There are 15 Million Fewer Facebook Users in the U.S. Today than in 2017

Some people have seen the light. New numbers from Edison Research show an estimated 15 million fewer users in the United States compared to 2017. There are 15 million fewer Facebook users in the U.S. today than in 2017.

The biggest drop is in the very desirable 12- to 34-year-old group. Marketplace Tech got a first look at Edison’s latest social media research. It revealed almost 80 percent of people in the U.S. are posting, tweeting or snapping, but fewer are going to Facebook.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2EHTjgo.

FTC must probe Facebook for Violating Children’s Privacy with Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices, Groups Urge

Internal Facebook documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Center for Investigative Reporting reportedly revealed the company was knowingly tricking children into making in-game purchases and made refunds almost impossible to receive with a complicated bureaucratic process.

The details may be found at: http://alturl.com/hm78i.

Cisco Calls for Privacy to be Considered a Fundamental Human Right

The following announcement was written by Cisco:

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2019 — Cisco today issued a call to governments and citizens around the world to establish privacy as a fundamental human right in the digital economy. Today, connectivity and technology have become the foundation for peoples’ economic, social, and cultural opportunities. With IoT, 5G, and AI promising to soon reshape how we interact with technology, Cisco is urging governments to adopt comprehensive and interoperable data protection laws to secure that right.

To start, Cisco is calling on the U.S. government to develop a US federal privacy law that assures customers their data is protected. The American system should not just look to solve for today’s privacy discussions around monetization of customer data; it should aim to solve for the complex privacy needs of a world where tens of billions of devices are connected to the internet.

Cisco urges three basic principles for U.S. legislation:

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Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Facebook is bad for democracy and its executives have put profits over their civic responsibilities, an early investor in the company charges in a new book. Tech investor Roger McNamee makes these claims in Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook catastrophe, due out on Tuesday.

McNamee argues in the book that the business models of Facebook (FB) and other tech giants are bad for society due to their reliance on advertising. He says platforms need to keep people on their sites as long as possible and often the most polarizing, divisive, and emotive content is what keeps people engaged.

McNamee said the goal of the book is to “help everyone understand the platforms they love to use have a dark side and what they can do to protect themselves and their children.”

You can read more in a CNN article by Donie O’Sullivan and an accompanying video at: https://cnn.it/2t6LvPO.

Facebook Hires 3 of its Fiercest Critics

Here is one method of silencing your worst critics who keep telling the world what a terrible job you are doing: hire them and pay them large salaries.

Facebook confirmed it has hired 3 privacy law activists, who are among some its fiercest critics: Robyn Greene, an attorney for Open Technology Institute, and Nathan White from Access Now will work out of Facebook’s DC office, while Nate Cardozo, an attorney formerly of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will be based out of Menlo Park, California.

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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.

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Apple has Recruited a Former Employee and Vocal Critic of Facebook to Join its Privacy Team

Of all the major corporations in the computer industry, Apple appears to be the one leading the fight for individual privacy, challenging both government spies and the corporations that collect and sell private data of their customers. Now Apple has recruited a former employee and vocal critic of Facebook to join its privacy team.

Sandy Parakilas

Sandy Parakilas, who spent a year and a half monitoring privacy and policy compliance by software developers before leaving Facebook in October 2012, will reportedly become a privacy manager on Apple’s policy team.

When working at Facebook, Mr. Parakilas warned senior executives of the potentially damaging consequences of the company’s data-sharing policies, but felt his concerns were played down. He soon left the company, apparently because he was unable to change Facebook’s predatory practices.

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