When it was revealed back in 2010 that Mark Zuckerberg, in private exchanges, had called his initial users "dumb f*cks" because users "trust me," while offering to hand over any information his friend might want on any Harvard student, writers gave him a pass, chalking it up to "youthful foibles."
At the time Zuckerberg claimed he "absolutely" regretted his comments and actions, claiming that since those embarrassing messages, he had "grown and learned a lot."
That is true, back then his "monster" had about 4,000 users and all their data, and now they tout 2 billion users, and yes, he has certainly "learned" a lot of information about those users. The only thing Zuckerberg "regretted" was that his private communication was exposed.
Throughout the years since then, multiple scandals have rocked Facebook which has highlighted Zuckerberg's continued lack of respect for users and their privacy, but over the past weeks, information has emerged that shows conclusively that Frankenstein's monster is completely out of control.
However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way.
In response to this growing scandal, Facebook offered users an option to download their archive data in order to understand how much information the company had compiled about their users, which opened a very large can of worms. The information contained in those downloads showed that Facebook had archived phone call and text message meta data from their Android smartphones, including names of contacts, phone numbers, call lengths and SMS and MMS metadata.
The videos in question were taken when Facebook allowed users to shoot videos directly from a browser. Even un-published videos were kept by the social media company, reigniting old questions about the company’s ability to monitor the posts that users decide not to share. The browser video tool, now defunct, worked by streaming videos to Facebook as they were being recorded, rather than after they were posted, hence the purgatory of un-posted videos.
In the midst of this informational overload being revealed about Facebook's unethical and invasive practices, someone leaked an internal memo by written by a Facebook vice president, Andrew Bosworth, where he appears to be arguing that the growth of the platform was more important than users safety or even lives.
Bosworth’s memo continued catastrophic PR fallout following findings that the Facebook data of as many as 50 million users was wrongly harvested by the election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. In the memo leaked Thursday, Bosworth wrote that “connecting people” should be the company’s driving goal, even if “it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies” or “someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
According to Fortune, after the leak of the Bosworth memo, employees are now rapidly deleting controversial comments and messages from Facebook's internal communications systems to prevent further leaks of embarrassing discussions.
Tech Crunch recently discovered that private messages from Zuckerberg and other FB executives had been removed from the recipient's inboxes, a function unavailable to regular users and is being questioned as yet another breach of trust.
You can’t remove Facebook messages from the inboxes of people you sent them to, but Facebook did that for Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Three sources confirm to TechCrunch that old Facebook messages they received from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their Facebook inboxes, while their own replies to him conspicuously remain. An email receipt of a Facebook message from 2010 reviewed by TechCrunch proves Zuckerberg sent people messages that no longer appear in their Facebook chat logs or in the files available from Facebook’s Download Your Information tool.
When asked by TechCrunch about the situation, Facebook claimed in this statement it was done for corporate security:
Topping off what has been a very bad month for Facebook, Bloomberg reports the platform is actively scanning links and images sent via private chats.
FB does this by placing an insert into a Breitbart article posted on their platform, which says "show more information about this article," and when clicked, a pop-up shows that uses a very biased Wikipedia description of Breitbart News.
Last but not least, another scandal for Facebook has been exposed, proving once and for all that Facebook simply doesn't care about user privacy.
Via Forbes: "Just as it seemed Facebook couldn’t outdo itself after weeks of ever more frightening disclosures and leaks about its perspective on privacy, CNBC broke the story this afternoon of a secret Facebook research project involving harvesting our private medical information from a group of major hospitals, with the hospitals’ full permission, but without ever informing patients their anonymized medical information was being handed to Facebook and without ever asking their consent."
Despite the hype that Congress is insisting Mark Zuckerberg appear before both the House and Senate committees to answer questions, which his representatives have had to do multiple times already, Congress to date has failed to offer any remedy to the breaches of privacy and trust, nor to address the blatant censorship practices against conservatives and Independent Media. As a modern public square, Facebook and other social media platforms are required to remain a "neutral conduit," in order to enjoy "liability immunity" under the Communications Decency Act.
Facebook has not remained neutral and Congress has not acted to strip them of their liability immunity.
Users, advertisers and investors seem to be taking matters into their own hands.
Facebook user engagement has dropped significantly since the latest privacy and data breach issues became public in mid-March, and a look at the stock drop over the last month, seeing the downward spiral which began just after it was revealed that millions upon millions of users had their data lifted from Facebook, shows that the public, and investors have had enough.
Zuckerberg is refusing to step down as CEO from the company, and while claiming to take full responsibility, he is instead making excuse after excuse, whether claiming certain incidents are because of a "bug" or glitch, or asserting he made a "huge mistake" in not understanding the potential abuse by "bad actors."
Zuckerberg is still the same person that called his users "dumb f*cks" for trusting him with their information, while offering that information to his friends, and the "monster" he created is completely out of control.
Mark Zuckerberg is evil.
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