Facebook Live, a feature that allows users to broadcast video streams on their Facebook pages. 

The Facebook Live feature in particular “provides a platform for users to live stream murder, beheadings, torture, and even their own suicides, including the following:” 

In late April a father killed his 11-month-old daughter and live streamed it before hanging himself. Six days later, Naika Venant, a 14-year-old who lived in a foster home, tied a scarf to a shower’s glass door frame and hung herself. She streamed the whole suicide in real time on Facebook Live. Then in early May, a Georgia teenager took pills and placed a bag over her head in a suicide attempt. She live streamed the attempt on Facebook and survived only because viewers watching the event unfold called police, allowing them to arrive before she died.

As a result of having to review said content, Scola says she “developed and suffers from significant psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)” – however she does not detail the specific imagery she was exposed to for fear of Facebook enforcing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) she signed. 

Scola is currently the only named plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit, however the lawsuit says that the potential class could include “thousands” of current and former moderators in California. 

As Motherboard reports, moderators have to view a constant flood of information and use their judgement on how to best censor content per Facebook’s “constantly-changing rules.” 

Moderating content is a difficult job—multiple documentaries, longform investigations, and law articles have noted that moderators work long hours, are exposed to disturbing and graphic content, and have the tough task of determining whether a specific piece of content violates Facebook’s sometimes byzantine and constantly-changing rules. Facebook prides itself on accuracy, and with more than 2 billion users, Facebook’s work force of moderators are asked to review millions of possibly infringing posts every day. –Motherboard

“An outsider might not totally comprehend, we aren’t just exposed to the graphic videos—you’ll have to watch them closely, often repeatedly, for specific policy signifiers,” one moderation source told Motherboard. “Someone could be being graphically beaten in a video, and you could have to watch it a dozen times, sometimes with others present, while you decide whether the victim’s actions would count as self-defense or not, or whether the aggressor is the same person who posted the video.” 

The lawsuit also alleges that “Facebook does not provide its content moderators with sufficient training or implement the safety standards it helped develop … Ms. Scola’s PTSD symptoms may be triggered when she touches a computer mouse, enters a cold building, watches violence on television, hears loud noises, or is startled. Her symptoms are also triggered when she recalls or describes graphic imagery she was exposed to as a content moderator.”

Facebook told Motherboard that they are “currently reviewing the claim.”

We recognize that this work can often be difficult. That is why we take the support of our content moderators incredibly seriously, starting with their training, the benefits they receive, and ensuring that every person reviewing Facebook content is offered psychological support and wellness resources,” the spokesperson said. “Facebook employees receive these in house and we also require companies that we partner with for content review to provide resources and psychological support, including onsite counseling—available at the location where the plaintiff worked—and other wellness resources like relaxation areas at many of our larger facilities.”

“This job is not for everyone, candidly, and we recognize that,” Brian Doegan, Facebook’s director of global training, community operations, told Motherboard in June. He said that new hires are gradually exposed to graphic content to “so we don’t just radically expose you, but rather we do have a conversation about what it is, and what we’re going to be seeing.” 

Doegan said that there are rooms in each office that are designed to help employees de-stress. –Motherboard

“What I admire is that at any point in this role, you have access to counselors, you have access to having conversations with other people,” he said. “There’s actual physical environments where you can go into, if you want to just kind of chillax, or if you want to go play a game, or if you just want to walk away, you know, be by yourself, that support system is pretty robust, and that is consistent across the board.”

Read the lawsuit below: 

Source: ZeroHedge

Facebook Wants To Spy On You Via Hidden Inaudible TV Ad Messages

Social media giant Facebook continues to ramp up the creepy factor. According to a recently filed patent, Facebook wants to spy on you by hiding inaudible messages in TV ads.

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Facebook has filed a patent for a system that hides audio clips in TV commercials. These sounds would be so high-pitched that they are inaudible to human beings. They would then trigger your phone to record all the background noises in your home. The patent application is called “broadcast content view analysis based on ambient audio recording.”

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According to The Daily Mail, these secret messages would force your phone to record the audio of the private conversations you have without you even knowing. According to a patent application by the social media platform, clips taken of your background conversations and your movements across a room would help advertisers determine whether or not you are watching their promotions.

According to the patent, originally discovered by Metro, the system would use “a non-human hearable digital sound” to activate your phone’s microphone. This noise, which could be a sound so high-pitched that humans cannot hear it, would contain a “machine recognizable” set of Morse code-style beeps. Once your phone “hears” or recognizes the trigger, it would begin to record the “ambient noise” in the home, such as the sound of your air conditioning unit, plumbing noises from your pipes, and even your movements from one room to another. Your phone would even listen in on “distant human speech” and “creaks from thermal contraction”, according to the patent.

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Facebook is currently working on the controversial software too, said a patent application published on June 14 this year. If you’re like the rest of us, you might think this sounds like an Orwellian nightmare technology which will let Big Zucker intrude upon the lives of millions of unsuspecting people in unprecedentedly terrifying ways.

The tech is going to be used to monitor what people watch on their “broadcasting device” so that the adverts they are shown on Facebook are likely to appeal to them. This would also allow companies to get an accurate sense of the size of the audience which has viewed their promotion. That’s what Facebook says in its patent, however, there is absolutely no mention of spying on our private lives, invading our privacy, recording our intimate conversations, and forcing advertising into the heart of our homes whatsoever.

