It's Time To Protect Yourself (And Your Friends) From Facebook

Excerpted from Mashable's Damon Beres...

Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this and used that product anyway, at great detriment to themselves and those around them who quietly inhaled toxic secondhand smoke, day into long night.

An agreement between states and tobacco companies banished the rugged cowboy at the end of the 1990s, but the symbol is useful even 20 years later as we contend with a less deadly but no less frightening corporate force.

Social networks that many of us signed up for in simpler times — a proverbial first smoke — have become gargantuan archives of our personal data. Now, that data is collected and leveraged by bad actors in an attempt to manipulate you and your friends.

The time for ignorance is over. We need social responsibility to counterbalance a bad product. The public learned in alarming detail this weekend how a Trump-aligned firm called Cambridge Analytica managed to collect data on 50 million people using Facebook. All, as the Guardian put it, to "predict and influence choices at the ballot box." Individuals who opted into Cambridge Analytica's service — which was disguised as a personality quiz on Facebook — made their friends vulnerable to this manipulation, as well.

There were better days on the social network. When you signed up for Facebook, it's likely because it was an alluring way for you to connect with old friends and share pictures. You hadn't ever imagined "Russian trolls" or "fake news" or, lord knows, "Cambridge Analytica."


Zuckerberg may have been assaulted from all sides, but we - his users - took more of a licking than he did.

That's because Facebook's past two years have been all about ethical and technological crises that hurt users most of all. A favorite editor of mine hated that word, "users," because it made it sound as though we were talking about something other than people. I can agree with that, but also see now that "users" is the word of moment: Facebook's problems extend forever out of the idea that we are all different clumps of data generation. Human life is incidental.


But just remember: There's no precedent for a social network of this size.

We can't guess what catastrophe it sets off next. Will a policy change someday mean it's open season on your data, even if that data has limited protections in the here and now?

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NoDebt TeamDepends Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

"Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this and used that product anyway, at great detriment to themselves and those around them who quietly inhaled toxic secondhand smoke, day into long night."

I smoke.  But I don't use Facebook because it's WAY TOO FUCKING DANGEROUS.


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WestVillageIdiot IntercoursetheEU Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

This article is a real piece of shit. If you click on the link, and continue to read, you see that the baboon author is using his little pulpit to somehow paint the 2016 American election and Brexit as tainted elections. The social media giants got Trump elected and Brexit selected. What a crock of shit.

Hillary Clinton got Trump elected
The lunatic fascist left got Trump elected
Massive rallies of eager supporters got Trump elected
The hatred of flyover country got Trump elected
Podesta's e-mails that outlined rampant criminality got Trump elected
The sociopath globalists got Trump elected

Ditto for Brexit

Blaming blah, blah, blah Analytica is just more propaganda, and bullshit. But that is all the cultist lefties have left.

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Implied Violins El Vaquero Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:32 Permalink

I'm not so sure about that, if you are using Windows.  As a whistleblower, I had a computer and cell phone axed remotely when I tried to expose the bullshit going down in the California water wars regarding a certain fish species which NO LONGER EXISTS; and now every time I try to install Windows Office software, my computer goes belly-up.  Linux all the way from now on.

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ChanceIs NoDebt Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:24 Permalink

Marlboro Man died of lung cancer.  No bull.

Hey!!!  I'd rather fight than switch:

Tareyton cigarettes TV commercial 1967

Hey There Georgy Girl

The Seekers - Georgy Girl

Je*&s Ch(*&st I am dating myself. America is soooooo f*&ked up.  How did I survive.  Why did I bother to survive????  My skin crawls.

Two of my my sub 10 year old buddies father's were FBI agents.  They were gods.  Now I think I might take out my member, and you know...p(*& on...NO!!!!!!! I can't write that.   Efrem Zimbalist Jr would haunt me.

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EOTS2 TeamDepends Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:26 Permalink

Nope, you're right.

But it has been studied and shown to influence people who are on the fence or undecided (out of ignorance) on a given issue, or candidate. And apparently that influence is often very significant and worth a lot of dough to some.

Zuck strikes me as the kind of person that's made many eval deals with the devil over the years. If there is one, he's going straight to hell when the time comes. 

Can'ttake it with you either, Zucker.

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ChanceIs TeamDepends Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.

Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody's having them dreams
Everybody sees themselves walkin' around with no one else
Half of the people can be part right all of the time
Some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all the people can't be all right all the time
I think Abraham Lincoln said that
"I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours"
I said that

Bob Dylan "Talkin' Word War III Blues"  circa 1966

Actually, I always thought that our beautiful Nobelian, Robert Zimmerman, was a phony bastard.  But that didn't stop me from going to a few of his concerts and buying a few of his albums.  Write it off to youthful inexperience.  Gotta admire the guy's business acumen. But then Joan Baez never figured it out.

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pigpen SamAdams Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:34 Permalink

Sam Adams, every citizen needs to immediately download brave browser or another adblocker immediately and render the digtal advertising model worthless.

Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking on any device and operating system by DEFAULT.

He who controls the browser controls the money. If goobook monopolies will sell my data and track and censor me then I will have to destroy their business model one mind at a time.

What is value of advertising worth if an ad can't be served, seen or tracked.? Since our government has abdicated regulating the goobook, then it is up to citizens to unite. We can bring down the digital ad monopolies over night.



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their pigpen Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:03 Permalink

Another recommendable action is to install a HOSTS file. On Win -doze -snores -dronez-on, install HostsMan. This is a great front-end that will simplify the process. On Linux, download a HOSTS file from a place such as MVPS and then append its contents (a few hundred kB) to your current HOSTS file residing probably at /etc/hosts. A HOSTS file is going to be the same as adblock but it will work on every browser, every program, every web request on the computer. So, pretty much adblock for the system as a whole.

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