Breaching The Public Trust - Facebook Is The Beginning

Authored by Tom Luongo,

Last night I was chatting with a friend while waiting for my daughter. She told me her phone now informs her when her bills are due.  Now, that may not seem like a big deal, but it is when you realize that she never told her phone to do that.

Her phone is scanning her emails and letting her know her when her electric bill is due.

I told her Google likely pushed down an update which she agreed to without realizing it (or getting the opportunity to opt-out of) which authorized them to not only scan her inbox but set up alerts for her.

She was angry about it, and rightfully so.

This is why I don’t use any of the Google apps on my Android phone.  Outlook for email, Opera for my browser.  Office for my productivity apps.  It was a conscious choice.  I moved to Android under protest because Microsoft willfully destroyed Windows Phone.

I know it’s not much better, but at least Microsoft appreciates my business, now, for the first time in their miserable existence.

And I wasn’t willing to shell out $600+ for a comparable iPhone.  Pennywise and pound-foolish, I know, but no one’s perfect.

As a hardware-savvy guy I know when software is over-burdening hardware and why.

And I can tell you the data harvesting on my phone was so out of control by Facebook and Google that it became nigh unusable on wake-up.  Upwards of a minute or two would go by before the phone was usable because so much data was being harvested off it before it would deign to allow me to use it.

I will switch to the iPhone when I can justify the money.

Once I deleted Facebook and all its crap from my phone, it miraculously became almost functional again.  I could answer calls as they came in.  I could reply to texts and approve blog comments/pingbacks.

I will never reinstall Facebook on any device I own.

Harvest This!

I am mostly post-Facebook anyway.  And once I get phone numbers for the few people I contact via Messenger, I’ll likely only log in to get the schedule at my local game shop.

I talked about this phenomenon back in October, presaging the backlash to their current brand-killing troubles.

So, watching people who have made the decision to simply end their relationship with Facebook is fascinating.  Some do so because they are rightfully fearful of Mr. Creepyberg’s weird need to vacuum up all the data about everyone...

The biggest problem with Facebook is it’s all fake intimacy; a pale simulacra of real life interactions with people you are supposed to care about…

The people I truly value mostly feel about Facebook the way I do.

That’s what makes them people I value.

They value the value of their closely-held opinions and don’t dilute it by publicly sharing their banality.  They realize that being friends is more than dropping political stink bombs in someone’s digital living room and saying, “I dare you to not breathe.”

So, here you are on a platform that is supposed to be all about you and the last thing anyone really wants to be on Facebook is … themselves.

Because who has time for that anymore?  Especially when this technology we’re all so addicted to is rendered unusable and the simplest of interactions takes ten times longer than it used to.

And this inconvenience was acceptable when it wasn’t obvious that your soul was being sucked up into the Facebook data vacuum and sold to any John with a fiver hanging out of his zipper.  But it is.

“Hey Mark, there’s an extra ten in it for you if you include their porn preferences.”

But now that that cat is out of the bag, Facebook’s advertisers and competitors can virtue signal and piggy-back on the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon.  Competition and all that.  As a free-marketeer I’m both horrified and vindicated by this.

So, take toxic interactions, politically-biased feed population to heighten anxiety and rapacious data harvesting, shake and stir and the resultant explosion of anger was predictable.

Post-Peak Facebook

Facebook will not recover from this.  In fact, we’ve likely reached peak ‘free’ social media in general.  The blockchain, like Steemit, is our way forward.  This has been brewing for months as the Left and the power-broker class go through the various stages of Post-Election Stress Disorder.

They have increasingly outed themselves as the insectoid monsters we’ve always known them to be.  But, again, we put up with it because we thought their being private companies would give us some control over their worst impulses.

Boy, were we wrong.

What started as a great thing to bring people together to communicate in an increasingly fragmented society has turned into an evil, Orwellian monstrosity feeding the power fantasies of the worst people on Wall St. and K Street.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are the epicenter for The Culture War being foisted on us by the psychotic and the powerful.  And their products have to be rejected for us to have any chance regaining control of the narratives that circumscribe our lives.

