Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Facebook Scandal Unfolds - Zuckerberg Faces Backlash Amid Forthcoming Data-Mining Disclosures

We may all remember the disclosures of whistleblower, Edward Snowden, regarding the gross constitutional violations committed by the NSA for years on end. These revelations made 2013 and the following years particularly turbulent with regard to the social and political climate of the country. And as we now know, these revelations only represented a fraction of the truth that was soon to come forward.

For the first time in American history, citizens realized that the former conspiracy theory that U.S. government officials were secretly spying on the private lives of citizens without permission or any legal grounds for investigation, were true. The notion of a clandestine mass surveillance program was no longer simply the subject of spy movies or television programming. The issue of spying was realized to be a true and ongoing issue in the supposed land of the free as well as other nations.

Though Snowden has been seen as questionable in recent times, his initial revelations helped the people of the U.S. and the world to acknowledge these violations and to demand respect for their own right to privacy.

Since 2013, Americans have continually seen their right to privacy violated. The reality has been shocking, unnerving, and infuriating to many citizens who still demand their rights be respected. However, due to the excess amounts of propaganda included within movies and other media, portions of the population have been pacified into unwitting agreement with these violent standards of invasion.

Numerous movies, which can be viewed on multiple popular platforms, praise mass surveillance as a valuable tool for catching villains and saving the day. However, as history clearly shows, these violations of privacy are typically a precursor to even greater acts of violation.

The MSM's apparent attempt to normalize mass surveillance may have been an issue in years past. However, as things presently appear, the attempt has been in vain. The majority of people do not consent to having their private lives spied upon by unelected strangers whose motives are unknown. Further, free human beings apparently do not enjoy having their personal information sold for profit.

Americans and citizens of numerous countries have grown tired of the bane of mass surveillance. We may remember that this standard was implemented primarily by the Patriot Act of 2001—an act which was rushed through by the Bush administration under the guise of protecting America from foreign enemies which failed to acknowledge the fact that the majority of U.S. enemies worked in American government and American corporations.

This is where our latest gripe with social media comes in.

The recent disclosures of Facebook's willful violations of privacy by the secretive data miners, Cambridge Analytica, shows that these acts of violation did not merely exist within the anti-constitutional legislation. It showed once again, that government interests could easily have their way when it served corporate elitists. However, this is not at all the first time Facebook has been exposed as a violator of ethical and legal standards.

Facebook has come under fire numerous times in recent years. One of the first revelations unfolded when one Facebook executive was arrested for soliciting sex from a minor. This was a very public and embarrassing incident for the social media giant and took place during the very time when the issue of Pedogate was central to public attention.

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The executive was Dov Katz who oversees the Oculus program at Facebook. Katz was arrested in Seattle, WA during a sting operation when he allegedly solicited sex from an underage girl.

It does not presently appear that any new information has come forward about these developments. However, it would make sense that if Katz was cleared, Facebook and all of its partner companies would have every interest in publicizing Katz acquittal or release. Yet, neither of these seems to have been reported.

Adding to the embarrassing past of Facebook was the questionable and inactive way in which their corporate office has handled the issue of pedophilia. Much like the now notorious social media platform YouTube, Facebook appears to have done very little to curb the problem of pedophilic content. According to reports, the platform has either excused away numerous content which sexualized children, or has washed its hands of this questionable content altogether.

Here is an excerpt from a report by Fortune.com on the issue of Facebook's alleged mishandling of the issue of pedophilic content.

Facebook’s ability to monitor content on its platform for offensive behavior is being called into question in Britain, after the BBC flagged dozens of images and pages devoted to apparent child pornography that it said were being shared on the social network.

In an unusual twist to the story, the BBC says it asked Facebook for an interview about the issue, and the company asked the public broadcaster to send examples of the images it had found. When the BBC did so, it says Facebook cancelled its request for an interview, and then reported the broadcaster to the child-exploitation unit of Britain’s National Crime Agency.

Of the images that it reported to Facebook, the BBC says only 20% were removed. The social network said the others did not breach its community-standard rules.

Facebook has struggled in the past to find a way of removing offensive imagery without also taking down images that are either innocuous or serve some other purpose. It got in hot water in 2016 for repeatedly removing an iconic photo from the Vietnam War—including briefly suspending the account of the Norwegian prime minister—because it was flagged as child pornography.

The British broadcaster says it reported over 100 images, including ones that appeared on pages and in Facebook groups that were specifically designed to appeal to men with a sexual interest in children. A number of the images were of girls who appeared to be under the age of 16 in sexualized poses.

In at least one case, the image the BBC shared with Facebook (FB, -3.42%) appeared to be a screenshot from a video of child sexual abuse, along with a request from the poster to share child porn. The broadcaster said that this image was one of the ones Facebook said didn’t breach its standards.

