New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust

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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

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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

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03-12-18 05:04:00,

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

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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.

Tepper

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

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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

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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,

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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.


Netzpolitik.org ist unabhängig, werbefrei und fast vollständig durch unsere Leserinnen und Leser finanziert.

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.”

Navo

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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Facebook Asking Major US Banks To Share User Data

Facebook Asking Major US Banks To Share User Data

06-08-18 03:28:00,

Facebook has asked several large US banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including checking account balances and card transactions, as part of a new push to offer new services to its users, according to the Wall Street Journal

Facebook increasingly wants to be a platform where people buy and sell goods and services, besides connecting with friends. The company over the past year asked JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and U.S. Bancorp to discuss potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger, said people familiar with the matter. –WSJ

Facebook’s new feature would show people their checking account balances, as well as offer fraud alerts, according to the WSJ’s sources, while the banks are apparently waffling over data privacy concerns.

The negotiations come as the social media giant has fallen under several investigations over data harvesting, including its ties to political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which was able to gain access to the data of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their consent. 

One large bank withdrew from talks due to privacy concerns, according to the Journal, however Facebook swears that they’re simply trying to enhance the user experience and won’t use any banking data for ad-targeting. 

Facebook has told banks that the additional customer information could be used to offer services that might entice users to spend more time on Messenger, a person familiar with the discussions said. The company is trying to deepen user engagement: Investors shaved more than $120 billion from its market value in one day last month after it said its growth is starting to slow.

Facebook said it wouldn’t use the bank data for ad-targeting purposes or share it with third parties. –WSJ

“We don’t use purchase data from banks or credit card companies for ads,” said spokeswoman Elisabeth Diana. “We also don’t have special relationships, partnerships, or contracts with banks or credit card companies to use their customers’ purchase data for ads.” 

While banks have been under increasing pressure to build relationships with large online platforms and their billions of product-consuming users, they have struggled to gain traction in mobile payments while trying to reach more customers online.

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Was Google und Facebook über ihre Nutzer wissen

Was Google und Facebook über ihre Nutzer wissen

09-07-18 07:35:00,

Daniela Gschweng / 08. Jul 2018 –

Die Datenernte, die grosse Internetkonzerne aus ihrer Online-Aktivität einfahren, ist grösser, als Nutzer wahrscheinlich denken.

Kaum jemand macht sich detailliert Gedanken dazu, was Facebook, Google und einige andere alles über ihn wissen und zu welchen Schlüssen die Nutzerinformationen noch führen können. Der IT-Experte Dylan Curran hat für den «Guardian» eine Aufstellung gemacht und aufgelistet, was die Internetkozerne alles über ihn wissen. Ihren Datenhunger einzuschränken ist mühsam, aber möglich.

Standortdaten: Google weiss, wo Sie wann gewesen sind

Es beginnt mit dem «wo». Wenn der Standortdienst des Handys eingeschaltet ist, weiss Google, wo sich der Nutzer beziehungsweise sein Handy gerade befindet. «Jeder Ort, an dem Sie mit Ihrem Handy gewesen sind, ist gespeichert. Von dem Tag an, an dem Sie Google das erste Mal verwendet haben», schreibt Curran.

Currans Standort-Historie zeigt jeden Ort in Irland, an dem er in diesem Jahr bereits gewesen ist. (Dylan Curran)

Ihre persönliche Google-Standort-Historie können Sie hier abrufen: google.com/maps/timeline?pb.

Search History: Google weiss, wonach Sie suchen – auf jedem Gerät

Google speichert alles, was Sie damit suchen. Auf jedem Gerät, das Sie besitzen. Das heisst, selbst wenn Sie Ihre «Search History» auf dem Laptop löschen, gibt es womöglich Daten vom Handy.

