Facebook is a National Security Threat to Your Country

We are proud to be among the very first that have sounded the alarm against tech giants since 2012 – Facebook included …
Even after the NSA, Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data, and numerous other scandals, countries and governments have still not realized how dangerous certain websites/ companies are !

On Wednesday, internal Facebook emails and documents released by UK lawmakers provided a rare glimpse into the mindset of the social network Founder and CEO. The documents also show how Facebook used access to its data to target competitors, such as Vine.

Facebook is no small fish, the company makes $40 billion a year, and has 2.3 billion people who use it every month.

The main issues we have with this company can be split in 2 parts:

1- Abuse of user privacy and data, and outright spying on it’s users!

On Wednesday, Damian Collins, chairman of UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee summarized his findings from the cache of Facebook documents gathered by Six4Three for their case:

  • Facebook tried to hide from Android phone users that it was collecting data about their calls and texts in case it turned into a PR problem … “Facebook uses Android update to pry into your private life in ever more terrifying ways — reading your call logs, tracking you in businesses with beacons, etc.”
  • Facebook took an “aggressive” position when dealing with “rival” apps, Collins said, by denying them access to data, which could cause some businesses to fail. When Twitter launched Vine, Facebook appears to have cut off the company’s access to its API, which would have allowed users to find friends via Facebook, the documents show. When asked if Facebook should go ahead with the action, Zuckerberg responded: “Yup, go for it.”
  • Facebook collected data about app use by phone users — without their knowledge — to determine who its biggest rivals were and which companies it should aim to acquire. It could see the popularity of some of its “competitors”, including WhatsApp, which the tech firm purchased for $19 billion in 2014.
  • Facebook whitelisted certain apps, so that even after it changed its privacy policy in 2014-2015, some developers were still able to access data belonging to their users’ friends.

2- Political tool used by secret services against countries

Facebook have been used on more than 1 occasion to sway voters in a direction, but also was used to create riots and unrest. Facebook is a great example of hidden hands in action. The social giant modus operandi is psychological manipulation. It is done in subtle way, they can increase the reach of stories and articles or even fake news, and they reduce the reach of news and articles they don’t want you to see. They promote engagement by suggesting events and groups that can be seen against the interest of the countries … And all this is under the approval of the US secret services if not directly by them.

For example:

  • Arab Spring: Except for the Tunisian revolution, the rest of the Arab revolutions were called “facebook revolutions“, facebook have been involved in promoting the riots and revolutions directly. Users from specific countries have seen Facebook suggestions to join groups and events that led to riots … Take in consideration that facebook suggestions are not ads, thus the question why would facebook suggest that. Later with the Syrian revolution, even-though it evolved to an armed conflict, facebook still suggested to users to join groups and events supporting the free Syrian army ? Coincidence ? or CIA ?
  • Trump Election: They call it the Russian meddling in the elections, if you take in consideration that Peter Thiel, a Trump supporter is the first investor in Facebook, i wouldn’t really be surprised that this was the will of the Facebook founder and not only the Russians.
  • Brexit: Another Strategic win for the US against the EU. Guess what galvanized people in the UK to vote out of the EU … Yep once again, Facebook manipulation of information.
  • France Riots -Yellow vets: It’s no secret that the French president have been seen as an annoyance by Trump. This time they waited for the first opportunity and used facebook to amplify the anger, and to try to get people to jump on the bandwagon of Macron hate.
     With names like “Angry Drivers of Normandy”, Facebook groups are the nerve centre of the “yellow vest” protest movement raging across France — and increasingly, a breeding ground for fake news. source

3- Waste of time, addiction and waste of money

  • Facebook is a big waste of people’s time, and it has becoming an addiction to many.
  • Fb advertising is for a lot of small businesses a waste of money, as the company tricked companies into advertising to get likes, then now require them to pay every time they want to reach these people that already liked.
  • The Company through it’s entities is exploiting human psychology vulnerability :

    Sean Parker, ex-Facebook President on Nov 8th warns how the site was deliberately designed to exploit human vulnerability:
    1:06 – “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
    1:21 – “That thought process was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’ And that means that we need to…give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while [via likes, etc]…and that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you…more likes and comments. It’s a social validation feedback loop.”
    2:01 – “…the…creators [of fb]… understood this consciously, and we did it anyway.”
    2:20 – Part 2 Chamath Palihapitiya joined Facebook as a developer when the company was about a year old, becoming VP for User Growth. His warning from Nov 10th:
    2:33 – “The entire society is set up to not be patient anymore.”
    3:06 – “Consumer internet businesses are about exploiting psychology.”
    3:54 – “I feel tremendous guilt” [over Facebook’s exploitation of consumer behavior …its divisive effect on society] … “Even though we feigned this whole line of, like, ‘There probably aren’t any really bad unintended consequences,’ I think in the back, deep, deep recesses of our minds, we kind of knew something bad could happen,”
    4:23 – “…we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are.”
    4:42 – “If you feed the beast, that beast will destroy you. If you push back on it, we have a chance to control it and rein it in. And it is a point in time where people need to hard break from some of these tools and the things that you rely on.
    The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by, and between, each other. And I don’t have a good solution. You know, my solution is I just don’t use these tools anymore. I haven’t for years. It’s created huge tension with my friends. Huge tensions in my social circles.”
    5:55 – “… I… innately didn’t want to get programmed, and so I just tuned it out. … And now to see what is happening, it really bums me out.”
    6:41 – “…bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want.”
    6:58 – “…we compound the problem. … We curate our lives around this perceived sense of perfection because we get rewarded in these short-term signals: hearts, likes, thumbs up. And we conflate that with value, and we conflate it with truth. And instead what it really is is fake brittle popularity – that’s short term, and that leaves you even more, and admit it, vacant and empty [than] before you did it, because it forces you into this vicious cycle where you’re like, ‘What’s the next thing I need to do now?’ ’cause I need it back. Think about that compounded by 2 billion people. And then think about how people react to the perceptions of others. It’s just… really, really bad.”
    7:51 – “I did a great job there [at Facebook], and I think that business overwhelmingly does positive good in the world.”
    8:08 – “I can control my decisions, which is ‘I don’t use this shit.’ I can control my kids’ decisions which is ‘they’re not allowed to use this shit.’ … But everybody else has to
    soul search a little bit more about what you’re willing to do, because your behaviors… You don’t realize it, but you are being programmed.”
    9:05 – “Start by turning off your social apps and giving your brain a break. ‘Cause then you will at least be a little bit more motivated to not be motivated by what everybody else fuckin thinks about you.”
    9:18 – “…posting your fucking waffles online… is wiring your brain for superfast feedback. … So you’re training your brain here, whether you think it or not… These things where you’re spending hours a day are rewiring your psychology and physiology…”
    10:09 – “There’s a reason why Steve Jobs was, like, anti-social media. I am telling you I am not on these fucking apps.”
    10:19 – “…I am proactively trying to rewire my brain chemistry to not be short-term focused.”

Facebook is a Trojan Horse

The Social Network is a Trojan horse, it’s reach is huge and it’s data is collected through Facebook/ Whatsapp/Messenger / Instagram … China and Russia knew the risk and banned it in favor of national social networks. If not addressed Facebook will be used to do the bidding of the US secrete services in shaping the world to their interests. Furthermore the site is the prime reason for the circulation of xenophobia and fake news, and have indirectly led to the death of thousands around the world.

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