Would Facebook Still Be Purging Dissent If Not Pressured by the Government?


20-02-19 11:21:00,

‘Facebook is a private company and can do what it wants’ screech precisely the people using the might of the state to twist Zuckerberg’s arm into censoring dissent for them

Once upon a time, Facebook espoused idealistic notions of making the world a more open and connected place. But when it comes to views the US establishment doesn’t like, Facebook magically remembers it’s also a “private company.”

So when Facebook abruptly suspended pages belonging to Maffick Media — a company which is 51 percent owned by RT’s video agency Ruptly — critics of RT were quick to argue the social platform could ban anyone it wants.

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Facebook blocks pages with TENS OF MILLIONS of views after CNN reports their ties to RT


18-02-19 07:47:00,

Facebook has suspended several accounts operated by Maffick Media without prior warning, right after CNN ran a report about the company’s perceived ties to the Kremlin.

In what seems to be a new step in the social media giant’s fight against perceived ‘Russian propaganda’, Facebook took down, without prior notice, several pages offering video content. The social media network said it would ask the administrators of Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed to disclose their “Russian affiliations.”

“People connecting with Pages shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind them. Just as we’ve stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we’ll continue improving so people can get more information about the Pages they follow,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

However, no official requests were filed with Maffick Media, the German-based company operating all three pages. They were not notified before the fact, which prompted an angry response (posted on Maffick’s front page at the time of writing) in which they branded Facebook policies “new McCarthyism.” All three pages remained offline on Monday.

The accounts were suspended shortly after CNN aired a report with the catchy headline “Kremlin funds viral videos aimed at millennials,” in which it listed all three pages as part of the Kremlin’s “influence campaign” targeting unsuspecting young American adults. CNN stated that German-based Maffick Media is “mostly owned” by Ruptly video news agency – a subsidiary of RT – and is thus in the Kremlin’s back pocket.

An open secret

CNN also repeatedly accused Maffick of concealing its suspected ties to Russia to mislead its audience. While, indeed, none of the pages bore a glowing stamp that said “paid for by the Kremlin,” they were never told that they were required to do so. Besides, no special effort was made to hide the funding sources – as proved by the CNN reporters themselves, who used an online commercial registers database to acquire documents showing that Maffick is 51 percent (which CNN generalized as “mostly”) owned by Ruptly.

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The remaining near-half belongs to Maffick CEO Anissa Naouai,

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Facebook censureert bericht over 5G, een aanrader dus – De Lange Mars Plus


16-02-19 10:12:00,

Facebook wil de communicatiebedrijven niet voor het hoofd stoten met het artikel van DLM Plus over 5G, daarom brengen wij het nog maar eens extra onder de aandacht.

Een goede aanleiding om even stil te staan bij de reden van deze censuur.



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Facebook: The Government’s Propaganda Arm?


10-02-19 09:15:00,

Authored by Jeff Charles via Liberty Nation,

The social media giant has a disturbing number of former Obama officials in key positions of authority over content…

Imagine for a moment what it would look like if the federal government launched its own social media network. Every day, Americans could freely use the platform to express their views on everything from economic theory to the best tips for baking peanut butter cookies. They could even discuss their political views and debate the important issues of the day.

But what if the government were empowered to determine which political views are appropriate and which are too obscene for the American public? Well, it looks like this is already happening. Of course, the state has not created a social media network; they didn’t have to. It appears the government is using Facebook – the world’s largest social media company – to sway public opinion.

The Government’s Fingers In Facebook

The Free Thought Project recently published a report revealing that Facebook has some troubling ties to the federal government and that this connection could be enabling former state officials to influence the content displayed. The social media provider has partnered with various think tanks which receive state funding, while hiring an alarming number of individuals who have held prominent positions in the federal government.

Facebook recently announced their partnership with the Atlantic Council – which is partly funded by tax dollars – to ensure that users are presented with quality news stories. And by “quality,” it seems that they mean “progressive.” The council is well known for promoting far-left news sources, including the Xinhua News Agency, which was founded by the Communist Party of China. Well, that’s reassuring. What red-blooded American capitalist doesn’t want to get the news from a communist regime?

But there one aspect of this story is even more troubling: the government-to-Facebook pipeline. The company has employed a significant number of former officials in positions that grant them influence over what content is allowed on the platform.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy, prosecuted cybercrimes at the Department of Justice under President Obama.

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Desinformationen auf Facebook und WhatsApp: “Sie führen zu ernsthaften Schäden in der realen Welt”


06-02-19 12:21:00,

Im Dezember fand in Accra/Ghana die erste afrikanische re:publica statt. Dort habe ich den Vortrag der BBC-Journalistin Yemisi Adegoke gesehen und sie anschließend dazu interviewt. Adegoke war Teil eines Rechercheteams, das in einer Region in Nigeria untersucht hat, welchen Einfluss Falschmeldungen auf WhatsApp und Facebook auf religiöse Konflikte hatten: Like. Share. Kill. Nigerian police say false information on Facebook is killing people. Konkret geht um einen Fall im nigerianischen Bundesstaat Plateau. Dort kam es in Folge der Verbreitung von Falschnachrichten zu gewalttätigen Übergriffen auf Andersgläubige – mit mehreren Todesopfern.

Ich fand ihre Geschichte interessant, weil sie zeigt, dass Plattformen wie Facebook mitverantwortlich für Todesopfer sind, wenn sie keine Verantwortung für die Öffentlichkeit übernehmen, die sie herstellen. Statt in vernünftige Infrastrukturen, etwa ausreichend Fact-Checker mit Sprachkenntnissen, zu investieren, setzen sie schlicht auf Profit.

Vier Faktenprüfer für 24 Millionen NutzerInnen

netzpolitik.org: Hi Yemisi, worüber hast Du auf der re:publica hier in Accra gesprochen?

Yemisi Adegoke: Ich bin Journalistin bei der BBC. Gemeinsam mit Africa Eye habe ich recherchiert, welche Auswirkungen Desinformationen auf Gesellschaften haben. Wir wollten insbesondere Fälle aufdecken, bei denen Desinformationen einen realen Schaden verursacht haben. Recherchiert haben wir in Jos, das liegt im Bundesstaat Plateau in Nigeria. Die Polizei glaubt, dass elf Männer dort auf Grund von Desinformationen ums Leben gekommen sind. Mit ihrer Hilfe konnten wir diese Fälle identifizieren.

netzpolitik.org: Welche Bedeutung haben Facebook und WhatsApp in Nigeria?

Yemisi Adegoke: WhatsApp ist hier marktführend, wie auch weltweit. In dieser Hinsicht ist Nigeria dem Rest der Welt sehr ähnlich. Auch Facebook hat als Plattform eine enorme Bedeutung in Nigeria. 2016 hatte Facebook in Nigeria sechzehn Millionen NutzerInnen. Zwei Jahre später waren es schon vierundzwanzig Millionen. Viele junge Menschen nutzen Facebook, um sich mit dem Rest der Welt zu verbinden und um Informationen mit Freunden und Fremden auszutauschen. Es ist schon eine sehr große und einflussreiche Plattform in Nigeria.

netzpolitik.org: Während Eurer Recherche fandet Ihr heraus, wie viele Fakten-Checker es in Nigeria gibt. Wie viele sind es?

