…Why would anyone believe the data they voluntarily provide on social media will be PRIVATE…???

…Why would anyone believe the data they voluntarily provide on social media will be PRIVATE…???

Facebook’s Latest Data Breach Reveals Silicon Valley’s Fortunes Are Built on Pilfering Privacy

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Facebook has the keys to our personal lives. And that’s just the beginning of the end of our privacy. READ MORE»

What Mark Zuckerberg Said Years Ago About Facebook Could Haunt Him Amid the Cambridge Analytica Scandal …The leaked instant messages show a darker side of Zuckerberg.

By Mehreen Kasana / AlterNetA 2010 New Yorker profile of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may haunt him now amid Cambridge Analytica news. The profile, written by Jose Antonio Vargas, details a leaked exchange between the Facebook creator and a friend who wasn’t identified.

The chat log was first leaked to the technology website Silicon Alley Insider and depicted instant messages from Zuckerberg in which he brags to an unnamed friend about having unfettered access to the data of any Harvard student he wanted. When the friend asks Zuckerberg how he gained such access, the social network creator mocked people’s supposed naivete.

"Yeah, so if you ever need [information] about anyone at Harvard, just ask," Zuckerberg said to his friend. He added, "I have 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, [and] SNS." The friend sounds surprised, and asks, "What? How’d you manage that one?" Zuckerberg replied, "People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They trust me. Dumb f***s."

Zuckerberg, who never disputed the tasteless conversation, later said he “absolutely” regretted the chat.

Zuckerberg’s insensitive remarks could cause him even more legal and social trouble as recent reports point to accusations of data harvesting and manipulation by Cambridge Analytica. For about a year, the United Kingdom-based data analytics consulting firm has gained notoriety as some allege it played a role in both Donald Trump’s victory in the United States and the United Kingdom’s Brexit campaign.

Now, both companies are under more global fury after former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on the company and accused Facebook of allowing Cambridge Analytica to harvest around 50 million users’ personal data through personality quizzes. Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook deny any misconduct.

Mehreen Kasana is a news writer for AlterNet. Previously, she worked as the front-page editor for the Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter at


WHERE’S MARK ZUCKERBERG? The head of Facebook was conspicuously absent at the Tuesday meeting for company employees about the unfolding scandal there, but has been liking up a storm on Facebook. [HuffPost]

Lawmakers Want Zuckerberg To Explain Misuse Of Facebook Data​

Lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K. are demanding that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explain reports that 50 million users’ data was secretly used by political research firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I think he should explain to the American people how this happened, how many people were hurt, and most importantly how they’re going to fix it,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said on CNN Tuesday.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who signed a bipartisan letter with Klobuchar seeking a judiciary hearing with Zuckerberg and other media CEOs, expressed particular concern with the social media site’s handling of user data. Reports this week say Cambridge Analytica, hired by Trump’s presidential campaign, improperly collected personal data of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge.

Facebook’s “behavior lately has been kind of getting into the foothills of creepy,” Kennedy said on CNN.

Cambridge Analytica, data consultant for Trump campaign and others, suspends CEO amid federal probe of its use of Facebook data

The board released a statement saying the allegations against Alexander Nix “do not represent the values” of the firm.

By Michael Kranish and Tony Romm  •  Read more »


FTC opens investigation into Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scrapes millions of users’ personal information

The Federal Trade Commission probe — confirmed by a source familiar with the agency’s thinking and not authorized to speak on the record — marks the most substantial political and legal threat yet to Facebook as it grapples with the fallout from Cambridge Analytica and its controversial tactics. And it could result in the U.S. government slapping Facebook with a fine that might reach into millions, if not billions, of dollars.

By Tony Romm and Craig Timberg  •  Read more »


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