Facebook is not your friend

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:54 pm

Julian Assange - referred to by the Reigister as "WikiMartyr-in-waiting" says "Google and Facebook are co-operating with the shadowy
forces behind mass surveillance." He told Russian TV that both sites "started up predominantly serving the public, but also have developed
side projects to service the US intelligence complex."

Assange firmly believes that "nations now conduct surveillance on a massive scale, because “it is cheaper to intercept every individual
rather that it is to pick particular people to spy upon.”

He makes a comparison with the Stasi having a 10 per cent penetration of East German society - 1 in 10 people were Stasi informants at
some time in their life. But that was primitive compared to today's technology. In particular he mentions a software monitoring system
called Eagle - produced by French company AMESYS - which is promoted as a nationwide interception system and was widely used in
Gaddafi’s Libya.

Assange is amazed at how willingly people contribute to this mass surveillance. "But not with informed consent. People don't actually know.
When on Facebook it says "share this to your friends," that's what it says. It doesn't say "share this to state agencies," it doesn't say "share
this to friends and cronies of state agencies."

Paranoia or revelation? Here in NZ the GCSB's role in the Kim Dotcom fiasco is coming under close scrutiny after Chief High Court Judge Helen
Winkelmann said the GCSB would have to "confirm all entities" to which it gave information sourced through its illegal interception of Dotcom's
communications. This includes the mysterious Echelon spy network and another called "Five Eyes" which collects and analyses data from
electronic networks around the world for the benefit of exchange between member countries.

We live in a wired world that many people find increasingly scary.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by Foggyone » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:44 pm

More on Instagram.

This arm of the octopus is granting itself interesting powers over users pictures and profile photos.

Read about it here!

The search by big business to extract the last cent from everything just marches on. Bugger the punters!
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:00 pm

Facebook is planning to launch yet another "service" for users next year. They're going to force-feed you auto-play video ads by April.
In a move that's certain to anger many users, however, sources say the company definitely plans to have the video component of the ads start
playing automatically, and possibly the audio, as well.

Smartphone users with bandwidth-capped data service are likely to be particularly annoyed by this, given that Facebook plans to roll out the
video ads to both the browser-based version of its service and its mobile apps.
But Facebook aren't completely inhuman. They realise that not everybody wants to have video ads thrust upon them, chewing up bandwidth. So they've
come up with an elegant solution.
Facebook reportedly will place some limits on the number of video ads users will see, however. Each advertiser will only be able to show the
same ad to a single user a maximum of three times per day
, though it's not known whether there will be a cap on the total number of videos
a user will be forced to watch.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by Foggyone » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:24 pm

Firefox + Adblock + Flashblock controls ads and flash. Probably control the proposed "service".
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:41 pm

Guarantee your message gets delivered to Facebook "non-friends" - just $1 a pop. Sheeesh!

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:04 pm

Facebook users' Likes on the social network may be unintentionally revealing their personality traits, sexual orientation, and intelligence, according to a study published today.

By studying the Likes of 58,000 Facebook users on the social network, researchers at the University of Cambridge say they were able to determine users' IQ, gender, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, and even substance use, with an accuracy rate of more than 80 percent.

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Facebook Shares Used in Fraud

Post by Foggyone » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:36 pm

One-time wannabe governor charged for Facebook share Ponzi scheme
What's worse, real Facebook shares or pretend ones?

A US financier has been charged with running a $13.2m Ponzi scheme, supposedly trading in Facebook and other social networks' pre-IPO shares despite the fact that he didn't have access to them.

Craig Berkman, a former Oregon gubernatorial candidate now living in Florida, had allegedly promised his investors that he had insider access to stock in Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon and Zynga in the heady days before they went public.
This one has it all. A failed politician, a crooked financier, a bankrupt, dealing in imaginary shares and a ponzi scheme. I can feel Hollywood knocking on the door.
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Post by digidog » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:21 pm

Good use of the word "gubernatorial" Foggyone. It sounds like the sort of thing that really should be accompanied by banjo music.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:48 pm

Facebook is making you buy things
Farhad Manjoo on Slate - via Stuff
This is what I hear from readers every time I write about the online ad economy, especially ads on Facebook: "I don't know how Facebook will ever make any money - I never click on web ads!"

And that's not all.