Use them for your own purposes, but not one inch further.  If Facebook is still good for your business, stay with it.  I’ll use YouTube for as long as they’ll let me.  But, I have no illusions about making money off the platform directly.

To me YouTube is nothing more than a repository of my screeds against it and everything the people who own and operate it stand for.

In this month’s issue of the Gold Goats n’ Guns Investment Newsletter I explained why we’ve reached this tipping point in a piece entitled, Slouching Towards Oceania:

In the open market of ideas, they have lost. As long as this didn’t have profound
political consequences they were okay with making money off of our discontent.

So, while they [social media companies] weren’t built with the intention of shutting out those who weren’t down with the plan of frogmarching us towards global oligarchic control, they have that power now.

And they are using it, revealing the ugly, authoritarian mindset that was always there, masked by a thin veneer of civility, safe in the knowledge that the power rested with them.

And then Trump won.

Faust-book

That’s the real reason for the outrage at Facebook’s casual attitude towards our data.  We knew this was being used against us.  But, it was a Faustian bargain.  We get ‘free’ communications, they get our data.

But, to then silence us because that data didn’t help elect Hillary and complete the circle of salt to trap us demons within, the gloves came off and we were to be punished for our sins against their ideas of decency.

Creepyberg’s mea culpa on CNN didn’t see him taking any true responsibility for this.  He never cared about his customers.

Facebook was always a propaganda platform and government intelligence agency masquerading as a social network.  So is Twitter.   So is Google.  Why do you think the Chinese and Russians banned them from their countries and fostered their own analogues?

It’s powerful stuff this big data in the global game of Control the Narrative.

They also represent the worst kind of real Fascism — the merging of corporate and state power — because it’s personal.  It uses your personal faults and kinks, your moments of weakness and short-comings as weapons to bind you down, keep you from making a living, marginalize you and, ultimately, un-person you.

And if Creepyberg and the vampires on Madison Avenue think they can recover their business after such a sincere violation of the public’s trust they are in for one hell of a rude awakening.

And that’s the real irony here.  For while Antifa and the left scream about how Trump is destroying the media and with it our democracy,  the truth is the legacy and social media companies are destroying themselves by thinking they are immune to the anger of their users.

The Clinton Ouroborous

But the big question is why this scandal?  And why this scandal now?  The outing of Cambridge Analytica may be payback for them helping elect Trump.  Creepyberg and Facebook are past their peak with those Democrats need to win elections — younger voters — so turning on them makes a certain kind of sense.

The Clintonistas/Obama-babies, under pressure from failing to destroy Trump, regain control of the narrative and preserve the status quo, are turning on each other now.

Like sharks in a feeding frenzy markers are being called in left and right, silences are breaking, confidences betrayed (Oh, the delicious irony of that!).

Nikolas Sarkozy was indicted for profiting off of destroying Libya?  Cambridge Analytica going down?  Now Facebook?  All in a span of a few days since Andrew McCabe was fired on Friday?

People like this don’t get outed unless there are major changes happening behind the scenes.  Hillary’s statements last week while she was stumbling around India may have finally been the last straw for those she failed so completely in November 2016.

And it’s time to cut her loose.  And in order to do that, the people complicit in her crimes are being thrown to the wolves to satisfy our anger and soothe the restless natives pre-mid terms.

I’ve been saying for months that Hillary’s popularity would have to drop below a certain critical threshold for her to be indicted.   That she would have to become a true liability to the cause of globalism for the sharks to finally feed in the grandest breakdown of the Prisoner’s Dilemma the world has ever seen.

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Comments

pigpen FireBrander Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

Firebrander, big data has no value if they can't track and send your advertising.

Nobody trusts you Zuck and nobody trusts politicians to control the digital ad monopolies.

Whoever controls the browser controls the money. The citizens are the only hope of destroying the digtal advertising tracking censoring goobook monopolies.

