Facebook spied on private messages of Americans who questioned the 2020 election

Facebook reported private messages to the FBI if the content expressed anti-government or anti-authority sentiments. The FBI stated the reports were a waste of their time as no direct planned violent acts could be derived. source: https://nypost.com/2022/09/14/facebook-spied-on-private-messages-of-americans-who-questioned-2020-election/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2022/09/14/facebook-spied-on-private-messages-of-americans-who-questioned-the-2020-election-archived-source/

Facebook collects data even when accounts are deactivated

Even when a Facebook account is deactivated the company continues to use the account in it’s offline state for further data collection and analysis and ad revenue, ignoring the end user’s privacy. source: https://digiday.com/media/why-facebook-keeps-collecting-peoples-data-and-building-their-profiles-even-when-their-accounts-are-deactivated/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/10/28/facebook-collects-data-even-when-accounts-are-deactivated-archived-source/

WhatsApp “end-to-end encrypted” messages aren’t that private after all

Albeit the claim by Facebook about the messages in their WhatsApp messenger service being end-to-encrypted this seems not to be the case, exposing every content send via the service and violating the end user’s privacy. source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/whatsapp-end-to-end-encrypted-messages-arent-that-private-after-all/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/09/08/whatsapp-end-to-end-encrypted-messages-arent-that-private-after-all-archived-source/

Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without decrypting it

Facebook builds a team with the task to analyze encrypted user data without decrypting it. It shows the company has no respect for end user privacy and only aims to gain as much profit as possible from selling as much user data as they can in every way possible. source: https://www.techspot.com/news/90660-facebook-reportedly-trying-analyze-encrypted-data-without-decrypting.html archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/08/03/facebook-is-reportedly-trying-to-analyze-encrypted-data-without-decrypting-it-archived-source/

WhatsApp blocked Gaza-based journalists accounts

Palestinian journalists found their WhatsApp messenger accounts blocked only to be restored a few days later, leaving them without an important communication tool. The incident shows the company Facebook bends to the will of foreign countries, in this case Israel, to push their interests instead of standing in for a free press. source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/25/israel-blocks-whatsapp-accounts-of-gaza-journalists archived […]

Facebook willingly censored Turkey’s political opposition

On the demand of the Turkish government Facebook agreed to block posts of a Kurdish militia which is targeted by the Turkish government as opponent of the state. Facebook chose to censor the content on their platform to not risk losing any business in Turkey. source: https://www.propublica.org/article/sheryl-sandberg-and-top-facebook-execs-silenced-an-enemy-of-turkey-to-prevent-a-hit-to-their-business archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/02/24/facebook-willingly-censored-turkeys-political-opposition-archived-source/

Facebook exploits EXIF photo data to track users

Facebook exploits every possibility to gather as much personal information about users as possible, even by overcoming restrictions on platforms which aim to put a stop to their breach of privacy. In this case the EXIF meta data of photos was used to use them as data collection source. source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/12/13/facebook-tracks-apple-iphone-locations-even-ios-14-and-iphone-12-12-pro-and-pro-max/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2020/12/13/facebook-exploits-exif-photo-data-to-track-users-archived-source/

Facebook bans dev for publishing tool which prevents facebook addiction

Facebook banned a developer after they learned about his creation of a tool which helps user’s overcome the addiction caused by the social media platform. This shows the company is well aware of it’s unhealthy addictive nature, as it is intended, and does everything in it’s power to prevent user’s escaping it. source: https://slate.com/technology/2021/10/facebook-unfollow-everything-cease-desist.html archived […]

Google and Facebook attempt to defeat privacy initiative

The tech giants Google and Facebook attempted to stall and stop an initiative which strengthens the privacy rights of internet users in the USA. Showing these companies put every effort into making sure user data is always as exposed and available to their core business model. source: https://www.techdirt.com/2018/04/13/public-attention-forces-facebook-to-retreat-anti-privacy-alliance-with-isps-california/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2018/04/13/google-and-facebook-attempt-to-defeat-privacy-initiative-archived-source/

Google and Facebook collect excessive amounts of user data

An analysis of the amount of data tech giants like Google and Facebook store from tracking user data, showing how the processing of personal user data is their core business model. source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2018/03/30/google-and-facebook-collect-excessive-amount-of-user-data-archived-source/

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