Earlier this year, Facebook co-founder and current Chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress about how the social media platform had allowed other companies to access and mine the data of millions of Facebook users.
Zuckerberg told Congress that he knew they had problems but that they were working to prevent anyone else from accessing any of the personal data of Facebook users. In April, when he appeared before Congress, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) asked Zuckerberg:
“Yes or no, is Facebook limiting the amount or type of data Facebook itself collects or uses?”
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“Congressman, yes! We limit a lot of the data we collect and use.”
Various news medias are reporting that hundreds of internal documents obtained from Facebook, along with testimony from about 50 ex-employees, revealed that Facebook allowed other companies to have access to users’ personal information and in some instances, including their private messages and the names of all of their friends. It was also revealed that Facebook collects more private information on its users than anyone else.
In fact, the report states that Facebook struck deals to allow over 150 companies to share Facebook users’ persona data. Some of the companies involved are Netflix, Spotify and Amazon. CBS This Morning reported:
“Facebook also allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages…”
“…Amazon was to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends…”
(Bing) “…see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent…”
CBS then showed a clip of Zuckerberg saying:
“We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data, and if we can’t do that, then we don’t deserve to have the opportunity to serve people.”
How many Facebook users were violated by Facebook and the companies they made deals with? According the report, it amounts to millions of users every month. Most of the deals with these other companies were in effect in 2017 and some were still in effect in 2018, that is until Facebook got caught.
Steve Satterfield, Director of Privacy and Public Policy at Facebook, issued a statement that read:
“Facebook’s partners don’t get to ignore people’s privacy settings, and it’s wrong to suggest that they do.”
“We know we’ve got work to do to regain people’s trust, and that’s where we’ve been focused for most of 2018.”
If these companies have been allowed to access users’ private messages and given the freedom to read, write and even delete them WITHOUT users’ consent, then how is this NOT violating users’ privacy?
Combined with the fact that while Facebook was actively violating the privacy of possibly all 2.2 billion users, they were also waging a war to trample on the First Amendment rights of thousands of conservatives and Christians.
The bottom line is that Zuckerberg lied to Congress and to the American people and violated the privacy of everyone possible. How many of Trump’s associates and former associates have been indicted on charges of lying to Congress and face prison time? Unless Democrats are judged by a different set of standards, prison officials should be reserving a cell for Zuckerberg, alongside Trump’s people.
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