Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As "Social Media"

NSA whistleblower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden slammed Facebook in a Saturday tweet following the suspension of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, over what Facebook says was imporoper use of collected data. 

In a nutshell, in 2015 Cambridge Analytica bought data from a University of Cambridge psychology professor, Dr. Aleksandr Kogan, who had developed an app called "thisisyourdigitallife" that vacuumed up loads of information on users and their contacts. After making Kogan and Cambridge Analytica promise to delete the data the app had gathered, Facebook received reports (from sources they would not identify) which claimed that not all the data had been deleted - which led the social media giant to delete Cambridge Analytica and parent company SCL's accounts. 

“By passing information on to a third party, including SCL/Cambridge Analytica and Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, he violated our platform policies. When we learned of this violation in 2015, we removed his app from Facebook and demanded certifications from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information had been destroyed. Cambridge Analytica, Kogan and Wylie all certified to us that they destroyed the data.” -Facebook

Of note, Cambridge Analytica worked for Ted Cruz and Ben Carson during the 2016 election before contracting with the Trump campaign. Cruz stopped using CA after their data modeling failed to identify likely supporters. 

Cambridge Analytica has vehemently denied any wrongdoing in a statement. 

In response to the ban, Edward Snowden fired off two tweets on Saturday criticizing Facebook, and claimed social media companies were simply "surveillance companies" who engaged in a "successful deception" by rebranding themselves.

Snowden isn't the first big name to call out Silicon Valley companies over their data collection and monitoring practices, or their notorious intersection with the U.S. Government. 

In his 2014 book: When Google Met WikiLeaks, Julian Assange describes Google's close relationship with the NSA and the Pentagon.

Around the same time, Google was becoming involved in a program known as the “Enduring Security Framework” (ESF), which entailed the sharing of information between Silicon Valley tech companies and Pentagon-affiliated agencies “at network speed.” Emails obtained in 2014 under Freedom of Information requests show Schmidt and his fellow Googler Sergey Brin corresponding on first-name terms with NSA chief General Keith Alexander about ESF Reportage on the emails focused on the familiarity in the correspondence: “General Keith . . . so great to see you . . . !” Schmidt wrote. But most reports overlooked a crucial detail. “Your insights as a key member of the Defense Industrial Base,” Alexander wrote to Brin, “are valuable to ensure ESF’s efforts have measurable impact.” -Julian Assange

Kim Dotcom has also opined on social media's close ties to the government, tweeting in February "Unfortunately all big US Internet companies are in bed with the deep state. Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. are all providing backdoors to your data."

In 2013, the Washington Post and The Guardian revealed that the NSA has backdoor access to all major Silicon Valley social media firms, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple - all through the notorious PRISM program which began in 2007 under the Protect America Act. PRISM's existence was leaked by Edward Snowden before he entered into ongoing asylum in Moscow. Microsoft was the first company to join the PRISM program.

The NSA has the ability to pull any sort of data it likes from these companies, but it claims that it does not try to collect it all. The PRISM program goes above and beyond the existing laws that state companies must comply with government requests for data, as it gives the NSA direct access to each company's servers — essentially letting the NSA do as it pleases. -The Verge

After PRISM's existence was leaked by Snowden, the Director of National Intelligence issued a statment which stated that the only people targed by the programs are "outside the United States," and that the program "does not allow" the targeting of citizens within US borders. 

In 2006, Wired magazine published evidence from a retired AT&T communications technician, Mark Klein, that revealed a secret room used to "split" internet data at a San Francisco office as part of the NSA's bulk data collection techniques used on millions of Americans.

During the course of that work, he learned from a co-worker that similar cabins were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, he said.

The split circuits included traffic from peering links connecting to other internet backbone providers, meaning that AT&T was also diverting traffic routed from its network to or from other domestic and international providers, Klein said. -Wired

 "They are collecting everything on everybody," Klein said.

Comments

Bag of Magic Sun, 03/18/2018 - 17:15 Permalink

What he says is true. People need to learn not to comply. They need to learn to fight the corrupt so called government authority. The laws do not apply to them and that is obvious, so they don't apply to anyone. 

toady SethPoor Sun, 03/18/2018 - 19:14 Permalink

"During the course of that work, he learned from a co-worker that similar cabins were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, he said."

I installed a lot of the hardware in the closet where the internet split went into the Mesa, AZ, IDC... I also worked on the DB that records all the information  (not content) on all calls everywhere.

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toady Endgame Napoleon Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:07 Permalink

Yeah, call origination, call destination, call duration... lotsa various data for 800/900 business lines... we kept it all for 24 months in case of billing disputes, but, after 911, we kept it all. They have all the way back to mid-97, as far back as I could get in the old backup tapes....

They started selling it to a bunch of .gov entities in the middle of the 2000's, and automated the new data loads in near real-time feeds.

Ah, the good old days... sorry, I tend to ramble sometimes...

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JSBach1 NumbersUsa Mon, 03/19/2018 - 02:33 Permalink

And why does one suppose that the [government sponsored] firms are 'allowed', 'advanced' to their dominant roles? Could it have something to do with government control .... Kinda like Operation Mockingbird???

Wake up! They [government] ever only allow those 'companies' ahead in order to dominate the various communication sectors which give it, the greater power to spy on both friend [its citizens] and foe [all non-Zionist] actors at large.

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ZeroSpam SethPoor Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

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END SPAM!

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Organic Patriot ZeroSpam Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

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Endgame Napoleon toady Sun, 03/18/2018 - 20:50 Permalink

I think the resistance to AI will be more like that moment when the parents tell the kids that it is time to leave their grandoarents’ house, where they reign supreme over all technological gadgetry and are all-powerful humans. 

There is a moment of choice when the parents start telling them to put on their shoes and their coats. This is the point where even kids have the existential option of passive resistance. They can make their feet like rocks, refusing to cooperate with parents trying to get them to put on their shoes, etc. 

The problem that AI has is that they do not have the built-in authority of those parents—the ability to say, hey, put on your shoes right now. It is time to go, with the possibility of punishment hanging over the little resistors. 

The AI half of the AI / user relationship in a non-employment situation is more like I was during my babysitting years, with the duty to get the kids to put on their shoes, but with no built-in authority to compel it.

I had to figure out ways to make them cooperate in a less authoritarian manner so as not to alienate them and my employers, their parents.

WE humans are the customers in this smartphone / human relationship; it is not the other way around. Mind your manners. 

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Leakanthrophy Sun, 03/18/2018 - 18:49 Permalink

The NSA data storage center in Bluffdale, Utah, uses several million gallons of water, each day, to stay cool. (Not the smartest place to put a data center, but it's not their money).

Cut off the water keeping that place cool and all that data goes, poof! A team of a dozen, or less, could make that happen.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

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graspAU HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

LOL. Look at all the research in the last 10 years or so on data storage on glass (5 dimensional) . They can now store data, 360TB on a standard size disc for 13.8 billion years (as old as this universe) even at 190 degree C. If that's public knowledge since 2016, they probably have had it operational for sometime. You would have to physically destroy all the copies of the data.

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