Every citizen needs to download brave browser or similar adblocker immediately.

Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking by DEFAULT on any device and operating system rendering digital advertising model useless.

So simple grandma can use it.

If there digital surveillance advertising goobook monopolies continue to sell my data without my consent and won't share the profits with me then I will continue my daily march to inform each citizen to use brave browser.

Most citizens have no idea there is a mobile adblocker that works on any device.

What is advertising worth if you can't serve me an ad, I don't see an ad and you can't track me while I'm browsing.

John Legere @tmobile please offer a data plan that blocks all tracking and advertising at the mobile network level. I will pay extra for this offering and if you offered this you would grab the entire mobile market.

Cheers,

Pigpen

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Joe Davola pigpen Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

Try opting out of an update or some new Terms of Use/Service.

None of this shit was fucking free to begin with - it's just hard to assign a monetary value to privacy.

Don't expect the phone companies not to sell/give up all their data for the right price - at a minimum the NSA has/still continues to hoover up everything from them.

And Apple isn't worth billions due to $1000 iPhones, despite their feigned commitment to privacy matters, they'll give your data up just as willingly as the rest.

 

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two hoots Joe Davola Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:11 Permalink

Brain Flash! Right off the top of my head (or side or bottom, hell I don’t know how brain stuff works), anyway:

Like Facebook, all it took was the revelation that people, Facebook people, were being screwed over given the trust they (mistakenly) shared online.  Facebook is and will continue to be punished, rightfully so, and it will have to reform itself and rebuild trust:

Likewise, all it will take is for the US Government/Congress to have a similar revelation about how it uses, manipulates  its citizens and it will face a similar situation requiring reform/trust building.

This is an age of internet supplied enlightenment (and Hacking) and the evil doers/users/manipulators are having a harder and harder time hiding their ways.

All people are not yet on the same thinking level, some just trying to get by and little time for such thoughts, give it time, an ample reason to get them excited and it will/must change.  There is hope if we don’t blow ourselves up in the process.

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Pool Shark two hoots Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:34 Permalink

Privacy?

On the internet???!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Before you say, post or do anything on the internet, go ahead and cc:

Your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend

Your pastor/rabbi/priest

Your parents

Your children

Your boss

His boss

Your teachers/professors

The IRS

The NSA

The FBI

The CIA

 

Privacy on the internet???!!!

Good luck with that...

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ZeroSpam pier Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:28 Permalink

▲▲▲   pier  ▲▲▲ CHRONIC SPAMMER  ▲▲▲ VIRUS ALERT ▲▲▲

This Whackjob with Multiple Log-on's (aka "stizazz" and "lloll" "beepbop"  "Braveforce"  "⬇⬇ PRIVETHEDGE ⬇⬇"  "SLOPZ38"  "Schlomo Scheklestein"  "Jumanji1959"-- hopefully banned) is a CHRONIC SPAMMER whose "disguised links" ("Graphic Images", above) will take you to his Spam- and Trojan-laden webpage, fondly known by ZHers as "The Whacked Out Biblicism SPAM page" where you will be the happy recipient of numerous virus from this very disturbed and obsessed individual, spamming here for more than five years.  When he gets back to his basement from his job cleaning bathrooms at Jack-in-the-Box he jacks off and engages in conversations with himself here.

ALL THE SAME SPAMMER

•enf83  ("In the news" spam posts -- registered in Nigeria)
•NumbersUSA
•dailywesterner
•celebrity-leaks (Biblicism goes Child Porn)
•biblicism
•Todaysfox   ("I made $7000 last week ..... this is what I do")

END SPAM!

Copy and send this text to abuse@zerohedge.com

Please remove all postings and ban log-on from user "PIER" who chronically SPAM posts short-URL links to his virus- and trojan-filled website. This is the same individual posting chronically as  "STIZAZZ" "PRIVETHEDGE" and "LLOLL" "SLOPZ38"  "BRAVEFORCE"  "BEEPBOP"  "SCHLOMO SCHEKLESTEIN"  "JUMANJI1959", among dozens of other banned log-ons [that's YOU "NumbersUSA" and "dailywesterner" and "biblicisminstitute" and "celebrity-leaks" (porn) and "I made $7000 last week...."]. Thank you.