Ein Beispiel, was sich mit den Daten anfangen liesse: In der «Location History» der Autorin fand sich eine Reise zum «Infosperber»-Jahrestreffen in Bern. Google weiss, wo das Treffen stattgefunden hat, wann und wie lange. Gewiss gäbe es auch andere Gründe, nach Bern zu reisen. In Kombination mit den Standortdaten anderer Anwesender wäre der Zweck der Reise aber schnell ergründet. Denn natürlich wird auch gespeichert, wer noch am selben Ort gewesen ist. Nun ist das «Infosperber»-Jahrestreffen keine geheime Angelegenheit, genauso wenig wie vielleicht das Treffen von Vertretern einer mittelgrossen Firma. Aber nehmen wir an, jemand sucht während eines Treffens nach dem Begriff «Konkurs». Das klingt ungemütlich, nicht?

Sie können Ihre persönliche «Google Activity History» hier abrufen: myactivity.google.com/myactivity.

Diese umfasst auch Daten, die Google aus der Nutzung von Google Maps und Google Play Store gewinnt, sowie Webpages, die Sie besucht haben.

Apps, Email und YouTube: Google schaut mit

Google weiss natürlich auch,

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Facebook gaat in de fout? – over het verwijderen van gezondheidspagina’s! – Stichting Vaccin Vrij

Facebook gaat in de fout? – over het verwijderen van gezondheidspagina’s! – Stichting Vaccin Vrij

05-07-18 09:06:00,

Gisteren bereikte mij de volgende tekst, afkomstig van Mike Verest, voedings,- en lifestyle coach en schrijver van het boek ‘Oervoeding’:

“Onze pagina “LeefBewust.NU”, een pagina met bijna 40.000 volgers en een maandelijks bereik van 2 miljoen mensen, een pagina waarin een ontelbare hoeveelheid tijd en energie is gestoken de afgelopen 5 jaar is opeens door Facebook verwijderd.

Het bericht dat ik eerder vandaag ontving, zei dat het hun gebruiksvoorwaarden schond maar niet gespecificeerd welke dat zijn. Ik kan geen bezwaar aantekenen tegen deze beslissing omdat de pagina permanent verwijderd is.”

Facebook verwijdert gezondheid, – organisch, – en natuurlijk leven pagina’s onder het mom van ‘nepnieuws’. Maar voorgeschreven medicijnen zijn na hartinfarct en kanker de derde doodsoorzaak in USA! Laten we eerst een gezondheidsexpert (Mike Verest) en dan de schrijver van een bestseller over de gevaren van door artsen voorgeschreven medicijnen (Peter Gotzsche) aan het woord laten.

In onderstaand video legt Mike uit wat er aan de hand is.

 

 

 

Alternatief mag niet – en regulier is de enige zaligmakende weg naar gezondheid?

Toen ik hoorde dat een pagina die informatie verspreidt over hoe we gezond kunnen blijven uit de lucht wordt gehaald was het eerste waar ik aan moest denken een filmpje van Peter Gotzsche – directeur van het Noorse Cochrane onderzoekscentrum en professor van ‘research design and analysis’ aan de universiteit van Kopenhagen. [1] Het begint als volgt:

 

“Twee jaar geleden ontdekte ik dat voorgeschreven medicijnen na hartziekten en kanker op de derde plaats staan op de lijst van doodsoorzaken. Medicijnen doden ongeveer 200.000 mensen in USA per jaar. De helft van deze mensen sterven terwijl ze doen wat de artsen voorschrijven; ze sterven door bijwerkingen. De andere helft sterft door medische fouten. En het zijn meestal de artsen die de fouten maken, want elk medicijn kan komen met 20 tot zelfs 40 waarschuwingen voor contra-indicaties en voorzorgsmaatregelen etc. Geen arts die dit allemaal weet.”

