Will internet vampires Facebook and Google get their wings clipped? #hopeso

From the Guardian here:

The revelation came as the growing influence of major tech companies has become a topic of bipartisan concern in Washington DC, and voices on Capitol Hill are getting louder about the need for more oversight of the digital giants’growing role in American politics.

Please God, let the universe be fair and have our internet overlord take a 2X4 in the face, in their reputations, and most importantly in their bottom lines.

I don’t ask for much.

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CIA Director Pompeo has man love feelings for Snowden

Guardian here:

“I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase.”

I think he worships Edward Snowden while normal people respect him.  Worship is his word, he used the word worship.

While Mike Pompeo pretends to not know Snowden’s motivation, deep down CIA director Mike realizes what an empty shell of a human being he himself is so he aims to persecute that person (Snowden) who represents that part of him he wants to be.

 

Facebook charges above top dollar for commercials run against live murder videos!!

From CBS News here:

Facebook on Tuesday acknowledged it had overcharged some advertisers for video ads on the social media site’s mobile carousel. It was the latest in a long string of admissions about incorrect advertising metrics by the company.

“During our regular reviews to ensure the accuracy of our systems, we recently found and fixed a bug that misattributed some clicks on video carousel ads as link clicks,” Facebook wrote in a post on its site.

Anybody else think Facebook’s ‘digital friends’ is just sad and f*cked in the head??

From CNBC here:

“Ultimately one of the objectives of this is to have your own digital friend, your virtual assistant that is basically customized for you and under your control,” Yann LeCun, head of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group, said in a meeting with reporters.

I thought this Facebook’s mission was to connect the world and not to connect lonely people with their own custom made digital friends?

And the part about the customized friend being under your control?  That sounds a bit creepy yo.

 

So what’s the NSA for again?

From the Intercept here:

IN MID-APRIL, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

The main question here is whether the NSA will receive any money from the ransomware attacks that are happening all over the world because these techno-geniuses can’t keep their shit locked down.

At least that way their budget could be cut and they could farm some programmers out to the hacker community.

The ugly math of Facebook livestreamed murders

Whatever it costs Facebook to pay 7,500 people to monitor its live video streams to censor murder and suicide out and whatever reputational damage these murder/suicide videos cause to Facebook’s already tarnished brand is far outweighed by how much money Facebook can wrangle from advertisers.

So however depressing it is that the world’s largest social media platform broadcasts murders and suicides and whatever mental damage is done to these 7,500 people who are going to monitor the live streams you can at least take solace that Mark Zuckerberg and his shareholders are making money.

God Bless America.