Source: ZeroHedge | Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

 

Visualizing The Multi-Billion Dollar Industry That Lives Off Your Data

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In the ocean ecosystem, plankton is the raw material that fuels an entire food chain. These tiny organisms on their own aren’t that remarkable, but en masse, they have a huge impact on the world.

Here on dry land, Visual Capitalist’s Nick Routley notes that the massive volume of content and meta data we produce fuels a marketing research industry that is worth nearly $50 billion.

Every instant message, page click, and step you take now produces a data point that can be used to build a detailed profile of who you are.

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EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE

The coarse-grained demographics and contact information of yesteryear seems quaint compared to today’s sophisticated data collection battleground. In the past, marketers would make judgement calls on your likely income and family structure based on where you lived, and you’d receive “targeted” mail and calls from telemarketers. Loyalty programs and the emergence of web analytics pushed things a little further.

Today, the steady march of technological advancement has created a vast data collection empire that measures every aspect of your digital life and, increasingly, your offline life as well. Facebook alone uses nearly one hundred data points to target ads to you – everything from your marital status to whether you’ve been on vacation lately or not. Telecoms have access to extremely detailed information on your location. Apple has biometric data.

Also watching your every move are web trackers. “Cookie-syncing” is one of the sneaky ways advertisers can follow you around the internet. Basically, cookie-syncing allows third parties to share browsing information at such a large scale that even the NSA “piggybacks” off them for surveillance purposes.

The recent sales growth of smart speakers will only increase the breadth of data companies collect and analyze. Amazon and Google have both filed patents for technology that would essentially allow them to mine audio recordings for keywords. Advertisers could potentially target you with diapers before your family and friends even know you’re expecting a baby.

FOLLOWING THE ONES AND ZEROS

While web trackers and companies like Apple and Google are collecting a lot of personal and behavioral data, it’s the whales of the data ecosystem – data brokers – who are creating increasingly detailed profiles on almost everyone.

Data brokers trade on the privacy of consumers and operate in the shadows.

– Senator Al Franken (D-Minn)

The goal of data brokers, such as Experian or Acxiom, is to siphon up as much personal data as possible and apply it to profiles. This data comes from a wide variety of sources. Your purchases, financial history, internet activity, and even psycho graphic attributes are mixed with information from public records to create a robust dossier. Digital profiles are then sorted into one of thousands of categories to help optimize advertising efforts.

FEAR THE SHADOW PROFILE?

According to Pew Research, 91% of Americans “agree” or “strongly agree” that people have lost control over how personal information is collected and used.

Though optimizing click throughs is a big business, companies are increasingly moving beyond advertising to extract value from their growing data pipeline. Amalgamated data is increasingly being viewed as a clever way to assess risk in the decision-making process (e.g. hiring, insurance, loan or housing applications), and the stakes for consumers are going up in the process.

For example, a man may feel comfortable sharing their HIV status on Grindr (for practical reasons), but may not want that information going to a third party. (Unfortunately, that really happened.)

In 2015, Facebook filed a patent for a service that would help insurance companies vet people based on the credit ratings of their social network.

THE MORE YOU KNOW

Below the surface of our screens, our digital profiles continue to take shape.

Measures like adjusting website privacy controls and clearing cookies are a good start, but that’s only a fraction of the data companies are collecting. Not only do data brokers make it hard to officially opt out, their partnerships with corporations and advanced data collection methods cast such a wide net, that it’s almost impossible to exclude individual people.

Data brokers have operated with very little scrutiny or oversight, but that may be changing. Under intense public and governmental pressure, Facebook recently cut ties with data brokers. For a company that has bullishly pursued monetization of user data at every turn, the move is a sign that the public sentiment is changing.

Source: ZeroHedge

Facebook Blames Old “Bug” Feature For Harvesting Deleted User Videos

As if Facebook didn’t already collect enough information on its users, the company on Tuesday admitted it accidentally retained videos that had been deleted by its users, claiming that a glitch was responsible for storing the clips, according to New York.

The company apologized for the issue, and promised it would permanently delete all of the videos that were recorded by users, but never shared.

Users that have requested their data from Facebook have discovered that the company stored texts, messages, phone logs and other personal data for years.

If you granted permission to read contacts during Facebook’s installation on Android a few versions ago—specifically before Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)—that permission also granted Facebook access to call and message logs by default. The permission structure was changed in the Android API in version 16. But Android applications could bypass this change if they were written to earlier versions of the API, so Facebook API could continue to gain access to call and SMS data by specifying an earlier Android SDK version. Google deprecated version 4.0 of the Android API in October 2017—the point at which the latest call metadata in Facebook users’ data was found. Apple iOS has never allowed silent access to call data. –Ars Technica

Select All broke the story about Facebook keeping the deleted videos last week.

In a statement to Select All, Facebook said it investigated the report and discovered a bug that the company failed to delete.

We investigated a report that some people were seeing their old draft videos when they accessed their information from our Download Your Information tool. We discovered a bug that prevented draft videos from being deleted. We are deleting them and apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate New York Magazine for bringing the issue to our attention.

Many users who accessed the Download Your Information tool found the videos, accompanied by hundreds of megabytes of other embarrassing data, much to their chagrin.

