How big tech finally awakened to the horror of its own inventions

It took years for ex-Facebook and Google bosses to criticize what they had created – but they seem to have had a collective change of heart. Perhaps it’s because they now have children of their own

Sean Parker has been among the Silicon Valley voices condemning the industry’s own work.
 Sean Parker has been among the Silicon Valley voices condemning the industry’s own work. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

For an industry that prides itself on innovation, Silicon Valley loves to conform. The herd mentality can be seen everywhere, from tech executives’ collective commitment to wearing wool slippers in public to the spectacle of Facebook, Google and Twitter sheepishly echoing one another’s testimony at a series of congressional hearings in October.

In recent months, a new trend has emerged among the tech elite: publicly bashing the companies that made them enormously wealthy.

Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, both former Facebook executives, made headlines recently with sharp critiques of their former employers’ addictive qualities and damage to society. The pair joined a growing chorus of disenchanted techies, including the Facebook engineer who invented the Like button, the former Google ethicist Tristan Harris, and the designer who came up with the “pull to refresh” mechanism used by Twitter.

“I wake up in cold sweats every so often thinking: what did we bring to the world?” said Tony Fadell, the founder of Nest and one of the key architects of the iPod, at a conference in June. “Did we really bring a nuclear bomb with information that can – like we see with fake news – blow up people’s brains and reprogram them?”


Tech’s nascent moment of reckoning is welcome – if somewhat belated. Victor Frankenstein recognized that his creation was a “miserable monster” on the very same “dreary night of November” that he created it. It appears to have taken a full decade and a different dreary November night to awaken the new class of tech agonistes to the horror of their inventions.

The election of Donald Trump was “a big slap in the face” for people at Facebook, said Antonio Garcia-Martinez, a former Facebook product manager. To most Facebook employees, Garcia-Martinez said, “Trump is the incarnation of Satan. The fact that they helped Satan get elected does dog a lot of people.”

Ev Williams, one of the co-founders of Twitter, told the New York Times this spring that Twitter’s role in Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency was “a very bad thing”, adding: “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”

But tech’s new cohort of critics are not exactly profiles in courage, according to Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia who is writing a book about Facebook.

“Social media scholars have been warning about the fact that Facebook has been hijacked by hateful groups, violent groups, authoritarian leaders for years. It’s just that very few people have been paying attention. It doesn’t take a huge intellectual leap to be a Facebook critic these days.”

Indeed, it took nearly a year for Mark Zuckerberg to apologize for dismissing concerns that Facebook’s amplification of misinformation could have influenced the presidential election as a “pretty crazy idea”.

Garcia-Martinez also cast doubt upon the sincerity of some of these mea culpas. “He hasn’t exactly given back his Facebook equity or the wealth that derived from it,” he said of Palihapitiya. “I think [Palihapitiya and Parker] might have minor pricklings of conscience, but are they really changed men who are seeking to redress their sins of the past? Fuck no.”


Many of the men who have become tech naysayers have changed in one crucial aspect, however: they have become fathers.

“A lot of the designers and coders who were in their 20s when we were creating these things didn’t have kids. Now they have kids,” Fadell said in June. “And they see what’s going on, and they say: ‘Wait a second.’”

Palihapitiya told CNBC that his own children were allowed “no screen time whatsoever”, while Parker, a father of two, said of social networking: “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

That Silicon Valley parents use the money they earn from tech to send their children to tech-free schools is no secret. But such qualms have not stopped the tech companies themselves from continuing to push their products on to other people’s children, both through partnerships with school districts and special apps for children as young as six.

Roger McNamee, an early investor in Google and Facebook and a stalwart of the new tech critics, lambasted the targeting of children in an article for the Guardian this year, writing: “Alphabet provides Chromebooks to elementary schools with the objective of capturing the attention, and perhaps even behavioral data, about children. At the same time, Alphabet’s YouTube Kids is a site filled with inappropriate content that creates addiction in children far too young to resist.”

Vaidhyanathan warned that even that conversation suffers from “the myopia of western Europe and America”.

“When we look around for the places where Facebook has been used and abused in the most damaging ways, we have to look at the Philippines, India, and Myanmar – places where whole radical nationalist movements have been fostered and executed on Facebook,” said Vaidhyanathan.

