via Timothy B. Lee, writing at Ars Technica, comes this outstanding, on-target examination of the apparent delusional world Mark Zuckerberg works and lives in... Key Point: The conflation of Facebook (NYSE: FB) and the Internet. Read it and weep my friends, it's the show that never ends...
"Zuckerberg employed one of his favorite rhetorical tricks for defending Facebook: conflating Facebook with the Internet as a whole. It's true, as Zuckerberg writes, that the Internet has made the world more connected and that this has had a lot of positive consequences (as well as some negative ones)." - via Timothy B. Lee, writing at Ars Technica, comes this outstanding story of delusional Facebook leadership.
Thanks to the Gulliver-level reportage of Josh Constine, writing at TechCrunch, we have now learned of what the company has monikered Project Atlas. Enjoy the future, it's on your kids phones, and they get paid to!
Within the 18th of December's Facebook reportage on the pages of the New York Times, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia and Nicholas Confessore have written a classic piece dé resistance of investigative journalism. In which, we learn the bitter truth of machinations and shenanigans committed by Facebook executives in their efforts to satiate their founder's greed, and the executive ranks desperate need to wrest the power of the interwebs and make of it a monster fed by the Facebaggery of the company's Mark 'I-Didn't-Do-It' Zuckerberg. Just shameful, and worthy of an opportune long sentence in the hoosegow, eh?
"The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond." - via the New YorK Times reporters Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia and Nicholas Confessore
Simply superb reportage by the inimitable Dan Goodin writing at Ars Technica, and focusing, as it were, on the nearly inescapable truth of the criminal enterprise - also known as Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB). This time, the criminals possess free reign with nefarious scamming and what-not at the top of their evil-doing list, simply becuase there are not enough competent eyes on the problem... If you read anything today on the untenable position of Facebook Inc., in civil society, read Mr. Goodin's superlative examination.
"The Facebook representative didn't explain why the security department is having such a hard time dismantling the campaign. People who use the site should remain alert." - via Dan Goodin writing at Ars Technica
via Rebecca Hill, crafting superlative reportage at our favorite security related news outlet - El Reg - comes the latest evidence that Facebookery is still alive and well: A non-Facebook user in the Republic of Ireland requested his data... Here's what happened:
"Facebook's refusal to hand over the data it holds on users' web activity is to be probed by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner after a complaint from a UK-based academic. Under the General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force on 25 May, people can demand that organisations hand over the data they hold on them." - via Rebecca Hill, writing at The Register
via Valentina Palladino. writing at Ars Techncia, comes this superlativ piece on the removal of Facebook-owned (NASDAQ: FB)bits (in this case a 'VPN' product - resident in the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) App Store - for high crimes and misdemeanors... Ooops, sorry, wrong story - just a little bit of data collection thievery. Today's Must Read!
Suspended by Facebook Inc. (NasdaqGS: FB), Crimson Hexagon is apparently the latest data surveillance organization to have it's virtual wrist slapped by Zuckerberg et Cie due to bad data behavior. - via The Guardian's Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong.
"...the company had its access to the Facebook and Instagram APIs shut off Friday after the Wall Street Journal queried Facebook about Crimson Hexagon’s contracts with the US government, a Russian not-for-profit with ties to the Kremlin, and the Turkish government." - via The Guardian's Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong
via Cyrus Farivar, writing at Ars Technica, comes evidence of skullduggery at Zuckerberg's Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), this time, in the guise of failing to answer Senatorial queries, simply by ignoring such impudence.
"Notably, Facebook declined to promise to share the results of its post-Cambridge Analytica investigation with the public or even Congress. The social media giant also wouldn’t say if it had ever turned off a feature for privacy reasons." - via Cyrus Farivar, writing at Ars Technica
Senators - this is why the use of subpoena is such a powerful tool, especially against this form of stonewalling; further, don't Senate staffers cover the appropos use of subpoena in your freshman year term classes on *How To Behave Senatorialy? - Mxh (ed.)
via Ina Fried and David McCabe, writing at Axios, comes the latest revelation of feckless user data management at Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); this time, the event comes with smarmily justified sharing of Facebook Inc. user data (without user consent) to Chinese manufacturers' (including People's Republic of China's Peoples Liberation Army controlled Huawei and others) by Francisco Varela, Facebook, Inc. Vice President - Mobile Partnerships Varsela, also (apparently) is a shill ( here) for First Republic Bank. Enjoy today's Must Read and this! H/T
“Huawei is the third largest mobile manufacturer globally and its devices are used by people all around the world, including in the United States. Facebook along with many other U.S. tech companies have worked with them and other Chinese manufacturers to integrate their services onto these phones. Facebook's integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get go — and we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built. Given the interest from Congress, we wanted to make clear that all the information from these integrations with Huawei was stored on the device, not on Huawei's servers.”' - Francisco Varela, Vice President - Mobile Partnerships, Facebook Inc.