Privacy? What’s that? Facebook lawyer argues users have none


01-06-19 08:31:00,

Facebook’s lawyer has denied the social media platform invaded American users’ privacy when it allowed their personal data to be slurped up by Cambridge Analytica, claiming they had no privacy to begin with. No crime, no victims?

There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” attorney Orin Snyder argued in a motion to have a class-action lawsuit against Facebook dismissed in California’s Northern District Court this week. The suit alleges Facebook’s failure to protect user data from predatory third parties like Cambridge Analytica constitutes invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and negligence and violates other privacy statutes. 

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You have to closely guard something to have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” Snyder explained, claiming that Facebook is merely a “digital town square” where users voluntarily dispense with any notion of privacy and any “reasonable Facebook user” would have been aware that third-party app-makers could access their data through friends’ activity.

US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria pointed out that just last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was rapturously declaring “the future is private!” and announcing the company’s privacy-focused new direction – a far cry from Snyder’s scornful dismissal of the concept. Nor did Chhabria agree with the Facebook lawyer’s assertion that users were explicitly informed of the limits of their privacy through the platform’s terms of service, suggesting that a user who signed up 10 years ago probably hadn’t read those terms every time the company changed them.

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Facebook, which had previously described the class-action suit filed earlier this year as “a kitchen sink-like lobbing of 50 claims – all in the hopes that something, anything, sticks,” complained that if the plaintiffs are so anxious about privacy and digital life in general, they can stop using Facebook at any time. Chhabria was not amused.

The California suit is dwarfed by the pile of legal issues currently facing Facebook,

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Facebook accused of promoting terrorism with auto-generated content

10-05-19 07:49:00,

After five months of research, a whistleblower says Facebook allows terrorist sympathizers to thrive not only by failing to remove their accounts, but also by auto-creating celebratory videos and pages for terrorist groups.

The National Whistleblower Center in Washington (NWC) has published a 48-page comprehensive study into how Facebook neglects to curb, and even boosts, Al-Qaeda affiliated militants’ outreach, arguing that Facebook’s lack of action facilitates the recruitment of terrorists.

The study, conducted by an unnamed whistleblower from August through December 2018, showed that out of 3,228 accounts belonging to ‘friends’ of self-identified terrorists, only 30 percent were removed by the platform.

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These “friends” hail from around the world. Those who were singled out for the survey are based in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Among them, “many openly identified as terrorists themselves and shared extremist content,” the executive summary of the report states.

The social media giant, which recently prided itself on taking down 99 percent of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) related content before it is reported by users, actually creates such content itself with its auto-generating tools, according to the report.

For example, it refers to an auto-generated page Facebook “set up” for Al-Shabaab militant group, complete with an ISIS logo. Somalia-based Al-Shabaab has long been associated with Al-Qaeda. In 2015, a splinter group of its fighters pledged allegiance to IS.

The page came about because some users listed their membership in the terrorist group as their job occupation, prompting Facebook’s AI to create a “local business” page.

Another popular feature embedded in the Facebook algorithm allows for glorification of terrorism and extremism, the report says, referring to “celebration” and “memories” videos. It turns out that the seemingly innocuous feature makes no distinction between a user sharing a video with, say, birthday celebrations, and violence-filled extremist content. One such chilling “celebration” video featuring puddles of blood racked up over 2,000 likes, the report notes.

The “frame” feature that allows users to pledge allegiance to a favorite sports team or express support for a country,

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Facebook Now Demands That You Hate Targeted People Or You Will Be Banned, Too!


08-05-19 04:26:00,

Authored by Mike Adams via,

We have now reached the point of total insanity when it comes to extreme censorship by the tech giants. In what actor Rob Schneider calls a “real world Orwellian nightmare,” Facebook has now issued a gag order on 2.2 billion users, demanding that they must HATE certain selected individuals who are named as targets of censorship.

Those individuals include Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer (see, Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos and others. From this point forward, you are only allowed to post content from these individuals if you express hatred toward them in your Facebook post.

This is “mandatory hate speech” by Facebook. That’s how insane all this has become now, which is why I have openly announced that every nation on Earth must declare war against Big Tech (or be destroyed by it).


Breitbart News writer James Delingpole has posted an extremely important article about all this that you absolutely must read. I’m re-publishing it here with credit and a link to Breitbart News, which is also fighting for survival in an age of outrageous Orwellian censorship. Here’s Delingpole’s article:

President Trump has retweeted a Breitbart News story headline about Facebook’s blacklist of prominent conservatives including Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer.

