Category: Facebook

Massive Facebook hack- 533 million users compromised including 32 million Americans

An absolute goldmine for identity thieves was released to the web by a hack into the Facebook database. Business Insider is reporting the personal information from 533 million Facebook users was hacked including: 32+ million records on U.S. with their “phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, & email addresses.”

Florida Governor DeSantis Florida Gov. DeSantis goes to war against ‘Big Tech,’ citing censorship of Trump

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launched an offensive against “Big Tech” on Tuesday, warning that the social media platforms are targeting politicians like former President Donald Trump now but will soon be coming for regular American citizens, vowing to combat the threat.

“Today they may come after someone who looks like me. Tomorrow they may come after someone who looks like you,” DeSantis, a Republican, said during a news conference outside the state Capitol ​as he announced the Transparency in Technology Act.

How Big Tech masks COVID-19 realities

Social media platforms, internet search engines, and other monopolistic guardians of information decided at the very beginning that they would determine which content would be available for public consumption; “false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them” would be subjected to Facebook’s reject button, according to a January 2020 statement released by the company.

Twitter and Facebook cross a line far more dangerous than what they censor

In sum, the two Silicon Valley giants, with little explanation, united to prevent the sharing and dissemination of this article. As Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce put it, “Facebook limiting distribution is a bit like if a company that owned newspaper delivery trucks decided not to drive because it didn’t like a story. Does a truck company edit the newspaper? It does now, apparently.”

Facebook regulatory counsel joins Biden transition team as Zuckerberg commits to silencing Trump’s victory claims

The hire speaks to the close relationship between the Biden camp and big tech platforms such as Facebook which frequently weaponizes its service to censor and suppress conservative users and content.

Tech billionaires are plotting sweeping, secret plans to boost Joe Biden

Election Day is less than six months away, and Democrats are scrambling to patch the digital deficits of their presumptive nominee. And behind the scenes, Silicon Valley’s billionaire Democrats are spending tens of millions of dollars on their own sweeping plans to catch up to President Donald Trump’s lead on digital campaigning — plans that are poised to make them some of the country’s most influential people when it comes to shaping the November results.

Regulating social media as a public utility

To begin with, there is a profound and growing lack of privacy online. Cambridge Analytica was able to use a quiz app to harvest the data of users and their Facebook friends without them knowing. If social media companies such as Facebook cannot prevent these occurrences from happening, then the right to privacy online is nonexistent. The second way social media negatively affects American life is that it has degraded the news cycle.