December 19, 2018
I don’t know how anyone is surprised by this.
It’s something I would have always just assumed.
Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Facebook users connected with friends across different devices and websites. But Facebook also assumed extraordinary power over the personal information of its 2.2 billion users—control it has wielded with little transparency or outside oversight.
Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.
You could at least imagine that Netflix and Spotify don’t actually care about your personal life, and were just searching for keywords to up their advertising abilities.
However, one has to wonder if private companies that may have been more interested in what exactly you as an individual were communicating had access to this information.
As it is just being handed over wholesale to certain companies, it’s obvious that there was no attempt to guard the information.
So I would assume that it was also handed over to organizations like the SPLC and ADL who are interested in building files on you for your political views.
Furthermore, one has to assume that it was also handed over to governments where “hate speech” is illegal, so that those governments could build files on you.
And I must say that if the Facebook messenger app was allowing this sort of thing, then we should assume that the Facebook-owned messenger WhatsApp was also allowing it.
My advice to everyone is to never use any social media at all. Not even in a normie capacity. Just drop out of it, totally. If you are going to use Twitter for trolling and following other trolls, then make absolutely certain that there are no connections between that account and anything to do with you as a real person – and that should include your IP address. Use a VPN whenever you access any of this stuff.
This is no joke.
As a personal private messenger, use Signal.
They’ve even got the neo-Nazi figure Nietzsche featured on their page.
That is end-to-end encrypted, and you can set messages for auto-delete. Refuse to talk to anyone who will not use this app.
Yes, for normal stuff like talking to family and arranging meetings with friends at Buffalo Wild Wings or whatever, it’s fine to use normal SMS or iMessage. But for anything even mildly political, use an encrypted app. And if you’re political with your friends, use Signal.
It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Telegram was okay but is not anymore.
Maybe the Chinese ones are better – I don’t know. But there is no reason to risk it. Just stick to Signal.
Calls for Regulation
Here’s a NYT reporter implying a need for regulation.
Users have control over the data they share on Facebook, Zuck tells Congress. OK, in the sense that they can decide not to share it. Or they can decide which friends can see it. They have “control.” But obviously, in another sense, they don’t have control at all.
— Jennifer Valentino-DeVries (@jenvalentino) December 19, 2018
Here’s a Democrat Congressman calling for regulation.
It has never been more clear. We need a federal privacy law. They are never going to volunteer to do the right thing. The FTC needs to be empowered to oversee big tech.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) December 19, 2018
And this might happen.
It will probably happen.
However, they will still have backdoors and various other tricks.
My advice is to just stay the hell away from Facebook, completely.