Facebook Users Marked With "Treason" Label

Beleaguered social media giant Facebook has removed "treason" from their database of the keywords assigned to users for advertising purposes, the company stated Wednesday after Danish state broadcaster DR reported its existence.

Company spokesman Joe Osborne replied "National treason was an advertising interest because of its historical significance, but as it is an illegal act, we have removed it." 

Facebook tags its more than 2 billion users with a wide variety of keywords depending on their interests - from shopping habits to political and religious views in order to sell more efficiently targeted advertising. 

This makes Facebook a sublime sales channel for companies. Categorizing users in areas of interest means that companies with ads on Facebook can buy into an almost perfect audience. Eg. garden equipment for people with special interest in gardens, etc.

But categorization also allows intelligence services in all countries to look at the population over the shoulder.

DR suggests that the a government such as Russia could have used the "treason" tag to locate around 65,000 Facebook users who had been marked with the keyword. The article notes that they do not know "if the Russian authorities have used Facebook's "treason" keyword" for nefarious purposes - adding "Only the Russian authorities know that." 

Social media expert Halfdan Timm outlined how easy it would be for bad actors - including oppressive governments - to target people by sending targeted advertising designed to get those users to click on a website URL - which would record the IP address of each visitor. 

First, you could go into Facebook's advertising system. Here you could choose to target everyone living in Russia, and everyone who had the advertisement 'land treason'. In the advertisement there should be a link to a website that you own. This ensured that the only ones who clicked on the link were those who had been stamped as interested 'treason' and lived in Russia.

The advertisement did not have to do anything with treason. It could also be of the more entertaining kind of "see which war hero you look like most" or a great deal on some new shoes.

"Making people click on a link is the most commonly used ad target," explains Halfdan Timm.

"There are almost no limits to what you can do," emphasized Søren Debois, and IT expert at IT University - who added:

"All persons entering any website leave their IP address to the website owner. As a intelligence service, it can be used to find out where you live. If they use phishing, they can find your name, your bank, your phone number, your email."

Facebook says they take action when this type of activity is detected.

"When we identify misuse of our ad products, we take action. Depending on the violation, we may remove the ad, suspend the ad account or even report the advertiser to law enforcement," said the spokesman.

Comments

Shemp 4 Victory cheka Thu, 07/12/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

The reason Russia is singled out is revealed by the source of the story.

Danish state broadcaster DR

But hey, we can trust DR, the BBC, and other state broadcasters because, after all, they are not RT, right?

DR suggests that the a government such as Russia could have used the "treason" tag to locate around 65,000 Facebook users who had been marked with the keyword. The article notes that they do not know "if the Russian authorities have used Facebook's "treason" keyword" for nefarious purposes - adding "Only the Russian authorities know that."

Projection, NATO-ruled countries know a lot about that. They often accuse others of what they do themselves. It is part of the NATO culture.

Undo the projection and it reads more truthfully:

DR suggests that the a US-controlled entity such as NATO could have used the "treason" tag to locate around 65,000 Facebook users who had been marked with the keyword. The article notes that they do not know "if NATO authorities have used Facebook's "treason" keyword" for nefarious purposes - adding "Only NATO authorities know that."

They even tell how it is being done:

Social media expert Halfdan Timm outlined how easy it is for NATO to target people by sending targeted advertising designed to get those users to click on a website URL - which would record the IP address of each visitor.

    First, you could go into Facebook's advertising system. Here you could choose to target everyone living in NATO-ruled countries, and everyone who had the advertisement 'land treason'. In the advertisement there should be a link to a website that you own. This ensured that the only ones who clicked on the link were those who had been stamped as interested 'treason' and lived in NATO-ruled countries.

    The advertisement did not have to do anything with treason. It could also be of the more entertaining kind of "see which war hero you look like most" or a great deal on some new shoes.

    "Making people click on a link is the most commonly used ad target," explains Halfdan Timm.

 Almost sounds like social media expert Halfdan Timm is one of the consultants NATO hired to set up the whole system.

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Adolfsteinbergovitch Consuelo Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:47 Permalink

The Facebook panopticon is quickly fading into irrelevance. 

Their only survival hope is to acquire other white label social networks and equip them with all of the spyware they developed over the years. 

In other terms position themselves as toolkit and api providers for would be social networks. 

Wait until the first one is discovered. When the cattle realizes this begins this all social networks will die and people will be again alone and separated. Which is what every sensible government on earth wishes. 

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Pendolino Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

" The article notes that they do not know "if the Russian authorities have used Facebook's "treason" keyword" for nefarious purposes "

Oh like what, an advert for a free treason kit, send your name and address to Treason Kit, PO Box 3010, Moscow, Russia?

I want to wake up now!

Idiocracy's Not Sure Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:14 Permalink

Propaganda is LEGAL because of Barack Obama, so FACEBOOK is most likely engaging in propaganda which despite being legal is still an effort to subvert the GOVERNMENT for the PEOPLE and by the PEOPLE. HR5736 Smith Mundt Moderization Act, its under the NDAA!!! how fucking corrupt is the leftist shadow government that in order to defend the nation they must lie to us?

PeeramidIdeologies Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:16 Permalink

Pfft...

Have you been forced to submit government ID to Facebook. 

Have you been offered encrypted PM only to have the message, and the function completely disappear? 

If I am the only one who has witnessed the evil infrastructure operating under the simplistic facade of “Facebook” well... it was nice knowing ya 

Catullus Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:18 Permalink

Marketing to treason, others have searched:

webserver deletion

attorneys

plausible deniability 

private jet tarmac meeting space 

parkinson’s medication 

navy62802 Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:23 Permalink

The internet has been lost, and "social media" is just one piece of evidence attesting to this fact. "Social media" is nothing more than a method of control and categorization. It is state-sponsored propaganda.

GoldmanSax Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:49 Permalink

Fakebilk is the new Hundred Flowers Movement or Campaign. People don't fear this spy agency because they can not understand the price (PAIN) it is and will cause. This separating of action from consequence is why most people don't care about the Federal Reserve or national debt either. Public school has done it's true purpose. Create a dumb populace. 

MikeMilkensGhost Thu, 07/12/2018 - 21:51 Permalink

Just be glad Apple doesn't collect data like facebook does. Riiiiiiiight!

smart phone owners are without privacy at all times and the data collect by that fucking ball and chain is massive.

CompassionateC… Thu, 07/12/2018 - 22:23 Permalink

This is good.  Folks, if you do nothing wrong then you have nothing to hide!  If you're a good nigger and spic loving white goy who wants to be made a complete no-balls cuckolded faggot who wants to be genocided then you'll be just fine.

jmaloy5365 Thu, 07/12/2018 - 22:29 Permalink

Has nothing to do with marketing, it's profiling. Facebook, Google was made by and for the government to protect itself against the enemy.....YOU.

VideoEng_NC Thu, 07/12/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

Remember the “Stoned Again...” poster?  That’s what social media is doing to your brain from my 30,000 ft view.  Jumped in with both feet on FB just like everyone else.  It’s plainly too obvious now the master’s call to the masses.  Narrow is the path.

ZIRPdiggler Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:52 Permalink

See folks, that's what we call 'irony'. Facebook labeling anyone at all, treasonous. Instead of 'treason', how bout this synonym: 
"McNoName" or "Brennan" lol, Clapper, Comey, Barry, Hitlary, those all work too.

quasi_verbatim Fri, 07/13/2018 - 02:29 Permalink

Hi! My name is S. Clusterberg Zuckerfuck and I want to be the world's richest man and I hope I can rely on your continuing support. The 'S' is for Solly but you can call me Solomon.