This will become an imp & bigger story going into #2020 ⁦@GOPLeader⁩ ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ ⁦@MorningsMaria⁩ ⁦@FoxBusiness#vote harvesting

— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) May 3, 2019

Good. Let’s hope this is a sign that he intends to take this problem seriously because right now I’d say Silicon Valley censorship poses one of the biggest threats to Western Civilisation in the world today.

Of course, there are other threats at least as dangerous: fundamentalist Islam, China, eco-fascism, neo-Marxism, and so on.

But what’s particularly insidious about Silicon Valley censorship is that it makes all those other threats more pressing and real by making it impossible to speak out against them.

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Facebook and Google Must Answer to the Market


07-05-19 09:23:00,

Giant technology companies like Facebook and Google get that way because their size is a crucial part of their value. Facebook’s network effects and Google’s search algorithm, finely tuned by its own big data, are a large part of what makes the companies dominant in their respective markets.

But size also gives tech giants tremendous power that, just like that of big government, not only can but will be abused. 2018 saw Facebook and Google embroiled in seemingly endless scandals and controversies about what they do with their enormous caches of data.

The standard antitrust approach would consider breaking the companies up, but that would greatly reduce the value their component parts bring to the market. Seemingly less draconian measures would likely devolve into a complex web of rules that might even serve as barriers to entry to potential competitors down the road.

Can the market provide sufficient discipline to prevent future abuses by giants like Facebook and Google? Those who favor less antitrust enforcement often point to consumers voting with their feet or dollars as both more potent and less intrusive. Consider this a test.

Voting With Their Feet

For our purposes, “market discipline” means a firm either losing market share because of perceived abuses of power, or being preempted from bad actions by the credible threat of losing market share. Consumers may take their business elsewhere because the bad actions directly impact the value they receive (such as a higher risk of one’s own data being compromised) or because they don’t like the firm’s broader impact on society (such as spreading “fake news”).

In theory, perceptions of a firm’s impact on society are a disciplining force in every market. If I found out the chef at my favorite restaurant was a prominent neo-Nazi, I would stop going. But the most successful firms always have some wiggle room because of the superiority of their product or costs of switching away from it.

Market discipline doesn’t happen overnight — consumers first have to be alerted to the firm’s negative actions. In the case of Facebook and Google, we see this messy yet effective process unfolding in different ways.

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Facebook zerschlagen


01-05-19 01:06:00,

Wer angesichts dieser Forderung das Gespenst des Kommunismus umgehen sieht, liegt ziemlich falsch. Das Versprechen, Facebook zu zerschlagen, gab vielmehr eine US-demokratische Senatorin, die die nächste Präsidentin der USA werden will. Aber alles der Reihe nach. Von Wolf Wetzel.

Wer hätte das gedacht: Auch auf Facebook, das als „soziales Netzwerk“ geliked und missverstanden wird, gibt es Wahres und Unwahres, Richtiges und Falsches, Umstrittenes und Anstößiges, Überprüfbares und Spekulatives. Kurz zusammengefasst: Auch dort gibt es das, was es überall in den Medien gibt, ob man sie für sozial, öffentlich-rechtlich oder profitabel hält: Halbwahrheiten, Lügen, Falschmeldungen – und wer das besser versteht: „Fake News“.

Die „guten“, herrschaftssichernden Fake News…

Werfen wir einmal einen Blick auf die Leit-Medien in der Hand einer extremen Minderheit. Nehmen wir zum Beispiel das „KZ in Pristina“ aus dem Jahr 1999 in der ehemaligen Bundesrepublik Jugoslawien. Dieses hat erst der „Verteidigungs“-Minister Scharping erfunden, damit es genauso von allen Medien korrekt wiedergegeben werden konnte, mit dem Ziel, aus einem „Völkergefängnis“ (in das der damalige Außenministers Klaus Kinkel schon sehr früh Jugoslawien verwandelt hatte, um den ‚Ausbruch’ vorzubereiten) eine Kolonie des Westens zu machen. Diese Fake News schafften es ohne Mühe in alle großen Zeitungen und Fernsehanstalten.

Oder die „Brutkastenlüge“ (Kuwait 1990) und die Lüge von den „mobilen Massenvernichtungswaffen“ im Irak 2003, die alle Medien zusammen verbreitet hatten, um ihren Beitrag zum Krieg gegen den Irak abzuliefern.

