Heh: #Facebook dating algorithm to find the perfect match for your carefully curated online persona – The Beaverton

SILICON VALLEY – Taking a break from helping the Russian government tamper with American elections, Facebook has pivoted into the dating sphere, utilizing their infamous data collection to facilitate romance. The new date-matching service promises to outperform popular apps such as Tinder by carefully analyzing the idealized self-portrait that users present and matching them with […]

Source: Facebook dating algorithm to find the perfect match for your carefully curated online persona – The Beaverton

Satire, if you need to be told.

#Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

Company gathered data from texts and photos of users and their friends, court case claims

Source: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps | Technology | The Guardian

There is much more on these allegations here saying that Facebook executives, up to Zuckerberg, intentionally set up schemes to grab as much user data – including from their unsuspecting friends – as possible. This included reading the texts sent by friends, and accessing photos on your phone that were never uploaded to Facebook. Which is a massive invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit says Facebook intentionally leaked large quantities of personal data as an enticement to application developers, but once those apps became successful, FB then assessed large fees or required the purchase of FB ads. If the app developer did not or could not comply, FB destroyed the app developers’ businesses.

More importantly, the allegations in the lawsuit indicate that Facebook was well aware of the abuse of user data as far back as 2011, but encouraged it to continue.

If true, Facebook needs to be under investigation by law enforcement authorities.

The sole business of Facebook is global surveillance for the purpose of selling access to a global propaganda platform.

Wow – #Amazon devices record audio inside your home and send to random contacts #privacy #spying

Amazon has voiced activated Smart Home products that enable you to order items, control lights and so on, by voice. A woman in Portland found private conversations inside their home were recorded by the Amazon devices – and forwarded to someone in Seattle. Amazon has confirmed the behavior and has apologized.

The 21st century is turning out to be the century of global, 24 x 7 surveillance and the loss of all privacy.

Woman says her Amazon devices recorded privacy conversations, sent to random contact

Social media platforms all became swamps of propaganda

So glad I spotted all this propaganda focused crap on social media long before everyone else noticed:

Those services included infiltrating target audiences with elaborately crafted social-media personas and spreading misleading information through websites meant to mimic news portals, according to interviews and PSY Group documents seen by Bloomberg News.

Source: Mueller Asked About Money Flows to Israeli Social-Media Firm, Source Says – Bloomberg

Social media is a global surveillance and propaganda platform.

100% Fake News: “Hillsboro is building its own Wi-Fi network | KATU”

NO!

The largest planned residential development in Oregon history is now under construction in Hillsboro, and the city has an enticement for people to move there: Wi-Fi.The city is building its own Wi-Fi network separate from the cable giants.

Source: Hillsboro is building its own Wi-Fi network | KATU

Update: See the original screen shots of the KATU fake news story, below. They have since rewritten their original fake news story (same URL as before) to correctly report on the fiber network. They have not, however, noted the correction on their web site that the entire prior report was false. However, the story continues to have the original fake news headline as its URL: http://katu.com/news/local/hillsboro-is-building-its-own-wi-fi-network

I have learned that much news is written by reporters that do not understand what they are reporting, take quotes out of context, report largely as variations on celebrity gossip (who said what to whom), cover most topics as if they were horse races (think political campaigns), and frequently report on items that are 100% unimportant. Think of people getting crappy service in a small restaurant in another state – and soon it is national news. Their primary purpose is to sell eyeballs to advertisers and selecting topics, no matter how unimportant is fine, especially if it gets the viewer emotionally riled up.

Hillsboro is planning to build its own residential fiber network offering speeds up to 1 Gbps. This has nothing to do with Wi-Fi. KATU has created a 100% fake news story. Their reporting never once mentions that it is a fiber network and repeatedly calls it a Wi-Fi network.

Here is the official City of Hillsboro press release – its fiber, not Wi-Fi.

They mention Wi-Fi once, noting that the new fiber network might create a future opportunity to expand Wi-Fi connectivity. But they are building a fiber network, not a Wi-Fi network.

Twitter is  issuing everyone a social score – just like China!

Twitter will now use thousands of behavioral signals when filtering search, replies, and algorithmic recommendations. If it believes you are trying to game its system, or simply acting like a jerk, it will push your tweets lower down.

Source: Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly

Just like China! –> China assigns every citizen a social credit score to identify who is and isn’t trustworthy

The U.S. government will doubtfully ever adopt a China-like “social credit scoring” system but numerous and powerful corporations are choosing to do so.

 

#Facebook employees can secretly log in to any account on system-and they have #DeleteFacebook #Privacy

Their log in to your account is done in secret, and once logged in, they can access your private messages, photos, video and restricted posts.

Further, Facebook applies a double standard: if one FB employee accesses the account of another FB employee, then that employee is notified their account has been accessed. Ordinary users (the peons?) are not given a similar notification.