Yemisi Adegoke: Facebook leitet eine Initiative zur Überprüfung von Fakten durch Dritte. In Nigeria sind dafür zwei Partner zuständig: die französische Nachrichtenagentur AFP und die Nichtregierungsorganisation Africa Check.

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Facebook Shares Slide After Apple Revokes Developer Certificate


30-01-19 03:43:00,

Following publication of an explosive report  about how Facebook deliberately ignored Apple’s iOS developer guidelines and sidestepped the app store to offer a controversial data harvesting app directly to consumers (the app was targeted at teens), Apple has delivered the Silicon Valley version of a punch to the nose by revoking Facebook’s developer certificate.

Apple announced its decision to revoke the certificate in a terse statement published Wednesday morning.

NEW: Apple now says it has revoked Facebook’s iOS developer certificate, which Apple intends to be used for a company’s employees to sideload apps without needing the App Store, not for the purpose FB used.

Apple’s statement: pic.twitter.com/IvFHUfOZPq

— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) January 30, 2019

As one tech blogger speculated, Facebook probably believed that their apps are “too popular” and that the company could “do what they like”. By revoking the certificate, which will prohibit Facebook from developing internal apps on iOS, Apple is sending a message that this is decidedly not the case, and no developer is too big to ignore Apple’s rules.

Facebook shares are sliding on the news.


Apple shares have also ticked lower on the news.


However, Apple has spared Facebook the ultimate punishment. It hasn’t removed its apps from the App Store, which would be significantly more damaging both to Facebook’s users metrics and, we imagine, its share price.

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Return of the ‘War Room’: Facebook to set up new election integrity centers in Dublin & Singapore


28-01-19 03:37:00,

Facebook will set up two new centers to monitor “election integrity,” based in Dublin and Singapore. These centers will tackle fake news and hate speech, and will probably trigger fresh accusations of censorship.

After its hands-off approach to content policing led to accusations of fake news and misinformation in 2016, Facebook dramatically ramped up its content-policing efforts in the run-up to November’s midterm elections in the US. The social media giant partnered up with third-party ‘fact checkers’ to vet news content, trained an AI to spot and remove “false news stories,” introduced transparency rules for political advertisements, and went as far as building a physical “war room” to monitor elections for “foreign interference” in real-time.

Now, the social media giant is taking its aggressive approach worldwide.

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Facebook announced on Monday it will set up two new regional centers, located in its Dublin and Singapore offices. Facebook’s Dublin office is the company’s biggest location outside California.

“These teams will add a layer of defense against fake news, hate speech and voter suppression, and will work cross-functionally with our threat intelligence, data science, engineering, research, community operations, legal and other teams,” read a blog post from Facebook. As well as probing Facebook, the teams will monitor Instagram and WhatsApp for misuse, according to another blog post from the company.

Facebook’s US-based “war room” attracted some media attention in the run-up to the midterm elections in November, but the company itself was tight-lipped on what exactly its staff did to detect malicious foreign activity and election meddling. The company’s head of civic engagement, Samidh Chakrabarti, only said that “we’ve been working with governments around the world, with security experts around the world, with civic society around the world to share information about threats that we see.”

Among the experts consulted by Facebook is the Atlantic Council. NATO’s academic wing, the Atlantic Council teamed up with Facebook last summer to help the social network “expose and explain falsehood online.”

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The Atlantic Council’s digital efforts to date have included poking RT for nonexistent evidence of election meddling,

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How Facebook Cashed In on Tricking Kids


26-01-19 09:28:00,

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.

Facebook orchestrated a multiyear effort that duped children and their parents out of money, in some cases hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and then often refused to give the money back, according to court documents unsealed tonight in response to a Reveal legal action.

The records are part of a class-action lawsuit focused on how Facebook targeted children in an effort to expand revenue for online games, such as Angry Birds, PetVille and Ninja Saga.

The more than 135 pages of unsealed documents, which include internal Facebook memos, secret strategies and employee emails, paint a troubling picture of how the social media giant conducted business.

Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission–something the social media giant called “friendly fraud”–in an effort to maximize revenues, according to a document detailing the company’s game strategy.

Sometimes the children did not even know they were spending money, according to another internal Facebook report. Facebook employees knew this. Their own reports showed underage users did not realize their parents’ credit cards were connected to their Facebook accounts and they were spending real money in the games, according to the unsealed documents.

For years, the company ignored warnings from its own employees that it was bamboozling children.

A team of Facebook employees even developed a method that would have reduced the problem of children being hoodwinked into spending money, but the company did not implement it, and instead told game developers that the social media giant was focused on maximizing revenues.

When parents found out how much their children had spent–one 15-year-old racked up $6,500 in charges in about two weeks playing games on Facebook–the company denied requests for refunds. Facebook employees referred to these children as “whales”–a term borrowed from the casino industry to describe profligate spenders. A child could spend hundreds of dollars a day on in-game features such as arming their character with a flaming sword or a new magic spell to defeat an enemy–even if they didn’t realize it until the credit card bill arrived.

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Facebook und Instagram entziehen Maduro den „blauen Haken“


24-01-19 09:59:00,


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Die sozialen Netzwerke Instagram und Facebook haben bei den Profilen des venezolanischen Präsidenten Nicolas Maduro die blauen Verifizierung-Haken entfernt. Dafür tauchte in Instagram der blaue Haken neben dem Namen des Oppositionellen Juan Guaido auf, der sich am Mittwoch zum Präsidenten erklärt hatte.

Damit unterstützen die sozialen Netzwerke die Linie der US-Regierung, die zuvor Guaido als Übergangspräsidenten anerkannt hatten. Maduro bezeichnete das US-Vorgehen als „Imperialismus“ und Putsch-Versuch.

REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez

Der Präsident der entmachteten Nationalversammlung von Venezuela (Asamblea Nacional), Juan Guaido, hatte sich am Mittwoch während der Proteste im Land zum Staatschef des Landes erklärt. Kurz darauf erklärte US-Präsident Donald Trump, dass er Guaido offiziell als Übergangspräsidenten Venezuelas anerkenne. Das venezolanische Volk habe das „illegitime Maduro-Regime“ genug ertragen müssen.

Maduro kündigte daraufhin den kompletten Abbruch der diplomatischen Beziehungen zu den USA an und gab US-Diplomaten 72 Stunden Zeit, um das Land zu verlassen.

Nach den USA erkannten Kanada, Argentinien, Brasilien, Chile, Kolumbien, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay und Peru Guaido als Übergangspräsidenten an.

Dagegen betrachten Russland, Mexiko, Bolivien, Kuba und die Türkei Maduro weiterhin als legitimen Staatschef Venezuelas.

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Google and Facebook broke company records for US government lobbying in 2018


23-01-19 09:27:00,

Facing increased public scrutiny, Google and Facebook spent record amounts of money lobbying the US government on privacy and antitrust policies in 2018, with both companies topping previous highs, new data filings showed.

In quarterly filings to Congress disclosed on Tuesday, Google revealed that it dished out a company-record of $21.2 million on Washington lobbying last year, besting its previous record of $18.22 million from 2012. The search giant spent $18.04 million on lobbying in 2017.