“En wat ik ook ontdekte is dat veel van wat de farmaceutische industrie doet voldoet aan de criteria van georganiseerde misdaad volgens de Amerikaanse wet. In veel opzichten gedragen deze bedrijven zich zoals de maffia. Ze kopen iedereen om die ze om kunnen kopen,

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Facebook and The Atlantic Council Unite: Now Social Media Giant Serves NATO’s Agenda | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Facebook and The Atlantic Council Unite: Now Social Media Giant Serves NATO’s Agenda | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

21-05-18 02:28:00,

Facebook has engaged a think tank funded by weapons manufacturers, branches of the US military and Middle-Eastern monarchies to safeguard the democratic process. It’s akin to hiring arsonists to run the fire brigade.

If Facebook truly wanted to “protect democracy and elections worldwide,” it would build a broad coalition of experts and activists from a wide and disparate range of the countries it serves. Instead, the American social media giant has outsourced the task to NATO’s propaganda wing.

For the uninitiated, the Atlantic Council serves as the American-led alliance’s chief advocacy group. And its methods are rather simple: it grants stipends and faux academic titles to various activists that align with NATO’s agenda. Thus, lobbyists become “fellows” and “experts,”while the enterprise constructs a neutral sheen, which is rarely (if ever) challenged by Western media outlets – often reliant on its employees for easy comment and free op-eds.

While that has always been ethically questionable, Facebook’s latest move, given its effective monopoly position, is far more sinister. Because it is now tied to a “think tank” which has proposed terrorist attacks in Russia and has demanded Russian-funded news outlets be forced to register as “foreign agents” in the United States.

Make no mistake: this is a dream scenario for NATO and those who depend on it for their livelihoods and status. Because the Atlantic Council is now perfectly positioned to be the tail wagging the Facebook dog in the information space.

Fresh hell

On Thursday, the social network announced how it was “excited to launch a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, which has a stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems.” It then added that “experts” from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRL) will liaise closely with Facebook’s “security, policy and product teams” to offer “real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.”

Now, this sort of talk would be fine if Facebook had assembled a diverse group, comprised of stakeholders from a wide range of democracies. But, by selecting a clearly biased actor to police “misinformation and foreign interference” during “elections and other highly sensitive moments” and also work to “help educate citizens as well as civil society,” Mark Zuckerberg’s team has essentially made their company a tool of the US military agenda.

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Now Facebook Serves NATO’s Needs

Now Facebook Serves NATO’s Needs

21-05-18 09:29:00,

Authored by Bryan MacDonald, op-ed via RT.com,

Facebook has engaged a think tank funded by weapons manufacturers, branches of the US military and Middle-Eastern monarchies to safeguard the democratic process. It’s akin to hiring arsonists to run the fire brigade.

If Facebook truly wanted to “protect democracy and elections worldwide,” it would build a broad coalition of experts and activists from a wide and disparate range of the countries it serves. Instead, the American social media giant has outsourced the task to NATO’s propaganda wing.

For the uninitiated, the Atlantic Council serves as the American-led alliance’s chief advocacy group. And its methods are rather simple: it grants stipends and faux academic titles to various activists that align with NATO’s agenda. Thus, lobbyists become “fellows” and “experts,”while the enterprise constructs a neutral sheen, which is rarely (if ever) challenged by Western media outlets – often reliant on its employees for easy comment and free op-eds.

While that has always been ethically questionable, Facebook’s latest move, given its effective monopoly position, is far more sinister. Because it is now tied to a “think tank” which has proposed terrorist attacks in Russia and has demanded Russian-funded news outlets be forced to register as “foreign agents” in the United States.

Make no mistake: this is a dream scenario for NATO and those who depend on it for their livelihoods and status. Because the Atlantic Council is now perfectly positioned to be the tail wagging the Facebook dog in the information space.

Fresh hell

On Thursday, the social network announced how it was “excited to launch a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, which has a stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems.” It then added that “experts” from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRL) will liaise closely with Facebook’s “security, policy and product teams” to offer “real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.”

Now, this sort of talk would be fine if Facebook had assembled a diverse group, comprised of stakeholders from a wide range of democracies.