Source: Facebook has a backdoor to your account, and you’ll never know if it’s being used – BGR

Public sector workers have greater free speech rights than do private sector workers

The NY Times writes in “Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job” that private sector workers ‘ “…don’t have the right to speak freely in the workplace.” Or even outside it.’

Unlike public sector workers: “… anyone who works for a government office, whether local, state or federal, is for the most part protected by the First Amendment”.

Public sector workers have a greater free speech right than do private sector workers (which is most of the workers in the country).

The Houston Chronicle notes this disparity:

The United States Constitution prevents only governments, not private citizens, businesses or organizations, from interfering with a person’s freedom of speech. Therefore, private-sector employers can generally demote or fire employees based upon the views they express. Government employees enjoy protection for statements they make as citizens on issues of public concern, unless the speech hurts the government agency’s ability to function

Not only can private sector employers limit your freedom of speech, they have a legal right to compel some workers to engage in political speech. In the private sector, certain employees can be ordered to vote a certain way in to retain their job.

Federal election laws allow corporations to persuade a “restricted class” of individuals to vote for or against a political candidate. The “restricted class” is defined as “executive or administrative personnel” who are employed by a corporation on a salary basis and have policy making, managerial, professional or supervisory responsibilities.

CBS News also notes that employers have a right, in most states, to ask you to vote a certain way but since your ballot is secret they cannot know how you voted.

Stated another way, private sector workers may be legally muzzled in what they say, and can be forced to cast votes against their personal beliefs and views. In my state, like many states, public sector workers are even protected by a State law that prohibits retaliation in any form against a public sector worker for their political speech.

This disparity warps public discourse as the small public sector cohort can be louder than the private sector cohort that is nearly 6x larger in size.

By creating two classes of free speech – those in a protected class and those who are not in a protected class – we distort public discourse.

Public sector workers have a greater freedom to influence the political process than do private sector workers, giving public sector workers greater political power than private sector workers, harming democracy.

A 2011 report says just over 15% of the workforce works for governments, on average (varies greatly by state). This slim segment can speak more freely than than the 85% who lack speech protections (about 8% of private sector workers are unionized and some union contracts have speech protections).

As asked in a previous post, Should some people have a greater right to engage in “free speech” – including hate speech – than others?

Think about the impact this has on public discussion of say, adding a new government run program, expanding and existing government program – or conversely, discussion about reducing an existing government run program. Those who work for the government have more rights to support or not support such policies than do private sector workers.

When speech includes items shared on Facebook and Twitter – items containing speech that can lead to private sector, but not public, workers being fired – the propaganda messaging on social media becomes warped to favor those who work for the public sector.

Among public sector workers, especially at the State level, a majority are both unionized and members of the Democratic Party.

This is particularly true in academic institutions (in sampled institutions, the Democrat to Republican ratio of staff exceeds 10:1) where workers have the greatest free speech rights of all.

Since these workers have greater free speech rights, this suggests more political discourse, such as that shared on social media, is likely to come from and favor positions of public sector Democratic party members.

Social media is therefore an amplifier of the political views of the public sector.

Update

Professor Zeynep Tufekci points out another distinction between private sector and academics in both public and private institutions:

If you go work for the companies, you have nondisclosure agreements. And if you work for Facebook, you’re basically focused on ad targeting. Whereas if you’re in our space, you say, How can we do this better? You’re not trying to make someone money, you’re trying to think about the public good.

Private sector workers are also encumbered by non-disclosure agreements whereas those in academics are not (usually) restricted. This is what tenure is supposed to protect; not vile, hurtful speech.

(At one job I was handed a form to sign. The form said that I could not go to work for anyone in the tech industry for 12 months after working at this firm as a relatively low level, line worker. I refused to sign it noting I was the sole bread winner for my family and could not be unemployed in my career field for a year. Being unemployed for a year would be career suicide as one would be seen as “out of date”. The HR person reached into a folder and handed me a much less restrictive NDA for me to sign (which I did). This highlights the absurdity of these overly restrictive NDAs – they had different ones sitting around and readily available but tried to trick most workers, who likely did not read them, into signing the absurdly restrictive agreements.)

Related: Judge rules that journalists have more rights to access government information than the public.

You may remember the line in Animal Farm: Everyone is equal but some are more equal than others.

For years, #Facebook hosted groups with 300,000 members, focused on committing cybercrimes #DeleteFacebook

Hours after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity, Facebook last week deleted almost 120 private discussion groups totaling more than 300,000 members who flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities on the social media network’s platform. The scam groups facilitated a broad spectrum of shady activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, phony tax refunds, 419 scams, denial-of-service attack-for-hire services and botnet creation tools. The average age of these groups on Facebook’s platform was two years.

Source: Deleted Facebook Cybercrime Groups Had 300,000 Members — Krebs on Security