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2018 July 31

Are You Still Using Facebook, Twitter, etc?


Stock Plunge Three. Facebook Sued. (Reuters)

Facebook to Senate: 500 Page Evasion or “It wouldn’t be Facebook.” (Ars Technica)

Zuckerberg’s Congressional Notes (Associated Press)

Detailed Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Privacy Breach Information and Lawsuit Investigation. (GirardGibbs)

Cambridge Analytica declares bankruptcy, forms Data Propria, works on 2020 Trump campaign. (Ars Technica)

Facebook Sets 14 Million Accounts Public “Not just another Facebook data scandal.” (CNN)

Facebook Tracks Mouse Movements. (India Today)

Facebook Surreptitiously Records Voice. (Hacker News)

Data Mining, Data Brokers 101. (Social-Engineer)

How Did the 2018 Facebook Scandal Begin

A list and summaries of the early reports about the Cambridge Analytics scandal. (Michael Tsai)

583 Fake Facebook Accounts Closed in 3 months. (Guardian)

Flaw By Flaw Guide to Facebook Privacy Changes. (Techcrunch)

The Shadow Profile of YOU on Facebook. (Gizmodo)

Facebook Takes Your (Android) Text Messages. (Ars Technica)

Zuckerberg, Sandberg - AWOL from data leak damage control. (Daily Beast)

How To Get Off

Leaving Facebook by Talia Lavin (Village Voice)

A way to get off Facebook by a guy who calls himself “Clever Devil” (audio)

For the tech oriented (command line)
Clever Devil has also created an app called “Ditchbook” to help you off Facebook. (Github)


Elon Musk💖 Deletes Facebook Pages for Tesla and SpaceX. (Reuters)

Stock Plunge One (CNN)

Stock Plunge Two - expenses (legal) up, revenue down - fewer ads, fewer eyeballs, less data, less time spent, fewer mouse trackings, no likes. (Reuters)

Dating With Facebook? Match? (Verge)

Facebook to take personal data from WhatsApp and weaken encryption. WhatsApp founder to leave Facebook. (Washington Post)

Jaron Lanier on TED seems optimistic, but in the end: Delete Your Accounts. Listen:

Sean Parker comments (Axios)

Sean Parker video clip of above comments

Scandal prompts Swisher interview with Zuckerberg, reveals Facebook will not remove Holocaust deniers. (Recode)

I don’t use twitter, but twitter is public - and triple-super-tracked, more on this later:
July 15 2018 GI Jack [tweet]: epic thread. The Chickens are coming home to roost. No fucks given for the people who loved facebrick until it turned against them. [response by] The Hoarse Whisperer: This week Facebook announced that it has made the deliberate choice  to continue allowing the spread of propaganda. Facebook is shit. Mark Zuckerberg is a garbage human.

Undercover Content Moderation Investigation at Facebook (Verge)

Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network Undercover Investigation (UK Channel 4)


Guilty plea for insider. A former Equifax employee pleaded guilty on Monday to having engaged in insider trading before the credit reporting company last year disclosed a cyber attack that exposed the personal data of about 148 million people. Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, a former software development manager who was involved in assisting in Equifax’s response to the breach, pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a single insider trading count, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18. (Reuters / New York Post 24-07-2018)

What to know about the Equifax breach. (Social-Engineer)

FBI recovers data on Trump’s personal attorney. (Ars Technica)

Trump Admin Working On Consumer Data Privacy Policy. (Reuters) Trump repealed Obama’s Data Privacy bill (which was weak) in April 2018, but things are different now…

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