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Facebook Co-Founder Wants To Slap $3 Trillion Tax On Rich To Pay For Universal Basic Income

Facebook Co-Founder Wants To Slap $3 Trillion Tax On Rich To Pay For Universal Basic Income

05-05-18 09:33:00,

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wants to tax anyone who makes over $250,000 to the tune of nearly $3 trillion over ten years, then use the proceeds to provide universal basic income (UBI) to every working American who makes under $50,000 a year, including those providing services such as child care and elder care. 

Hughes, 34, now devotes his time to evangelizing for higher taxes on the rich, such as himself. He’s proposing that the government give a guaranteed income of $500 a month to every working American earning less than $50,000 a year, at a total cost of $290 billion a year. This is a staggering number, but Hughes points out that it equals half the U.S. defense budget and would combat the inequality that he argues is destabilizing the nation. –Bloomberg

Hughes, who has a related book coming out, has made tackling income inequality his top priority by partnering with the Economic Security Project – a major recipient of his philanthropic efforts. The group is focused finding solutions to provide “unconditional cash and basic income” in the United States due to the effects of “automation, globalization, and financialization” forcing the discussion. 

The plan would essentially be an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-to-moderate income individuals and families.

The Economic Security Project is a network committed to advancing the debate on unconditional cash and basic income in the United States. In a time of immense wealth, no one should live in poverty, nor should the middle class be consigned to a future of permanent stagnation or anxiety. Automation, globalization, and financialization are changing the nature of work, and these shifts require us to rethink how to create economic opportunity for all. –Economic Security Project

While Hughes notes that the annual $290 billion annual price tag is half the U.S. defense budget, he contends that income inequality is destabilizing the nation – and that there is a “very practical concern that, given that consumer spending is the biggest driver of economic growth in the United States and that median household incomes haven’t meaningfully budged in 40 years,”

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Facebook erobert die Welt

Facebook erobert die Welt

13-04-18 08:10:00,

Die Anhörung von Mark Zuckerberg ist gelaufen. Das wichtigste Ergebnis ist, dass er seine Fähigkeit unter Beweis gestellt hat, klare Aussagen und die Übernahme von Verpflichtungen zu vermeiden.

Netzpolitik.org resümiert:

„Der Facebook-Gründer Mark Zuckerberg tarnte und täuschte sich durch seine Anhörung vor dem US-Kongress“ (1).

Er musste sich auch keine großen Sorgen vor der Anhörung machen, denn seit 2007 spendeten Personen aus dem Umfeld von Facebook mehr als 600.000 Dollar an Mitglieder der Anhörungskommission (2).

Es gibt weitere Gründe, warum Zuckerberg sich keine Sorgen machen muss. In Deutschland beispielsweise ist trotz der vollmundigen Aussagen von Frau Barley nichts geschehen, was Facebook wirklich schaden könnte.

Haben etwa die großen Parteien Facebook verlassen oder DGB-Gewerkschaften und Kirchen? Sind die ARD-Anstalten und das ZDF nicht mehr auf Facebook vertreten? Da hat sich nichts geändert.

Bisher ist die Empörung allein auf Facebook beschränkt geblieben. Sammeln die anderen, zu Facebook gehörenden Unternehmen wie beispielsweise Instagram oder WhatsApp etwa keine Daten der Nutzer, die für Werbung und andere Formen der Beeinflussung eingesetzt werden? Muss man Facebook verlassen, kann aber ohne Bedenken weiterhin WhatsApp nutzen?