Facebook disclosed a lobbying spend of $12.62 million, which was up from its previous high of $11.51 million in 2017, according to the Washington D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics which tracks money in politics.

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Companies like Google and Facebook have faced increased scrutiny into their policies and practices in recent years. Both have been accused of using “dark patterns” to trick their users into adopting certain privacy policies and using “misleading wording” to make the policies too convoluted for users to figure out. They have also battled accusations of political bias against both right wing and left wing activists

Lawmakers and regulators around the world have been weighing new privacy and antitrust rules to limit the power of huge tech giants.

Google has consistently ranked among the top spenders when it comes to lobbying the government, alongside defense contractors and healthcare firms. The search giant said its discussions with lobbyists focused on search technology, criminal justice reform, and international tax reform.

If you wonder why some startups raise $50-100M rounds early on, consider this is what some of them are up against:

– Google spent $21.2M on US govt lobbying in 2018

– Facebook spent $12.62M, up from $11.51M

Source: https://t.co/ffBDEoEHgZ

— Roi Carthy (@Roi) January 23, 2019

Filings showed that Facebook was lobbying the Federal Trade Commission, which is looking into its data security policies. After facing political scrutiny over “fake news” and the origin of ads on its platform during the 2016 presidential election in the US,

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Geheimprojekt: Facebook testet mit Airbus Internet-Drohnen in Australien

21-01-19 11:45:00,

Facebooks Ehrgeiz ist riesig. 20.000 Meter hoch, um genau zu sein. Der Konzern arbeitet seit Monaten an einem geheimen Projekt, das ihn vom sozialen Netzwerk zu einem globalen Internetbetreiber transformieren soll. Wir veröffentlichen ein Dokument, das zeigt, wie Airbus und Facebook dafür in Australien Drohnentests planen.

Mit Hilfe der Airbus-Drohne Zephyr möchte der Social-Media-Konzern künftig aus der Stratosphäre Internet auf die Erde strahlen. Die Drohnen steigen den Plänen nach in eine Höhe von 20 Kilometern auf. Dort nehmen sie per Mikrowellen-Strahlung Verbindung zum Boden auf. Selbst entlegene Erdgegenden sollen damit online gebracht werden – und Facebook nutzen.

Die Airbus-Drohne Zephyr Alle Rechte vorbehalten Airbus

Sein eigenes Drohnen-Projekt hat Facebook vergangenes Jahr begraben. Unter dem Codenamen Aquila baute der Konzern vier Jahre lang an einem Fluggerät. Das Projekt versandete, nachdem führende Mitarbeiter im Mai 2018 die Firma verließen. Doch Facebook hat seine Ambitionen nie aufgegeben. Facebook plante bereits vor dem Ende seines hauseigenen Drohnen-Programms Tests mit dem europäischen Rüstungskonzern Airbus.

Vertreter von Facebook und Airbus trafen im April 2018 die EU-Kommission. Thema des Gesprächs: Internet aus der Stratosphäre durch Zephyr-Drohnen. Das Fluggerät könne in Europa beim Vernetzen von Städten helfen, heißt es in einer Gesprächsnotiz, über die wir berichteten. Facebook gibt sich aber bisher scheu zu seinem Interesse an der Drohne – öffentlich dazu sagen möchte der Konzern nichts.

Drohnenstarts am Nordrand Australiens

Das von uns veröffentlichte Dokument gibt einen seltenen Einblick in Facebooks neues Drohnenprojekt. Wie daraus hervorgeht, trafen sich Vertreter von Airbus zwischen März bis September 2018 zumindest 18 Mal mit Australiens Luftfahrtbehörde. Die Behörde händigte uns auf Anfrage nach dem australischen Informationsfreiheitsgesetz ihre Notizen zu den Treffen aus. Das Dokument zeigt die Anstrengungen von Airbus um Genehmigung der Drohnen-Tests.

Die Drohne soll in Wyndham im Norden Australiens getestet werden. Karte: Open Street Map, Lizenz ODbL

Geplanter Schauplatz der Tests war der Flugplatz Wyndham im Norden Australiens. Die Ladung, gemeint ist wohl High-Tech-Netzwerkausrüstung, stammt laut Unterlagen von Facebook. Erste Flüge waren für November und Dezember geplant. Doch es ist unklar, ob sie tatsächlich stattfinden konnten. Weder Facebook noch Airbus wollten auf Anfrage von netzpolitik.org darüber sprechen.

Facebook ließ sich nur zwei dünne Sätze über sein Drohnen-Projekt entlocken.

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Facebook Exposed Proffering User Data; Netflix, Spotify Could Read Private Messages; Russia’s Yandex Given IDs


19-12-18 08:27:00,

Facebook has been giving some of the world’s largest technology companies – more than 150 of them, far more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has ever disclosed according to an investigation by the New York Times. The Times interviewed over 60 people including current and former employees of Facebook and its partners, former government officials and privacy advocates – and reviewed over 270 pages of Facebook’s internal documents while performing technical tests and analysis to monitor what data Facebook has been handing out like candy. 

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. –NYT

The discovery goes far beyond the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal in which basic data was collected on up to 87 million users through a lifestyle survey app. Thanks to the United States having no general consumer privacy law, up to 400 million people’s private information was freely shared with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and other partners – and they didn’t sell it; Facebook gave everyone’s information away for free throughout the tech community in order to foster industry relationships and advance their own interests. 

The exchange was intended to benefit everyone. 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. –NYT

The company allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without their consent. 

Netflix and Spotify were given the ability to read and delete Facebook users’ private messages

Facebook also allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages,

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New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust


10-12-18 07:08:00,

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Another week, another set of reminders that, while Facebook likes to paint itself as an “optimistic” company that’s simply out to help users and connect the world, the reality is very different. This past week, those reminders include a collection of newly released documents suggesting that the company adopted a host of features and policies even though it knew those choices would harm users and undermine innovation.

This month, a member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament published a trove of internal documents from Facebook, obtained as part of a lawsuit by a firm called Six4Three. The emails, memos, and slides shed new light on Facebook’s private behavior before, during, and after the events leading to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Here are some key points from the roughly 250 pages of documents.

Facebook Uses New Android Update to Pry Into Your Private Life in Ever-More Terrifying Ways

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

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

This kind of disregard for user consent around phone number and contact information recalls earlier research and investigation exposing Facebook’s misuse of users’ two-factor authentication phone numbers for targeted advertising.

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Facebook Struck Secret Deals To Sell Preferential User Data; Undermined Rivals Per Leaked Emails


05-12-18 07:35:00,

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

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,

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If you use Google, Facebook, Twitter, You Support Fascist Censorship – PaulCraigRoberts.org


03-12-18 05:04:00,

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Tepper: Facebook, Google And “The Myth Of Capitalism”


17-11-18 08:57:00,

In this week’s MacroVoices podcast, host Erik Townsend interviews Jonathan Tepper, author and co-founder of research shop Variant Perception. During the course of a meandering hour-long conversation, the two men discuss everything from VPs outlook on China’s economy and oil’s role as a recession indicator, to the problems inherent in the US’s version of capitalism.

