Amber Heard Facebook Edition
Facebook Is Addictive Because It ‘Exploits a Vulnerability’ in People’s Brains, “It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Sean Parker said. “It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” (finance.yahoo.com)
Hindsight is 20/20 for Sean Parker, a former Facebook president who said this week that the social media site was built to exploit “a vulnerability in human psychology”—one that investigators believe Russia also manipulated as it was meddling in the 2016 election.
Speaking at an Axios event, Parker said he and the team who launched Facebook in the early 2000s were trying to figure out, “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” Their solution was what Parker called a “social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used a complicated legal framework in Hawaii called “quiet title” to sue ancestral land owners and force them to sell their lands. It was all to secure his private getaway on Kauai. After Native Hawaiians protested, using his own platform, he dropped the suits. But the damage is done, as AJ+’s Dena Takruri explored in this battle of land rights in paradise.
Confession by an “insider”:-
“I work in mobile app development and the technology out there to spy on you is pretty insane. There is a whole industry for snooping and reselling data. Here are some examples.
There are several SDKs (software development kits) that offer fingerprinting identity services. Meaning, when someone opens your app, it checks their device ID, IP address, GPS location, email address, etc. and makes a match to an identity. You then use this SDK to track their behavior in your app, such as purchases, interests, demographics, preferences, etc. This data is stored along with all the other apps that use the SDK. Now as an upsell, I can buy all of your behavior data from every other app that uses the same service. From the moment you install the app I know everything about you.
Facebook is not what you think … Just like this “Scantily-clad thief”?
Terrorism Facebook Style
There are SDKs that don’t even offer a service, they just straight up pay the app maker to let their agent sit and collect data and send it up to their servers. Mostly location data.
My favorite is there’s an SDK that actually records the screen while you use the app, and the video gets sent up to the server for the app maker to see how you use their app in real time. It also tracks all of your views, swipes, and button presses tied to the video for analytics.
Basically, you should assume that every moment you are using an internet connected device, you are being observed, scrutinized, and analyzed so that someone can sell you more shit.
They are really good at this, and getting better every year. You think Facebook is listening to your microphone to serve you ads at the moment you are discussing a product? They don’t need to. They know you that well.
Edit: A lot of people are asking for specific examples of this monitoring tech. There are a ton of small players. So an example of location tracking is Tamoco. An example of behavior tracking is Branch.io (they don’t advertise the data mining, but it’s a back-end deal). And session monitoring is AppSee or HotJar. There are many more that I haven’t heard of.
There are a ton of data resellers out there. They’re typically small startups who buy and sell data, and they compete on having the most comprehensive and clean data sets. We get approached by a data reseller maybe once a month, either trying to buy our data or sell us data.
Edit: A lot of people are flippant about this idea because you “don’t click on ads” or you “don’t buy anything”. There are people who aren’t interested in just selling you products. How about voting for a particular political candidate, or for/against a ballot measure? How about selling you a particular world view? Propaganda is just like advertising, they’re just selling you an idea instead of a product.”
Facebook inspired technology “The Elephant Trunk -Wear It Proudly”
“People just submitted [over a million “pussy shots” and a few million “titty pics”]. I don’t know why. They trust me. Dumb fucks.”
– Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook will “finger” you …
Angela Ferlaino getting fingered in “Fallo!” (2003)
Your information may just live on.
Wanna complain to Facebook? Try this format …