Category Archives: In Practice

Watch Mark Zuckerberg lie in the 2009 BBC TV Interview

Watch the short clip here.
He says Facebook will never sell your user information. “No, of course not,” he answers. “They [users] want to share it with, um, with only a few people.”
The BBC interview reiterates the questions and Zuckerberg again lies with a straight face.
You are not going to restore trust in Facebook when the CEO is a liar.

Getting close to deleting Facebook #Facebook

Are you angry yet?

“At Cambridge,” he said, “we were able to form a model to predict the personality of every single adult in the United States of America.” … Ad targeting is personalized advertising, aligned as accurately as possible to the personality of an individual consumer.
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Cambridge Analytica buys personal data from a range of different sources, like land registries, automotive data, shopping data, bonus cards, club memberships, what magazines you read, what churches you attend.

Source: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down – Motherboard
The sole purpose of Cambridge Analytica and hundreds of other firms is mind control.
The sole purpose of Facebook is spying and dissemination of propaganda. See how our online data is combined (what I have been saying for some time) with offline data collected by others and the detailed location history provided by our pocketable tracking systems (smart phones). This level of surveillance of entire populations is unprecedented.
At this point in time, their ability to control us is over rated. Several people in the know now say that pscyhographic profiling does not work very well. But this will improve over time.
The leads to Facebook being one of the most dangerous organizations in history, with the means to have spied, in detail, on one third of the world’s population (so far) – and then provide the platform for propagandizing everyone to adopt someone’s agenda.
Zuckerberg has been and is being reckless. He has used numerous psychological tricks to get us to voluntarily give up our information (never, ever click Like – that is a trick and a trap) and then sells it or gives it away to others to be used to manipulate us. All the while, most people were unaware of how Zuckerberg and his team have been controlling us.

True: Social media is a threat to democracy

Underlying the furor surrounding the use of illicitly obtained Facebook data in the 2016 presidential campaign is the rise of what one expert calls “mass micro persuasion.” Campaigns are growing ever more sophisticated in sifting vast amounts of social media and voting data to tailor political messages to individuals.

Source: New concern in social media age: profiling as a threat to democracy
mass micro persuasion” – propaganda used to be messaging directed to groups to persuade all to adopt someone else’s agenda. With social media, we can direct propaganda crafted to the individual.

Am guessing we never hear another word about "Russia hacked the election" after today

Cambridge Analytica:

  • The full scale of their pivotal work in Trump’s election win

  • How they avoid Congressional investigations into their foreign clients

  • Setting up proxy organisations to feed untraceable messages onto social media

  • Using a secret email system where messages self-destruct and leave no trace

  • Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the “Defeat Crooked Hilary” brand of attack ads

Source: Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News
Cambridge Analytica is claiming they threw the election for Trump, using potentially stolen personal data on 50 million Americans and social media propaganda.
I am thinking a very large number of Americans may want to consider deleting their Facebook accounts.