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The 18 things you may not realise Facebook knows about you | Daily Mail Online

Posted by M. C. Fox on June 13, 2018

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5834371/The-18-things-not-realise-Facebook-knows-YOU.html

By TIM COLLINS and AARON BROWN and CHEYENNE MACDONALD 

1. ‘Device information’ from ‘computers, phones, connected TVs, and other web-connected devices,’ as well as your ‘internet service provider or mobile operator’

2. ‘Mouse movements’, which can help distinguish humans from bots

3. ‘App and file names’, including the types of files on your devices

4. ‘Device operations’ such as whether a window running Facebook is ‘foregrounded or backgrounded’

5. ‘Device signals’, including ‘nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons, and cell towers’ and ‘signal strength’ as well as Bluetooth signals

6. ‘Other devices that are nearby or on their network’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Social Media Destroying Humanity on Purpose? – The Organic Prepper

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 9, 2018

One former Facebook executive said, “We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

https://www.theorganicprepper.com/is-social-media-destroying-humanity-on-purpose/

Is Social Media Destroying Humanity on Purpose?

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by Daisy Luther

You may not be on social media yourself, but chances are your friends and family are. Some of us are on there for work purposes and some so we can keep in touch with loved ones who live far away. There are valid reasons we have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But things are getting ugly out there in Internetland and it begs the question of whether social media is destroying humanity.

And even worse, is social media destroying humanity on purpose, because it was engineered to do so?

You’d have to live under a rock big enough to block all internet communications to not have heard about the privacy scandals that have plagued Facebook recently. From Cambridge Analytica mining user’s data to Facebook’s massive profits from your data, it’s been all over the news. Zuckerberg even had to testify to Congress about it for 10 hours recently, in the end apologizing for his part in the scandal.

But your lack of privacy may be just a drop in the bucket.

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What Do Google and Facebook Have on You? – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 19, 2018

Posted because you still aren’t getting it!

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/04/joseph-mercola/what-do-google-and-facebook-have-on-you/

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Google and Facebook are two of the largest and clearest monopolies in the world, and between them, the harvesting of your personal information goes far beyond what most people realize was even possible.

I have recently removed Google Search from this website and replaced with a search engine without the privacy concerns, but has similar capabilities.   The search bar at the top of the website is the most used and essential feature for you to research the many thousands of pages I’ve published over the last 20 years….

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Bombshell: Facebook Admits ‘Most’ of Site’s 2 Billion Users Compromised by ‘Malicious Actors’

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 6, 2018

CIA asset. That’s why.

CIA counts as a malicious actor.

You wanted your stuff out there for all to see, well you got it.

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/04/06/bombshell-facebook-admits-most-of-sites-2-billion-users-compromised-by-malicious-actors/

by LUCAS NOLAN

Facebook has admitted in an announcement that most of its 2 billion users may have been compromised by “malicious actors.”…

 

Facebook

Zuckerberg cashed a lot of his chips in before these increasingly appalling items of bad news were declared !!!

Where is the insider trading investigation ???

You or I would be behind bars now – why not him ???

MAGA

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Assange works for the people – now we need to save him — RT Op-ed

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 4, 2018

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/422992-zizek-assange-cambridge-analytica/

Slavoj Žižek

Julian Assange has been silenced again, and the timing is most suspicious. With the Cambridge Analytica story dominating the news, it seems some powerful people have reasons to keep the brave WikiLeaks boss quiet right now.

Ecuador is a small country, and one can only imagine the brutal behind-the-scenes pressure exerted on it by Western powers to increase the isolation of Julian Assange from the public space. Now, his internet access has been cut off and many of his visitors are refused access, thus rendering a slow social death to a person who’s spent almost six years confined to an apartment at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

This happened before, for a short period around the time of the US elections, but back then it was a reaction to WikiLeaks publishing documents which could have affected the outcome of the Trump/Clinton race, while there is no such excuse now. Because, currently, Assange’s “meddling” in international relations consists only of publishing on the web his opinions about the Catalonia crisis and the Skripal poisoning scandal. So why such brutal action now, and why did it cause so little uproar in the public opinion?