Selbst wenn sich die Empörung gegen alle Dienste von Facebook richten würde, wäre das viel zu kurz gegriffen, und zwar in zweierlei Hinsicht:

  • Twitter ist beispielsweise seit einiger Zeit in der Lage, Werbung abhängig von der Kreditwürdigkeit seiner Nutzer zu schalten. Die dafür nötigen Daten erhält es von Oracle. Oracle wurde in der ganzen Diskussion noch nicht erwähnt (3); Google erklärte unlängst, dass es ungefähr 70 Prozent der Kredit- und Scheckkarten-Transaktionen in den USA erfassen kann. Möglich wird das durch Geschäftspartner. Kennt die jemand? Der Facebook-Skandal ist noch nicht einmal die Spitze des Eisbergs.
  • Wesentlich ist aus meiner Sicht auch, dass das weltweite Agieren von Facebook bisher nicht in den Blick genommen wurde. Sollten die Geschäfte wider Erwarten in Europa und den USA zusammenbrechen, dann bleiben ja immer noch Mittel- und Südamerika, Indien, Afrika und große Teile Asiens. Hat schon jemand China dafür gelobt, dass dort Facebook gesperrt ist und man lieber chinesischen Firmen die Verarbeitung von chinesischen Daten erlaubt? Besonders perfide ist das „Free Internet“ genannte Vorhaben, das den Menschen in der Dritten Welt freien Zugang zum Internet bringen soll (4). Selbstverständlich wird auch da mit den Daten gezahlt,

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Facebook Censureert op Grote Schaal

Facebook Censureert op Grote Schaal

13-04-18 08:06:00,


Facebook censureert de website en video’s van SouthFront.
Alle berichten met links naar southfront zijn verwijderd;
Alle SouthFront-video’s die in 2018 zijn uitgebracht, zijn verwijderd; Geen links naar southfront meer op Facebook; De formele reden is dat southfront niet voldoet aan de Community Standards van Facebook. Vandaag heel veel klachten gezien van vrienden die allerlei artikelen en links naar andere sites kwijt zijn vanwege Facebook censuur, het is een OFFENSIEF waarschijnlijk i.v.m met de mogelijke aanval op Syrië en Rusland
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Facebook Gave Money To 85% Of House Committee “Questioning” Zuckerberg Next Week

Facebook Gave Money To 85% Of House Committee “Questioning” Zuckerberg Next Week

08-04-18 08:51:00,

Facebook and affiliated political groups have donated heavily to members of two committees set to interview CEO Mark Zuckerberg next week, according to analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics via USA Today.

Since 2007, the social media giant has contributed a cumulative $381,000 to 46 of the 55 members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will hear from Zuckerberg on Wednesday. 

While the average committee member received between $6,750 and $6,800, Committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) received $27,000, and top ranking Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey received $7,000 from Facebook. 

Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-CA), whose district is adjacent to Facebook headquarters and home to many Facebook employees, received the most from Facebook at $55,150 since 2007. Eschoo narrowly lost a battle with Pallone for ranking Democrat position on the committee in the 2014 election. 

Walden and Pallone announced Zuckerberg’s appearance on Wednesday to testify on “critical consumer data privacy issues.” 

“This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online,” Messrs. Walden and Pallone said in a Wednesday statement. “We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th.” (also, thanks for all that money Zuck! We’ll be sure to put the softballs on a plastic “T” for you) 

Meanwhile, a Roll Call report reveals that two Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have nearly $100,000 invested in shares of Facebook – with Democratic Reps. Joe Kennedy of MA and Kurt Schrader of OR owning approximately $80,000 and $15,000 respectively. 

Twenty-eight members listed stock in the social media giant, according to Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress project. Among them, Democratic Reps. Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts sit on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, while Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island sits on Senate Judiciary.

Both panels, along with Senate Commerce, invited Zuckerberg to appear before them after reports that Cambridge Analytica, a British big data firm, obtained access to private information of millions of Facebook users under questionable circumstances.