After some well-deserved humblebragging about VP’s call to avoid cyclicals and stick with defensive shares, a call that finally panned out during the “Shocktober” market selloff, the two men turned to the subject of China and the possible long-term repercussions of the US-China trade war.


Asked for his view on Chinese markets, Tepper admitted that he had no insight into how the trade war might be resolved – or if it will be resolved. Instead, he seized the opportunity to pitch Variant Perception’s Chinese leading indicator index, which he said has consistently put his clients “in front of some of the most cyclical profitable trades out there” in emerging-markets.

Though Tepper offered one meaningful comment about the recent economic weakness in China: That China’s economy and currency are weakening because of structural domestic factors, not trade-related anxieties.

So our index gives us an insight into Chinese growth. And I can tell you that I’m sure the trade war is bad and I’m sure it’s going to have some impact. But the slowdown that we’ve seen in China this year predates trade war problems and certainly is not driven by them. It’s driven by domestic monetary conditions.

Some analysts speculate that the record drop in oil over the past few weeks could signal that a global recession is ahead. But Tepper argued that his indicators offer a slightly different take. Looking at oil’s moves over the past two years, WTI is still trading at more than double its post-2014 lows. 

This pattern more closely resembles the run-up to the recession in 2001, when oil more than doubled following the Asian and Russian crises in the late 1990s. And while oil has reversed some of its advance in dollar terms, when the exchange rate is factored in, the price of oil is far higher in some fragile emerging market economies. With all of this in mind,

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Facebook Let Smartphone Companies Access Your Private Data


13-11-18 08:16:00,

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In April, the world learned that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-allied data firm, gained access to data from 50 million Facebook users without their permission. It did so, as Kurt Wagner explains in Recode, through a targeted advertising program that sells advertisers “access to your News Feed, and uses that data to show you specific ads it thinks you’re likely to enjoy or click on.” Such data-sharing, The New York Times reports, wasn’t limited to advertisers and Cambridge Analytica, but extended to the makers of smartphones, which many people use to access Facebook.

The Times reports that lawmakers learned that “Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., provided the Times with a letter from Facebook explaining the nature of the deals.

By 2013, Facebook developed partnerships with seven companies, including BlackBerry, to provide what it called “ ‘the Facebook experience’, custom-built software, typically, that gave those manufacturers’ customers access to Facebook on their phones.” The partnerships fell under a Federal Trade Commission consent decree that required a government-appointed monitor to provide oversight.

But, as the Times article notes, Facebook handpicked its own privacy monitor, in this case, a team from PwC (the brand name for PricewaterhouseCoopers). When the team conducted its first assessment in 2013, it examined Facebook’s partnerships with Microsoft and Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry. For both companies, “PricewaterhouseCoopers found only ‘limited evidence’ that Facebook had monitored or checked its partners’ compliance with its data use policies. That finding was redacted from a public version of PricewaterhouseCoopers’s report released by the F.T.C. in June.”

The letter from Facebook was written in response to Wyden’s questions during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in September. That hearing, the Times reports, “was held just weeks after The Times reported that Facebook had struck data-sharing deals with dozens of phone and tablet manufacturers, including Microsoft, BlackBerry and Amazon.”

As Wyden told the Times, “Facebook claimed that its data-sharing partnerships with smartphone manufacturers were on the up and up. … But Facebook’s own, handpicked auditors said the company wasn’t monitoring what smartphone manufacturers did with Americans’ personal information,

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Facebook zensiert alternative Medien – „Das ist erst der Anfang“, meint ein neokonservativer Insider – www.NachDenkSeiten.de


07-11-18 09:29:00,

6. November 2018 um 10:23 Uhr | Verantwortlich:

Facebook zensiert alternative Medien – „Das ist erst der Anfang“, meint ein neokonservativer Insider

Veröffentlicht in: Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, Lobbyorganisationen und interessengebundene Wissenschaft, Medienkritik, Strategien der Meinungsmache

Bei einer Berliner Konferenz über Sicherheit heischte der neokonservative Hardliner Jamie Fly offenbar nach Anerkennung für die kürzlich durchgeführte koordinierte Zensur alternativer Medien, berichten Max Blumenthal und Jeb Sprague. Von Max Blumenthal und Jeb Sprague vom Gray Zone Project. Aus dem Englischen von Josefa Zimmermann.

Im Oktober löschten Facebook und Twitter die Accounts von Hunderten Nutzern, darunter auch etliche Accounts von alternativen Medien, denen viele Amerikaner folgten. Zu denen, die dieser koordinierten Aktion zum Opfer fielen, gehörten beliebte Webseiten, die Recherchen zur Brutalität der Polizei und zum US-Interventionismus veröffentlichten, z. B. The Free Thought Project, Anti-Media und Cop-Block sowie die Seiten von Journalisten wie Rachel Blevins. Facebook behauptete, dass diese Seiten „gegen unsere Spam-Regeln verstoßen und gemeinschaftliches unauthentisches Verhalten gezeigt” hätten. Webseiten wie The Free Thought Project wurden jedoch von Facebook verifiziert und über lange Zeit als legitime Quellen für Nachrichten und Meinungen anerkannt. Der freie Journalist John Vibes, der bei The Free Thought publizierte, wirft Facebook vor, „Mainstream-Quellen zu bevorzugen und alternative Stimmen zum Schweigen zu bringen”.

In seinen Äußerungen, die hier zum ersten Mal veröffentlicht werden, bekennt sich ein neokonservativer Insider aus Washington offenbar als verantwortlich für die jüngste Säuberungsaktion und verspricht weitere Löschungen in naher Zukunft.

“Russland, China und andere Staaten machen sich die Vorteile unseres offenen Systems zunutze“, bemerkte Jamie Fly, Senior Fellow und Direktor des Asienprogramms des einflussreichen, von der US-Regierung und der NATO finanzierten Think-Tanks German Marshall Fund. „Sie können Geschichten erfinden, die kopiert und über verschiedene Webseiten verbreitet werden. Wir fangen gerade erst damit an, sie einzudämmen. Gerade in der letzten Woche begann Facebook mit dem Löschen von Webseiten. Das ist erst der Anfang.”

Fly beschwerte sich darüber, dass „man nur eine E-Mail-Adresse braucht“, um einen Facebook- oder Twitter-Account einzurichten und er beklagte sich, dass die Seiten für alle Nutzer zugänglich sind. Er prognostizierte einen langen Kampf von globalem Ausmaß, um die Situation in den Griff zu bekommen und wies darauf hin,

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Facebook Censorship Of Alternative Media “Just The Beginning,” Warns Top Neocon Insider

Facebook Censorship Of Alternative Media “Just The Beginning,” Warns Top Neocon Insider

28-10-18 07:30:00,

Authored by Max Blumenthal and Jeb Sprague via GrayZoneProject.com,

At a Berlin security conference, hardline neocon Jamie Fly appeared to claim some credit for the recent coordinated purge of alternative media…

This October, Facebook and Twitter deleted the accounts of hundreds of users, including many alternative media outlets maintained by American users. Among those wiped out in the coordinated purge were popular sites that scrutinized police brutality and U.S. interventionism, like The Free Thought Project, Anti-Media, and Cop Block, along with the pages of journalists like Rachel Blevins.