The BBC also reported five users who were convicted pedophiles because Facebook’s rules forbid convicted sex offenders from having accounts on the network. None of the profiles have been removed, the public broadcaster said on Tuesday.

At FB's request we sent them images we had reported, which weren't taken down by FB moderators. FB then reported us to the police.
— Angus Crawford (@AngusCrawfordR4) March 7, 2017

Facebook told the BBC in a statement that it had reviewed the material and “have now removed all items that were illegal or against our standards. We take this matter extremely seriously and we continue to improve our reporting and take-down measures.” The company said it followed industry practice when it reported the BBC to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Fortune has asked Facebook for comment, and will include it here when one is received).

The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, told the BBC that he had “grave doubts” about the effectiveness of Facebook’s content-moderation systems. He also said that he found it extraordinary that the BBC would be reported to the National Crime Agency when it was just trying to help the company “clean up the network.”
After that report, most of the images and groups the BBC mentioned were not taken down because the social network said they didn’t breach its community standards. Most of the private groups also remained, including one dedicated to photos of schoolgirls with obscene comments. The BBC says that information it provided to police led to one man being sent to prison.

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, told the BBC that she was disturbed by what she saw in the latest report, and was “very disappointed that one year on we are still seeing images that are very sexualised, totally in my view unacceptable.”


Among the numerous concerning acts by Facebook, the platform appears to have deliberately acted to hinder an investigation into pedophilia. On at least one occasion, corporate personnel claimed to take the issue of pedophilia very seriously. However, their actions seem to say otherwise. Not only did certain Facebook personnel refuse to remove groups which clearly broke the law, but Facebook appeared to deliberately hinder their own clean-up process by reporting investigators of pedophilia to authorities.

We may note the similarity between this troubling situation of Facebook and that of YouTube. As we may recall, YouTube appears to show very little interest in curbing their own problem of extremely disturbing content. In fact, YouTube commonly showed favoritism toward channels which published pedophilic content while punishing users who worked to expose the problem of pedophilia in the political and corporate world. Much like Facebook, YouTube spoke flowery words claiming to value ethical standards. However, their actions consistently showed the exact opposite of these standards.
Either Facebook personnel had a temporary lapse of judgment, or they intended to save face by retroactively acting against the gross content they allowed to remain on their own platform. It is also possible that executives did not understand the goal of investigations into the questionable content. However, such a lack of basic knowledge would not seem to suit a professional establishment.

So why did Facebook block this investigation? The answer is still unknown. However, as things appear, the legal situation which their former executive is facing does not appear to paint a very positive picture.

We may combine these suspicious situations with those of the other alleged participants into rampant pedophilia and child trafficking taking place among high-rolling politicians and Hollywood big-wigs.

According to researchers, pedophilia is a regular tool of blackmail among elitists. These high-profile personalities are either put into compromising situations with minors, or their own preexisting affinities for children are exploited in some way. In order to avoid being outed, these executives fall in line with the plans of their political and financial controllers.

According to reports, this is why we see platforms such as Facebook working so closely with former democratic officials (though Republican officials are alleged to be involved as well). Let's take the case of the fake news meme for example.

The alleged collusion between Facebook executives and former White House officials such as former President, Barack Obama, appears to reveal quite a bit about the true mechanics of Facebook policy.

If Facebook did not have enough of their own dirt to dig through, we may easily include the massive issue of censorship.

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Toward the end of 2017, numerous users of the platform were consistently realizing that much of their content was being blocked from posting. This content did not appear to violate any guidelines listed by Facebook. These posts did not contain offensive or illegal content. They did not openly attack anyone or display risque imagery. They simply discussed issues which were not typically held by corporate media.

Yet despite the benign nature of many of these posts, Facebook consistently blocked and penalized users for posting this content—typically without explanation. This tendency of Facebook to arbitrarily punish users became so common that the term Facebook jail became a common colloquialism among users. Since there was no real communication from the Facebook team which is claimed to exist by various Facebook notices, there was no real way for users to know what policy was being acted upon or whether or not there was any real violation at all.

Once again, it appeared that Facebook shared the questionable policies of YouTube, that any content which opposed the narratives of corporate media were censored and penalized. This issue does not at all speak very well of an already questionable social media platform.

The choice of Facebook executives to secretly sell user data to the highest bidder has been extremely concerning. To elaborate, here is a video via a tweet from Josh Caplan which explains Facebook's policy on information sharing by the platform.

To add, here are two posts from the website, Fulcrum.com, which contain the Wikileaks disclosures of an email conversation between Mark Zuckerberg and alleged pedophile, John Podesta.


To add, here is a tweet posted by Julian Assange regarding a recent and alarming quote by Zuckerberg. This quote also came from Zuckerberg's emails which were leaked to Wikileaks some time ago. (Pardon the language.)

Needless to say, this behavior from the Facebook executive does not at all speak well of the already notorious social media platform.