Um diese Fake News geht es jedoch nicht, wenn ganz plötzlich der Wahrheit zur Macht verholfen werden soll. Denn diese Fake News dienten einem „guten Zweck“: Kriegsverbrechen. Dafür hatte man nachweislich Fake News eingesetzt – eben „gute“.

… Und die bösen Fake News

Hier geht es um die bösen Fake News, also solche, die nicht selbst freigesetzt wurden.

Seit geraumer Zeit wird zu Säuberungsaktionen in „sozialen Netzwerken“ aufgerufen von Medien, die Fake News am laufenden Meter produzieren und keinerlei Scheu zeigen, damit fortzufahren. Sie befürchten doch tatsächlich, dass man mit Fake News Hass, Gewalt und Verwirrung verbreiten könne. Ja, man höre und staune, das ist ein ganz neues, brandaktuelles Phänomen: Mit gezielten Falschmeldungen könne man sogar Menschen beeinflussen, ggf. auch aufhetzen, bis hin zu manipulierten Wahlen.

Nun rollen Woche für Woche entsprechende Nachrichten und Aufmacher über Fake News wie Militärlaster heran.

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Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


14-04-19 06:13:00,

Home / 1. Free Content / Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview

Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech.

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UK To Fine Facebook, Google For Hosting Terrorist Content


08-04-19 05:56:00,

The cat and mouse game between the world’s largest media company and global governments continues.

Just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for more government regulation in an attempt to mollify the company’s growing critics, while seeking to squash smaller competitors as well as give governments a legitimate reason to enforce censorship and chip away at freedom of speech in order to comply with Facebook’s mysterious “community standards”, the company and its tech peers are facing a new UK law that will impose “substantial” fines, or even ban companies if they don’t act swiftly enough to remove content that encourages terrorism and child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Additionally, hinting that Facebook is now openly seen as a media empire instead of merely a distributor of content, the companies’ directors could also be held personally liable if illegal content is not taken down within a short and pre-determined time-frame, the UK’s Home Office said, which is also seeking to tackle the spread of fake news and interference in elections.

In short: wholesale government censorship under the guise of cracking down on the private sector.

The exact level of fines will be examined during a 12 week consultation following the legislation’s launch on Monday, Bloomberg reported.

The crackdown on UK online content takes place amid the fallout from the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, whose father said the teenager killed herself in 2017 after viewing self-harm and suicide content online. The terrorist attack in New Zealand last month in which 50  Muslims were killed while footage was live-streamed online also prompted UK legislators to demand a new law over a voluntary code.

“Put simply, the tech companies have not done enough to protect their users and stop this shocking content from appearing in the first place,” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement released by his office. “Our new proposals will protect U.K. citizens and ensure tech firms will no longer be able to ignore their responsibilities.”

The crackdown on internet content will spread far beyond just Facebook: search engines, online messaging services and file hosting sites will all fall under the remit of a new regulator. Annual reports on what companies have done to remove and block harmful content will be required and streaming sites aimed at children,

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Facebook speicherte Hunderte Millionen Passwörter unverschlüsselt


22-03-19 09:43:00,

Facebook speicherte Hunderte Millionen Passwörter unverschlüsselt

Passwörter von hunderten Millionen Facebook-Nutzern sind für Mitarbeiter des Online-Netzwerks im Klartext zugänglich gewesen. “Wir gehen davon aus, dass wir hunderte Millionen Nutzer von Facebook Lite, Dutzende Millionen weitere Facebook-Nutzer sowie zehntausende Instagram-Nutzer benachrichtigen werden”, erklärte das Unternehmen am Donnerstag. Facebook Lite ist eine abgespeckte Version für Nutzer des Online-Netzwerks in Regionen mit langsamen Internet-Leitungen.

Facebook habe keine Hinweise darauf, dass jemand intern missbräuchlich darauf zugegriffen habe, hieß es weiter. Die Passwörter seien auch für niemanden außerhalb des Unternehmens sichtbar gewesen. Die betroffenen Nutzer sollen dennoch “als Vorsichtsmaßnahme” benachrichtigt werden, obwohl es keinen Hinweis auf einen Missbrauch der Daten gebe. Die Passwörter hätten eigentlich auch intern unkenntlich sein müssen. Der Fehler sei bei einer Routine-Prüfung im Januar aufgefallen. Er sei inzwischen behoben worden – Facebook machte keine Angaben dazu, wann genau.

