September , 2016
We could bemoan the fact that Elon Musk’s recyclable rocket ship just experienced a set back, or rejoice that the recent Space X rocket explosion also just destroyed a $200 million-dollar satellite technology developed by Facebook, presumably to spy on the earth’s credulous inhabitants.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s developer, says that he is ‘deeply disappointed’ in the recent explosion, but that he will forge ahead with a technology meant to ‘bring the Internet to remote rural areas such as in Africa.’ Is Zuckerberg’s technology really a boon to society, or is it tainted with the same baleful ‘philanthropic’ disease as projects like those of Bill Gates and his Foundation – another billionaire with ample assets to control the world?
Though the social media platform has promised users it will alert them if they are being eavesdropped on by the government with ‘state sponsored spies,’ FB users have increasingly reported being vocally castigated for posting certain anti-government sentiments. Numerous people have screen shots of posts being pulled or ‘likes’ being altered – of outright censorship by Facebook, itself.
In another post, Zuckerberg seems to flatly deny overt cooperation with the NSA, or other spying entities in one breath, and practically admits cooperation with America’s clandestine surveillance program in another:
“I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:
Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.
When governments ask Facebook for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure.
We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.”
Notice he reiterates the word ‘safe’ a number of times, but how can we be safe with a vast spying network being launched into space by a private entity listening in even to our phone conversations?
Is Facebook Spying on You?
Some users of Facebook have reported themes of conversation on their smart phones showing up in ads just hours after having a conversation related to the topics discussed.
One participant in a study which was trying to find out just how invasive social media can be said:
“It’s so creepy, it’s so creepy, I mean, for anyone to say it’s not creepy is just fooling themselves, it’s beyond what I ever thought I would see.”
For example, if a student discussed ordering food to take home or their favorite alcoholic drinks, those specific products would show up in the FB feed.
Facebook flatly denies using such technology, issuing a statement saying, “Facebook and Instagram do not use microphone audio to inform advertising in any way. Businesses are however able to serve relevant ads to people based on other aspects, such as their age, their city, and their interests.”
Zuckerberg does admit with enthusiasm, though, that FB is developing a form of artificial intelligence (AI) called ‘Deep Learning’ that can recognize you from pictures you post, even if you aren’t in them, giving your location, and other private information to whomever they please.
The AI, FB combo is beyond unsettling. As Wired recently reported, “Deep learning provides a more effective means of analyzing your most personal of habits. “What Facebook can do with deep learning is unlimited,” says Abdel-rahman Mohamed, who worked on similar AI research at the University of Toronto. “Every day, Facebook is collecting the network of relationships between people. It’s getting your activity over the course of the day. It knows how you vote — Democrat or Republican. It knows what products you buy.””
No matter how Zuckerberg spins his true intentions, stating that he “has developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well,” the truth is that even in the most remote places of the world, there will be fewer personal freedoms.
How do you control an entire planet? You control their means of expression – their open communication. Facebook has already manufactured consent with a means to “amuse ourselves to death,” as Walter Lippmann would say. There are 1.71 billion active monthly users. Who among us hasn’t had issues with Facebook insinuating its corporate aims into our feed?
Social media may be controlled by algorithms, but it is also controlling our opinions of democracy, war, and genocide. It is controlling what evidence we see of false flags, and tries to alter our opinions of presidential candidates.
Where once mainstream news had open conversations about controversial topics, but increasingly became silenced by a few companies controlling big-budget advertising campaigns, we now see a similar phenomenon happening on social media platforms.
When only four companies currently own almost everything in the world, do we really think Facebook’s space-satellite is meant for ‘connecting every single person,’ as Zuckerberg states, or is it just another means to lock down the inmates on this blue-green planet? At least for now, Zuckerberg’s plans have been spoiled. Thanks to the Space-X explosion, $200 million dollars’ worth of satellite spying technology is little more than rubble.