Source: The Corbett Report
by James Corbett
April 14, 2018
It’s shocking, shocking, I tell you! Apparently, and I’m just learning this from some breaking news headlines so bear with me, but apparently Facebook has not been on the up and up when it comes to protecting their users’ privacy. Incredible, I know. I mean, these are still early reports so we’ll have to wait and see, but…
…OK. Enough sarcasm. But you probably have seen the headlines by now.
And on and on and on. Yes, it seems even the normies are now finally aware of what we have known for years: Facebook is not so much a social media platform so much as it is a giant data vacuum sucking up your personal details for fun and profit (and social engineering and political control).
But rather than mocking the MSM addicts who are just getting the news, why don’t we do something even more productive. Why don’t we inform them about the bigger picture? With facts to back it up, even!
Like a link to the now-infamous IM exchange that Zuckerberg shortly after launching Facebook, in which he bragged that “I have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS. People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust me.’ Dumb fucks.”
Or a link to the story of how Zuckerberg hacked into his rivals’ email accounts using data he obtained from Facebook’s server logs?
Or a link to a report about the hot mic that caught Zuckerberg promising German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he was working on the “problem” of political wrongthink on Facebook?
But then we run the risk of misleading our poor, information-starved mainstream friend into thinking that this whole steal-your-data problem starts and ends with Facebook and Zuckerberg.
So we’ll also have to point out Google’s own repeated violations and abuses of users’ privacy, and how, despite all the creepiness emanating from Facebook these days, Google still manages to find ways of being way creepier in its privacy invasions. (Can anyone really doubt that Google knows more about you than you know about yourself at this point?)
And then, of course, we could start outlining the real history of Silicon Valley for our puzzled friend. You know, the history of how all the major tech firms of the last half-century have been associated in one way or another with the military-industrial complex, including Oracle and Mitre and, of course, Google, with its now long-admitted relationship with the NSA. And let’s not forget Facebook, with its ties to In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital arm.
Heck, you could even throw some “fun” information at your MSM-addled compatriot. Like how the Pokémon Go app that briefly turned everyone into real-life zombies last year had its own ties back to the Criminals In Action gang.
Do you think that’s enough info to throw at one person in one sitting? Because we could go on, of course. And on and on. (And on.) But let’s not overload them with information. Baby steps.
But maybe, just maybe, the next time you want to tell your pal about how the CIA wants to spy on you through your dishwasher they might actually look at the link instead of laughing you off as a kook.
James Corbett has been living and working in Japan since 2004. He started The Corbett Report website in 2007 as an outlet for independent critical analysis of politics, society, history, and economics. Since then he has written, recorded and edited thousands of hours of audio and video media for the website, including a podcast and several regular online video series. He is the lead editorial writer for The International Forecaster, the e-newsletter created by the late Bob Chapman.
His work has been carried online by a wide variety of websites and his videos have garnered over 40,000,000 views on YouTube alone. His satirical piece on the discrepancies in the official account of September 11th, “9/11: A Conspiracy Theory” was posted to the web on September 11, 2011 and has so far been viewed nearly 3 million times.
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