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Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

According to the Department of Justice (unnamed sources), the FB rummaged through everyone’s private messages and determined if they expressed anti-government ideas or questioned the 2020 election results, and if so, turned them over to the FBI. Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice. Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody…

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Chinese researchers say they can use AI to measure party loyalty

Chinese researchers say they can use AI to measure party loyalty

Researchers in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui say they have developed a device that can determine loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) using facial scans. Source: Chinese researchers develop device they say can test loyalty of ruling party members — Radio Free Asia Says it uses facial recognition and emotion detection AI, combined with EEG and other metrics to determine one’s political party loyalty.

U.S users’ TikTok data apparently accessed by China-based staff

U.S users’ TikTok data apparently accessed by China-based staff

The danger is that the Chinese government could manipulate “the algorithm” that chooses what videos are seen, to emphasize messaging desired by the government, based on what TikTok thinks it knows about its users. Source: US TikTok User Data Has Been Repeatedly Accessed From China, Leaked Audio Shows

Data broker gave phone location records to government, for Covid tracking

Data broker gave phone location records to government, for Covid tracking

Government has used third-party services to track the locations of all smart phones in a given area. This is made possible by apps that collect location data (but may not make this clear to users) and sell it to data brokers. Data brokers, in turn, have then provided this information to the police and other government agencies, and the example here, gave it to public health authorities. Your smart phone is a literal 24×7 surveillance device to track you in real time.

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…

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Instagram’s new Data Policy – And why I deleted the Instagram app yesterday

Instagram’s new Data Policy – And why I deleted the Instagram app yesterday

Instagram introduced new Terms of Service, which caused many of us to re-read them, as well as the various linked policies. Facebook/Instagram log everything about you – including your SMS messages, your address book, information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, other devices on your network – and can integrate FB’s own collection with offline purchases at retail stores.

I had deleted the FB app long ago and last night I deleted the Instagram app. I do not believe it is safe to use any Facebook company application.