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 only unflattering analogy circulating. A lower blow is the suggestion that Facebook may become like Yahoo, the once high-flying internet firm that plunged.

Also, from the same article:

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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 protect us.

“IT’S TIME TO MAKE FACEBOOK SAFE FOR DEMOCRACY.”

If you agree, there is an online petition you can sign on the home page of this web site at: https://freedomfromfb.com/. There’s a lot more information on the Freedom From Facebook web site as well.

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 in terms of trust in housing your personal data,” said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema. “Facebook’s crises continue rolling in the news cycle.”

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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.

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.

Big Brother is Being Increasingly Outsourced

The federal and local governments have long relied on private companies for defense and law enforcement technologies. However, the governments are now expanding beyond past practices. Corporations are now expanding their paid spying performed for government agencies, both in online and offline spying. From a report:

“The … thing that was shocking for me was to understand just how the federal authorizations are allowing Amazon to have such a monopoly over the storage of government information,” says Jacinta Gonzalez, field organizer for immigrant advocacy group Mijente. Along with the National Immigration Project and the Immigrant Defense Project, Mijente funded a new report entitled, Who’s Behind ICE?: The Tech and Data Companies Fueling Deportations. Its findings are based on documents such as contracts, memoranda, and corporate financial reports –which are publicly available but take a lot of digging to decipher.

You can read more in an article by Sean Captain in the FastCompany web site at: http://bit.ly/2PTq5j1.

Facebook’s New Message to WhatsApp Users: Forget the Privacy Features and just Make Money for Facebook

Four years after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion, it is formally starting the messaging app on a new mission: bringing in revenue for Facebook.

WhatsApp on Wednesday detailed plans to sell advertisements and charge big companies that want to reach their customers through its service, launching its first major revenue streams as growth at Facebook’s main app is starting to decelerate. The measures are aimed at connecting businesses to the eyeballs of WhatsApp’s user base of roughly 1.5 billion accounts, WhatsApp executives said.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2n1O6rm.

If you are dismayed at Facebook’s plan to convert WhatsApp into another Facebook product that creates even more revenue for the multi-billion dollar corporation, I’d suggest you look into Signal at https://signal.org/. No ads, no spyware, total privacy. It just works.

Think about it…