Open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: „Stop lying!”

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Altnews editor’s comment:

An in-depth critique of Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing before the US Congress by one of the privacy industry expert insiders Cliqz.com dots the I s and crosses the T s and presents some eye opening statistics.

That Facebook (and Google and Youtube, etc.) are probably evil would meet with general agreement after reading this post.

To take your privacy back from these evil players on the Internet you would be well advised to install browser software (and extensions) that is especially designed to do just that: protect your privacy.

While there are a number of options available out there, I have been test-driving the Cliqz browser with the Ghostery extension for some time both on the desktop and on the mobile. While I have not examined the data-stream between the browser and the Internet, the Cliqz browser has restored my confidence that my Internet activities are private as they should be.

Both Cliqz and Ghostery are available as extensions for other web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome so you can stay on familiar territory but now in the knowledge that your data is safe.

— Barefoot Warrior, editor

The #Facebook CEO claims to know nothing about shadow profiles. We at #Cliqz consider this statement to be not very credible and ask him to respect everyone’s privacy in an open letter.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign.

Björn Greif Editor Blog on Cliqz

By: Björn Greif

Editor
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At a hearing before the #US_Congress Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that he did not know anything about shadow profiles. Cliqz now confronts him with this obvious lie in an open letter that has appeared in leading German and European media today:

DEAR MARK ZUCKERBERG,

Some lawmakers embarrassed themselves when they questioned you in front of the US Congress. It was a bit like watching one‘s grandparents trying to be cool on social media. At times the ladies and gentlemen there seemed a little out of their depth, there were a few awkward moments – in fact the entire event could have been quite amusing, and you and your shareholders had every reason to feel relieved.

However, upon a closer look, none of it was funny. What you told the world was a lie. You evaded the question about the fact that Facebook has us all under #surveillance, regardless of whether we are actually signed up to Facebook or not by claiming some obscure “security purposes”. That is one conscious aspect of your business model which is not funny at all.

Let us look forward to a better future. You have told the media that this is what you intend to do. You have been given a chance to do things better. Keep your word! Prove that you really intend to implement the changes to your company you have promised to the public. Show your users some respect – and respect everyone’s privacy.

AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW PRIVACY WORKS, ASK US. WE’RE REALLY GOOD AT IT.

Dr.-Ing. Marc Al-Hames
CEO Cliqz GmbH

Jean-Paul Schmetz
CEO Cliqz GmbH

Zuckerberg’s statements are not very trustworthy

With the #Cambridge_Analytica scandal, Facebook came into the public eye as one of the actors of the otherwise covert #surveillance_economy. At first glance, users of the major Internet platforms only see a social network, a search engine, a map service, a video portal. In the background, however, data is collected and turned into money. It was long overdue that the data collection practice of Facebook – representing all major advertising-funded Internet giants – was put to the test.

Asked about #shadow_profiles by Congressman Ben Lujan, Zuckerberg said: “I’m not familiar with that.” Shadow profiles are the data that Facebook collects and stores even about those Internet users who never signed up to Facebook or who deliberately left the network. The founder of the Social Network allegedly knows nothing about this practice? Pretty unlikely!

Zuckerberg actually knows very well that Facebook’s tracking scripts are integrated into thousands of websites. They even allow Facebook to see what we are all doing outside its platform. This data is an essential part of their business model. The information reveals a lot about what we want to buy or where we will travel to – ideal for targeting for marketing purposes.


Facebook tracks nearly 30% of global website traffic, as a study by Cliqz and #Ghostery shows. The evaluation of “only” one third of all the websites we visit is enough to know more about us than our closest relatives do: whether we have debts, suffer from a serious illness, cheat on our partner, look for a new job, and what political attitudes and sexual preferences we have – our Internet history reveals it all.

This is how privacy works!

Cliqz respects and protects your privacy. The anti-tracking technology built into our Cliqz and Ghostery browser products reliably prevents you from being tracked across the web. Tracking scripts are either blocked from the outset or the personal data they request is replaced by a generic placeholder. With this combination of blocklist-based anti-tracking and the #AI-powered removal of user identifiers, Cliqz is the innovation leader.

In addition, Cliqz only stores strictly anonymous, merely statistical data on its servers without any reference to individual users. This anonymous statistical data is the foundation of our independent web index, used by our quick search engine that is built into the Cliqz Browser, among others. Nevertheless, Cliqz is able to individualize services. But all data related to individual users always remain on the user’s device, in their possession and under their control. This client-side data aggregation is the privacy-friendly counter model to storing profiles on servers in data centers.

Cliqz’s business model MyOffrz also follows the principle “the browser knows everything, we know nothing”: Cliqz users see attractive offers based on the websites they visit and the search queries they enter. The matching of interests and offers takes place locally in the browser on the user’s device; no data related to individual users is sent to the Cliqz servers. This innovative technology, called Browser-based Performance Marketing, is a proof of concept for a consistently privacy-friendly business model of the future. It proves that no profiles need to be stored on servers to build an ad-based business model.

Let’s see Facebook & Co. do that!

Source: Clize,com

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Snowden: Facebook is tracking me even though I am not on Facebook.

Snowden: Facebook is tracking me even though I am not on Facebook.

