The world’s leading social media platform is being exposed for the surveillance operation it really is. For those who had their doubts about Facebook’s intentions with your personal information, the company’s latest revelations about data sharing with advertisers like political strategy firm Cambridge Analytica should put any conspiracy theories to rest.
It is now conspiracy fact and gives users every reason to leave Facebook in search of privacy focused platforms in decentralized environments where no single entity controls the data, the content or the distribution of information.
Mark Zuckerberg, despite being a Silicon Valley darling and potential Presidential candidate, has a well known history of compromising personal user information for his benefit.
Back in 2011 one of his old roommates shared this tidbit, highlighting exactly what Zuckerberg’s motivations were – and they most certainly do not include the open discussion and sharing that Facebook claims is their mission:
(Image: This is not a screenshot of the actual conversation)
An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend won’t help put these concerns to rest.
According to SAI sources, the following exchange is between a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after Mark launched The Facebook in his dorm room:
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Source: Business Insider
To further illustrate the point and motivation behind Zuckerberg’s haphazard and seemingly uncaring approach to user data in terms of money, consider that back in 2011 Facebook had one billion users with revenues of $3.7 billion. Fast forward to 2017 and Facebook’s user base doubled to two billion people, but their revenue grew to a whopping $40 billion.
There’s only one way they could have pulled that off, and it wasn’t by higher paying display ads:
Revenue was $3.7B in 2011, and over $40B in 2017. They had a 1 billion users then and now have 2 billion users. The question is revenues went up 11x while users went up 2x. Are we sure they just sell ad space?…?…I am guessing they sell data…your data! pic.twitter.com/WiAFcOUMDu
— Ed ☯️ (@DowdEdward) March 21, 2018
We’ve seen Facebook attack all manner of non-conforming information and speech across their platform, with blockchain and cryptocurrency being their latest target. Just as we saw over the last two years with the unbridled censorship of hundreds of alternative media websites, including the silencing and outright blocking of information that runs contrary to the political ideologies of Facebook’s “independent” fact checkers, the platform sees the threat posed by decentralized systems and has actively moved to suppress discussion and advertising within this sphere because it runs counter to their agenda.
The end result of their attempted machinations is that users, and as of this morning huge advertisers, are preparing a mass exodus from the Big Brother behemoth that Facebook has become.
A movement called #deletefacebook is rapidly gaining steam.
The danger, of course, is that users of social media will simply switch to another platform that has been bought and paid for by the intelligence and political communities just like Facebook.
The only option to avoid such gross violations of user privacy in the future is decentralization, where no single entity can control the flow of information or allow the sharing of user data with unscrupulous third-party money-motivated advertisers.
If all goes well, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook will soon be left for dead in a digital wasteland right next to its predecessors Friendster and MySpace.
It’s a revolution and blockchain technology will lead the way.