Oops, Part Infinity

So lifelike.

The Vox email thingie last night leads with the latest news swirling clockwise around Faceberg (counter-clockwise in the southern hemisphere):

  • Thousands of revealing internal documents and emails that Facebook struggled to keep secret were just made public, giving more details about how Facebook dealt with privacy and user data issues. [Business Insider / Rob Price]
  • Read the nearly 4,000 pages of previously sealed documents here. [NBC News]
  • The documents are part of a lawsuit filed in 2015 by a now defunct bikini photo-sharing app, Six4Three. They reveal that Facebook pressured hundreds of thousands of developers to use the site’s platform to build their apps, purchase ads with Facebook, and hand over user data to the social media giant. [Computer Weekly / Sebastian Klovig Skelton]
  • Facebook then presented the move to limit the developers’ access to user data as a move to secure their patrons’ privacy. Six4Three claims that these company policies were anticompetitive and that Facebook willfully misled consumers and app developers. [Reuters / Katie Paul and Mark Hosenball]
  • This isn’t the first anticompetitiveness complaint against Facebook, of course: Congress and federal and state authorities have also been looking into its business practices. [NBC News / Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar]
  • Nor is it the first time that Facebook has faced consequences for releases of closed-door information. Leaked audio recordings of Mark Zuckerberg addressing his employees frankly this summer provoked further calls from presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. [Vox / Peter Kafka]
  • In February of this year, internal Facebook documents, from the same Six4Three lawsuit as the most recent leak, came to light that detailed how Zuckerberg planned to sell user data to developers. [The Guardian / Julia Carrie Wong]

One more quick link from the MIT Newsletter thingie: Facebook users in the US are already being inundated with misinformation about the 2020 elections. (Vice)

I won’t lie: I have not read all of ’em yet, and some I will never get around to reading, but the damn is breaking on Faceberg. While I agree with Sen. Professor Warren that it should be broken up, just reading a handful of those articles tells me that it is closer to a crime syndicate than an on-going engineering organization. The Six4Three story is very telling.

Nick Bilton —who has made a cottage industry on reporting on Facebook/berg at Vanity Fair— has a long post entitled,  “HE’S F–KING DESTROYED THIS TOWN”: HOW MARK ZUCKERBERG BECAME THE MOST REVILED MAN IN TECH.

It’s anecdotal, but damning. Silicon valley has turned on Faceberg, and it is brutal.

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7 Responses to Oops, Part Infinity

  1. Redhand says:

    it is closer to a crime syndicate than an on-going engineering organization.

    Sounds right to me. Untrammeled market power plus no social consciousness whatsoever, extending to facilitating foreign interference in US elections. This asshole needs to be curbed big time.

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  2. laura says:

    Silicon Valley hasn’t turned enough on faceberg and hasn’t been brutal enough IMHO.
    Get back to me when he’s been tarred, feathered and run out on a rail.
    Seriously, fuck that guy.

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  3. K says:

    Don’t ignore ongoing legal issues in Washington state where a law that predates the digital dominance required publicly available transperency on all political ads.
    Facebook tried to settle by claiming they would not sell any more ads for Wa. state races and then continued to take the money and run the ads.

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