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Why Facebook is Electronic Cancer

Rejected submission by Runaway1956 at 2016-08-25 15:04:00

According to Business Insider, a 19 year old Zuckerberg memorably said the following to one of his unnamed friends in 2004:

        Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

        Zuck: Just ask.

        Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SMS

        How'd you manage that one?

        Zuck: People just submitted it.

        Zuck: I don't know why.

        Zuck: They "trust me"

        Zuck: Dumb fucks

The herd mentality and social network impulse is strong, but should be resisted. Facebook is arguably the most aggressive data aggregator on the internet. Effectively, Facebook is facilitating the job of intelligence services and law enforcement bodies who already collect 'bulk personal data sets'. This was defined in the recent UK spy report as: []

        Bulk personal data sets: Databases of personal information, which could include everything from the electoral register to supermarket loyalty schemes, which the security services acquire openly or covertly.

Zuckerberg's 'dumb fucks' who voluntarily upload personal data to Facebook should understand how many vectors are tracked in 2016 (see further below). This information is shared with major data brokers, which explains Facebook's revenue source for a 'free service'.

According to the Washington Post, Facebook tracks all your on-site activity, such as the pages you like and the ads you click, your device and location settings. When you are logged in, the network can see virtually every other website you visit.

Even when you’re logged off, Facebook tracks browsing, for example: it is alerted every time you load a page with a “Like” or “share” button, or an advertisement sourced from its Atlas network. Facebook also provides publishers with a piece of code, called Facebook Pixel, that they (and by extension, Facebook) can use to log their Facebook-using visitors.

Facebook also gives marketers an ability to target ads based on data compiled by firms like Experian, Acxiom and Epsilon. Profiles are built over a period of years, with information gathered from government and public records, consumer contests, warranties, surveys and private commercial services e.g. loyalty card purchases or magazine subscription lists.

Targeting options for Facebook advertisers in 2016:

1. Location
2. Age
3. Generation
4. Gender
5. Language
6. Education level
7. Field of study
8. School
9. Ethnic affinity
10. Income and net worth
11. Home ownership and type
12. Home value
13. Property size
14. Square footage of home
15. Year home was built
16. Household composition
17. Users who have an anniversary within 30 days
18. Users who are away from family or hometown
19. Users who are friends with someone who has an anniversary, is newly married or engaged, recently moved, or has an upcoming birthday
20. Users in long-distance relationships
21. Users in new relationships
22. Users who have new jobs
23. Users who are newly engaged
24. Users who are newly married
25. Users who have recently moved
26. Users who have birthdays soon
27. Parents
28. Expectant parents
29. Mothers, divided by “type” (soccer, trendy, etc.)
30. Users who are likely to engage in politics
31. Conservatives and liberals
32. Relationship status
33. Employer
34. Industry
35. Job title
36. Office type
37. Interests
38. Users who own motorcycles
39. Users who plan to buy a car (and what kind/brand of car, and how soon)
40. Users who bought auto parts or accessories recently
41. Users who are likely to need auto parts or services
42. Style and brand of car you drive
43. Year car was bought
44. Age of car
45. How much money user is likely to spend on next car
46. Where user is likely to buy next car
47. How many employees your company has
48. Users who own small businesses
49. Users who work in management or are executives
50. Users who have donated to charity (divided by type)
51. Operating system
52. Users who play canvas games
53. Users who own a gaming console
54. Users who have created a Facebook event
55. Users who have used Facebook Payments
56. Users who have spent more than average on Facebook Payments
57. Users who administer a Facebook page
58. Users who have recently uploaded photos to Facebook
59. Internet browser
60. Email service
61. Early/late adopters of technology
62. Expats (divided by what country they are from originally)
63. Users who belong to a credit union, national bank or regional bank
64. Users who investor (divided by investment type)
65. Number of credit lines
66. Users who are active credit card users
67. Credit card type
68. Users who have a debit card
69. Users who carry a balance on their credit card
70. Users who listen to the radio
71. Preference in TV shows
72. Users who use a mobile device (divided by what brand they use)
73. Internet connection type
74. Users who recently acquired a smartphone or tablet
75. Users who access the Internet through a smartphone or tablet
76. Users who use coupons
77. Types of clothing user’s household buys
78. Time of year user’s household shops most
79. Users who are “heavy” buyers of beer, wine or spirits
80. Users who buy groceries (and what kinds)
81. Users who buy beauty products
82. Users who buy allergy medications, cough/cold medications, pain relief products, and over-the-counter meds
83. Users who spend money on household products
84. Users who spend money on products for kids or pets, and what kinds of pets
85. Users whose household makes more purchases than is average
86. Users who tend to shop online (or off)
87. Types of restaurants user eats at
88. Kinds of stores user shops at
89. Users who are “receptive” to offers from companies offering online auto insurance, higher education or mortgages, and prepaid debit cards/satellite TV
90. Length of time user has lived in house
91. Users who are likely to move soon
92. Users who are interested in the Olympics, fall football, cricket or Ramadan
93. Users who travel frequently, for work or pleasure
94. Users who commute to work
95. Types of vacations user tends to go on
96. Users who recently returned from a trip
97. Users who recently used a travel app
98. Users who participate in a timeshare

Whonix User Solution: DON'T USE FACEBOOK.

Facebook is incompatible with privacy and anonymity. Use other methods to keep in touch with family and friends; preferably not parasitic US corporate platforms which harvest every facet of your digital life.

If you are addicted to social media, try PRISM Break's list of alternative social network platforms: []

Credits to torjunkie, over at whonix forums. []

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