Facebook claimed that these pages had “broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” However, sites like The Free Thought Project were verified by Facebook and widely recognized as legitimate sources of news and opinion. John Vibes, an independent reporter who contributed to Free Thought, accused Facebook of “favoring mainstream sources and silencing alternative voices.”

In comments published here for the first time, a neoconservative Washington insider has apparently claimed a degree of credit for the recent purge — and promised more takedowns in the near future.

“Russia, China, and other foreign states take advantage of our open political system,” remarked Jamie Fly, a senior fellow and director of the Asia program at the influential think tank the German Marshall Fund, which is funded by the U.S. government and NATO.

“They can invent stories that get repeated and spread through different sites. So we are just starting to push back. Just this last week Facebook began starting to take down sites. So this is just the beginning.”

Fly went on to complain that “all you need is an email” to set up a Facebook or Twitter account, lamenting the sites’ accessibility to members of the general public. He predicted a long struggle on a global scale to fix the situation, and pointed out that to do so would require constant vigilance.

Fly made these stunning comments to Jeb Sprague, who is a visiting faculty member in sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara and co-author of this article. The two spoke during a lunch break at a conference on Asian security organized by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin,

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Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Here’s Why – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Here’s Why – PaulCraigRoberts.org

18-10-18 08:24:00,

Copyright .© Paul Craig Roberts 2018.- Please contact us for information on syndication rights.

This site offers factual information and viewpoints that might be useful in arriving at an understanding of the events of our time. We believe that the information comes from reliable sources, but cannot guarantee the information to be free of mistakes and incorrect interpretations. IPE has no official position on any issue and does not necessarily endorse the statements of any contributor.

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No, Facebook Is NOT ‘Private’, Their Censorship Arm Is Government Funded

No, Facebook Is NOT ‘Private’, Their Censorship Arm Is Government Funded

17-10-18 09:11:00,

Facebook is not private. They are partnered with a NATO backed think tank to censor their platform that is funded by the US government

“Facebook is a private company and can delete any pages they want,” has been repeated ad nauseam since Alex Jones was wiped from its platform. While it is certainly true that a private company can and should be able to choose who they associate with, the idea that Facebook is private is not accurate. For this reason, the recent purge of hundreds of alternative media sites, including the Free Thought Project, was not only questionable, but unconstitutional.

In May, after Americans were successfully whipped into a tizzy of Russian hacking and meddling, along with the fake news hysteria, the Americans begging for censorship craze came to a head when Facebook partnered with the Atlantic Council.

Facebook announced that it partnered with the arm of the council, known as the Digital Forensic Research Lab that was brought on to help the social media behemoth with “real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.”

Apparently, Free Thought Project was one of those threats.

Facebook partnered with the Atlantic Council, so what, right? They can do whatever they want and hire outside third parties to help them police the platform they own, right? Yes, this is correct. However, the Atlantic Council is funded by government.

The Atlantic Council is the group that NATO uses to whitewash wars and foster hatred toward Russia, which in turn allows them to continue to justify themselves. It’s funded by arms manufacturers like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. It is also funded by billionaire oligarchs like the Ukraine’s Victor Pinchuk and Saudi billionaire Bahaa Hariri.

The list goes on. The highly unethical HSBC group — who has been caught numerous times laundering money for cartels and terrorists — is listed as one of their top donors. They are also funded by the pharmaceutical industry, Google, the United States, the US Army, and the Airforce.

The “think tank” Facebook partnered with to make decisions on who they censor is directly funded by multiple state actors — including the United States — which voids any and all claims that Facebook is a wholly “private actor.”

It gets worse.

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Facebook Censorship and the Atlantic Council – Global Research

Facebook Censorship and the Atlantic Council – Global Research

15-10-18 07:52:00,

Yesterday we witnessed one of the greatest Facebook account and page purges since its formation over a decade ago. In total, 559 pages and 251 personal accounts were instantly removed from the platform, for having “consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior” according to Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity and former White House National Security Council Director of Cybersecurity Policy under Obama. This is but one of similar yet smaller purges that have been unfolding in front of our eyes over the last year, all in the name of fighting “fake news” and so called “Russian propaganda”.

What very few people know though, is that about 5 months ago, Facebook announced that is was officially partnering with the Atlantic Council in the form of an “election partnership […] to prevent [their] service from being abused during elections.” Indeed, the US midterm elections are only a couple of weeks away, so the Atlantic Council and its Digital Forensic Research Lab are now going at it with full force, closing facebook accounts left and right that they personally deem could be fake accounts, or accounts spreading misinformation, based on very shady criterias.

One doesn’t need to look far to understand who the Atlantic Council are and what they stand for : it is a think tank essentially funded by NATO, weapons manufacturers, Middle-Eastern oil-state monarchies, billionaires and different branches of the US military. In short, it has been described as being nothing less than NATO’s unofficial propaganda wing. The Atlantic Council doesn’t shy away from its political intents across the world, which can be seen solely by looking at who sits on its directors board – the crème de la crème when it comes to US neocons & war criminals: Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, Frank Carlucci, James A. Baker, R. George P. Shultz, James Woolsey, Leon Panetta, Colin Powell, Robert Gates, and many more.

Needless to say, the Atlantic Council has been on the same side as every single war and conflict engendered by US and NATO imperialism over the last 50 years, and has itself played a role in abusing democratic elections around the world as well as spreading propaganda and misinformation both in home countries and abroad to achieve its political means.

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Facebook Decimates the Alt-Media, Purges 800 Accounts With Millions of Followers

Facebook Decimates the Alt-Media, Purges 800 Accounts With Millions of Followers

12-10-18 01:28:00,

Libertarian and Conservative pages hit the hardest. Pages like the Anti-Media and The Free Thought Project with followers in the millions acquired over years unpublished at a stroke. Numerous others with hundreds of thousands, and tens of thousands as well. Twitter suspended many of them when they tweeted they had been Zucced

Just in time for midterms, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam. Several of the pages however – some with millions of followers, were pro-Trump conservatives who had spent years cultivating their followings. 

Facebook has unpublished our page

After 5 years of building fans Facebook has officially unpublished our page (3.1 million fans) so we can’t post on it anymore. This is truly an outrage and we are devastated. We will do everything we can to recover our page and fight back. pic.twitter.com/H3AmHTT8Qo

— Free Thought Project (@TFTPROJECT) October 11, 2018

Our @facebook page with over 2.1 million followers has been unpublished, along with over 800 other pages and accounts. The purge of alt-media is upon us. pic.twitter.com/6Q2oswVpBI

— Anti-Media (@AntiMedia) October 11, 2018

Facebook claims that “domestic actors” have been creating “fake pages and accounts to attract people with shocking political news,” reports Bloomberg

“The people behind the activity also post the same clickbait posts in dozens of Facebook Groups, often hundreds of times in a short period, to drum up traffic for their websites,” Facebook said in a Thursday blog post. “And they often use their fake accounts to generate fake likes and shares. This artificially inflates engagement for their inauthentic pages and the posts they share, misleading people about their popularity and improving their ranking in news feed.”