Altnews editor comment:

It requires me to be constantly alert that my web sites and blog posts do not give #Facebook, #Google and others  the opportunity to track and spy on my visitor’s Internet activity.

I see so many of those offending web sites where the webmaster has, mostly innocently, installed code to allow visitors to like and/or share their post on social media and:

Kaboom…

Facebook and Google immediately install a cookie on your device that allows them to spy on every move you make, pages you visit, text you type into (comment, registration and order) forms and search terms you may use. They record your location, time of day and often also the URL and content of every other tab you may have open in your web browser.

Surely this is the work of the Devil? In anyone’s language and everyone’s creed?

My next job is to scan every blog post I copy into one of my posts for the like of the above mentioned devilish spying code. For the time being I cannot guarantee that I will catch them all.

But when you install the fabulous #Open Source  #Ghostery add-on in your web browser at least you will be protected from data stealing spies at your end and on your device.

So, If I have peaked your interest and curiosity do read on to learn more about what the #Technocracy is doing to build a massive profile on you. They know you better than you know yourself IF you let them get away with it.

— Barefoot Warrior, Editor Continue reading “Snowden: Facebook is tracking me even though I am not on Facebook.”

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10 Decentralized Social Media Networks to Use Instead of Facebook

By Jake Anderson
Topics: #Blockchain #Facebook #JakeAnderson #SocialMedia

A Post Facebook, Google and Twitter World is Here
A Post Facebook, Google and Twitter World is Here

The salient facts of the new Cambridge Analytica scandal are bad, and the optics are even worse for Facebook, which is already facing multiple battles both in legal courts and the court of public opinion. But this really is just the spilled pot of a long-boiling problem: growing discomfort within our citizen-consumer class over predatory data mining and the unaccountable shadow agencies and corporations being given access to our private lives via social networks. Big Brother has been privatized, and it may turn out to be far more dangerous than anything George Orwell predicted.

Typically, Facebook has been able to duck, dodge, juke, and jive its way out of such entanglements because of the sheer ubiquity of social media in our daily lives, the market value of the company, and its ability to manipulate public opinion. But this time is different. The company hit the politicized buzzsaw of the 2016 election, which is still grinding and sparking from accusations concerning the use of Facebook to spread propaganda (which in reality, of course, is nothing new). In other words, “Facebook’ is appearing in more and more paragraphs containing “Russia,” and in today’s climate, that is worse than a decade of privacy violations. Continue reading “10 Decentralized Social Media Networks to Use Instead of Facebook”

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Investigative journalist Ben Swann confirms conspiracy facts surrounding censorship of Health Ranger, InfoWars content by YouTube, Facebook, Google

Social Media CensorshipSocial Media Censorship

(Natural News) In recent weeks independent and alternative media outlets and their content creators have been sounding the alarm over censorship actions undertaken by Left-leaning social media giants like Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter, and others. In many instances, the social media sites weren’t just censoring content, they were taking down entire channels and with them removing complete video and content libraries that often contained hundreds or thousands of programs — all under the guise of ‘combating hate speech’ and ‘fake news.’

Targets of this censorship included Natural News Network founder/editor Mike Adams, whose Health Ranger channel on YouTube has been completely eradicated. Also included was Alex Jones, creator of InfoWars.com.

Their warnings were met with criticism, doubt, and derision in many media quarters, but as it turns out, they were not only right, they were just the tip of the censorship iceberg. As noted by investigative journalist Ben Swann via All News Pipeline, there is indeed a concerted effort by the Alt-Left social media giants to deep-six conservative, independent voices of liberty as part of an overall effort to silence their voices. (Related: Health Ranger announces Real.Video as “the answer to YouTube censorship” … bypass tyranny and censorship with p2p file sharing.)

Continue reading “Investigative journalist Ben Swann confirms conspiracy facts surrounding censorship of Health Ranger, InfoWars content by YouTube, Facebook, Google”

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“Stalinist Purge” underway in America as Marxist Left, aided by Democrat-aligned tech giants, censor nearly all opposition

The Internet Bullies are coming to get you

(Natural News) If you’ve been reading this site in recent weeks, you know that there is an effort underway by the big tech/media elite to purge all voices that do not comport with the Alt-Left/Marxist worldview. If you’re an independent media site that caters to the free-thinker, the libertarian-minded, the conservative, the supporter of President Donald J. Trump — or a combination of all of those things — Facebook doesn’t want anyone to hear from you. Twitter wants to ban you. Google seeks to defund you. Soon, no doubt, Instagram will try to hide your face.All of this is intentional. Under the guise of combatting “fake news,” these social media giants are engaged in what former Reagan administration economist Paul Craig Roberts recently likened to a “Stalinist purge” — a reference to the brutal late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin who deep-sixed his political enemies or otherwise made them disappear.

Granted, the speech Nazis at the social media giants aren’t killing their competition — yet. But you get the feeling just by reading the comments and seeing the actions of people they aren’t banning or defunding that some of them would love to have that power.

Scary.

As for Roberts, he thinks the country is at a turning point — and after witnessing outright immigration lawlessness in California and seeing the defacement of a fountain using Communist symbolism at the University of Texas — I agree with him.

Read more at naturalnews.com

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