Facebook Continues Handing Data To Governments Worldwide


by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

Facebook is continuing to show its disregard for privacy as it hands its user data to governments all over the world.

According to a new report released by the social media giant on Dec. 18th, the company has increasingly received requests for data from governments worldwide.

In the U.S., the requests rose by as much as 26% from the last six months of 2016 to the first six months of 2017; while, globally, requests increased by about 21% since 2013 when the company first started providing data on government requests, QZ reported.

Facebook explained that it would only provide user data to governments if that request is legally sufficient, and will push back in court if it’s not. Despite Facebook’s desire to eventually operate in China and Zuckerberg’s flirtation with the country’s leaders, the company is still unwilling to compromise as much as the government wants it to in order to enter, Bloomberg reported.

This comes from a company that wants to, in Orwellian fashion, “allow users to communicate using only their minds.”

Quite worrying to say the very least.  Facebook also supports paid censorship as it tested burying posts from news outlets and businesses in 6 countries unless they pay for it.

For a company connected to the Defense Advanced Project Agency (DARPA), and the CIA’s research venture capital funding arm In-Q-Tel. this is all scary beyond belief for privacy advocates.

The social media giant has also taken it upon itself to begin censoring accounts it deems are spreading “fake news,” in a post published to its blog in April this year.

Facebook has also announced that soon it will decide what is “Russian propaganda” for its users, which is incredibly frightening that we may soon live in a society where unknown arbitrators of truth are paid to decide what is and isn’t “propaganda” on the largest social network.

Last year the social behemoth began testing “features” according to Mashable which allowed Facebook users to mark a story in their newsfeed as fake.

This will result in a story having a “Disputed by” pop-up of chosen fact-checkers under its title, along with a link to a corresponding article explaining why it might be false, as seen by a Gizmodo reporter on Twitter.

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