Some pages Facebook removed had large followings of real and fake accounts. Nation in Distress, a conservative meme page, was followed by more than 3 million people, according to the Internet Archive, which stores historical versions of websites and other online content. –Bloomberg

That said, not all of the accounts with large followings were conservative; Reverb Press, for example, had over 700,000 followers and constantly attacked President Trump and Republicans,

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Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger

Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger

02-10-18 07:28:00,

In “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” (1988), authors Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky identified what they called the “five filters of editorial bias”: Size, Ownership and Profit Orientation; the Advertising License to Do Business; Sourcing Mass Media News; Flak and the Enforcers; and Anti-Communism.

While the Soviet Union has since been relegated to the dustbin of history, Herman and Chomsky’s text has proved indispensable, with multinationals like Google, Amazon and Facebook tightening their stranglehold on the news industry and the economy at large. As Chomsky warns, these corporations’ eagerness to appease their advertisers and manipulate their users’ behavior has “very serious distorting effects” on the stories we consume. “I don’t think that’s a healthy development, but it is happening,” he says. “And that means essentially dividing much of the population … into cocoons [or] bubbles, into which they receive the information conducive [only] to their own interests and commitments.”

Last week, Chomsky explored this topic and more in an exhaustive interview (“American Dissident) with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill. What follows are just a few of the activist author’s more trenchant observations and digressions.

On the Republican White House

There’s an authentic constituency of corporate power and private wealth, and they’re being served magnificently by the executive orders [and] legislative programs that are being pushed through. [These] represent the more savage wing of the traditional Republican policies catering to private interests, private wealth, and dismissing the rest as irrelevant and easily disposed of.

At the same time, [Trump] is managing to maintain the voting constituency by pretending, very effectively, to be the one person in the world who stands up for them against the hated elites. And this is quite an impressive con job. How long he can carry it off? I don’t know.

On Trump’s handling of North Korea

He’s being lambasted for taking positions which, in my view, are pretty reasonable. So, for example, in the case of Korea: The two Koreas, last April 27th came out with a historic declaration, in which they laid out fairly explicit plans for moving towards reconciliation, integration, and denuclearization of the peninsula.

They pretty much pleaded with outsiders—that means the United States—to permit them to proceed,

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Facebook und Airbus lobbyieren gemeinsam in Brüssel für Drohnen

Facebook und Airbus lobbyieren gemeinsam in Brüssel für Drohnen

01-10-18 06:23:00,

Facebook möchte durch eine eigene Drohnenflotte in der Stratosphäre drahtloses Internet selbst in entlegene Erdgegenden bringen – und damit noch mehr Menschen Zugang zu seinen Diensten bieten. Ende Juni verkündete Facebook die Einstellung seines eigenen Drohnen-Bauprogramms Aquila. Doch der Datenkonzern hat seine ambitionierten Pläne zu einem Drohnen-basierten „Facebook-Zugang für alle“ nicht aufgegeben. Facebook lobbyiert nun gemeinsam mit Airbus bei der EU-Kommission in Brüssel in Sachen Drohnen, wie Dokumente der EU-Kommission zeigen.

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Bereits Ende 2017 verkündete Facebook eine „Zusammenarbeit“ mit Airbus bei der Bereitstellung von Internetanbindungen durch Höhenplattformen – ein Oberbegriff für satellitenähnliche, unbemannte Flugobjekte in der Stratosphäre. In der Erklärung blieb allerdings unklar, wie genau Facebook mit Airbus zusammenarbeitet.

Das Bild wird nun etwas klarer: Im April trafen ein Vertreter von Facebook und ein Airbus-Manager einen hochrangigen EU-Beamten, den Vize-Direktor der Generaldirektion Verkehr und Mobilität der EU-Kommission, Matthew Baldwin. Das zeigt eine E-Mail der EU-Kommission, die vor kurzem auf Anfrage der Lobbywächter von Corporate Europe Observatory öffentlich wurde.

Gespräche über Zepyhr-Drohne

Bei dem Treffen besprachen die Firmenvertreter die Airbus-Drohne Zephyr. „Der Zweck des Meetings war es, den Stand der Dinge des Projekts zu besprechen und sich anzusehen, wie es vom globalen (EU) Regulierungsrahmen erfasst wird“, heißt es in der E-Mail, die an mehrere Kommissionsbeamte ging. Ein Sprecher der EU-Kommission sagte auf unsere Anfrage, es habe seither kein derart hochrangiges Treffen stattgefunden, es finde aber ein regelmäßiger Austausch über technische Entwicklungen statt. Weitere Details nannte der Sprecher nicht. (Wir haben eine Informationsfreiheits-Anfrage gemacht, um mehr darüber herauszufinden.)

Weder Airbus noch Facebook wollten auf Anfrage von netzpolitik.org etwas Näheres zu dem Treffen und ihrer Zusammenarbeit sagen. Doch der gemeinsame Auftritt in Brüssel deutet auf einen möglichen Kauf von Zephyr-Drohnen durch Facebook hin. Einen Hinweis darauf liefert eine vergangene Woche an uns gesandte E-Mail eines deutschen Facebook-Sprechers. Darin heißt es: „Wir können bestätigen, dass Teammitglieder von Facebook und Airbus als Teil unserer fortgesetzten Kollaboration gemeinsam in West-Australien arbeiten.“ Das passt ins Bild, denn Airbus testet am Flughafen Wyndham in Westaustralien die Zepyhr-Drohne. Wenige Stunden später sandte der Facebook-Sprecher ein überarbeitetes Statement,

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Facebook and Airbus jointly lobby EU Commission on drones, email shows

Facebook and Airbus jointly lobby EU Commission on drones, email shows

01-10-18 06:23:00,

By operating its own fleet of drones in the stratosphere, Facebook wants to bring wireless internet to remote parts of the world. The social media giant even hopes to expand beyond its current base of 2.2 billion monthly active users. It therefore came as as suprise when Facebook announced the suspension of its drone-building program Aquila in June. Contrary to some reports, the data company has not abandoned its ambitious plans for high-altitude connectivity. As a newly available document shows, Facebook and Airbus are jointly lobbying the European Commission in Brussels on the subject of drones.

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Facebook said it would cooperate with Airbus on high altitude connectivity in late 2017, but did not give any details. Ever since, the two companies have lobbied for shared policy goals and could possibly enter an even closer business relationship soon. In April this year, Facebook and Airbus had a high-level meeting with a European Commission official, as the document released recently under FOI laws on request of lobby watchgroup Corporate Europe Observatory shows. According to the email, representatives of Facebook and Airbus met with Matthew Baldwin, Vice Director of the Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility.

A drone named Zephyr

The email mentions the Airbus Zephyr drone. „The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the state of play of the project and to see how it is covered by the global (EU) regulatory framework“, states the email, which was sent to several Commission officials. A spokesman for the European Commission, responding to our request, said that no such high-level meeting had taken place since then, but that there was „regular exchanges in order to keep track of technological developments“. (We did a new FOI request for more information.)

Flight tests in Western Australia

When approached by netzpolitik.org, Airbus and Facebook refused to comment on the specifics of the Brussels meeting and their common plans. And yet, their joint effort seems to indicate a possible deal over Zephyr drones by the two companies. A German Facebook spokesperson provided a hint in an email sent to us last week.