The public has received numerous signs of the problems which Facebook has constantly displayed within its questionable policies and questionable personnel. Understandably, many users are now diligently searching for reliable alternatives for socializing online. In short, the cultural icon of Facebook no longer holds the appeal it once did.

It appears that the face of social media has changed. No longer are the platforms of yesterday appealing to awakened citizens who appreciate privacy and free speech. It's anyone's guess as to what may come next for the Facebooks and YouTubes of the internet. One thing we can be sure of is that the people are no longer interested in elitist chicanery.


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Source: Daily Mail

Published: 19 March 19, 2018

By: Hannah Parry and Chris Spargo

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'They Were on Our Side': Obama Campaign Director Reveals Facebook ALLOWED Them to Mine American Users' Profiles in 2012 Because They Were Supportive of the Democrats

  • Carol Davidsen, who worked as the media director at Obama for America, claimed Obama campaign mined millions of people's information from Facebook
  • She said that Facebook was surprised at the ease with which they were able to 'suck out the whole social graph'
  • But the firm never tried to stop them when they realized what was doing, and even told them they'd made a special exception for them
  • They 'were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,' she tweeted
  • Davidsen said that she felt the project was 'creepy' - 'even though we played by the rules, and didn't do anything I felt was ugly, with the data'
  • Davidsen posted this in the wake of the uproar over Cambridge Analytica, and their mining of information for the Trump campaign

Facebook allowed the Obama campaign to access the personal data of users during the 2012 campaign because they supported the Democratic candidate according to a high ranking staffer.

Carol Davidsen, who worked as the media director at Obama for America and has spoken about this in the past, explained on Twitter that she and her team were able to ingest massive amounts of information from the social network after getting permission from Facebook users to access their list of friends.

'Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn't stop us once they realized that was what we were doing,' wrote Davidsen.

Carol Davidsen, (left) who worked as the media director at Obama for America, claims Facebook allowed them to mine American users' profiles in 2012 because they were supportive of the Democrats
US President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in 2012 - when the mining allegedly occurred 

She wrote that, not only did Facebook not try to stop them, but the company said they'd made a special exception for them.

'They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,' she tweeted.

Davidsen was then careful to note: 'I am also 100% positive that Facebook activity recruits and staffs people that are on the other side.'

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Davidsen posted this in the wake of the uproar over Cambridge Analytica, and their mining of information for the Trump campaign.

Hillary Clinton meanwhile refused to access the API that had been created by the Obama campaign with this Facebook information.

'I worked on all of the data integration projects at [Obama for America]. This was the only one that felt creepy, even though we played by the rules, and didn't do anything I felt was ugly, with the data,' stated Davidsen.

The revelations, if true, mean that Obama's campaign used similar tactics to those of Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Donald Trump's election campaign, and reportedly harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users.

Members of Congress called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about Facebook's actions on Monday in the wake of the revelation.

Meanwhile, British privacy regulators are seeking a warrant to search the offices of the U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica as both US and European lawmakers demand an explanation of how the consulting firm gained access to the data.

The news also saw Facebook shares closed down nearly 7.0 percent on Monday, wiping nearly $40 billion off its market value as investors worried that new legislation could damage the company's advertising business.

Members of Congress called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about Facebook's actions on Monday in the wake of the revelations about Cambridge Analytica

Facebook said on Monday it had hired forensic auditors from the firm Stroz Friedberg to investigate and determine whether Cambridge Analytical still had the data.

'Auditors from Strop Fried berg were on site at Cambridge Analytic's London office this evening,' the company said in a statement late Monday. 'At the request of the UK Information Commissioner´s Office, which has announced it is pursuing a warrant to conduct its own on-site investigation, the Strop Fried berg auditors stood down.'

Yet the Obama campaign may have harvested information from millions during the 2012 run.

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Of course, the biggest difference is that those signing up to the Obama campaign did so knowingly. While with Cambridge Analytic, users were told they were contributing to an academic research project. That information was then passed to the Trump campaign.

But that doesn't mean the friends of the Obama supporters consented to have their details used in their data mining.

The New York Times Magazine reported how the campaign had a list of a million people who had signed into the campaign website through Facebook.

This information obtained by Cambridge Analytica is said to have been used to help elect President Donald Trump in the US, as well as to boost the Brexit campaign in the UK. CEO Alexander Nix has said the firm was 'always acquiring more' data

To do so, they were prompted to agree to grant the campaign permission to access their Facebook friends list, photos and other personal information.

Another prompt, which most people also agreed to, asked for them to grant access to their news feed.

Through these prompts, the campaign had access to millions of people, and their interests, and friends - who they could note down as potential donors, unregistered voters and persuadable votes - to target in specific campaigns.

One staffer said that once a supporter signed up through Facebook, it would take them mere seconds to go through their friends' lists, match them with votes lists, and then they would go through photos - trying to weed out old girlfriends and college friends who could share their political beliefs.

Read more at: DailyMail.co.uk

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