Everyone is going long on Facebook today, and it seems Faceberg has really stepped in la merde and tracked it through their maison, n’est-ce pas?
We’ve said for a long time that Facebook is a surveillance machine (and is what an oppressive regime would design if they could), and it seems that finally the public is catching up to us.
(And as a side note, we’ve always said that Twitter is a sewer, but its users know that, no one is being duped and I think that is a distinction worth noting.)
From the Reliable Sources email thingie:
What will Wednesday bring? Maybe a public statement from Zuckerberg and/or Sheryl Sandberg. As CNN’s Laurie Segall reported, frustration is brewing inside Facebook about the company’s response to this crisis…
–> FB says Zuckerberg and Sandberg are “working around the clock to get all the facts… The entire company is outraged we were deceived…“
–> Zuck’s former mentor Roger McNamee told Christiane Amanpour that Facebook is confronting a crisis of public trust “that is going to destroy the company…”
–> Wired’s Nicholas Thompson and Fred Vogelstein summed it up well here: “A Hurricane Flattens Facebook”
The LATimes sums up the Cambridge Analytica portion of the Facebook scandal thusly (and make no mistake CA and FB are in this together):
“The Cambridge Analytica scandal has resulted in the suspension of its chief executive, prompted investigations on two continents, taken down Facebook’s stock price a notch and raised countless questions about data privacy, modern politics and why Facebook’s top executives have been so quiet. But is Cambridge Analytica truly a mastermind of electoral manipulation? Some Republican campaign professionals, data scholars and former clients paint a different picture, one that’s more snake-oil salesman than Svengali. The company’s real draw, they say, was getting in the good graces of conservative billionaire Robert Mercer.”
And let’s jump right back to Reliable Sources (emphasis mine):
Donie O’Sullivan emails: We tracked down Aleksandr Kogan, the scientist that swept up Facebook data on millions of Americans for Cambridge Analytica. He says Facebook is making him a scapegoat… He suspects thousands of other developers gathered Facebook data just like him… And he says he’s willing to talk to Congress…
–> Kogan’s point about FB: “Using users’ data for profit is their business model…”
And writing at the esteemed tech blog 500-ish Words, M.G. Stiegler gives us a rundown of Facebook’s problems since the beginning of the year:
“Mark Zuckerberg devoting the year to fixing Facebook (shouldn’t that alwaysbe his job?). Facebook running surveys for which news outlets to trust (what could go wrong crowd-sourcing this?). Messenger Kids (this one didn’t take long to backfire)! Re-engagement mass spam (the thirst is real). Facebook’s friendly pollster (who quit after 6 months). Spyware (like, actual spyware)! Two years of political indecisiveness and cluelessness (and a human punching bag coverstory). An actual fall in users (for the first time ever?). More spam(which then tricks you into publicly posting, no less). Teeing up Trump retweet-bait (on Twitter, no less). Mass shootings, the VR game we’ve all been waiting for (Jesus Christ). Back on Twitter wading into things one probably shouldn’t (as you can see in the comments). Potentially cool facial recognition feature sounds incredibly creepy all of a sudden (timing matters). Survey says: maybe don’t send a survey asking people how they feel about adults asking kids for sexually explicit images (why do you need to ask about this?!). More sex stuff. Adding features to Messenger Lite to make it heavy (sigh). More fun with spyware! Sorry for the child abuse recs (Jesus Christ). And finally, today’s Cambridge Analytica shitshow (and more Twitter fun).”
The 500-ish words are much more than 500 words, yes? Anyway it is from a post I nearly didn’t read because it sounds more like an apologia (subtitled: Facebook has lost the plot)
“Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of jokers and jerks. But there are also plenty of brilliant, hard-working people. We can quibble about whether there are more or less than in other industries and other places, but that’s not the point. The point is that I now believe Facebook doesn’t just have an image problem, as I’m sure many around the company would want you to believe — “the press is out to get us!” Facebook has a self-awareness problem.
“To put it more bluntly: it seems like Facebook has lost the plot. And given their scale, this is more than a little terrifying.”
Actually, I think the plot always was sociopathological Facebook/Faceberg thought they were smarter than everyone else and could sell their user’s data to anyone, and none of their users would know or care that they were the product.
It turns out Faceberg was wrong.
P.S. This Facebook shit show is why we need a Data Protection Agency. That will give Faceberg night sweats.