Like these?

Of course we should take Facebook at its word that this was an honest mistake and that Zuckerberg himself will see to it that the offended videos are immediately deleted, and permanently this time.

But it’s more likely that these data were just caught up in the net as Facebook tried to collect as much personal information from its users as possible.

We imagine Zuckerberg will be asked about this practice when he appears before Congress later this month.

Source: ZeroHedge

MEDIA BLACKOUT: Obama Campaign Official Admitted Democrats Sucked the “Entire Social Network in US,” Kept the Data, Still Use It [VIDEO]

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Cambridge Analytica’s use of the personal data from 50 million Facebook users violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the company in 2011 before the 2016 election.

The Obama Campaign and Hillary Campaign also used Facebook and social media data to target voters in 2012 and 2016.

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Carol Davidson, a former Barack Obama campaign official, admitted that the 2012 campaign led Facebook to “suck out the whole social graph” and target potential voters. They would then use that data to do things like append their email lists.

Now this…

Carol Davidsen also
admitted in a speech that Democrats sucked out “the entire social network of the US”, kept the data and still have it.

Via Wikileaks:

Full video…

Carol Davidson was not the only Obama official to brag about the campaign’s use of social media data.

Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina touted the 2012 campaign’s use of “targeted sharing” on Facebook to use supporters as a way to persuade their undecided friends and family to support Obama.

Messina bragged about the use of Facebook data by the Obama campaign in a speech in 2013.

Source: By Jim Hoft | Gateway Pundit

“Can We Trust Facebook?” Mark Zuckerberg’s Non-Answer Says It All

CNN’s soft-ball-pitching, always-smiling, but-trying-ever-so-hard-to-seem-serious Laurie Segall sat across from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tonight as he broke his silence about just WTF happened with regard to the security of ‘our’ data, Cambridge Analytics’ data-mining, Russia, bad-actors, some more Russia, some more meddling, and, oh yeah, data breaches.

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The full interview is below but it was Zuckerberg’s response (or lack of it) to one question, that raises more questions than it answers…

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Segall asked:

Facebook has asked us to share our data, to share our lives on its platform and it has wanted us to be transparent, and people don’t feel like they’ve received that same amount of transparency. They’re wondering what’s happening to their data. Can they trust Facebook?

Zuckerberg replied, in the same manner as his non-apology statement earlier in the day, by waffling endlessly over his prescribed talking points and yet failing entirely to answer Segall’s simple question…

“Yeah, so one of the most important things that I think we need to do here is make sure that we tell everyone whose data was affected by one of these rogue apps, right?” he said.

“And we’re going to do that. We’re going to build a tool where anyone can go and see if their data was a part of this.”

“So the 50 million people that were impacted, they will be able to tell if they were impacted by this?” Segall asked.

“Yeah – we’re going to be even conservative on that. We may not have all of the data in our system today. So anyone whose data might have been affected by this, we’re going to make sure that we tell. And going forward, when we identify apps that are similarly doing sketchy things, we’re going to make sure that we tell people then too, right? That’s definitely something that looking back on this, you know, I regret that we didn’t do at the time, and I think we got that wrong, and we’re committed to getting that right going forward.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper describe Zuckerberg as “perhaps the most powerful man in the world,” noting that his platform is capable in influencing elections and perhaps even wars… little dramatic Anderson…

Fwd to 1:15 for the question (and non-answer)…

Any wiser? Can we trust Facebook?

Perhaps this clip from 2009, when The BBC asked Mark Zuckerberg if Facebook would ever sell personal user data.

His answer? “No! Of course not.”

Actions once again speaking louder than words.

All of which perhaps explains the plunge in the odds of Zuckerberg running for President…

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Facebook Advertisers Start Pulling Out

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Facebook advertisers have threatened to abandon the platform in the wake of a massive data harvesting scandal which began after it was revealed that an app created by two psychologists – one of whom Facebook employs – gathered data on over 50 million Americans and then sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytics and several others, who used it without consent. 

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of the social media giant gave several interviews Wednesday after spending three days in hiding, ostensibly with a crisis management team which advised him not give wholly unsatisfactory answers to one of the largest data breaches in history. 

The scandal is pushing some Facebook advertisers to consider dropping the platform, reports The Times

ISBA, a British group of advertisers that spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year on Facebook, demanded answers. It is understood that some of its 3,000 brands, which include those of the consumer goods companies Unilever and P&G, will not tolerate association with Facebook if it emerges that users’ data has found its way into the hands of brokers and political campaigners without authorisation. Sources close to the trade body said that if the company’s answers were not satisfactory, advertisers might spend their money elsewhere. ISBA will meet Facebook executives this week.

Others, such as Mozilla – the company behind the Firefox browser – have already pulled out, or as it said have “pressed pause” on Facebook advertising. In a scathing post, Mozilla said that “when Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we’ll consider returning.” Until then, “Mozilla will advertise elsewhere” as it warned in a blog post this morning:

Mozilla is pressing pause on our Facebook advertising. Facebook knows a great deal about their two billion users — perhaps more intimate information than any other company does. They know everything we click and like on their site, and know who our closest friends and relationships are. Because of its scale, Facebook has become one of the most convenient platforms to reach an audience for all companies and developers, whether a multibillion corporation or a not-for-profit.

