Bob Hoffman är en känd författare som bl a skrivit Badmen och Laughing @advertising och en populär föreläsare i marknadsföringssammanhang. På sin välskrivna blogg AdContrarian har Bob summerat 2019 som året då Facebook nästan konstant var förpassad till skamvrån. Blogginlägget heter Facebook’s Year Of Disgrace.
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4. January: British health minister threatens to close down social media after 14-year-old girl commits suicide after seeing disturbing content on Facebook-owned Instagram.
5. February: It was discovered that Facebook was paying kids as young as 13 to install spyware on their phones.
6. February: A committee of Parliament in England denounced Facebook as “digital gangsters” and said, “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’…”
7. February: The Wall Street Journal discovered that people were entering private information into apps and, unknown to them, the apps were feeding the info to Facebook.
8. March: Federal investigators summoned a grand jury to investigate criminal implications of Facebook’s agreement with over 100 tech companies to provide them with information about 100s of millions of FB users without their knowledge or consent.
9. March: Facebook leaves hundreds of millions of user passwords unencrypted.
10. March: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sued Facebook for allowing “advertisers to exclude people from seeing housing ads based on their race, religion, background and other characteristics”
11. March: In the wake of the massacre of 50 people in New Zealand which was live-streamed on FB, the Prime Minister of Australia threatened to jail social media execs.
12: April: It was discovered that a Mexican company had stored over 500 million Facebook records in plain site on the Amazon cloud for anyone to access.
13: April: Bloomberg reported that almost 400,000 crooks have been using Facebook for as long as eight years as a marketplace to buy and sell criminal materials.
14: April: The Daily Beast reported that “Child Brides in Africa Are Advertised on Facebook and Sold to Old Men.”
15. April: The New York Times reported that “Regulators on four continents are preparing for a long-awaited showdown with Facebook…”
16. May: In an article in the NY Times, Chris Hughes, one of the founders of Facebook, called for its breakup.
17: July: FTC fines Facebook $5 billion for Cambridge Analytica scandal.
18: August: Netflix airs “The Great Hack” about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal. PBS airs “The Facebook Dilemma,” savaging the company and claiming it has blood on its hands.
19: September: TechCrunch found another unprotected data base online which contained the phone numbers and user IDs of 419 million Facebook users.
20: September: The BBC reported that a study by Privacy International determined that “Intimate data, including when people have had sex, is being shared with Facebook.”
21: September: Massachusetts attorney general found that Facebook lied when they said they suspended 400 apps to remediate after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In fact, they suspended 69,000 questionable apps.
22: September: A study conducted by researchers at Oxford University found that “Facebook remains the No. 1 social network for disinformation…Organized propaganda campaigns were found on the platform in 56 countries.”
23: October: Facebook agreed to pay a group of advertisers $40 million to settle a suit which claimed that Facebook had inflated its video metrics by as much as 900%.
24: October: Zuckerberg gave a speech at Georgetown University defending Facebook’s policy of airing political advertising they know to be false.
25: October: BuzzFeed reported “How A Massive Facebook Scam Siphoned Millions Of Dollars From Unsuspecting Boomers.”
26: October: P&G announced that they had built their own data base of 1.5 billion people because they don’t trust the numbers of Facebook or Google.
27: November: Aaron Sorkin, writer of the movie “The Social Network,” savaged Zuckerberg’s “free speech” hypocrisy in a NY Times op ed.28: December: CNET reported “more than 267 million Facebook user phone numbers, names and user IDs were exposed in a database that anyone could access online.”
29: December: In response to an inquiry from two U.S. Senators, Facebook admitted it can track peoples’ location even if they opt out of tracking.
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