Oh, fuck the fuck off

From here:

Facebook has filed patents for technology allowing Facebook to tailor ads based on users’ facial expressions.

 

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Ah, the naivete re: Facebook and $$$

From here:

In a recent essay for the London Review of Books, John Lanchester argued that for all its rhetoric about connecting the world, the company is ultimately built to extract data from users to sell to advertisers. This may be true, but Facebook’s business model tells us only so much about how the network shapes the world.

While I think that tens of millions of people are on Facebook and not thinking about Facebook’s business, but that does not change the fact that Facebook would not exist unless it was a business.

It was funded from the very beginning by wealthy folks before its IPO as a business, a cleverly disguised advertising business masquerading as a social media platform.  And it continues to grow in influence and power as it makes more money and sucks more people into its orbit.

Zucky is legally obligated to his shareholders to deliver maximum financial results.

He’s only obligated to his users to keep them around.

Who do you think dictates what happens at Facebook?  Shareholders or Facebook users?

It’s not even debatable.

 

Not only is does Facebook spread propaganda and spy on folks, they’re friggin’ liars!

From Naked Capitalism here:

It is remarkable that advertisers and investors have not come down harder on Facebook for the grotesque overstatement of its audience. As the report shows, every way you cut the data, Facebook claims to have considerably more viewers in every age group than exists in the population. For instance, Facebook’s “potential reach” for the 18-34 year old cohort in the US is 97 million, versus an actual population of a mere 75.3 million. That means Facebook says it can get ads in front of 34.2% more people in that age group than actually exists. And the exaggeration looks even more dodgy when you see that the overstatement occurs most in large cities, which generally have higher incomes than the US overall.

This overstatement is even more flagrant when you factor in that Facebook does not have everyone as its customer. Pew found that 84% of all American adults use the Internet as of 2015, so the 16% that don’t clearly cannot be Facebook targets.

God, the good ship Facebook is so full of shit it’s not even funny.

 

Zuck is just a classic free markets punk ass — lock him up yo!

From Bloomberg here:

Since 2011, Facebook has asked the Federal Election Commission for blanket exemptions from political advertising disclosure rules — transparency that could have helped it avoid the current crisis over Russian ad spending ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.

Communications law requires traditional media like TV and radio to track and disclose political ad buyers. The rule doesn’t apply online, an exemption that’s helped Facebook’s self-serve advertising business generate hundreds of millions of dollars in political campaign spots.

So people saw this coming.  Anybody can roll up on Facebook’s automated ad placement service and get in the news feeds of millions of Americans.

Zuckie probably saw it too, how could he not?  But he offered up the standard corporate anti-regulation bullshit and now we got this orange haired fuck in office, partially as a result of Zuck’s insistence that he could police his spy machine properly.

Thanks for helping out motherfucker, we really appreciate it.

Lock Zuck Up! Lock Zuck Up!

Headline from CNBC:

Wisconsin, Michigan were reportedly main targets of Russia-linked ads on Facebook

This sounds like cooperating with a foreign power to influence an American election, which is against the law and shit.

And it does not appear to be collusion between Trump and the Russians but collusion between Zuck and the Russians.

Boy genius should be getting three hots and a cot.

More fake ass/Facebook emotion from Zuckerberg….blech

From here:

“Tonight concludes Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews when we reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness for our mistakes,” he wrote Saturday night. “For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better.”

Zuckerberg continued, “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better. May we all be better in the year ahead, and may you all be inscribed in the book of life.”

I’m sure Zuckerberg will try to do better but what he leaves out here is that he will try within the constraints of his legal obligations to his shareholders (including himself) and he will try do better while trying to make as much money as he can for himself and his fellow shareholders.

Which is in my opinion not going to end up being a very heartfelt effort.

 

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.