We understand that Facebook took steps to limit developer access to friends’ data beginning in 2014. This was after Facebook started its relationship with Cambridge University Professor Aleksandr Kogan, whose decision to share data he collected from Facebook with Cambridge Analytica is currently in the news. This news caused us to take a closer look at Facebook’s current default privacy settings given that we support the platform with our advertising dollars. While we believe there is still more to learn, we found that its current default settings leave access open to a lot of data – particularly with respect to settings for third party apps.

We are encouraged that Mark Zuckerberg has promised to improve the privacy settings and make them more protective. When Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we’ll consider returning.

We look forward to Facebook instituting some of the things that Zuckerberg promised today

Meanwhile, Facebook shares remain under rising pressure – falling approximately 8.6% in three trading sessions and down again on Thursday pre-market as investors – particularly “ethical” investment funds – reconsider their decision to hold the increasingly radioactive company.

Nordea, the largest bank in the Nordic region, which manages about £283 billion (~$400 billion USD), said that it had put some of its Facebook investments in “quarantine” while it assessed the scandal. Union Investment, a German group that manages about £255 billion ($360 billion USD), said that it was reviewing its holding of Facebook shares. –The Times

Investors have also launched several lawsuits against Facebook, claiming that the company made “false and misleading statements” regarding its privacy policies and who they share data with. 

One San Francisco shareholder, Fan Yuan, filed a lawsuit on behalf of an undisclosed party of investors who claim that Facebook’s “omissions” led to a “precipitous” decline in the company’s stock price – wiping out nearly $50 billion of value on Monday and Tuesday. 

A Maryland woman who said that she was “frequently targeted with political ads while using Facebook” during the 2016 US election filed a separate suit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, alleging that the companies had treated her personal data with “absolute disregard”. Cambridge Analytica denies that it used Facebook data to “microtarget” political adverts when it worked for the Trump campaign. –The Times

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Yesterday, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who Mark Zuckerburg turned into a billionaire after Facebook bought his company for $22 billion, is now telling people to delete their Facebook accounts, promoting hashtag #deletefacebook.

Action was referencing the online movement that is gaining steam in the wake of the data harvesting scandal.

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After staying on for three years, Acton quit Facebook in September, and is now a major backer of rival messaging service Signal, which boasts encryption to make its messages resistant to government surveillance.

In a Wednesday night interview with CNN, Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook “made mistakes,” and that “This was a major breach of trust and I’m really sorry that this happened. Our responsibility now is to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Zuckerberg also vowed to notify all users “whose data might have been affected” by the breach, and will be “happy” to testify before congress “if it’s the right thing to do.” 

Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that he has pledged to investigate suspicious apps and ban developers who violate data sharing rules or refuse to comply with an audit. He added: “We will restrict developers’ data access even further to prevent other kinds of abuse. For example, we will remove developers’ access to your data if you haven’t used their app in three months. We will reduce the data you give an app when you sign in — to only your name, profile photo and email address.”

“We’ll require developers to not only get approval but also sign a contract in order to ask anyone for access to their private data. We’ll have more changes to share in the next few days.”

That said, tens of thousands of apps could be harvesting data… 

Yesterday Dr Kogan, the Russian-linked Cambridge academic who obtained the data of 50 million users by offering “personality quizzes” before selling the data to Cambridge Analytica, told the BBC that “tens of thousands” of apps could have done the same thing.

A Facebook whistleblower told MPs that the company had ignored his warnings and lost control of users’ data by giving easy access to developers. Sandy Parakilas said that when he worked at the company in 2011-12 “personal identifiable data was basically allowed to leave Facebook”. He told MPs that he had warned executives that poor safeguards could enable foreign powers or data brokers to harvest data. –The Times

ISBA notes: “The claims that other apps using the Facebook platform, and pre-dating 2015, have collected similar bodies of personal data and that controls for distribution have been inadequate, raise questions about the possibility that Facebook data has been, or is being used improperly elsewhere. ISBA is asking Facebook for a full account.”

Source: ZeroHedge

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Cambridge Analytica’s London HQ Evacuated Due To Suspicious Package

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It appears Cambridge Analytica has some enemies

Cambridge Analytica’s London headquarters has been evacuated and a major thoroughfare closed as the Metropolitan Police investigates reports of a suspicious package.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Very Bad Day Of “Damage Control”: Highlights

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Zuckerberg: “I never thought I’d have to safeguard the integrity of elections. ” [well, have you done a good enough job?]

Zuck: “Um, we will see.”

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Bill Blain: “What Struck Me Is What A Monster Facebook Has Become”

Blain’s Morning Porridge – March 22nd 2018

“Gybe: To shift suddenly and forcibly from one side to the other..”

Headwinds have become tailwinds, and Jay Powell opens his tenure at the FED by upgrading the outlook for the US Economy.

As a keen sailor, I have more than a passing interest in from where the wind is blowing. There are a number of things to bear in mind about tailwinds; i) they get you where you expect to go faster – meaning we shouldn’t neglect thinking about how this Goldilocks recovery ends.