Kurz vor der Facebook-Mitteilung hatte der IT-Sicherheitsexperte Brian Krebs in seinem Blog von dem Fall berichtet. Er schrieb unter Berufung auf einen nicht namentlich genannten Facebook-Insider, mehr als 20 000 Mitarbeiter des Online-Netzwerks hätten Zugriff auf die im Klartext gespeicherten Passwörter haben können. Insgesamt könnten 200 bis 600 Millionen Facebook-Nutzer betroffen sein.

Die Archiv-Dateien mit unverschleierten Passwörtern gingen bis ins Jahr 2012 zurück, hieß es bei Krebs weiter. Laut Logdaten hätten rund 2.000 Entwickler etwa neun Millionen interne Abfragen für Daten-Elemente gemacht, die ungeschützte Passwörter enthielten, schrieb der Sicherheitsexperte unter Berufung auf den Firmen-Insider. Facebook machte dazu zunächst keine Angaben. (dpa)

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Facebook “Exploring Additional Measures” to Fight Anti-Vaccine Information: Report | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


17-03-19 02:17:00,

By Jason Erickson

As the “fake news” phenomenon continues to sweep across the Web, and the purge of independent media accelerates, lawmakers are calling on Facebook and Big Tech to take responsibility for anti-vaccine messaging that appears on their platform(s).

According to a new report at, lawmakers such as Adam Schiff (D-CA) are blaming the measles outbreak in the U.S. on social media systems that offer anti-vaccine messaging in their “recommended reading and groups” areas. Schiff would like Big Tech to step up and combat exposure to the information, according to a letter he sent directly to the heads of Google and Facebook. cites Bloomberg:

“There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information,” Schiff wrote in the letter. “The algorithms which power these services are not designed to distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information, and the consequences of that are particularly troubling for public health issues.”

Facebook responded to Schiff’s letter and told Bloomberg in a statement that it’s “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem.” These next steps might include minimizing or reducing false anti-vaccine content from recommendations, including Facebook’s Groups You Should Join, and giving them a lower ranking in Facebook search results. Additionally, Facebook will step up its fake news policing to ensure more authoritative information is available on its social network site.

Legitimate scientific inquiry into the dangers and/or validity of vaccination is by now voluminous and certainly well known to readers of independent media. Evidently, the fact that a level playing field of information — which is exactly what the Internet was promised to be — is skewing toward anti-vaccination (and other holistic healing) must be worrying to those who rely on the financial support of Big Pharma and establishment medicine.

The fact of the matter is that once someone learns the truth, there is no going back to sleep. The urge to share one’s awareness that is intended to help others who are still unaware is a powerful one. It is,

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‘It was a mistake’: Facebook lifts ban on Zero Hedge, says it ‘accidentally’ labeled content as spam


13-03-19 12:55:00,

After backlash online, Facebook said it accidentally labeled stories by popular anti-establishment blog Zero Hedge as spam. Its readers had complained that they began experiencing problems while sharing the blog’s content.

“This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday,” Facebook’s spokesperson was quoted by Breitbart as saying.

The incident added fuel to longstanding allegations that Mark Zuckerberg’s company harbors a bias against conservative and anti-establishment voices. Many commenters online remained skeptical as to whether Facebook’s actions against Zero Hedge were an honest mistake.

Funny how the “technical errors” never happen to a liberal.

— What’s A Defense (@RebsFinsUp) 13 марта 2019 г.

Funny how it’s only the right that is affected by “technical errors” and other various “mistakes”.

— Dave Graham 🇺🇸 (@DaveGraham25) 13 марта 2019 г.

Diamond and Silk? Mistake
Conservatives being targeted? Mistake
How many mistakes have they made?
Sounds like a good story but crickets from MSM

— Steven Boone (@StevenBoone2007) 13 марта 2019 г.

Zero Hedge confirmed on Wednesday that the bewildering ban was “reversed” and things went back to normal. The blog’s authors noted that they don’t know which stories Facebook branded as “spammy,” as the social network still hasn’t contacted them.

According to the publication, its readers first noticed the problem over the weekend. Many complained that Facebook was blocking their attempts to share stories published by Zero Hedge. Some posted screenshots, showing that the company deemed the stories to be in violation of its community standards, while others reported that Facebook had flagged Zero Hedge content as “abusive.”

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The situation sparked accusations of censorship and drew criticism of Facebook, with public figures like former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and US President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr speaking in defense of Zero Hedge.

The censorship continues. How does ⁦@zerohedge⁩’s content not “meet community standards?” FB doesn’t agree with them and they hit the platform’s obvious flaws at times.

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Facebook Bans Zero Hedge


12-03-19 08:34:00,

Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles. Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked by the world’s largest social network, with the explanation that “the link you tried to visit goes against our community standards.”

