DOJ Investigation of Facebook Heating Up

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Facebook’s Antitrust Woes 

Cristal M Clark 

Facebook you either love it or you loath it and sometimes your in the middle of loving and hating it. Not that the DOJ dislikes Facebook, they just don’t feel that the social media giant plays fair when it comes to it’s acquisitions. 

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The Justice Department has an antitrust investigation into Facebook open currently and they are leaving no stone unturned. Reports are surfacing stating that the DOJ has reportedly been setting up interviews with Facebook’s rivals and is actively looking at the competitive nature of the industry as a whole in an effort to gain a better understanding of it, all in the name of nailing Facebook with antitrust charges. 

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One of the competitors of Facebook is Snap, Snap reportedly kept a dossier of documents that outlined Facebook’s “aggressive tactics” to thwart competition and had been talking to the FTC about them. Great another dossier in the news, I am sure every detail in it is accurate and note made up. 

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To be clear, the DOJ is looking at a different issue from the probes by the Federal Trade Commission, the House antitrust committee and a group of state attorneys general. Back in July, Facebook got hit with a $5 billion fine for its privacy issues.  

It’s not looking like Facebook is going to slide by without some form of charges over antitrust issues because the DOJ is being pretty relentless here. 

Cristal M Clark

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Facebook Heads into Christmas With New Leak

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Facebook – Issues Crappie Apology to Users

Cristal M Clark

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On Friday, Facebook announced a new data leak. One that is a wee bit frightening in that a bug that made photos of 6.8 million users accessible to third-party developers, before users even hit publish.

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The company offered its typical shitty apology regarding the new data breach, explaining that up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to user photos between September 13 to September 25 and that many of these photos were not even published to the website, just uploaded for a post users never decided to actually publish.

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Yes, round of applause for Facebook!

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To add insult to injury here, in all fairness, Facebook still insists that users ultimately control their own data; “anything that you upload, you can also delete.”

This has consistently been proven to be absolutely misleading, in fact it is simply just a lie a ruse in an attempt to quell user distrust.

However, this does prove a point. your user data is gone quite literally long before you even hit publish.

Quite a few websites are equipped with code that extracts your personal info as quickly as you enter it in an online forum and sold to the highest bidder or those willing to pay the most for it.  Mortgage companies, healthcare firms, credit card companies, retail websites, customer service chats, yes even your favorite porn sites are riddled with such code, malware and viruses used to steal user data, in real time these days.

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As for Facebook, well this latest data breach is simply more proof of the company’s reluctance to share how it really treats user data, not to mention it’s unwillingness to make it clear when our data irrevocably falls into the hands of others.

Cristal M Clark

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Facebook and it’s public image problems

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While I was on vacation I began seeing headlines with regards to a new Facebook scandal, in that Cambridge Analytica which had deep ties to the Trump campaign back in 2016, had somehow inadvertently obtained access to what is assumed to be over 50 million users personal data, without user approval or knowledge, through the beloved social media giant.

Facebook has a public image problem.

The blowback has been fairly bad, through it, the campaign #deletefacebook was born, users are suing facebook, companies panicked and Mark Zuckerberg failed to respond until today.

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Facebook, much like other social media giants are so far from in touch with the end user it is comparable to watching a relationship thrive and flourish then completely fall apart years later.

They have no idea what end users even want to be honest, if they did they’d be making more drastic changes to give us what we really want, which for most would be zero invasion of privacy and zero advertising.

Period.

While Zuckerberg made some pretty big promises in terms of change today, it does not negate the real issue at hand and that issue is fairly obvious yet overlooked.

Don’t kid yourself into believing that Facebook had no prior knowledge of what Cambridge Analytica was doing let alone that it had so much access to user data. The problem with social media providers is that they are not going to stop such abuses of user data until it is fully discovered and exposed.

Just like with the Russian fake social media accounts. Most of the social media giants could have stopped all of those fake accounts.

But because the public and congress allow for them to play stupid and turn a blind eye on to the issues they continue to get away with such atrocities.

Social Media giants like facebook are in it for money, not the protection of users data and personal information, that would require preemptively stopping the issue which costs money these platforms do not want to spend until they have no other option but to spend the time, effort and money to stop such abuse of end users.

The reality is that it is up to the end users to protect themselves and try as hard as we might, that may not become an achievable goal, ever really.

Cristal M Clark

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Russia to America – We Know Your Citizens Better Than Your Government Does

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Mark Zuckerberg & his Facebook Russian Troll Farm Woes

 

Does anyone remember last year when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg vowed to put an end to fake news on Facebook? I do, but as a woman one might expect that, always bringing up the good old days to toss it back in your face, at just the right moment.

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Perhaps Mark should have been more focused on all of those accounts that they identified on 9/6/17, that appeared to have had $100,000 in ad spending (the number could be much higher) from June of 2015 to May of 2017 that in fact, violated its policies, and were found to be linked to a Russian trolling farm…that was backed by the Russian Government.

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Bravo Mark…bravo.

So now Mark seems a wee bit lost here, he went from full on denial to being open to “reviewing” proposed legislation should it pique his subtle interest.

Overall, Facebook had several opportunities to catch this and deal with it, long before it made headline news, like back in 2015.

The problems were:

Blatant Denial

Lack of Staff

Searching for any type of related ads

Taking our then President a bit more seriously

Having the ability to suck it up and take the blame gracefully

Stop blaming automated algorithms (Facebook’s favorite scapegoat), and just suck it up and take responsibility

 

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Many are wondering and asking how Russia figured out who to target with these ads?

 

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Well, that is actually a pretty easy one. Russia, they knew what the average american dreamed of and wanted in terms of the perfect balance of its government and it’s people.

 

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We could spend all day and night trying to guess as to how they knew that, but the honest truth is, has anyone taken a walk through social media lately?

It’s an open book into what american’s think, feel, how we live, what we want, what we desire, our hopes, dreams, information about our interpersonal relationships, how we feel about our jobs, and how we feel about our government, what we would like to see it doing.

What we dislike about the government, a candidate, what we speculate, the rumor mill…you name it, I could go all day with this list.

The point is, that if I can see that within the first 5 minutes of being on any social media account that I have, so can everyone else, and it matters very little who you friend, block, unfriend. Things are shared whether you like it or not.

And let us not forget our own media here in the US, they tend to spread as much misinformation as they possibly can, rarely do a correction story, bring on “experts” to talk about what they think is going on and in general, report speculation and opinion as if they were facts.

It would not have taken much or long for the Russian’s to figure out just what type of fake news or ad’s it sponsored much less who to target.

All of that said, it does not negate the fact that people do not buy into what they do not believe or want to believe.

So many bought into the fake news and all of those fake ad’s because deep down, it was truly something they wanted to believe in.

You cannot package it any better than Russia did here.

They knew the American people better than our own government did at the time and I am willing to bet, that they still do.

Cristal M Clark

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