And, ii) sailing downwind (ie tailwinds) can prove the most dangerous point of sail – things can go from smooth and stable to disaster in frighteningly short moments as a result of a sudden windshift causing a crash-gybe to flick the crew into the water, or the mast to come tumbling down. I’ve attached a photo showing just how bad tailwind sailing can go…

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The Fed’s message was simple: stronger growth, lower but stable full employment, modestly rising inflation, and rates set to double to double to 3.4% in 2020. Three, maybe four hikes this year, but three next year…. It should not have come as much of a surprise to the market. Some of the news reports say it was “Aggressive”, but what I heard was a dovish “middle-ground” back-loading of further tightening – further hikes to follow if justified. They are not slamming on the breaks, but gently brushing the pedals. Powell summed it up nicely: “The economy is healthier than it has been since before the crisis…”

Cynics might ask which particular crisis?

The world is an increasingly volatile place – a blusterous conflabulation of sentiment, facts, hopes and expectations that tends to spin very differently to Central Bankers scripts.

Perhaps its a modern update Chinese curse, but we live in “unconventional” times – while the Fed is considering tightening policy, the government is looking to Spend, Spend, Spend. We should be keeping a tight eye on employment – with the economy already looking inside NAIRU – how will tax-cuts and fiscal spending impact already tight labour costs? Meanwhile, what about the global economy? What about Populism? Or geopolitics and the threats of a trade-war with China? What about so many other unforseen things…. As we charge downhill with the spinnaker flying, just how stable is that mast?

Next on my worry list this morning is Facebook.

I was out with someone who knows about this kind of stuff – my 23 year old son Jack who is making a career for himself in advertising (and directing music videos in his spare time!). He explained it’s not just Cambridge Analytica that’s been exploiting Facebook and other social media sites through deep diving apps that amuse us with puppy pics, while measuring and tailoring product and messages to our desires and weaknesses.. Its happening across the board – it’s a dimly understood marketing revolution. We just don’t realise how social media users aren’t customers – we’re the product! It was a light-bulb moment…

Almost as revealing as Mark Zuckerberg’s dollar-late appearance last night on CNN. What struck me is that he has as little idea as the rest of us what a monster Facebook has become. Sure, he took responsibility – but does he actually understand what for?

You can’t uninvent stuff – but last night I deep dived my social media pages, changed all the options, put in new passwords and wonder just what a mess we’ve created.

Back in the real world – or is it?

Some interesting thoughts on alternative assets yesterday. According to some US research, global investors now hold around 25% of their total assets – accounting to some $7 trillion – in the form of Alternatives – ie things that aren’t “financial assets” such as stocks and shares. We’re very aware that assets like property tend to yield significantly more than financial assets – properly reflecting their lesser liquidity, but also how stocks and bonds have tightened and become inflated as a result of QE policies.

I was reading stuff about how much investors should demand for illiquidity – a base guess being a 1% spread over the risk free rate if you are locked into an illiquid alternative asset for one year rising to 6% for 10-yrs plus. Others say managers should be earning at least a 3% illiquidity premium on illiquid alternatives to justify themselves.

The trick is finding the right people to manage alternatives – for instance a global aircraft leasing firm or a firm with a fleet of ships under management, with all the technical and professional management skills to understand why planes fly and ships float, while also making sure they are working hard to earn a return. Or guys who understand the intricacies of private equity. There aren’t that many conventional bond/equity long/short portfolio managers who’ve got a breeze of an idea on which particular renewable energy projects beats the rest – but there are specialists who do. One approach is to find the right experts to invest on fund’s behalf – and we’ve got such managers we recommend.

That said, the research note yesterday made the case that many investors are utterly unprepared for ill-liquidity risks of alternative / illiquid assets. While the best case is to plan and hold illiquid alternatives through to maturity, its equally important to plan for need – have a plan to sell if you have to.

That said, I think I’ll stick with my 2018 investment strategy: buy assets correlated to global growth, and avoid correlation with inflated liquid assets.

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Cambridge Analytica Scandal: Facebook Is a Government Surveillance Tool

PARENTAL ADVISORY. This gets rough, kids. Just the way I like it. Lionel dismembers yet another HRC proxy and shill and lets him have it with facts, unimpeachable logic and a splash of panache. Ain’t the truth great.

[RT] London-based political strategy firm Cambridge Analytica has suspended CEO Alexander Nix who had boasted of global backroom influence. RT has hosted a debate on what the fallout of the unfolding Facebook data scandal could be. Richard Goodstein, a former advisor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaigns, went head-to-head with legal & media analyst and TV personality Lionel. “It looks like it’s undisputed that they did things that … were clearly against the law,” Goldstein said. “They either clearly went over the line or they went right up to it.” The Democrat advisor insinuated that the Department of Justice would not act against CA as “Donald Trump was the beneficiary. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening.” “The entire point is being missed here” Lionel shot back. “It’s not Cambridge Analytica, it’s that Facebook is a tool, a proxy, if you will, of the government! It’s a surveillance unit!” “Facebook, Apple, everything that we do is sucking up every bit of information that we have,” Lionel warned. “Where has the world been? You’re living in a panopticon!” The previous few days had seen an online trend urging users to #DeleteFacebook. Goldstein repeated claims that the “US intelligence community unanimously agreed that the Russians did meddle” and worked with WikiLeaks to leak emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, claims that have never been proven. Lionel dismissed the whole Russian meddling narrative “This yarn was devised by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton to explain how she lost a rigged election,” he said. “Whom can we get to explain this? Ah! The Russians!” “I can’t believe this gentleman is repeating the same fantasy that Hillary Clinton is still doing,” he said. “Are you ever going to move on from that? Are you ever going to realise you lost?” Special Counsel Robert Mueller “will present a case in black and white about what the Russians did and didn’t do,” Goldstein insisted. “And people who are clear-thinking will believe it, and people who have a bias going in will dismiss it.” “Hillary Clinton is never going to be president. Get over it. Go and see a grief counselor,” Lionel hit back.