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You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads

You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads

29-09-18 07:53:00,

By Gennie Gebhart, Associate Director of Research, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that users never provided at all—for targeted advertising.

A group of academic researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton University, along with Gizmodo reporters, have used real-world tests to demonstrate how Facebook’s latest deceptive practice works. They found that Facebook harvests user phone numbers for targeted advertising in two disturbing ways: two-factor authentication (2FA) phone numbers, and “shadow” contact information.

Two-Factor Authentication Is Not The Problem

First, when a user gives Facebook their number for security purposes—to set up 2FA, or to receive alerts about new logins to their account—that phone number can become fair game for advertisers within weeks. (This is not the first time Facebook has misused 2FA phone numbers.)

But the important message for users is: this is not a reason to turn off or avoid 2FA. The problem is not with two-factor authentication. It’s not even a problem with the inherent weaknesses of SMS-based 2FA in particular. Instead, this is a problem with how Facebook has handled users’ information and violated their reasonable security and privacy expectations.

There are many types of 2FA. SMS-based 2FA requires a phone number, so you can receive a text with a “second factor” code when you log in. Other types of 2FA—like authenticator apps and hardware tokens—do not require a phone number to work. However, until just four months ago, Facebook required users to enter a phone number to turn on any type of 2FA, even though it offers its authenticator as a more secure alternative. Other companies—Google notable among them—also still follow that outdated practice.

Even with the welcome move to no longer require phone numbers for 2FA, Facebook still has work to do here.

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Facebook nutzt eure Telefonnummern für Werbung, auch wenn ihr sie nur zu Sicherheitszwecken angegeben habt

Facebook nutzt eure Telefonnummern für Werbung, auch wenn ihr sie nur zu Sicherheitszwecken angegeben habt

27-09-18 07:52:00,

Auch wenn du bei Facebook eigentlich nur eine Trash-Email-Adresse angegeben hast: Es ist gut möglich, dass das Unternehmen schon längst deine drei weiteren Email-Adressen sowie deine private und geschäftliche Telefonnummer kennt.

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Denn was Facebook über dich weiß, ist nicht darauf beschränkt, was du selbst auf deinem Profil preisgibst oder welche Personen auf deiner Facebook-Kontaktliste stehen. Neben diesen beeinflussbaren Faktoren wertet Facebook hinter dem Rücken seiner Nutzer*innen weitere Informationsquellen aus und legt „Schattenprofile“ an, die es geheim hält, aber trotzdem für verschiedene Zwecke nutzt.

So kann es passieren, dass uns Facebook eine Person als Freundin vorschlägt, obwohl seit Jahren kein Kontakt mehr bestand. Oder dass jemand eine maßgeschneiderte Werbeanzeige basierend auf einer geschäftlichen Telefonnummer erhält, die er oder sie selbst nie auf Facebook angegeben hat.

An die dazu notwendigen Informationen gelangt Facebook in solchen Fällen beispielsweise durch die Auswertung von Handy-Kontaktlisten. Erlaubt jemand Facebook den Zugriff auf ein Adressbuch, erhält Facebook die Daten aller Personen, die darin auftauchen. An diese sensiblen Informationen gelangt Facebook zum Beispiel über den Messenger oder die Funktion „Finde Freunde“, die insbesondere neuen Usern angeboten wird.

Gezielte Werbung über Telefonnummern

Dass die Schattenprofile nicht nur für Freundschaftsvorschläge, sondern auch für Werbeanzeigen genutzt werden, haben die Forscher Giridhari Venkatadri, Piotr Sapiezynski und Alan Mislove der Northeastern University in Boston zusammen mit der Forscherin Elena Lucherini an der Princeton University in einer Studie [pdf] aufgedeckt.

Was viele nicht wissen: Um zugeschnittene Werbung gezielt auszuspielen, nutzt Facebook häufig Kontaktinformationen wie Namen, Geburtsdaten, Telefonnummern oder Emailadressen. Wer eine Werbeanzeige verbreiten will und bereits über eine Kontaktliste mit Personen der Zielgruppe verfügt, kann diese bei Facebook hochladen. Die Daten werden pseudonymisiert und dann mit den existierenden Facebook-Profilen abgeglichen. Gibt es Übereinstimmungen, wird eine maßgeschneiderte Zielgruppe erstellt. Telefonnummern und E-Mailadressen werde so zu universellen Identifiern: Firmen können mit dieser „Custom Audience“-Funktion auf Facebook haargenau die Personen erreichen, die sie schon aus anderen Zusammenhängen können. Nach Angaben von Facebook werden die extern hochgeladenen Informationen anschließend wieder gelöscht.

Möchte ein Unternehmen eine Werbeanzeige über Telefonnummern ausspielen, wird die hochgeladene Liste dafür nicht nur mit den Telefonnummern abgeglichen,

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Facebook Plans “War Room” And A.I. Software To Prevent Election Meddling Ahead Of Midterms

Facebook Plans “War Room” And A.I. Software To Prevent Election Meddling Ahead Of Midterms

21-09-18 09:57:00,

Apparently Facebook thinks it’s the US military, or a NATO command center, or perhaps its millennial employees want to relive the 1980’s cult classic “WarGames” movie. 

Facebook announced Wednesday that it plans to set up a “war room” at its Silicon Valley campus to prevent potential foreign election meddling during the midterms. 

“We are setting up a war room in Menlo Park for the Brazil and US elections,” Facebook elections and civic engagement director Samidh Chakrabarti said, according to the AFP. He added, “It is going to serve as a command center so we can make real-time decisions as needed.”

A “command center” in a “war room” to make “real-time” decisions huh?… And oh Facebook says it will gain help from artificial intelligence software to prevent fake posts by those pesky Russians to boot…

Apparently office space for the planned anti-election meddling HQ has already been set aside as Facebook says it’s still in the procession of “building” this war room. 

But the AFP reports this incredibly amusing detail

He declined to say when the “war room” — currently a conference room with a paper sign taped to the door — would be in operation.

Teams at Facebook have been honing responses to potential scenarios such as floods of bogus news or campaigns to trick people into falsely thinking they can cast ballots by text message, according to executives.

Don’t worry America your elections are safe with Facebook on watch at the forward operating post! Though likely a conference room with paper taped to the door won’t exactly convey confidence and readiness to the American public.

“Preventing election interference on Facebook has been one of the biggest cross-team efforts the company has seen,” Chakrabarti continued.

The new initiative follows chief executive Mark Zuckerberg pledging that Facebook wouldn’t allow the type of “voter manipulation” that he says occurred ahead of the 2016 election of Donald Trump, for which he admitted his company was “ill-prepared”. 

“We’ve found and taken down foreign influence campaigns from Russia and Iran attempting to interfere in the US,

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Facebook schakelt ex-woordvoerder van de Navo in om inhoud en accounts te screnen

Facebook schakelt ex-woordvoerder van de Navo in om inhoud en accounts te screnen

14-08-18 01:55:00,

Facebook besteedt voortaan een deel van haar censuurbeleid uit aan een ex-Navo-woordvoerder.