You've checked with your friends and relatives. No one you know has ever intentionally clicked on a web ad.
So, the question persists: How does Facebook expect to become a huge business if most people you know never click on ads?

The answer is surprisingly obvious.

It's a fact well-known to advertisers, though it's not always appreciated by people who use Facebook or even by folks in the web ad business: Clicks don't matter.

Whether you know it or not - even if you consider yourself skeptical of marketing - the ads you see on Facebook are working. Sponsored messages in your feed are changing your behavior - they're getting you and your friends to buy certain products instead of others, and that's happening despite the fact that you're not clicking, and even if you think you're ignoring the ads.

This isn't conjecture. It's science. It's based on a remarkable set of in-depth studies that Facebook has conducted to show whether and how its users respond to ads on the site.

The studies demonstrate that Facebook ads influence purchases and that clicks don't matter.
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:34 pm

Facebook wants to pwn your smart phone. The company has announced a "wrapper" for the Android operating system which would basically become the homepage for phone users. They intend to become the gateway to the internet for many of their users.

"Would you like ads with that, sir?"

Oh yes... taking over the world, one dumb punter at a time.

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Facebook loses millions of users

Post by digidog » Wed May 29, 2013 10:46 pm

The Guardian suggests that everyone who wants to sign up to Facebook has already done so. Studies suggest that its expansion in the US, UK and other major European countries has peaked and the site is now losing millions of users per month in its biggest markets.
The declines are sustained. In the last six months, Facebook has lost nearly 9m monthly visitors in the US and 2m in the UK.

Users are also switching off in Canada, Spain, France, Germany and Japan, where Facebook has some of its biggest followings. A spokeswoman for Facebook declined to comment.

"The problem is that, in the US and UK, most people who want to sign up for Facebook have already done it," said new media specialist Ian Maude at Enders Analysis. "There is a boredom factor where people like to try something new. Is Facebook going to go the way of Myspace? The risk is relatively small, but that is not to say it isn't there."
The number of minutes Americans spend on Facebook appears to be falling, too. The average was 121 minutes in December 2012, but that fell to 115 minutes in February, according to comScore.
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:48 pm

NZ Herald journalist Greg Dixon on giving up Facebook.

Status update? Mark Zuckerberg’s vampire empire can go to hell
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Facebook Cloners Are not your friend

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:19 pm

Scammer clones profile
Facebook user finds her friends have acted on messages from fraudster

Imposters are cloning New Zealanders' Facebook profiles and winning over their friends before trying to con them out of money.

Nelson entrepreneur Marg Hobson was horrified to find her profile cloned on Friday a week ago by a parasitic fraudster. The con artist downloaded Hobson's profile picture and copied her name. The imposter started adding Hobson's friends to the copycat account. About 40 accepted the offer.
Given my belief that Facebook appeals to the peurile personality parts (ppp) of many of it's members, this is not surprising. It's only surprising that we don't hear more stories like this.
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:44 am

Here's just another way that Facebook breaches users' privacy... and they can't do a damn thing about it. This "service" allows your friends to add your contact details to a "shadow profile" and allow others to view them, whether you like it or not.
Everyone knows that the personal data he or she stores on the servers of companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon is never 100 per cent secure. But you're probably somewhat less inured to the idea that your friends and associates are storing personal information about you there as well. On social networks, that information is part of what's called your "shadow profile". It's data about you that's stored on Facebook's servers, but not revealed to anyone other than the people who uploaded it - not even you.

Here's where it gets a little Kafkaesque: Even if you knew that your phone number and secondary email addresses were being added to your Facebook shadow profile without your consent, you couldn't do anything about it. Technically, once you gave your phone number or email address to your friends and they added it to their address book, it became their personal information, not yours - and when they granted Facebook access to that address book, it became Facebook's information, too. Facebook won't delete it even if you ask, because it's not yours to delete.

Believe it or not, though, this isn't some malicious scheme that Facebook dreamed up to steal your data. From Facebook's perspective, it's actually a service.

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How To Make Facebook Even More Horrible

Post by Foggyone » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:45 pm

A tongue in cheek look at some ideas.

A few ideas for making Facebook even more horrible.
Lastly on this front, to address any confusion about NSA access to Facebook data: Facebook simply becomes a division of the NSA.
Some interesting thoughts.
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