In recent months, news outlets have documented the role of Facebook in fomenting anti-Rohingya hatred in Myanmar and helping Rodrigo Duterte rise to power and stifle dissent in the Philippines.

If that nightmare is keeping anyone in Silicon Valley up at night, we haven’t heard about it yet. But it’s as good as certain that if one techie decides to take the leap and speak out, others will follow.


By Audrey Constance

In The Intercept’s notorious article about how Google bought the Obama White House and planted all of Google’s staff in the Department of Energy, Patent Office and The White House itself, shockers were revealed. Take a look at the original article at this link:

In a number of other investigative articles, by many credible sources, it was revealed that Google had taken over part of the operations of the U.S. Government in order to steer government cash and policy decisions to Google.

Many researchers are now hunting down those Google-shills in California State and U.S. Federal offices and reporting them for interdiction.

Researchers, reporters, citizen journalists and others are using Linkedin, Facebook, the Office of Personnel Management, and other records to track them and report them to Trump’s strategy guy: Bannon, and the Transition team of the President-Elect.

The Google plants, shills and ex-employees Coup D'Etat contractors and staff that Google planted in the U.S. Government are almost now completed identified. Looks like every single one is getting fired.

We heard that Google won't even be able to operate as a company within 38 months. Apparently corruption does NOT pay!

If you know a Google, Report A Google”

Washington, DC insiders are being asked to send lists of Google front people, that got themselves embedded in government offices in order to manipulate cash to Google, to report them to the Trump Transition office in New York City.




Nov. 16, 2016


Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Telephone: (202) 326-2222


Advertisers in the United States have had billions of dollars squandered by the lies, misrepresentations, falsehoods and manipulations in the collusion between Google, Facebook and Twitter to rig the false impression of advertising value.

Using fake users called “Bots”, falsified “impressions reports:, rigged metrics and forensically confirmed lies in their marketing, these three companies deluded customers and users in violation of ethics and laws.

Facebook is a dead, and or dying, irrelevant platform which was converted to a political manipulation tool for Silicon Valley billionaires. As the public rejected Facebook in a massive departure of users, Facebook turned to criminality in order to survive.

This is a disservice to it’s customers, to American users and to the U.S. Treasury , who has provided Facebook with billions of dollars derived from those taxpayers.

Reporter Samantha Masunaga published the following factual report:

“Facebook Inc. said it has found several “errors” in calculating how many people view content on Pages, the profiles with features tailored for businesses and well-known personalities.

The Menlo Park social media giant said Wednesday that the seven-day and 28-day summary number over-counted how many times a page was viewed.

Instead of showing how many unique visitors were looking at the page, the number showed a sum of all views, including repeat visitors. Facebook said the “vast majority” of metrics shown by its Page Insights were not affected by this error. 

The bug has been live since May and will be fixed in the coming weeks, the company said in a statement

Facebook bans fake news from its advertising network — but not its News Feed

Once fixed, the seven-day summary number will be about 33% lower, and the 28-day number will be about 55% lower, Facebook said.

The company also said it had under-counted metrics for videos that were viewed to completion.

Facebook said videos uploaded by advertisers are sometimes a fraction of a second shorter, which means audio and video lengths sometimes don’t match up. That caused the company to under-count how many videos were watched until the end.

Facebook said that it is addressing the issue, and that the count of videos viewed to completion could increase by 35%.

In September, Facebook apologized for a discrepancy in a metric that overstated the average time people spent watching a video.”

Other news headlines include:






Tens of thousands of news articles verify these illicit deeds, ie:

Facebook exaggerating view count didn't affect advertiser bills ...

Facebook exaggerated a key metric advertisers use to assess the performance of their videos on the platform by potentially as much as 80% for ...

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Facebook Misrepresented Video Views to Advertisers for 2 Years ...

Facebook lied to advertisers about how much video you watch ... For at least the past two years, Facebook has been touting some really stellar ...

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Facebook Lies About Advertising Metrics (NASDAQ:FB) | Benzinga

Sep 23, 2016 ... Major advertisers and marketers are "upset" with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) after the social media company disclosed it vastly overestimated ...