Eind juli schrapte Facebook 32 pagina’s en accounts die volgens de sociale mediareus betrokken waren bij ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’. Wie er achter zat, wist Facebook niet te vertellen. Eén van die pagina’s was die van de Shut it down-coalition. Dat is een collectief dat vorig weekend acties organiseerde tegen een nieuwe bijeenkomst van neonazi’s, één jaar na de mars in Charlottesville die het leven kostte aan één antifascistische tegenbetoogster.

Volgens Facebook had één van de organisaties die het protest steunde een link met het Russische Internet Research Agency (IRA), dat ook betrokken zou geweest zijn in de desinformatiecampagne rond de Amerikaanse presidentsverkiezingen in 2016.

De communicatie van Facebook over het weghalen van het protestevenement is heel onduidelijk. Maar hun persbericht bevat wel een ander opmerkelijk feit. Facebook maakt terloops bekend dat het voortaan samenwerkt met het Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab die hen helpen ‘misbruik’ op Facebook te identificeren.

Waarom schakelt een gigant als Facebook met duizenden werknemers de hulp in van een ‘onderzoeksgroep’ die amper vier leden telt? In een artikel van Reuters wordt een tip van de sluier opgelicht. “Het lab en de Atlantic Council brengen geopolitieke expertise en geven Facebook de mogelijkheid afstand te houden van gevoelige uitspraken.” En verder nog: “Het zou ook onhandig zijn mocht Facebook een overheid beschuldigen van misstappen als het bedrijf tegelijk probeert uit te breiden of binnen te treden in een markt die onder de controle staat van diezelfde overheid.”


Daarom moet de controle van gebruikers en hun boodschappen dus worden uitbesteed. Maar wie is die nieuwe partner van Facebook nu eigenlijk? The Atlantic Council is één van die typische denktanks die de VS rijk zijn. Een blik op hun sponsors maakt meteen duidelijk dat ze niet echt aan de linkerzijde zitten. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Airbus Group SE, Chevron, Lockheed Martin Corporation en de Navo zijn maar een paar namen uit de lange lijst.

Het Digital Forensic Research Lab is een project van de denktank. Het werd gelanceerd door Graham Brookie en Ben Nimmo. De eerste was een adviseur van de Nationale Veiligheidsraad onder Obama. De tweede heeft een verleden als woordvoerder van de Navo.

Aan dat soort figuren geeft Facebook dus de macht om te beslissen wie spreekrecht krijgt op het populairste sociale medium.

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#Censuur Facebook & Twitter is einde sociale media, lang leve de websites – De Lange Mars Plus

#Censuur Facebook & Twitter is einde sociale media, lang leve de websites – De Lange Mars Plus

12-08-18 10:26:00,

Vrijheid van meningsuiting?

Nadat Facebook het vorige account van Russia Today (met een paar miljoen volgers) heeft verwijderd, houden de verenigde sociale media grote schoonmaak in de maanden erna. Het meest recente cyberfeit is de verwijdering van Infowars van  Alex Jones. Over de voordelen van het begin van het einde van de sociale media giganten als nieuwsbron.

Bij het lezen van de lijst met sociale media die Infowars de nek omdraaien komt het besef in wat voor gespleten online wereld we zijn terechtgekomen. Facebook heeft eind december 2017 aangegeven dat ze schoonmaken op verzoek van de Amerikaanse en Israëlische regering. En het is een logische aanname dat wanneer de sociale media enorme advertentie-opbrengsten behalen van multinationals als farmaceutische bedrijven en bijvoorbeeld Monsanto/Bayer dat kritische websites in de verste uithoek van deze platforms worden weggestopt of helemaal verwijderd (zoals de lijst van geschrapte gezondheidssites aan het einde van dit artikel).

Infowars, het conservatieve nieuwsprogramma van Alex Jones, wordt begin augustus verwijderd van de volgende platforms: – Facebook,– YouTube, – Apple, – Google Podcast, – Spotify, – TuneIn, – Spreaker, – iHeartRadio, – Audioboom, – Pinterest, – MailChimp, – Stitcher, – Disqus, – Sprout Social en – LinkedIn.

Hun app blijft echter toegankelijk en stijgt naar verluid enorm in populariteit.

In het libertaire Amerikaanse kamp vallen ook in deze periode slachtoffers. Onder andere de anti-oorlog en libertarische Twitter users Peter Van Buren (whistleblower), Scott Horton (Antiwar.com Editorial Director), en Daniel McAdams (Ron Paul Institute Director) worden opgeschort of verwijderd.

Sociale media platforms zijn destijds opgericht met het doel internetgebruikers bij elkaar te brengen en het voor hen gemakkelijker te maken met elkaar te communiceren. Het is nooit de bedoeling geweest hiervan verkapte nieuwssites te maken. De nieuwssites daarentegen zien (zagen) dit als een aantrekkelijke optie om meer bekendheid te krijgen. Het is zeer waarschijnlijk dat sites als RT en Infowars een groot deel van hun populariteit te danken hebben aan deze sociale media. In feite liften zij mee op het weergaloze succes van de platforms. Tot nu toe.

Met name alternatieve media zullen zich in de toekomst dus steeds meer zich moeten profileren zonder dat ze nog langer gebruik kunnen maken van de Facebooks van deze wereld.

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Facebook teams up with NATO to censor news (Video)

Facebook teams up with NATO to censor news (Video)

09-08-18 03:27:00,

Authored by Eric Zuesse via the Strategic Culture Foundation.

Such important reality as is shown in this picture is virtually unpublishable in mainstream US ‘news’media, because US ‘news’media need to deceive their public about the most important international realities — such as that the US imposed upon Ukraine a nazi regime against Russia, and the US now lies to accuse Russia for doing what Russia must do in order to protect itself from the US nazi regime next-door.

This picture is among many which were originally published in the excellent 4 July 2018 article by Asa Winstanley at The Electronic Intifada. His article was headlined “Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine”. That article focuses upon Israel’s strong support for the racist-fascist (or ideologically nazi) Government of Ukraine. (Click onto it to see the documentation — it’s Israeli nazis, against Russians, not against Jews, though they’re allied with ones that are against both, which is why the US did this — aiming to conquer ultimately Russia.)

Israel does this as part of the US-led coalition in support of the current racist-fascist Government of Ukraine, which Government was installed in a bloody coup that US President Barack Obama started planning by no later than 2011 and started operationalizing on 1 March 2013 and carried out in February 2014 under the cover of US State Department and CIA-generated anti-corruption mass demonstrations on Kiev’s Maidan square, but some of whose US-funded snipers have already gone public (though not in US ‘news’media) describing how they were hired to do it, and how they did it.

How, then, can anybody believe the US ‘news’media, which hide these clear realities, instead of ever having reported them to the duped American public?

The US Government’s anti-Russian sanctions, and its NATO exercises with US missiles and tanks on and near Russia’s borders, are based upon the US government’s lies, not upon the truths that this photo represents and which will here be explained.

In US ‘news’media, the overthrow and replacement of Ukraine’s democratically elected government was ‘the Maidan Revolution’, or ‘the 2014 Ukrainian revolution’, not Obama’s coup in Ukraine.

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