Is Facebook Evil?

When it first arrived on the scene back in 2006 it was fun & exciting. Now, 15 years later, it morphed into something completely different.
What are your thoughts how social media has evolved?

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/06/house-antitrust-committee-facebook-monopoly-buys-kills-competitors.html

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In defence of MySpace, they didn’t aid and abet genocide in Myanmar, profiling of ethnic Uyghur people in China, promote covid conspiracy theories and antivax nonsense like Facebook did.

If we were to rank Facebook on the evil scale, I would say they rank somewhere between Big oil/big tobacco and whomever invented blister packaging.

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Yes. ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

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Yes, FB is definitely evil. Can actually be argumented otherwise?

As for Social Media: ICQ and MSN messenger got big when I was a teenager and already then, while seeing that it makes communication easier, I didn’t understand the hype about it and how people can spend a main deal of their daily lives on these platforms. I still don’t get it. For me nowadays it feels a lot like many people have forgot how to create and maintain friendship ties with people outside of social media. Among other things.

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I believe that the article below says everything about the company.

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This is awesome. Just unfollowed everyone myself. Thanks!

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Banned for life? Sounds like the perfect outcome.

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@regbarata This is some serious bs. They cannot think people will take them seriously after this.

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This article is from last year, but still- it’s definitely quite disturbing.

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If that’s true, I wonder why the credit card vendors are yet to pull their support for Facebook payment systems? These crimes are either far more heinous than (or arguably equivalent to in some instances) the unauthorised revenge porn and sexual assault videos that were on the tube/hub sites.

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I found this interesting analogy.

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This revelation from 11 years ago was all the reason I needed to mistrust FB. The famous IM convo from when he first started the company:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb f-cks.

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Source of info for above post:

Here are search results for this topic:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=IM+convo+zuck&t=ffab&ia=web

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I wrote in another post about the “Facebook glasses”. Now, I saw this article. Let’s talk about evilness?

EDIT: There is a comment in the article above speaking about “shadow profile”. So, even without an account, they know about you…

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After pandemic ends I will continue wearing my mask. This is not a joke.

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^ Thank you for sharing that. Given that I once had a Facebook account but “deleted” it, my shadow profile likely is even stronger than the shadow profiles of those who have never had Facebook accounts.

:face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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Now there’s this news:

What could possibly go wrong?!

:exploding_head:

What’s the middle ground between civil war and genocide? That’s my guess.

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Does anyone else long for the day of Myspace?

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@urszula: Facebook and Twitter turned into spying, censoring and manipulation machines. This is quite tough combination. Unfortunately they have get most of the attentions among the social media - therefore this huge potential for manipulations. Censoring uncomfortable opinions on one side and suppressing other opinions on the other side based on vague “community rules” is just an attempt to create “Ministry of Truth.” These companies also let secret services wiretap their server based on Snowden revelations about Prizm program. But who would expect anything related to privacy from Facebook, right?
Solution is simple. Start to use other (ideal decentralized) services - e.g. Mastodon or Diaspora. In general you can check the webpage https://ethical.net/ and find some ethical alternatives for many services. :wink:

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