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The Hypnotic Assault on YOUR soul. https://lettersfromthegulag.blogspot…. Thrice Censored, the “Luciferian Powers that be” really don’t want my analysis of this story floated by the Cambridge Analytica “whistleblower.” They don’t want me telling you that Donald Trump was beating all the other GOP candidates in the race by a very large margin, in fact, by December 2015, his numbers were almost as high as all the other GOP candidates COMBINED. I was not until January 2016 that Robert Mercer, with his Cambridge Analytica Company, dropped support of Ted Cruz and started supporting Trump. To hear the C.A. “leaker tell it” Trump owes his win to Mercer and Cambridge Analytica, that is PURE BS.

Facebook Ministry Of Truth Chief Security Officer Quits Over “Spread Of Disinformation”

Less than six months after exclaiming his concerns about algorithmic censorship on social media, and fears about becoming a ‘ministry of truth’, Alex Stamos – Facebook’s chief information security officer – is leaving the tech giant following “internal disagreements” over how the company should handle disinformation spread over its platform, according to the New York Times.

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His departure was reportedly planned long before the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted over the weekend.

Stamos famously unleashed a scathing tweet storm late last year warning the FBI and intrusive Democratic lawmakers (who are again banging the regulation drum) that “censorship is easy”, but separating Russian bots from legitimate posters would be much, much harder, and essentially would require Facebook or the government to become a “Ministry of Truth” – referring to a government ministry from George Orwell’s 1984 responsible for rewriting history.

“It’s very difficult to spot fake news and propaganda using just computer programs,” Stamos said in a series of Twitter posts on Saturday.

“Nobody of substance at the big companies thinks of algorithms as neutral,” Stamos wrote, adding that the media is simplifying the matter.

“Nobody is not aware of the risks.”

So if you don’t worry about becoming the Ministry of Truth with ML systems trained on your personal biases, then it’s easy!

Stamos, according to the NYT, had reportedly clashed with other senior executives over how the company should handle disclosures of “Russian interference” on its platform. Stamos called for more transparency and disclosure.

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His repeated conflicts led to his day-to-day responsibilities being reassigned late last year in preparation for his departure – which wasn’t expected to happen until August.

After his day-to-day responsibilities were reassigned to others in December, Mr. Stamos said he would leave the company. He was persuaded to stay through August to oversee the transition of his duties because executives thought his departure would look bad, the current and former employees said. He has been overseeing the transfer of his security team to Facebook’s product and infrastructure divisions. His group, which once had 120 people, now has three, the current and former employees said.

Stamos is the first senior employee to leave the company since the controversy surrounding the purported $100,000 in fraudulent ad spending by a “Russian troll farm” was first publicly confirmed in September.

Facebook shares, which entered correction territory during Monday’s session, were down 1% after hours, back at the lows of the day…

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“Where’s Mark?” CEO’s Silence On Cambridge Analytica Is Making Facebook Employees Uneasy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be making an appearance at an impromptu employee town hall set for Tuesday morning…

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Meet Facebook’s Biggest Holders Who Are Having A Very Bad Day (Or Two)

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Amid the biggest two-day demise in Mark Zuckerberg’s social network in six years, slashing below its 200-day moving-average, many are wondering where the dip-buyers have gone… and who the biggest losers are, so far!

Source: ZeroHedge

Why’s Facebook Enabling Hard Core Child Abuse Across it’s Platform?

While Facebook facilitates facial recognition and vacuums up user data by the exa-byte (look it up), they draw the line at being asked to clamp down on child porn being passed around on its servers.

In a shocking story putting the massive social network in a very seedy light, Gizmodo reported last week, “When BBC journalists discovered child porn on the network and sent those images to Facebook last week, the company reported the BBC to police in the UK for the distribution of illegal images.”

That’s right. When informed that pedophiles were passing around pictures of children in the vilest, most unholy ways, Facebook shot the messenger. Well, Facebook asked police to do it for them — metaphorically of course.

Investigative reporters from the BBC have a long history of tracking down the perverts that seem to pervade the Internet. After discovering that there was a significant amount of such images floating around Facebook, the network notified executives at the company, offering to sit down and show Facebook’s representatives the evidence of pedophilia collected by BBC reporters.

 

Again, from Gizmodo:

Simon Milner [a Facebook representative], finally agreed to sit down for an interview about moderation tools on the network. There was just one condition: Facebook asked that the BBC reporters send the company images that they’d found on Facebook’s secret groups that the BBC would like to discuss.

The BBC complied with Facebook’s request, sent the images to the company, and then, almost unbelievably, Facebook backed out of the scheduled sit down and reported the BBC to the police!

In explanation of its extraordinary actions, Facebook issued a statement explaining, “It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation.”

