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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

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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 […]

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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, who spent a year and a half monitoring privacy and policy compliance by software […]

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Facebook is Now Compared to “Big Tobacco” and that is Not a Complement

From an article in The Economist: “Big tobacco” is what the bosses of several large technology firms have started calling Facebook in private and in public. The company has spent the past year fending off critics who claim it is addictive, bad for democracy and overdue for a regulatory reckoning. Being compared to the tobacco giants is one of the business world’s more toxic insults, but it is not the […]

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Freedom From Facebook Organization Says “It’s Time To Make Facebook Safe For Democracy”

From the Freedom From Facebook web site: “Facebook has too much power over our lives and democracy. It’s time for us to take that power back.” “TELL THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: IT’S TIME TO BREAK UP FACEBOOK’S MONOPOLY. “The FTC should spin off Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger into competing networks, require interoperability, so we have the freedom to communicate across social networks, and impose strong privacy rules that empower and […]

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Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds

Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders. Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%). “Facebook is in the bottom […]

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Privacy International Lodges Complaints Against Seven Firms for Breaching Data Protection

Acxion, Oracle, Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad, Equifax, and Experian are all in Privacy International’s sights, with the organisation filing complaints in the UK, Ireland and France, urging data protection authorities to look into what it alleges is the “mass exploitation” of individuals’ data. Details may be found in an article by Roland Moore-Colyer in The Inquirer at: http://bit.ly/2Dg4kX0.

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Facebook sees Stagnating Sales and User Growth

Gee, I wonder why? Could it have something to do with Facebook spying on the company’s customers and then reselling their customers’ private information to the highest bidder, making millions of dollars in profits along the way? Facebook’s stock also dropped nearly 25 percent in after-hours trading. yesterday. All is revealed in an article by Queenie Wong in the C|Net web site at: https://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-growth-stagnates.

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