Posted on March 29 2019
origunally posted on March 24 2018
oh what a tangled web..
January 2015 thru August 2017
HPSCI Congressional Testimony
Testimony of Colin Stretch General Counsel, Facebook
Link to Facebook’s Testimony below:
Link to Facebook October 31, 2017 Senate Judiciary Testimony
November 1, 2017
Mr Strech presented 7 pages worth of testimony. Suffice to say he did a lot of “lawyering” but you need to remember; his ONLY job is to protect Facebook Corprate Interest, mitigate any perceived malfeasance, corporate liability and “reframe” the (rightfully so) terrible public optics. Frankly it’s a little too late. I am sure, that I am not the only one, who deleted my Facebook account a while ago.
It was widely reported by the MSM that President Obama gave Mark Zuckerberg fair warning. That the “threat” was real. And that Facebook should have taken the warning seriously. Facebook largely ignored the warning. They allowed the Russians to hijacked their Platforms, remember Facebook also owns Instagram.
That said I pulled some nuggets out from his testimony:
“That foreign actors…abused our platform…to sow division and discord…to try to undermine our election process...very small fraction of the overall content on Facebook
“All of these accounts and Pages violated our policies, and we removed them.”
In our investigation…place ads on Facebook and Instagram that reached millions of Americans over a two- year period.…time period in question, from 2015 to 2017, Americans total of over 33 trillion stories in their News Feeds.…against our terms for Pages to contain false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive claims or content…All Pages must comply with our Community Standards…”
On News and the News Facebook pushes:
“News Feed ranking determines how relevant we think a story from a Page will be to each person. We make it easy for people to override our recommendations…”
“For context, from 2015 to 2017, people in the United States saw 11.1 trillion posts from Pages on Facebook.“
On advertising and customer reach:
Advertisers choose the audience they want to reach based on demographics, interests, behaviors or contact information.“
Fake accounts undermine this objective, and are closely related to the creation and spread of inauthentic communication…to carry out disinformation campaigns like the one associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA)….”
Each day we block millions of fake accounts at registration. Our systems examines…account attributes and focus on detecting behaviors that are very difficult for bad actors to fake, including their connections to others on our platform.”
On proactive (arguably I would say reactive) actions Facebook has taken, now that it is facing a regulatory circular firing squad. What I do find interesting is no one and I mean no one has pressed Facebook for a neutral third party to run an independent audit and investigation.
We also aim to reduce the incentives for bad actors who rely on distribution to make their efforts worthwhile...now faces a new type of national cyber-security threat..shared our findings, and provided information to investigators.
…work more closely with other technology companies to share information on how to identify and prevent threats and how to respond faster and more effectively...detected and mitigated threats from actors with ties to Russia and reported them to US law enforcement officials. This included activity from a cluster of accounts belong to a group (APT28)..new kind of behavior from APT28-related accounts—namely, the creation of fake personas that were then used to seed stolen information to journalists.
These fake personas were organized under the banner of an organization that called itself DC Leaks. This activity violated our policies, and we removed the DC Leaks accounts...using fake accounts to amplify divisive material and deceptively influence civic discourse..”
…October 2016..disabled: 5.8 million fake USA accounts disabled 30K French Election …tens of thousands German Election”
Is anyone buying Facebook’s explaintion? Or the fact that the Obama Administration repeatedly warned Facebook. As in former President Obama personally contacted Mark Zuckerberg and yet it was Zuck’s own arrogance that “he is Facebook” meant he created and encouraged a corporate culture of..”its not that bad”
“At the time, [Sept 2015 to November 2016] …our automated tooling did not yet reflect our knowledge of fake accounts focused on social or political issues.”
“IRA spent approximately $100,000 on more than 3,000 Facebook and Instagram ads between June 2015 and August 2017. “
29 million people were served content in their News Feeds directly from the IRA’s 80,000 posts over the two years.”
Posts from these Pages were also shared, liked, and followed by people on Facebook..three times more people may have been exposed to a story that originated from the Russian operation..approximately 126 million people may have been served content from a Page associated with the IRA at some point during the two-year period.
…on all levels and they know it.
My advice, delete your Facebook account NOW..
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