As for the second question, it is not enough to claim that people simply got tired of Assange. Rather, a key role has been played by the long and well-orchestrated slow campaign of character assassination which reached the lowest level imaginable two months ago with the unverified rumors alleging how the Ecuadorians want to get rid of him because of his bad smell and dirty clothes.

In the first stage of attacks on Assange, his ex-friends and collaborators went public with claims that WikiLeaks began well but then it got bogged down with Assange’s political bias (his anti-Hillary obsession, his suspicious ties with Russia, etc.). This was followed by more direct personal defamation: for instance, he is paranoiac and arrogant, obsessed by power and control. But now we have reached the direct bodily level of smells and stains.

Manipulating Motives

They say Assange is paranoid? How could anyone who lives permanently in a flat which is bugged from above and below, a victim of constant surveillance organized by secret services, not be? As for him being a megalomaniac? When the (now ex-) head of the CIA says your arrest is his priority, does this not imply that you are a “big” threat to some, at least? And the trope where Assange behaves like the head of a spy organization? But WikiLeaks IS a spy organization, although one that serves the people, keeping them informed on what goes on behind the scenes.

Yet, they say Assange is a refugee from justice, hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy to escape judgment. But what kind of justice is this which threatens to have him arrested when the case has already been dropped?

So let’s move to the big question: why now? I think one name explains it all: Cambridge Analytica – a name which stands for all Assange is about, for what he fights against; the disclosure of the link between the great private corporations and government agencies.

Remember what a big topic and obsession the Russian meddling in the US elections was – now we know it was not Russian hackers (with Assange) who nudged the people towards Trump, but instead the West’s own data-processing agencies which joined forces with political forces. This doesn’t mean that Russia and its allies are innocent: they probably did try to influence the outcome in the same way that the US does in other countries (only in this case, it is labeled “democracy promotion“). But it means the big bad wolf who distorts our democracy is not in the Kremlin, but walking around the West itself – and this is what Assange was claiming all along.

Covert Rule

But where, exactly, is this big bad wolf? To grasp the whole scope of this control and manipulation, one should move beyond the link between private corporations and political parties (as is the case with Cambridge Analytica), to the interpenetration of data processing companies like Google or Facebook and state security agencies.

We shouldn’t be shocked at China but at ourselves who accept the same regulation while believing that we retain our full freedom and that media just helps us to realize our goals (while in China people are fully aware that they are regulated). The overall image emerging from it, combined with what we also know about the link between the latest developments in biogenetics (wiring the human brain, etc.), provides an adequate and terrifying image of new forms of social control which make the good old 20th century “totalitarianism” seem a rather primitive and clumsy machine of domination.

The biggest achievement of the new cognitive-military complex is that direct and obvious oppression is no longer necessary: individuals are much better controlled and “nudged” in the desired direction when they continue to experience themselves as free and autonomous agents of their own lives. And this is another key lesson of WikiLeaks: our lack of freedom is most dangerous when it is experienced as the very manifestation of our freedom. Because what can be more free than the incessant flow of communications which allows every individual to popularize their opinions and forms virtual communities at the user’s own volition? This is why it is absolutely imperative to keep the digital network out of the control of private capital and state power, i.e., to render it totally accessible to public debate. Assange was right in his strangely ignored key book on Google (When Google Met WikiLeaks, 2014) in his understanding of how our lives are regulated today, and how this regulation is experienced as our freedom. Meaning, we have to focus on the shadowy relation between private corporations which control our commons and secret state agencies.

People Power

Now we can see why Assange has to be silenced at exactly this moment when the topic of Cambridge Analytica is everywhere in our mainstream media. At a time when all the effort of those in power goes into reducing it to a particular “misuse” by some private corporations and political parties – but where is the state itself and the half-invisible apparatuses of the so-called “deep state”?