Facebook has blocked all @zerohedge links, throwing up the following message:

— Ollie Richardson (@O_Rich_) March 11, 2019

We were especially surprised by this action as neither prior to this seemingly arbitrary act of censorship, nor since, were we contacted by Facebook with an explanation of what “community standard” had been violated or what particular filter or article had triggered the blanket rejection of all Zero Hedge content.

To be sure, as a for-profit enterprise with its own unique set of corporate “ethics”, Facebook has every right to impose whatever filters it desires on the media shared on its platform. It is entirely possible that one or more posts was flagged by Facebook’s “triggered” readers who merely alerted a censorship algo which blocked all content.

Alternatively, it is just as possible that Facebook simply decided to no longer allow its users to share our content in retaliation for our extensive coverage of what some have dubbed the platform’s “many problems”, including chronic privacy violations, mass abandonment by younger users, its gross and ongoing misrepresentation of fake users, ironically – in retrospect – its systematic censorship  and back door government cooperation (those are just links from the past few weeks).

Unfortunately, as noted above, we still don’t know what event precipitated this censorship, and any attempts to get feedback from the company with the $500 billion market cap, have so far remained unanswered.

We would welcome this opportunity to engage Facebook in a constructive dialog over the company’s decision to impose a blanket ban on Zero Hedge content. Alternatively, we will probably not lose much sleep if that fails to occur: unlike other websites, we are lucky in that only a tiny fraction of our inbound traffic originates at Facebook,

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Facebook geht gegen Posts von Impfgegnern vor


09-03-19 10:55:00,


22:30 08.03.2019Zum Kurzlink

Das soziale Netzwerk Facebook hat großen Einfluss, wenn es um die Inhalte und Posts seiner Nutzer geht. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur dpa jetzt berichtet, will Facebook in der Zukunft gezielter gegen Inhalte von Impfgegnern vorgehen.

Der Meldung zufolge will Facebook die Verbreitung der Inhalte von Impfgegnern in dem Online-Netzwerk einschränken.

Andere Sputnik-Artikel: Impfgegner – Eine Gefahr für die Menschheit?Andere Sputnik-Artikel: Impfung gegen Flüchtlinge

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UK to fine Facebook & Google up to 4% value for not removing ‘hate speech’ & ‘fake news’ fast enough


01-03-19 10:18:00,

The UK is rolling out a draconian new ‘harmful content’ policy that will punish social media with massive fines if they fail to remove ill-defined “hate speech,” “misinformation,” and “problematic content” quickly enough.

An “independent tech regulator” would have the power to impose fines amounting to as much as 4 percent of a company’s value if Facebook, Google, or any other social media platform is too slow to remove objectionable content, according to UK digital minister Margot James, who told Business Insider the new rules would be officially unveiled next month. The regulations are purportedly aimed at eradicating “illegal hate speech,” along with child grooming and “problematic content” related to suicide and self-harm, but also target the Western governments’ beloved punching bag, “misinformation.” 

While the new regulator is supposed to be independent of government, it will be up to ministers to decide whether to set up a brand new body or just hand the responsibility for censoring objectionable content over to Ofcom – the same regulator which was recently found to be colluding with a government-funded “think tank” to tie up RT in regulatory red tape with astroturfed “complaints.” 

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Based in part on Germany’s NetzDG laws, which fine companies tens of millions of dollars for hate speech if offending messages are not deleted within a certain period, the new UK regulations won’t stop at censoring “illegal hate speech” (which James apparently defines as anything from terrorist recruitment videos to racism, leaving plenty of wiggle room for neocon think-tanks to sink popular alternative media pages). Child grooming, “problematic content” related to self-harm, and even “misinformation” can now cost tech companies billions of dollars – up to 4 percent of their revenue – if they do not act quickly.

Tech companies listen with their wallets,” Conservative MP Damian Collins said, praising the German model. Collins recently led an 18-month parliamentary investigation into “

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Facebook censureert artikel DLM PLus over weermanipulatie, een aanrader – De Lange Mars Plus


26-02-19 03:32:00,

Opnieuw drukt Facebook een artikel van DLM PLus weg. Beoordeel zelf waarom zij dit beschouwen als ‘strijdig met de communitystandards’.

Dit is de mededeling

En dit is het gewraakte artikel.

Petitie weermodificatie staat op 35.000 handtekeningen

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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 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. 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. 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:

— 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 and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at

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.

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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


— 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 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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03-12-18 05:04:00,

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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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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 –

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

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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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