Can #Facebook legally delete relevant documents and emails while under FTC investigation? #DeleteFacebook

Saw this quote in the NY Times article:

Many [Facebook employees] are also concerned over what might leak next and are deleting old comments or messages that might come across as controversial or newsworthy, they said.

Is that legal? I have worked at a company that was under investigation for a time and we had strict document and email retention policies in effect for many months. These actions by employees could be a further black eye on SpyBook.


#Facebook is a “tight knit” cult with propaganda posters lining the offices #DeleteFacebook

It was a tight-knit cult convinced of its mission to connect everyone, but with the discipline of a military unit where everyone knew loose lips sink ships. Motivational posters with bold corporate slogans dotted its offices, rallying the troops. Employees were happy to be evangelists.

As I was saying earlier today, Facebook is an expert in propaganda and applies its own public propaganda skills upon its own workforce. The cult’s own view of itself has been shattered and FB is indeed now fighting a two front war with users on one side and employees on the other front.

Source: The real threat to Facebook is the Kool-Aid turning sour | TechCrunch

#Facebook, #Google know everything about us, far more than anyone imagined #DeleteFacebook

It collects data from our posts, our likes, our photos, things we type and delete without posting, and things we do while not on Facebook and even when we’re offline. It buys data about us from others. And it can infer even more: our sexual orientation, political beliefs, relationship status, drug use, and other personality traits — even if we didn’t take the personality test that Cambridge Analytica developed.

Google, as the author points out, knows who you sleep with and for many, knows when you go to bed and when you get up, thanks to Android tracking. If you and your special other both have Android phones, Google knows when you are together. Similarly, Google can guess if you are single or lonely.

They collect this in secret, analyze it in secret, sell it to others in secret. We have no idea what they are doing or even if it is accurate. And if it is inaccurate, we have no way to request corrections.

Under the EU GPDR that takes effect May 1, companies need to tell you want they know about you (if you live in the EU) and who they share that information with.

Source: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica – Schneier on Security

The 11 year history of #Zuckerberg lying about #Facebook privacy #DeleteFacebook

Worth reading. Long history of abusing their user community, failing to truthfully disclose what they were doing, and lying about it. Repeatedly. Over and over and over again for more than a decade. Zuckerberg will tweak a few things until he’s caught next time.

Source: Promises, promises: Facebook’s history with privacy – ABC News

Loss of Trust in #Facebook may have far ranging consequences to e-commerce and advertisers #DeleteFacebook

The loss of trust is not just to Facebook but to all things “e-based”.

  • How many of us are now using browser features to hide from trackers?
  • How many of us are disabling permissions on smart phone apps – or uninstalling the apps?
  • How many of us are resetting online privacy settings?
  • How many of us are removing online content?

The impacts of Facebook’s surveillance operation may be far ranging.

Facebook is losing credibility with its users and that may endanger its main revenue source advertising and how marketers may use Facebook in their ad strategy.

Source: Facebook Is In a Trust Crisis and It May Impact eCommerce Marketers

More on #Facebook’s Two Front War as Staff Discover They Were Duped #DeleteFacebook

Honestly, its not fun to work at a company where you just discovered you are not in the business of connecting people to create a better world but are running a massive surveillance and propaganda business – and the whole world hates you:

“It’s such a shocking difference for company employees who are used to having esteem for where they work,” said Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants. “Ten years ago, Facebook was the hottest place to go out of college. This year, the best graduates are not necessarily looking at Facebook.”

Source: Facebook in complete panic mode, as Zuckerberg tries to “calm employees” and keep top talent

Some tips to avoid being tracked

This from a Qatar newspaper

  • Signing into an online account gives services a sure-fire way of tracking you. Facebook won’t work at all without an account; Google merely works better with one. And you’ll generally need an account with any service that charges you, although sometimes you can sign in with your Facebook or Google ID instead.
  • Combating this: Resist creating an account or signing whenever you can – such as when you’re merely browsing rather than buying. Avoid using Facebook or Google IDs whenever possible, as those companies could then track you. You can also use a different email address for each account to frustrate efforts to connect you across services, although it can be a major pain.

Source: How you’re tracked online & what you can do about it – The Peninsula Qatar

My recommendation – if you use social media, ALWAYS create the account using a secondary email address that you use only for social media. The email address, which is usually required, and a phone number (usually optional but often difficult to know that, plus they pester you for your phone number frequently) are the key identifiers used to link your on and offline activities into their spy database.

Imagine what propaganda goes on *inside* #Facebook

Most companies define their business with a mission statement, a sentence capturing the essence of what the company does. The mission statement is communicated to staff with communication of goals and alignment of incentives with those goals, nudging workers to “do the right things” to achieve the company’s mission.

Some companies use internal propaganda messaging. I once worked in an organization that plastered the walls with posters saying “Every day you are working to change the world!”

At Facebook, their motto is “Bringing the world closer together“. Sounds admirable, doesn’t it?

When these phrases are plastered on the walls and frequently communicated to staff, you are seeing propaganda at work. And Facebook is a world expert at propaganda messaging!

Their mission statement has varied from “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” to “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them“. (See also a history of their mission statements.)

Again, that sounds positive for all. Most Facebook employees signed on board to support this mission statement. In light of their spying fiasco, Zuckerberg has doubled down on this mission statement.

No where is there a hint that Facebook’s actual business is surveillance and propaganda.

This week, Facebook staff learned their actual mission is to conduct mass surveillance on every one in the world and to leverage that surveillance into an ideal platform for the distribution of propaganda.

Many Facebook employees are discovering they were duped. This is leading to internal questioning and morale issues as they learn over half the population of the United States now has an unfavorable opinion of Facebook.

As CNET news writes:

In the wake of an explosive leak, there’s the growing sense that Facebook “isn’t the company it once was.”

Employees are splitting into groups:

  • Those that still believe in the original myth of connecting people
  • And those that realized they were duped into running a global surveillance and propaganda operation

Some will be calling for change while others will strongly resist.

Facebook is fighting a two front war – on the public facing side, half the country hates them and the other half is not yet decided. On the back, employee facing side,  there is internal conflict and collapsing morale.

Source: Facebook reckons with culture shift in wake of Bosworth memo – CNET

14 Million Visitors to U.S. Face Social-Media Screening – The New York Times

The proposal covers 20 social media platforms. Most of them are based in the United States: Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Myspace, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Vine and YouTube. But several are based overseas: the Chinese sites Douban, QQ, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo and Youku; the Russian social network VK; Twoo, which was created in Belgium; and, a question-and-answer platform based in Latvia.