No wonder that the Guardian, which extensively reports on the Cambridge Analytica “scandal,” recently published a disgusting attack on Assange as a megalomaniac and fugitive from justice. Now, as far they are concerned, write as much as you want about Cambridge Analytica and Steve Bannon, just don’t dwell on what Assange was drawing our attention to: that the state apparatuses which are now expected to investigate the “scandal” are themselves part of the problem.

Assange characterized himself as the spy of and for the people: he is not spying on the people for those in power, he is spying on those in power for the people. This is why the only ones who can really help him now are we, the people. Only our pressure and mobilization can alleviate his predicament.

One often reads how the old Soviet secret service not only punished its traitors even if it took decades to do it, but also fought doggedly to free them when they were caught by the enemy. Assange has no state behind him, just us, the public – so let us do at least what the Soviet secret service was doing, let’s fight for him no matter how long it takes!

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Brussels considers new powers to battle ‘fake news’ during elections

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 2, 2018

Title of Article could have been: Europeans, you may be too dumb to figure out the truth but don’t worry, the government will do it for you. As an added bonus we will filter out anything embarrassing or illegal the government has done.

There is truth and there is government/media truth.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/brussels-considers-new-powers-to-battle-fake-news-during-elections-1.718121

Brussels is considering new powers to prevent social media companies spreading “fake news” during election periods, including a crackdown ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections…

French President Emmanuel Macron, himself a target of disinformation during his 2017 presidential bid, unveiled plans in January that could allow judges to delete some Internet content, block access to website during elections, and give France’s media regulator the power to remove broadcasters’ rights to air content deemed “fake news”.

 

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Facebook Privacy Scandal: South Park Tried to Warn Us, but We Didn’t Listen

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 29, 2018

http://theantimedia.com/south-park-facebook-privacy-scandal/

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(ANTIMEDIA) — Facebook is bleeding users and credibility as it continues to face scrutiny for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which dominated headlines last week.

One major point of contention is Facebook’s acquisition of users’ contact lists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: Facebook Able to Listen to You at Home and Work

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 28, 2018

Facebbook users: Can you hear us now?

We can hear you.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-facebook-may-listening-home-work/

BY PAULA BOLYARD

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christoper Wylie, appearing before a committee of British MPs on Tuesday, said that Facebook has the ability to spy on users in their homes and offices.

The British parliament is investigating Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the Brexit election. MP Damian Collins, who chaired the committee, asked Wylie whether Facebook has the ability to listen to what people are talking about in order to better target them with ads.

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Liberal media didn’t think data mining was so bad when Obama’s campaign did it

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 22, 2018

Obama, Trump, Facebook, Google, it doesn’t matter who. They are all out to get you.

We are just a piece of meat.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/03/21/liberal-media-didn-t-think-data-mining-was-so-bad-when-obama-s-campaign-did-it.html

By Brian Flood

The left is outraged that President Trump’s campaign used data mining to win the 2016 election – but neither the media nor Democrats seemed to mind when President Obama’s team did the same thing.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro penned a column for The Hill on Tuesday headlined, “What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump,” which outlined the differences in the way similar news was covered during contrasting administrations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zuckerberg: Maybe tech should face some regulations

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 22, 2018

Zuck seems to be limiting the regulation discussion to advertising content and not news and content censorship nor how Facebook deals with data banked personal information.

Facebook is CIA/In-Q-Tel funded so my guess is Zuck will talk a good game. Uncle and Zuck will do nothing to effectively hinder the operation.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/379673-zuckerberg-maybe-tech-should-face-some-regulations

“Actually, I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNN that represented some of his first public remarks since the Cambridge Analytica controversy plunged his company into crisis and led to calls for his testimony to Congress.

“I actually think the question is more ‘what is the right regulation?’ rather than ‘yes or no, should it be regulated?’” Zuckerberg told CNN.

The Facebook CEO said that “he would love to see” new transparency regulations for political advertisements. Facebook has been criticized for a lack of transparency.

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