|Posted by JROE LIGHTFOOT on March 25, 2018 at 12:55 AM|
In the wake of a terrible week of damage control by means of a directed “game of MSM softball,” Mark Zuckerberg is currently trying to calm Facebook personnel following a massive data mining scandal.
According to Zero Hedge, a March 18 article by The Guardian detailing how 28-year-old programmer Christopher Wylie "made Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool" overlooked its planned Trump-linked target and fell right on Facebook's lap, after admissions that Facebook's Orwellian data gathering in conjunction with bad oversight of what apps and their makers do with your information has caused troubling violations of privacy.
The mainstream media does not talk about how Facebook was aiding the Obama Campaign in targeting voters by utilizing harvested data, akin to what Cambridge Analytica was doing. Obama's ex campaign manager acknowledged on Twitter that Facebook did’nt just know of the campaign's data mining to "suck out the whole social graph," but that they "didn't stop us once they realized that was what we were doing."
Zero Hedge also point out that WikiLeaks emails released during the 2016 election showed that Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg truly wanted "Hillary to win badly," after Hillary came over to Sandberg's house and was "magical with her kids."
Furthermore one of the psychologists who constructed the data-mining app which collected information on over 50 million Facebook users prior to selling it to Cambridge Analytica and other companies works for Facebook.
The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist.
Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica. -The Guardian
Even the founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum - who Facebook made him a billionaire after buying his company, told his Twitter followers "It is time. #deletefacebook"
With Bannon and Trump certainly smiling at the “Pandora's box opened by The Guardian,” Mark Zuckerberg was quiet for numerous days - emerging Wednesday of last week for a round of unproductive, robot-like damage control with a few magazine exposés and a awfully “milquetoast” interview on CNN as reported by Zerohedge.
As Zuckerberg tried to put out fires outside of Facebook, the besieged CEO has taken several steps over the past few days to appease the worries of his company's 25,000 employees, according to the NYT.
The Silicon Valley company held a staff meeting on Tuesday to answer questions about Cambridge Analytica, featuring one of Facebook's lawyers, Paul Grewal. On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Zuckerberg addressed employees directly, according to two Facebook employees who asked not be identified because the proceedings were confidential. Mr. Zuckerberg also spoke with staff on Friday at a regularly scheduled employee meeting, said two people who attended the event.
"Calming employees was particularly vital because morale had sunk at the company," writes Sheera Frenkel in The Times. "Earlier this week, some Facebook employees had said that colleagues had started looking to transfer from the main social network product to other branches of the company, such as to messaging app WhatsApp and photo-sharing site Instagram, which have been relatively unscathed by the recent scandals."
One Facebook recruiter told The Times that there were concerns over top talent leaving the company for other Silicon Valley opportunities.
"It's such a shocking difference for company employees who are used to having esteem for where they work," said Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants. "Ten years ago, Facebook was the hottest place to go out of college. This year, the best graduates are not necessarily looking at Facebook."
While Zuckerberg wasn't there at the company's Tuesday team meeting, he reportedly told employees of certain measures Facebook was taking after the Cambridge Analytica report.
Mr. Zuckerberg said the social network was investigating apps like the third-party quiz app that had obtained access to "large amounts of information" from the social network, which had then been used by Cambridge Analytica. He also said the company would restrict third-party developers' access and would notify users whose data had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica.
Of the #DeleteFacebook campaign, Mr. Zuckerberg told The New York Times in an interview, "I think it's a clear signal that this is a major trust issue for people, and I understand that." -NYT
Facebook's chief managers assured an open line of communication on Friday while they reassess its privacy and security actions, according to two employees.