THE ZUCKERBERG CHRONICLES

 

SOMETHINGS ZUCKS IN PARADISE

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Facebook, and is currently its chairman and chief executive officer.  His net worth is estimated to be US $72.5 billion as of March 5, 2018

Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dormitory room on February 4, 2004 with college roommates and fellow Harvard students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

The group then introduced Facebook to other college campuses. Facebook expanded rapidly, reaching one billion users by 2012. During this time, Zuckerberg became involved in various legal disputes brought by his friends and cofounders, who claimed they were due a share of the company based upon their involvement during its development phase.

Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year award.  In December 2016, Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.


NEW MASSIVE PROBLEM AND DECEIT, CORRUPTION AND LIES IN FACEBOOK
The Facebook CEO has come out of hiding after the Cambridge Analytica scandal shaved tens of billions of dollars from his company’s market cap and sent countless users to delete their profiles. After several days of deafening silence, Zuckerberg admitted in a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post that he and Facebook “made mistakes” and would “do” more to protect users’ data.  

Zuckerberg did apologize and did take the heat or as we say he took the bullet for the mess.  Though he was lied to and conned by, he is the where the buck stopped, and with a net worth in (30) billions protect you from most anything.   He will if or when the lawsuits start face little. It was a criminal act by others.  It just got by, but then again who can you blame.

His data breech, came about by one of his AD people who secured information by filling out a form they thought  was part of a program. It yielded 300,000 names. but had hidden data “scrappers”,  a newer term that added all your contacts which added all their contacts till it reached 87 million.  Hacking willfully or not is more common as you expose yourself more and more.

The winner is till Yahoo, I don’t  ever accept email without all my mails being screened first. Especially a Yahoo or Google address.  Due to confidential national security issues the Military,  and security hacks are not mentioned below and that is understandable. These are the biggest breeches and there are many, many more not published for obvious reasons.

If you want to hang Zuckerberg then hang the others who were breached.  No information that went out on his breach that wasn’t willfully contributed by the folks breached.  You put it up, you live with it.  Hang the Federal agencies that were breached.

NOTE: A scan on the dark web alerted me personally to breaches that had my profile.  One was Linked-IN, which I dropped and closed like a hot potato, and ADOBE to which I changed all my security and added as second layer.  I am no longer on any social media.   I have nothing to hide but, I have a following and don’t need it.




THE BACKGROUND IN POINTS
A recounting of how Cambridge Analytica ended up with information on over 50 million Facebook users.  

  • Zuckerberg is careful to point out that his company changed a policy back in 2014 so that developers could no longer ask for access to users’ friend’s data. 
  • This was a year after University of Cambridge researcher Aleksandr Kogan first obtained the data
  • Around the same time that Cambridge Analytica, which was co-founded by Steve Bannon, ( major scumbag) sought out voter data with financial support from the Trump campaign. 
  • But Zuckerberg doesn’t mention Trump or the election or really any of the potentially world-changing consequences of this Facebook user data ending up in the hands of political strategists hellbent on exploiting Americans’ worst fears.

It is important to note and understand that the information might be very important to the ongoing investigations in Donald T-HUMP’s world as it is effected by these disclosures and the fact that yesterday it was announced John Bolton, T-Humps new advisor on security was also part of Cambridge Analytica at the time of the alleged hacking at that time called information gathering.  Steve Bannon, John Bolton, bad mix, one was bad enough, both?   Really bigly bad.


THE DENIAL

  • “We have a responsibility to protect your data,” Zuckerberg says instead, “if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
  • Zuckerberg never actually admits that Facebook failed to protect its users’ data. 
  • The 33-year-old billionaire instead insists that the real mistakes that were made by Cambridge Analytica happened years ago.
  • Facebook’s 2014 policy change served as evidence that the social network had already taken steps to ensure that app developers didn’t harvest and exploit too much user data.
  • I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform. I’m serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. 
  • While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn’t change what happened in the past. 
  • We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.   Mark Zuckerberg says he’s responsible, but he fails to say he’s sorry.


