Don't Trust Facebook? Watch Out. They Own Instagram, Too.
Facebook has proven to no longer be a social media company. It’s a for hire surveillance company.
CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, recently testified before Congress regarding the data breaches that occurred at Facebook over the past two years.
In addition to Cambridge Analytical scraping personal information from millions of users, Facebook itself has been scanning your personal messages, phone calls and all of your contacts for years.
While the scan was implemented to protect users against things like child exploitation, cyberbullying and hackers, the scan ultimately pulled data from all areas of Android phones, including decades of information, call data and text messaging histories from Android users who use the Facebook app on their mobile device.
That's right. It’s not just Facebook Messenger that is being scanned. Messenger is just the “tip ‘O of the Zucker –iceberg.”
But why? How does Facebook profit? By selling out your personal data to Facebook customers. “Facebook users” are unwitting “customers” who freely provide their data trustingly to Facebook. In fact, you may recall how Mark Zuckerberg called Facebooks first few thousand users "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data in 2004.
Fast forward to today, Dylan McKay, an avid Facebook user, Android owner and technical wizard, recently posted a shocking photograph proving Facebook logged every call he had ever made on his mobile device.
When McKay downloaded his Facebook data as a zip file, the data revealed stalker-like surveillance information.
McKay stated that “the data of every [mobile] call I've made, including time and duration' and 'data about every text message I've received or sent” had been recorded from October 2016 to July 2017.
“They had every single social event I went to, a list of all my friends and their birthdays, and a list of every text I've sent,” he said.
“They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook. They have phone numbers of household names who, I’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled.”
Facebook recorded the precise location of everywhere you have been for the last ten years. Dates, times, and places. Facebook's massive data collections are likely greater than the collections of the world's intelligence agencies.
The biggest unanswered question: Who is Facebook selling your secrets to?
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, has made a promise to improve personal privacy. He has promised to implement new ways for users to download and delete their data, unsubscribe their account from apps and turn off contact upload settings on Facebook.
Will anything improve? Unlikely. The best thing to do is #Deletefacebook and all of its related infected programs. Barring that, be aware… Facebook owns Instagram.
That's right. This blow of data breaches has so far only involved the Facebook app. There has yet to be a story regarding how much information has been sold through Whatsapp and Instagram, which now has close to 1 billion users.
Ironically, Instagram blew up because most users were "tired" of Facebook... yet Facebook owns Instagram too. How much longer until the entire social media world collapses?