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Facebook busted for handing out data of millions of users to Hillary Clinton campaign

Facebook busted for handing out data of millions of users to Hillary Clinton campaign

31-03-18 09:29:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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Snowden über Facebook: “Überwachungsfirma, die in Social-Media umbenannt wurde”

Snowden über Facebook: “Überwachungsfirma, die in Social-Media umbenannt wurde”

30-03-18 10:15:00,

Dass Donald Trump die US-Präsidentenwahl auch dank der Hilfe von Datenanalysten gewann, war bereits bekannt. Zwar geht Facebook jetzt gegen das Unternehmen vor, das ihm dabei geholfen haben soll. Doch so unschuldig ist Facebook nicht, wie es tut.

Der ehemalige NSA-Mitarbeiter und Whistleblower Edward Snowden kritisiert Facebook scharf. In einem Tweet am Samstag schreibt Snowden:

Unternehmen, die durch das Sammeln und Verkaufen von detaillierten Aufzeichnungen über das Privatleben Geld verdienen, wurden früher einfach als ‘Überwachungsunternehmen’ bezeichnet. Ihr Rebranding als ‘Social Media’ ist die erfolgreichste Täuschung, seit das Kriegsministerium zum Verteidigungsministerium wurde.

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) 17. März 2018

Hintergrund der Snowden-Schelte ist die Affäre um das britische Unternehmen Cambridge Analytica. Facebook hatte die Datenanalyse-Firma, der eine wichtige Rolle beim Wahlsieg von Donald Trump nachgesagt wird, ausgesperrt. Cambridge Analytica und ihre Dachgesellschaft SCL hätten entgegen früheren Zusicherungen bis 2015 gesammelte Informationen über Facebook-Nutzer nicht gelöscht, erklärte das Online-Netzwerk am Wochenende zur Begründung.

Hillary Clinton bei CNN, New York, USA, 14. April 2018.

Cambridge Analytica soll der Trump-Kampagne entscheidend dabei geholfen haben, mit als Werbung geschalteten gezielten Botschaften bei Facebook dessen Anhänger zu mobilisieren und zugleich potenzielle Wähler der Gegenkandidatin Hillary Clinton vom Urnengang abzubringen.

Umfragen-App als Datensauger

Über das Ausmaß des Datenzugriffs gibt es jedoch unterschiedliche Angaben. Die New York Times berichtete am Wochenende unter Berufung auf frühere Mitarbeiter von Cambridge Analytica, die Firma habe Zugriff auf Daten von mehr als 50 Millionen Facebook-Mitgliedern ohne deren Zustimmung erhalten. Aus den Erklärungen von Facebook geht allerdings hervor, dass beim absoluten Großteil dieser Nutzer nur Grund-Informationen zum Profil zugänglich gewesen seien.

Vertieftes Wissen erhielt Cambridge Analytica laut Facebook aber über Menschen, die eine die 270.000 Mal herungeladene Umfragen-App ausfüllten. Die scheinbar harmlose Umfrage mit dem Namen “thisisyoudigitallife” versprach Nutzern einen Persönlichkeitstest. Ihr Initiator, Professor Alexandr Kogan von der Cambridge-Universität, habe dafür von den Nutzern die Erlaubnis zum Zugriff auf ihre Informationen erhalten.

Die Umfrage war als wissenschaftliche Forschung deklariert. In weiterer Folge habe aber Kogan “uns belogen” und Daten an Cambridge Analytica und SCL sowie den Datenanalytiker Christopher Wylie weitergegeben,

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Kurz erklärt: Wie Facebook dich ausspioniert, auch ohne dein Mikro abzuhören

Kurz erklärt: Wie Facebook dich ausspioniert, auch ohne dein Mikro abzuhören

08-03-18 07:49:00,

Was Datenkonzerne wie Facebook alles über uns wissen, ist oft gruselig. Zum Beispiel, wenn man erkältet ist und dann Anzeigen für passende Medikamente bekommt. Um uns erfolgreicher mit Werbung traktieren zu können, sammelt der Konzern möglichst viele Informationen über uns. Facebook analysiert unser Verhalten, unsere Emotionen und unsere Psyche. Ob Nutzerinnen und Nutzer das wirklich wollen, interessiert Facebook eher nicht. Viele scheinen der Firma deshalb zuzutrauen, dass sie heimlich auch auf die Mikrofone von Smartphones zugreift, um uns noch besser ausspionieren zu können. In einem kurzen englischsprachigen Video erklärt das Wall Street Journal, warum das gar nicht nötig ist, auch wenn es einem manchmal so vorkommen kann.

