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Facebook or Fakebook?

Facebook has received more negative publicity in recent years than any other company when it comes to invasion of its customers’ personal privacy. However, a new report from Aaron Greenspan in the PlainSite.org web site claims that the business of Facebook is even worse than what most observers have believed. Quoting from the report:

“On paper, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is one of the most successful companies in history. With a market capitalization that peaked at over $600 billion, Facebook has been the envy of blue chip executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists since it exploded onto the global stage. Facebook claims to have over 2 billion Monthly Active Users (MAUs), to a large extent determines which media outlets live and die, connects friends and family members across continents, and is nearly its own sovereign nation.

“What seems too good to be true often is. The zeitgeist has changed markedly since 2007, when the company was the obsession of virtually every Silicon Valley investor, having built its Platform to make the world “more open and connected.” Yet as bad as things have been of late for Facebook, with endless privacy breaches and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election hanging over Menlo Park like a spectre, we believe that the situation is far worse than investors realize. Facebook has been lying to the public about the scale of its problem with fake accounts, which likely exceed 50% of its network. Its official metrics—many of which it has stopped reporting quarterly—are self-contradictory and even farcical. The company has lost control of its own product.

“Fake accounts affect Facebook at its core in numerous ways:

  • Its customers purchase advertising on Facebook based on the fact that it can supposedly target advertisements at more than 2 billion real human beings. To the extent that users aren’t real, companies are throwing their money down the drain.
  • Fake accounts click on advertising at random, or “like” pages, to throw off anti-fraud algorithms. Fake accounts look real if they do not follow a clear pattern. This kind of activity defrauds advertisers, but rewards Facebook with revenue.
  • Fake accounts often defraud other users on Facebook, through scams, fake news, extortion, and other forms of deception. Often, they can involve governments.”

Any one who has invested in Facebook stock will want to pay special attention to one statement in the report:

“… it is increasingly likely that Facebook will go the way of AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy—if legal liability doesn’t bankrupt it first.”

You can read the entire exposé at: https://www.plainsite.org/realitycheck/facebook.html.

Categories: Business News

2 replies

  1. Facebook can’t die soon enough.

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  2. I’ve been watching that little weasel Zuckerberg and FB since the days in the Harvard dorms when local news reported on this “unique” site designed to rate female students on the basis of their student directory photos. Ugh.

    Nothing I’ve read or seen over the years has persuaded me that doing business with Mr. Zuckerberg is a good idea. The destruction his rampant greed and egotism has created politically makes me agree with MeMeMe more than ever.

    I use e-mail (bcc for groups), phone, Skype and personal contact to keep in touch with friends and my family overseas. No problem, cannot see what FB would add to the mix. A couple of years ago people were surprised I wasn’t a user and would urge me to join. I’ve noticed in the past year or two this has shifted to a mere nod and request for my e-mail address. In the past year people have been far less enthusiastic about it.

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