Imagine informing your neighbor that you saw someone break into his house and then offering to show him the evidence of the crime and then he calls the police, claiming you were the criminal!

Facebook says it is sufficiently policing child pornography and pedophilia by providing a “Report Button” on the site whereby users can identify potential pedophiles and “nudity and other sexually suggestive content.”

A report button. That’s multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s answer to demonstrable accusations of pedophilia rings maintained on Facebook’s servers and classified as “secret” groups.

BBC apparently considered the “Report Button” likely to prove unreliable, therefore the news organ conducted its own experiment on its effectiveness. The BBC reports:

To test Facebook’s claim, the BBC used the report button to alert the company to 100 images which appeared to break its guidelines. They included:

• pages explicitly for men with a sexual interest in children

• images of under-16s in highly sexualised [sic] poses, with obscene comments posted beside them

• groups with names such as “hot xxxx schoolgirls” containing stolen images of real children

• an image that appeared to be a still from a video of child abuse, with a request below it to share “child pornography.”

Of the 100 images only 18 were removed.

Facebook told the BBC that the other 82 images didn’t cross the company’s “inappropriate” threshold.

Undeterred, the BBC continued its test of Facebook’s accountability on the issue of child pornography and pedophilia:

Facebook’s rules forbid convicted sex offenders from having accounts.

But the BBC found five convicted pedophiles [sic] with profiles, and reported them to Facebook via its own system. None of them were taken down.

“I find it very disturbing, I find that content unacceptable,” said Mr Collins in response.

“I think it raises the question of how can users make effective complaints to Facebook about content that is disturbing, shouldn’t be on the site, and have confidence that that will be acted upon.”

David Jordan, the BBC Director of Editorial Policy, is concerned about the cause of Facebook’s bizarre reaction to receiving undeniable evidence of pedophilia and child pornography on its servers.

“The fact that Facebook sent images that had been sent to them, that appear on their site, for their response about how Facebook deals with inappropriate images … the fact that they sent those on to the police seemed to me to be extraordinary,” he said.

“One can only assume that the Facebook executives were unwilling or certainly reluctant to engage in an interview or a debate about why these images are available on the Facebook site.”

Facebook’s disregard of disgusting content on its site seems to be nothing new. Consider this story published by FoxNews.com on September 28, 2010:

The world’s largest pro-pedophilia advocacy group uses Facebook to connect with its members throughout the world; to find and exchange photos of children; to hone its members’ predatory behavior; and to identify, target and reel in child victims, an investigation by FoxNews.com reveals.

The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a revolting organization devoted to providing opportunities for pedophiles to find children to exploit.

FoxNews.com’s investigation revealed:

Facebook says it has a strict policy against the posting of content that supports groups engaged in child exploitation, yet a simple, five-second search on Facebook, conducted on Sept. 23, yielded dozens of pages devoted to the infamous North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Many of those pages featured numerous photos of unnamed boys, some of whom appeared to be too young for kindergarten.  

The same day, FoxNews.com found hundreds of links to NAMBLA’s website on Facebook, which has more than half a billion users worldwide. And posts on known pedophile blogs and chat rooms show an organized effort by pedophiles to use the social networking site to prey on children.

Why would Facebook and its executives and managers permit such perversion on its site, a site accessed by over one billion people every day?

A better, more relevant question would be why conservatives, Christians, and others of strong moral character continue to patronize a site so reluctant to run perverts off its site?

“Facebook has been recognized as one of the best platforms on the internet for child safety,” Facebook said in a statement.

That’s a position seemingly impossible to prove. What is certain, though, is that when offered evidence of the vilest perversion being passed around on its servers, Facebook called the police on the whistle blowers.

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Your Facebook Page Could Land You In a FEMA Camp

facebook nsaAgainst my better judgment, I often put my articles on Facebook. Lately, Facebook has been taking down my posts, particularly on topics related to World War III.  One of my readers counted 14 sites saw my articles disappear. It is too late for me, but for most of you, you should consider not participating on Facebook. It is one more intelligence gathering tool designed to separate the sheep, from the independent thinkers!

No matter how annoying Facebook’s censors may be, there are real dangers associated with posting and reading on Facebook.

Facebook’s Friends Are Not Nice People

Facebook is aligned with both the CIA and the NSA. I have several credible sources tell me that all data posted on Facebook goes into series of cataloged files which culminates with each person being assigned a “Threat Matrix Score”. The mere existence of a Threat Matrix Score should send chills up and the collective spines of every American.

facebook internet browses youWhen, not if, martial law comes to America, this Threat Matrix Score, of which Facebook data is used to help compile an “enemies of the state” list, your future longevity could be seriously imperiled. It is too late for people like Steve Quayle, Doug and Joe Hagmann, John B. Wells and myself to avoid being placed on this list. However, it is not too late for the average American to limit their exposure by NOT posting and participating on Facebook. Facebook participation should come with a black box warning:

“WARNING: The views expressed on Facebook can and will be used against you. Participation in Facebook could prove detrimental to the length of your life. All political dissident views are immediately reported to the CIA and the NSA. Risk of repeated exposure on Facebook could result in you and your family being hauled out of their homes at 3AM, separated from your family and sent to a re-education camp”.   

