People are demanding Facebook's CEO to resign

in #technology6 years ago (edited)

Facebook knows too much about you

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has a busy schedule this week with plans to testify before the Senate on Tuesday and Congress on Wednesday. Facebook was recently caught in a privacy war with a political firm called Cambridge Analytica. This firm was said to be hired by the Trump campaign to acquire access to private data on millions of Facebook users. The idea was that Cambridge Analytica offered tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and hopefully influence their behavior. Ironically enough, the firm was funded by Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to the president who became an early board member. The data obtained included details on users' identities and who your friends like or what they like.


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Zuckerberg released a report ahead of his testimony to the Senate and Congress that explains Facebook is an optimistic organization, focusing on connecting people and giving them a voice. But Zuckerberg also admits that the idealist train of thought might have blinded the company to potential misuses of Facebook’s toolset.

Community backlash

The community has not taken this lightly. Among those who revolted Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, said he is 'disgusted' with Facebook and deactivated his account. When a reporter asked Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, what he would do if he were in Mark Zuckerberg's position he responded "I wouldn't be in this position" criticizing Mark for selling user data to make money.

Snippet from the report...

Mark Zuckerberg:
But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.

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Hey, thanks for inviting me to check this out, when you commented on my article over at (Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Competition and The User) --- I can see why what I wrote may have got your attention. As I am not on the side of blaming Mark entirely for this issue. So much of the blame goes on users for what they decide to share on these networks -- but -- the problem of tracking people, compiling databases about people - is not limited to facebook. Our phones, televisions, smartcars, and etc are all enabled with devices to let 3rd parties know what we're up to. FB is just one of several places where information harvesting is going on. It goes back to the Patriot Act, after 9/11 as we were more than willing to give up more privacy - to keep us safe from the Al Quedas ....................

That's an interesting point. I actually just read an article of businesses being hacked through the Internet connected thermostat. Anything with Internet connection is now vulnerable.

Zuckerberg/FB and The Senators are using this Senate Hearing for political purposes - this is not a FB grilling. FB is a much loved source of information for the Neoconlib USraeli Senators, and they get bonus media "Facebook is in 'arms race' with Russia" headlines, as if FB isn't hacked by China and USrael, and hackers from all around the globe...

The cruel reality of FB, although that is not the first time that it has to FB to sell the data of the users, the difference of this accusation to the previous ones, this yes it is formal. On the other hand, this accusation was for political purposes, how many have not been the object of crime? Thanks @techchat and @lexcameron, for the contribution and perspective of this information.

FBs whole purpose is to make itself formal, to become essentially a government entity ruling over us.

The reality of this Facebook situation is Mark is being used as a scapegoat. US congressmen do not care about anyone's privacy, given how much information the government already knows and harvests about you with its secretive NSA led surveillance programs, this "grilling" of Zuckerberg has a hidden agenda behind it.

My apologies and no spam intended, but I actually wrote about this situation on my personal blog and republished on Steemit here: https://steemit.com/technology/@beggars/your-privacy-is-an-illusion - if a link to my Steemit article is a concern to you, I would be happy to edit it out. I just thought it was relevant to this situation.

Great article - I highly recommend anyone who visits this blog post to read it.

That's a good point though... ironically enough a senator asked Zuckerberg to confirm if Facebook listens in on user's calls to better target ads. A similar conspiracy theory has been discussed with the NSA.

Funny way of thinking. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, but now it is here it is Facebook and not Zuckerberg that is the problem. The whole business model is wrong - people has to leave if they want privacy.

That's an interesting point... the problem seems like there is no direct substitution for Facebook. A senator asked Zuckerburg "if I own a Chevy that has problems I can give it back to Chevy and buy a Ford... what is the substitution your customers have if they don't like Facebook?" Mark couldn't give a clear answer.

The paradox is that people have created Facebook, while Facebook, on top of this, has created an abusive business model. What I mean by this is that all content, contact lists and comments are created by people. The technology behind is not rocket science at all. Facebook was just first. Facebook's only value is its monopoly on global communication. One login and you have contact to 70% of the entire world population. If people began using another technology, like the federated network Diaspora, the monopoly would crumble. We have seen how fast such thing can happen. The problem is that people would have to create the whole thing again, and most people do not have the imagination to see possible change.

That's a very interesting point. Facebook, literally, owns no content but has such strong network effects that it has access to a lot of the world.

Great contribution and thought to the post. Thank you!

Unfortunately people won't remember any of this in 2 weeks and FB will be back to it's old tactics.

#Zuccbot

Great article! FB definitely messed up big time. The users are also partially to blame in my opinion, because they are the ones giving all their personal info to FB. That's why I made this meme. Hope that you enjoy it, and thanks for sharing.

https://steemit.com/dmania/@kushmeja/youre-worried-about-privacy-you-got-zuckerberged-zg1hbmlh-i1cb4
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Haha, that's a great meme

Hey @techchat, great post! I enjoyed your content. Keep up the good work! It's always nice to see good content here on Steemit! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

not only should he resign, but the whole facebook should be subject to regulation to protect our data.

I think some form of regulation would be good; however, in order to connect the whole world, it is tough making some people have to pay for it. I have read there is a discussion of allowing users to pay for a subscription to have more control of their data. Those that don't pay have less control of their data.

facebook can't self-regulate

Poor Zucky, He's a good boy :D

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