 

⬇⬇⬇  privetHedge  ⬇⬇⬇ CHRONIC SPAMMER  ⬇⬇⬇ VIRUS ALERT ⬇⬇⬇

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keep the basta… ZeroSpam Fri, 03/23/2018 - 22:43 Permalink

For all these posts, providing one does not take a link and get viruses they are harmless.

you might note that ZH Does NOT print the current remarkable UN Rights body resolutions made today re Israel: presumably you support suppression of the UN position?

: Calling for 2 state solution, that Palestinian borders revert to the 1967 lines, that Israel stop occupation of Golan Heights belonging to Syria, condemning human rights violations in Palestine and more re east Jerusalem.5 serious resolutions re support for bad behaviour.

the Jews/historically kazarians were jolly  lucky to be given part of Palestine after WW11 and they have taken most of it and pestered every country in the vicinity instead of peacefully making the best of their new home within its borders and being happy.

stuff you and your bullying. 

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JRobby FireBrander Fri, 03/23/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

It's an extension of resume fraud, "life fraud".

Really rounds out a friendless, useless, empty existence nicely!

And they wonder why people vacuum up alcohol, drugs and shit food like there is no tomorrow. There isn't.

Self actualization takes some work. A lifetime of fraudulent MSM (includes FB) information on "how you should live your life" takes some time to shake off for many.

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Pi Bolar UndergroundPost Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:46 Permalink

These are a few of hundreds of ways Facebook has got the suckers to voluntarily give up their privacy to data harvesters and surveillance.

"Sign up with your Facebook profile"...........SUCKERS!!!

"Add your mobile/cell phone number for extra security".........SUCKERS!!!

"Tag your location so others can follow where you are"..............SUCKERS!!!!

"Post pictures of your house and kids and holidays"...........SUCKERS!!!!

"Add all those friends who gave you friend requests and you don't even know who the F##£ they are........SUCKERS!!!!

"Think make my profile non public gives you privacy"...........SUCKERS!!!!!!

 

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pazmaker Pi Bolar Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:51 Permalink

As an experiment I made a fake facebook account with a fake name and a random picture I found on the internet.

 

I ended up with over 50 friends I don't know and obviously they don't know me.  Some of them even act like they know from past life or on the outside world and this individual they think they know doesn't even exist.

 

I've since closed it down but I did it to prove a point to my kids about how fake it is.

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True Blue UndergroundPost Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

Start feeding them false information and watch their nutjob algos go into a tizzy.

I sometimes entertain myself by screwing with YouTube's music selections, going from Mozart to Metallica to the BeeGees to Benny Goodman to Gogol Bordello and on into Vivaldi or something to completely screw with their suggested music list. By the time I am done, the playlist is a desperate, schizophrenic hash of five hundred years of music and false data points.

Just a thought.

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Cardinal Fang BLOTTO Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

Our life is one big cosmic joke.

fify...

One theory that I am working on is that the demise of Facebook is related to the demise of the NFL.

When people stopped watching the NFL, they realized they got one day of their real life back.

When people start to use Facebook less, they find they get every day of their real life back.

It may be that simple.

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ghengis86 Consuelo Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:46 Permalink

Women gossip. They love to. They can't help themselves. Beta cuck males imitate women in hopes of getting in their circle, only to find their in the friend zone.

 

I had Facebook when you had to have. .edu e-mail. Once I saw people my parents age joining, I deleted (but requested my info file first...very interesting what they had even back before they scanned your e-mails, address book and text messages!)

 

also, fuck Zuckerberg. 

That is all

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Giant Meteor Chupacabra-322 Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:28 Permalink

Downloaded Brave and have it on the desktop based upon Pigpen's excellent recommendation. Far superior to anything else I have used. I rarely use the desktop. For this old machine that I mostly use, and thus my options for browsers or updates are extremely limited, so I have to use other means.