HIS THREE POINT PLAN TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE

  • Facebook will conduct an investigation and an audit to see how much more user data might have gone missing in recent years. That first step is the biggest one, though. It’s essentially a quest to see how deep the damage might go and a promise to let users know if their data has been compromised. 
  • What’s really wild about all of this is that Facebook knew that Cambridge Analytica had gained access to a large quantity of its user data all the way back in 2015. Zuckerberg tacitly admits this in his statement when he says, “In 2015, we learned from journalists at The Guardian that Kogan had shared data from his app with Cambridge Analytica.” It remains unclear how much Facebook knew about the compromised data and when Facebook knew it.
  • We know now that, three years ago, Facebook didn’t notify users that their data had been obtained by a bunch of political strategists who intended to exploit it.  Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t apologize for trying to keep this whole thing a secret. 
  • Zuckerberg also promises to notify users if their data has been misused. 
  • Next, Facebook will clamp down further on how much data developers can access, a new effort that further reverses Zuckerberg’s long-held promise to make the world more open. 
  • Finally, Facebook will put a widget on the top of your News Feed that will make it easier to control which apps can access your data and how much they can access.

TELLING THE TROOPS
Facebook held an open meeting at 10am Tuesday morning in Menlo Park. The whole company was invited to gather and ask questions about the recent—and rather furious—scandal around how Cambridge Analytica, a private data company hired by the Trump campaign that acquired and leverage information on over 50 million Facebook users. Facebook general counsel Paul Grewal was at the meeting to provide some answers. Mark Zuckerberg was not. He never shows up.

For the record, Sheryl Sandberg was also notably absent from the Tuesday morning meeting.  She and Mark are presumably too busy trying to figure out how to bandage up Facebook’s battered reputation and possibly to stop the stock price from bleeding billions more dollars into the abyss. After the Cambridge Analytica story broke over the weekend, Facebook’s market value plummeted by a staggering $50 billion.


CORPORTAE EXPLOITE GUANO   (Brooklyn Latin for Corporate Horseshit)
“Mark, Sheryl and their teams are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward, because they understand the seriousness of this issue,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Beast, which first reported on Zuckerberg’s and Sandberg’s absence. “The entire company is outraged we were deceived. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens.”

It would have been nice to hear it from Zuckerberg’s mouth. But the 33-year-old college dropout doesn’t like to admit when he’s been hoodwinked.   Zuckerberg also doesn’t like to suggest that Facebook’s policies enable anything except positive global change. 

This is the Facebook founder, CEO, and boy genius who wrote 6,000 words about Facebook “building global community” last year and failed to mention the word “advertising” even once. If you’d only read that sprawling essay, you might assume that Zuckerberg’s social network kept the lights on with hugs and pudding pops.

This, obviously, is not the case. Facebook is a data company and, whether its executives admit it or not, Facebook increasingly operates like a media company. The gas that keeps its engines running is user data: users’ Likes, their clicks, their friends Likes, their friends’ clicks, and so on. 

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW
In fact, thanks to some sneaky tracking technology, you don’t even have to be on Facebook’s website in order for Facebook to record your online activity. Facebook can use this data to target ads better and make more money. Companies like Cambridge Analytica can—or at least could—use this data to help political campaigns, like that of Donald Trump. (It’s worth pointing out here that, in 2015, Facebook shut down the API that enabled Cambridge Analytica and others to collect data not only from users but also their friends.)

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, for instance, Zuckerberg publicly scoffed at the idea that fake news on Facebook contributed to Trump’s election.   “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics.”   HOLY SHIT BATMAN - WTF THIS PROVED WRONG

Two days later, one of Zuck’s lieutenants showed up with a plan to cut down on fake news and hoaxes in the News Feed. That solution actually ended up creating even more fake news, but that’s not the point.  

Facebook’s design suffers from fundamental flaws that favor data-gathering over privacy, and that model threatens the very pillars of democratic discourse.  Facebook the company actually started a dialogue about this very topic earlier this year. 

It feels like public outrage against Facebook and its sloppy data-gathering practice might actually compel the government to respond.  What can they correct when they themselves know nothing of how it works?

Federal lawmakers called for and he appeared (Mark Zuckerberg) before Congress after bombshell reports revealed late last week that the shadowy political consultancy Cambridge Analytica acquired personal information on as many as 50 million Facebook users, many without their explicit permission.  On Tuesday he appeared before the Senate, Wednesday before the House.

Facebook remains under fire as British and American authorities are demanding an explanation, not only as to how Cambridge Analytica gained access to Facebook’s data, but as for why it took years for Facebook to notify the public.

Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, tweeted Tuesday morning it was time for “Mr. Zuckerberg and other CEOs” to testify before Congress. “The American people deserve answers about social media manipulation in the 2016 election,” he said.


SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN TO THE BATTLE

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, reportedly echoed Warner’s call while speaking with reporters Tuesday morning, saying that legislation may be required “if the industry won’t solve these kinds of problems themselves.”
  • Sen. Feinstein told Gizmodo by email that she was concerned that Cambridge Analytica may have used private Facebook data to assist the Trump campaign. (The firm, founded in 2013 with backing from the billionaire Republican donor Robert Mercer, consulted for Trump during the 2016 election.)
  • Feinstein said the Senate Judiciary Committee needed to hear from Cambridge Analytica, the Trump campaign, and Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower and former Cambridge Analytica employee who brought to light the misuse of Facebook’s data.
  • “It would also be helpful for Facebook to testify about how the company protects user privacy and what steps it’s taking to combat bad actors,” Feinstein added. “We have a lot of questions about how this information was used, whether it was given to Russia and whether Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign communicated with WikiLeaks. These questions need answers.”

BRITS UNCOVER SOME DATA IN A STING
•   Revealed on Monday, an undercover string orchestrated by British reporters at Channel 4 News caught CEO Alexander Nix and other executives boasting about using fake news, bribes, and sex workers to target politicians. At one point in the video, Nix suggests the consultancy might “send some girls around to the candidate’s house, we have lots of history of things.

•   Video evidence notwithstanding, Cambridge Analytica has denied ever using honey-pots or offers of bribes to entrap political opponents.  Read on.

•   Two CEOs in order have resigned from Cambridge Analytica.


MORE CORPORATE EQUUM STERCORE  (HORSE SHIT in Latin)

Facebook did not respond initially to an inquiry regarding the potential for Zuckerberg to testify in person, pointing instead to a statement issued yesterday by Facebook vice president and deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal: 

“We are in the process of conducting a comprehensive internal and external review as we work to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists. That is where our focus lies as we remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information.”

To settle things, much anticipated,  he did appear in Congress both House and Senate, and once again, I took away the feeling that most of this is not Zuckerberg’s fault.  I found the Congressional investigators, our Congress professional bullshitters,  both House and Senate so far behind the power curve of what this Artificial Intelligence and the new world is like, pathetic.  

They were there for their moment in the sun, getting TV exposure,  sounding concerned, mentioning their constituents and reading off their speeches written by their aides.  What a crock of shi*t, and though I am not a facebook fan,  Zuckerberg was under the gun for 8 hours or more, he handled himself quite well.  

The inquirers with only four and five minutes to question were rude and stupid asking trick questions to solicit a possible bad answer.  Well,  what can I say, I have little faith in the American People validating some of these phony bastards and cronies to office. You get what you voted for, incompetence and greed.

Here's the truth: "Congress is good at two things: Doing nothing and overreacting," remarked Missouri Republican Rep. Billy Long during the Zuckerberg hearing on Wednesday.

Given that swirl of news and controversy -- coupled with the fact that the Facebook founder rarely interacts with members of Congress -- these two days of congressional hearings (the Senate Tuesday, the House Wednesday) were seen as a huge opportunity for Congress to assert its accountability role.

Tuesday's hearing in the Senate was something far less than that. The only thing proven was that senators -- for the most part -- have nothing beyond the most basic and surface-level understanding of how Facebook works, what it does and the problems it presents societally.

On the House side on Wednesday, the level of knowledge was somewhat higher -- emphasis on somewhat -- but, because of the large numbers of members who wanted to speak and the time constraints that placed on them, the hearing was largely filled with politicians trying to dunk on Zuckerberg. 

It’s unclear how far a Facebook investigation into Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data could actually get at the moment. Facebook said it dispatched forensic auditors from the firm Stroz Friedberg to Cambridge Analytica’s London offices yesterday evening.  How many copies of that 87 million profiles are out there?

However, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office reportedly ordered the FAceBook auditors to leave the premises, pending a warrant granting British authorities access to the company’s computers and servers.

The British House of Commons may want Zuckerberg to appear instead. In letter circulated via Twitter, British lawmakers have requested that Zuckerberg “appear before us to give oral evidence.”

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