Before you dismiss this hypothetical black box warning as too much “tongue in cheek”, please consider that the NSA is presently extracting large amounts of Facebook data and I do not think they are compiling a Christmas card list.

Facebook’s Welcome Is Wearing Off

facebook 1 zuckerbergMany of us in print and broadcast media are rethinking our association with Facebook. Several of our journalistic brothers and sisters have been censored and/or otherwise treated unprofessionally by this entity. Facebook has become replete with trolls who patrol the cyber corridors of this monolithic entity chastising and censoring whoever exposes the liberal, anti-human, depopulation agenda of the New World Order. Whether it is gun control, criticism of NWO puppet Obama or anything that the alleged grandson of David Rockefeller,  Mark Zuckerberg, and his people disagree with, they will kick your Facebook account to the curb for daring to express a legitimate political opinion.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, The Self-Perceived Purveyor of Integrity and Morality

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook emphasized three times in a single interview with David Kirkpatrick in his book, The Facebook Effect “You have one identity, and the days of you having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know are probably coming to an end pretty quickly. Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”

Who appointed Mr. Zuckerberg to be the moral police and the judge of integrity? It sounds like Zuckerberg can take his place with Soros, Gates, Turner, et al., and the rest of the global elite who think they have the right to treat humanity as their own personal property and view the masses as a disposable commodity.

Julian Assange Assessment of Facebook

Whistle blower, Julian Assange, once stated that “Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.”

Never before in American cyber-history do we see such an arrogant and agenda serving entity operating their propaganda so far in the open as we do with Facebook. This propaganda end of the New World Order is being blatantly exposed.

Facebook’s arrogance was on full display when highly respected journalist, Jon Rappoport was banned from sharing his articles on Facebook. In this instance of blatant censorship, Jon’s banned article was merely a review of certain aspects of American presidents ranging from Nixon to Obama. Like so many of us that understand history and can see the tyrannical path that Obama is taking us down, Rappoport identified Obama’s unconstitutional missteps. And for daring to tell the truth, Facebook banned Rappoport for the mere expression of a legitimate political opinion.

Readers may also recall when members of Infowars.com and the popular talk show host, Michael Rivero were banned in December of 2012, until the public outcry for Facebook to reinstate their respective accounts backed Facebook into a corner from which they acquiesced and reinstated the previously banned media figures.

Rules For Thee but Not For Me

obama internet 3Facebook does not apply their holier than thou attitude to their own corporate behavior. As Zuckerberg talks about rectifying Americans lack of integrity through timely Facebook exposure, Facebook fails to pay its own fair share of taxes as a result of tax loopholes and deductions. Facebook paid no income tax for the fiscal year 2012, despite reaping $1.1 billion in U.S. corporate profits. While Americans have just been subjected to higher taxes, billion-dollar corporations like Facebook, General Electric, Boeing and Wells Fargo have all been able to avoid paying any corporate income taxes, reports the Citizens for Tax Justice.

Reddit Co-Founder Dissociates From Involvement With Facebook

In an interview with CNN, Reddit.com co-founder Alex Ohanian explains that he won’t be investing in Facebook, the largest technology IPO in the history of the Internet.

Facebook founder, Zuckerberg, had stated, at the time that Facebook first made their public offering, that he expected to make billions of dollars. Ohanian further stated that he would not be investing in Facebook in order to enrich Zuckerberg. Ohanian’s reasons for avoiding Facebook as an investment vehicle is tied to the fact that he strongly believes that Facebook’s stance in favor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, is very dangerous to the viability of the internet. In other words, Reddit.com’s founder has clearly stated that Facebook is at the vanguard of Internet censorship.

I applaud Ohanian’s stance as it is clear that Ohanian respects free speech. It is safe to say that Facebook and CISPA are two birds of a feather as they both support blatant censorship regarding political views which differ from their own.

Tax evasion, legal or not, seems to be a trait of Facebook personnel, both past and present. Not only does Facebook not pay taxes while the rest of America is suffering under crushing tax increases, Zuckerberg’s former co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, renounced his U.S. citizenship back in August of 2012 in order to pay less tax. I guess that birds of a feather “Facebook” together.

Can it be said that Facebook is a shining example of duplicity and censorship? I think so and I welcome being banned by the monolith because soon  Zuckerberg will learn the lesson the phrase “pride goeth before the fall.” I have long said that Facebook will face some very stiff competition and the millions who have been irritated by the trolls which send warning messages for sending simple personal messages could very well be looking for new jobs.

Technology is fleeting and Facebook could someday go the way of Myspace. I have long advocated that the average citizen needs to avoid the globalist corporate chain stores (e.g. Walmart) and shop locally as much as possible. I think the same could be said about social media sites as well. Why in the world are we posting personal information and our political views on an NSA controlled social media site such as Facebook? To do so, is suicide!

Conclusion

Although it is too late for me to avoid going on the “naughty list”, due to the fact that my work has been published in thousands of venues, I have come to the considered opinion that the average American is placing themselves on the equivalent of the East German Stasi political enemies hit list by posting political views on the NSA-controlled Facebook. My advice to all unpublished Americans is to immediately cease posting on Facebook, which is a direct conduit to being placed on the proverbial “RED LIST” and seek out alternatives which are  not New World Order friendly.

by Dave Hodges’ Common Sense Show