Are You Still Using Facebook, Twitter, etc?

"Welcome to the cult of the Facebroker: your life, your data, chopped and sold, you - dead or alive.

The Threat to Democracy IS Facebook

A comment I saw recently:

Why do people act like the solution to this problem is more complicated than “stop using Facebook”?

I had hoped it would be that simple. It’s a bit more complicated:

It has been a year since the Cambridge Analytica Facebook breach. I started this page in May of 2018. There were several updates in 2018 and it continues because the crimes of Zuckerburg et al continue. I had expected the near complete demise of Facebook before the end of the year. Media outlets (most) and politicians, desparate for exposure, even those that critcize Facebook still include the Facebook link and beg for “likes and shares”. And the complaints and data breaches continue to mount. Politicians should be leading people away from this treachery. At the very least politician should be transparent about their investments in social media. I know there is talk about “breaking up big tech” and that will be covered in a separate article.

It is amazing to realize this talk was given in 2010. Eben Moglen gives us an insightful talk about what the social media craze was all about all along. He talks about what’s coming - those “wall-warts” he talks about, those are real and can be had now. They are still DIY for now and I’ll report more about that later.

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Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years (21 Mar 2019)

“…logs showed some 2000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords.”

facebook project atlas

Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month plus referral fees to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app. Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history page. The program is administered through beta testing services Applause, BetaBound and uTest to cloak Facebook’s involvement, and is referred to in some documentation as “Project Atlas” — a fitting name for Facebook’s effort to map new trends and rivals around the globe.


Unlike Facebook Twitter was started by people with good intentions. Greed, like Facebook itself, came over the entire thing. In the video below Evan Williams glows after the election of Obama, but in 2017 he apologized for Twitter’s role in the election of Donald Trump. Twitter had censored some Hilary content.

This section will be updated. There are details about Twitter - what data accumulation they do, what they have bought, and what they have sold. Have a look at this 2009 video by Evan Williams, glowing after Obama’s win. Notice that none of the examples Williams’ shown in the slides looks like the Twitter in-real-life at the time.

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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)

Undercover Content Moderation Investigation at Facebook (Verge)

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

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.


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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