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Truth, Lies amp Facebook Advertising - Forbes

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Facebook has been lying about some VERY important statistics ...

SOCIAL network has been exaggerating its video views for several years, leading to skewed figures and increased Facebook advertising ...

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The FTC must punish Facebook and regulate Facebook for these lies and abuses. Facebook only “discovers errors” when it is caught. An FBI raid on Facebook will discover much more.


Thank you.


The National Advertising Alliance




ADDENDA: Warning to the buyers of Twitter, Yahoo, Google and Facebook!!!


You are buying a grave-yard with nobody in it and most of the world absolutely hates those brands!


Most of the people on those sites are fake computer generated puppet-bots created to trick advertisers into paying big invoices. There is, literally, nobody worth marketing left on Twitter, Yahoo, Google and Facebook. Only the most stupid and ill-informed people still use them and they can be pulled away from them with a single Tweet telling them how dumb they are.


So the “nobody is home” fake users issue is big. Twitter, Yahoo, Google and Facebook will lie their heads off to try to hang onto their stock value. They will say that the users are really real but you are a sucker if you bite that apple after seeing all of the recent reports on the ghosts of Google.


The next part is the sucker play that will hurt the longest and the hardest.


While everybody on University Avenue in Palo Alto, California thinks that the era is alive and leaping into the heavens in unstoppable glory, the reality is that Silicon Valley is a bubble of delusion. Everybody outside of Silicon Valley thinks that Twitter, Yahoo, Google and Facebook suck. The real world sees them as media manipulation tools who spy on the public for the NSA.


The real world hates those companies.



83 million Facebook accounts are fakes and dupes

By Heather Kelly, CNN


Facebook profiles for non-humans, such as companies or pets, violate the social network's terms of service.

Story highlights

  • Fake and duplicate profiles and spam accounts make up 8.7% of Facebook active pages

  • Facebook is always looking for and disabling these types of accounts

  • Some 14.3 million undesirable accounts have been created for purposes like spammingIf you're using a fake name on your Facebook account, maintaining a personal profile for your beloved pet or have a second profile you use just for logging in to other sites, you have one of the 83.09 million fake accounts Facebook wants to disable.

In an updated regulatory filing released Wednesday, the social media company said that 8.7 percent of its 955 million monthly active users worldwide are actually duplicate or false accounts.

"On Facebook we have a really large commitment in general to finding and disabling false accounts," Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan told CNN in a recent interview. "Our entire platform is based on people using their real identities."

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So what are those 83 million undesired accounts doing? They're a mixture of innocent and malicious, and Facebook has divvied them up into three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts and "undesirable" accounts.





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Duplicate accounts make up 4.8% (45.8 million) of Facebook's total active member tally. According to the network's terms of service, users are not allowed to have more than one Facebook personal account or make accounts on behalf of other people. Parents creating Facebook accounts for their young kids are violating two rules, since people under 13 are not allowed to have Facebook profiles.

Misclassified accounts are personal profiles that have been made for companies, groups or pets. Those types of profiles (22.9 million) are allowed on Facebook, but they need to be created as Pages. Facebook estimates that 2.4% of its active accounts are these non-human personal accounts. These accounts can be converted into approved pages without losing information. Pets such as Boo, the self-anointed "world's cutest dog," are typically classified as Public Figures.

The third group is the smallest -- just 1.5% of all active accounts -- but most troublesome. There are 14.3 million undesirable accounts that Facebook believes have been created specifically for purposes that violate the companies terms, like spamming.

Face it, Facebook: Sometimes you suck

"We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the United States or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey," the company said in the filing. The tallies were based on an internal sampling of accounts done by reviewers, and Facebook says the numbers may represent the actual number.

Facebook disables any false accounts it finds, and while it wipes all the information associated with the name from public view, it doesn't delete the account from its servers "for safety and security" reasons. The disabled account goes into a sort of Facebook limbo, where the owner of the account can't get their hands on any of the content -- photos, posts, videos -- not even by requesting a copy of the data, according to Facebook.

If Facebook does shut down your account, it says you can't create a new one without permission from the company.

Complete coverage: Facebook



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