Beleaguered Facebook heading down a troubled path

“The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica saga is not going away quietly, underscored by Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance last week on Capitol Hill, where he answered questions from lawmakers on consecutive days,” Steven Dudash writes for Forbes.

“Let’s state the obvious: The hands-off approach that regulators have taken to its business practices is likely to come to an end. Whether the government can regulate such entities effectively is an open question, as evidenced by some of the exchanges Zuckerberg had with lawmakers last week,” Dudash writes. “The smart money right now, however, is on the company having to make changes to its policies that allow users to enjoy a greater level of control over their data.”

“The fallout from such a move would be enormous, provoking doubt among advertisers already concerned that daily user growth has begun to slow, sagging to its lowest rate ever during the fourth quarter. The big question is what happens to that number going forward? Could Facebook possibly experience a loss of users in the wake of this controversy?” Dudash writes. “There are parallels here to Wells Fargo, which at one time was the envy of the consumer banking world… Now, Wells Fargo is scrutinized like never before, with every few weeks bringing another batch of disturbing headlines… Facebook has similar risks.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Facebook can’t fall out of favor quickly enough. The same goes for Google. People need to finally wake up.

The problem is two-fold: Facebook – and companies like Facebook that thrive on user data (Google, for one, if not the, prime example) and gullible users who piss their privacy and the privacy of their “friends” away willy-nilly while naively sending their DNA off to be analyzed by other companies.MacDailyNews, March 21, 2018

We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018


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  1. MDN slings the “Beleaguered” adjective with the venomous precision of a cobra.

    Sadly, the attacks on Facebook are only politics masquerading as concern for individual privacy.

    Liberal or conservative, the one thing politicians despise is that they cannot control the dialogue on the internet that takes place between us.

    1. But officials and millionaires are attempting to control the people’s dialogue right now by going after “offensive” language by writing laws. The attempt will work some but will be more effective to criminalise benign language. Some call it censorship; “the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or ‘inconvenient’.”

  2. Mercury in retrograde was over last week, so now it’s just the consequential result playing out.

    If you are going to throttle back FB, you should also throttle back the various domestic spy agencies as well as the official spy agencies such as the Pentagon, NSA, CIA, NRO, and Darpa.

    People apply the same half measure to gun control which targets citizens when controlling citizen guns can’t be done without also controlling the Pentagon’s guns.

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