Facebook Rage Uncles Duped Again


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:

Lawmakers in the U.S. and the U.K. are asking Mark Zuckerberg to testify… FTC officials are making inquiries… And Cambridge Analytica is suspending CEO Alexander Nix.

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.

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6 Responses to Facebook Rage Uncles Duped Again

  1. I am a big FB user, I am not going to lie – it would be hard to give up. Go ahead and judge me. I long ago realized that privacy settings matter, and I have just learned another lesson about that. I stopped taking quizzes a long time ago, and now I will not connect any apps via FB.

    That said, I am cynical in the sense that everyone that has any of my data has some of my data, and if someone wants my data they will find it. I don’t want to sound glib, I am just speaking from where I am at.

    However, I think about what a friend just said to someone else: You’ve been on FB for ten years and you are shocked! What did you think they were doing with your information?

    We live in a digital world that is complicated and sticky. Other than retreating to some distant off the grid spot, I have no immediate solutions.


  2. Ten Bears says:

    G’da would have muttered something under his breath about closing the barn door after the horse is gone. I … ahhh, yesterday went long on not necessarily Zuckerberg’s Famous Pig or his users, but on the exponentially growing social acceptability of bullying, and voices of reason crying out in the dark:

    Fifteen years ago I was teaching community college students to be aware, that you really shouldn’t be logging on to Ashley Madison dot com to hook up a cheat on your wife… with your wife’s credit card; or that you shouldn’t put something out there you wouldn’t want your mother, or the cops, to see; that you really should not have not only “joined” Facebook but clicked on any “I accept” button anywhere anytime without reading the fine print; that since Y2K we have been willingly building a digital profile of ourselves we have no control over … it’s not sci fi, it’s real, it’s happening, now, and … I was gotten rid of. By a religiously racist, misogynous, homophobic, old testament authoritarian, dominionist no doubt Trump voting certainly looks like him bigot with half my education and half my experience but none-the-less in a position to get away with harassing and ultimately forcing me to quit the career I had worked fifteen years and invested tens of thousands of dollars in educational expenses to have …

    I have no sympathy.


  3. Bruce388 says:

    The Bride and I went out looking at cars recently for research and fun. Since then she’s been inundated with emails from various Ford dealers. We don’t remember giving out her contact information.

    Privacy is a thing of the past.

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    • Your comment reminds me of the fact that every single time I buy something for my workplace at our Staples corporate account, I get a zillion FB ads for post it notes, or copy paper.

      I still will never figure out how or why I got an ad for jockstrap, but that was awhile ago, maybe Cambridge Analytica thought they knew something about me that I don’t know!

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  4. osirisopto says:

    “–> FB says Zuckerberg and Sandberg are “working around the clock to get all the facts… The entire company is outraged we were deceived…”

    They actually believed C.A. when they said the check was in the mail?

    I’ve heard on my leftist liberal radio station that everyone is wondering why Faceberg hasn’t gotten out ahead of this to make a statement proving Faceberg’s good intent.

    It’s hard to find just the right way to tell people that the only reason it was a problem that the Russians took all this personal data and micro targeted ads and disinformation tailored to each persons specific fears, foible and lunacy to influence the election and get the mango hued shitgibbon elected is that they didn’t pay for the information.

    Even harder to explain why they didn’t do or say anything about it until after the account went into past 180 day collections and still didn’t pay the bill.

    CEO, and Russian operative Nix is about to learn why it’s a bad idea to steal from the rich. They will fuck you up six way from Sunday. They put Madoff in solitary confinement and thew away the key. This guy will be lucky if he makes it to court. He’s more likely to get a call from Putin’s dry cleaner.

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