Wir finanzieren uns fast vollständig aus Spenden von Leserinnen und Lesern. Unterstütze unsere Arbeit mit einer Spende oder einem Dauerauftrag.

Dass unsere Mikrofone von Facebook angezapft werden, schließt die Autorin Joanna Stern nach ihren Recherchen und Gesprächen, unter anderem mit ehemaligen Facebook-Mitarbeitern, aus. Stattdessen würden wir passgenaue Werbung zum Beispiel deshalb erhalten, weil Datenhändler Informationen über unser Offline-Einkaufsverhalten an Facebook weitergeben. Etwa dann, wenn wir an der Kasse eine Treuekarte zum Punktesammeln einsetzen. Oder indem Facebook das Surfverhalten seiner Nutzerinnen und Nutzer überwacht, auch Web-Tracking genannt. Oder schlicht aufgrund der Informationen über unseren Standort.

Wie man sich gegen aufdringliche Werbung wehrt

Die Autorin bleibt bei der Erklärung allerdings nicht stehen, sondern gibt auch ein paar Tipps zur Selbstverteidigung. Ein grundlegender Tipp, der zwar nicht gegen Facebooks Datensammlung, aber zumindest gegen zu aufdringliche personalisierte Werbung hilft: Zielgerichtete Werbung auf Facebook deaktivieren. In einem zum Video gehörenden Artikel [nur nach Anmeldung lesbar] gibt die Autorin weitere Tipps, etwa die Weitergabe der eingebauten Werbe-ID im Smartphone-Betriebssystem zu beschränken oder Schutzmaßnahmen gegen Web-Tracking zu ergreifen.

Wer sich selbst einen Überblick darüber verschaffen will, was Facebook über sich gespeichert hat, sollte sich mit einer Datenauskunft nach dem Bundesdatenschutzgesetz schlau machen. Unternehmen sind verpflichtet, alle über eine bestimmte Person vorhandenen Daten mit dieser zu teilen. Wie so eine Anfrage funktioniert und worauf man achten sollte, haben wir hier beschrieben: Hol dir deine Daten zurück: So kannst du herausfinden, was Unternehmen über dich wissen

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Facebook testet Gesichtserkennung in Europa

Facebook testet Gesichtserkennung in Europa

02-03-18 07:44:00,

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2.03.2018 • 12:12 Uhr

Facebook testet Gesichtserkennung in Europa

Facebook-Anwender in Europa sollen künftig selbst entscheiden können, ob sie die Gesichtserkennung aktivieren oder nicht. Die umstrittene Funktion war bislang in den Ländern der EU nicht verfügbar. Facebook wolle im Zusammenhang mit der Europäischen Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (DSGVO) Verfahren testen, mit denen die Anwender selbst entscheiden, welche Daten sie öffentlich teilen wollen und welche nicht.

“Die Verwendung der Gesichtserkennung ist völlig freiwillig”, teilte Facebook am Donnerstag in einem Blog-Eintrag mit. Die Aktvierung werde vorgeschlagen und müsse aktiv bestätigt werden. Wenn der User nichts unternehme oder den Vorschlag ablehne, bleibe die von Datenschützern kritisierte Gesichtserkennung ausgeschaltet.

Wer sich für das “Opt-in” entscheide, werde künftig benachrichtigt, wenn ein anderer User das Foto des Betroffenen als sein Profilfoto hochlade. Damit wolle man verhindern, dass Menschen sich als andere auf Facebook ausgeben. (dpa)

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