I have Javascript disabled on this machine. Since the ZH update, every time I post a comment, I get the red warning message, an illegal choice or option has been detected, please contact the site administrator ..

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Chupacabra-322 Giant Meteor Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

Yep.  Pigeon got me hooked on Brave as well.  Here’s his infamous post:

 

Only citizens can shut down Google, Face Book & other digital monopolies. Every citizen needs to immediately download brave browser or similar adblocking browser.

 

Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking by DEFAULT on any device and operating system rendering digital advertising model useless.

 

It’s so simple that even grandma can use it.

 

Whoever controls the browser controls the money.

 

What is the value of advertising if an ad can't be sent, viewed or tracked?

Also if you are selling my data and I'm the product then why not give me a percentage of the revenue?

 

If you are going to censor, track and still my data without compensating me, then each day I will try to destroy your business model one person at a time.

We the citizens can take down the goobook by installing brave.

The FTC won't do anything.

 

Netscape was pre Google. Everything Google does starts with chrome. Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking by DEFAULT rendering digital advertising model useless on any device and operating system.

 

I use Google phone, what good am I to do an advertiser when I can't be served ads, ads can't be viewed and I can't be tracked around internet?

 

I use brave to watch YouTube, no ads. Let Google pick up storage costs. I am not going to let them monetize me if they won't share the profits from selling my data and tracking and censoring me.

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Giant Meteor Chupacabra-322 Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:56 Permalink

All good points ..

On this point however ,

"What is the value of advertising if an ad can't be sent, viewed or tracked?"

False positives. Typical in todays world of malinvestment, the shadow world. How much of this digital advertising fiat is simply wasted on ever more creative ways to convince advertisers they are getting what they pay for, in short, how much of the clicking and "hits" actually reflect reality of a "consumer" clicking or taking action (engaging) an ad.

This is why it all has to be done in stealth mode, ever more creative ways at slick tricks. Nobody really gives a shit about ads or advertising, except those in the business making bank from peddling it, and yes producers who actually believe that it is effective in the over stimulated, much ado about nothing, information age.

I see it simply as like most all other business models in this, our epic time of greater fraud and deceits, as just another gargantuan scam of biblical proportions, and malinvestment, another symptom of the FED fiat money printer, setting aside for the moment the issue of sold dats, tracking, and privacy concerns.

In short, worlds greatest circle jerk ..

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HilbertSpace Consuelo Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:54 Permalink

No Shit.

Do like InRange TV and take your stuff everywhere else, like Bitchute, Full30, Pornhub, even ustream / dailymotion. I'd never heard of bitchute until Inrange sent me there.

And for the rest of us, we are going to have to pay a little bit more to use the internet. Pay for protonmail. Get your own domain name. Learn how to use PGP. Fill your 5GB of Gdrive space with encrypted files, or better yet, with random junk and go somewhere else. 

Let's hope like hell that Facebook and Google don't manage to find a spot under the warm regulated teat of government. Competition in the marketplace will take care of FB/Google eventually, unless they find a way to have the government "regulate" them a protected space from it. 

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Bryan Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:37 Permalink

If social media starts charging for access, that will be the end of it.  Millenials will have no comprehension of why they should have to pay for their umbilical cord to the internet.

Miss Expectations Chupacabra-322 Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:33 Permalink

Chup,
No direct mail list from 30 years ago had more than maybe 5 data points about the name on the list. The Facebook information on the targeted name contains just about ALL the personal information a person has. You can bet your last dollar that this information is augmented with every other data set available to them.
No list from 1988 knew what you had for breakfast, who you fucked 4 years ago, who you want to fuck tomorrow, what prescription drugs you take, where you want to vacation next summer, where you went to kindergarden, what brand shoes you wear, whether you like Italian food, where you go for sushi, where you get your hair cut, what laxatives you use, how much money you make and how much tentacle porn you watch.

In 1988 they knew you were male, a registered Republican, a member of UAW, married and your address.

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