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2018-01-16 09:31:35 PM  
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2018-01-16 11:59:32 PM  
FTA: With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam.

Christ, you know it ain't easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They're gonna to crucify me
 
2018-01-17 12:01:04 AM  
just deleted my account earlier tonight
 
2018-01-17 12:04:26 AM  

codergirl42: just deleted my account earlier tonight


three or four years ago myself...only signed up for some credits in Real Racing and quit two weeks later after the 30th game request from people I've never met while I was at work.  I got tired of all the notifications interrupting my music.

I never got the credits   :(
 
2018-01-17 12:39:19 AM  
You may have seen me or others post this before in other related threads on this topic. It isn't just some meme, but the truth. They want all the data that they can get on you to then sell targeted advertising. Luckily, most of those ads just want to sell you things. But it has been shown that political ads paired with enough data can have influence on elections.

They know what they have now: a captive audience that they can feed ideas into without question or consequence. Pray the that they don't decide to use it for anything other than selling ad space, because a lot of damage could be done to humanity with something like this since the vast majority of people don't even have a clue how target advertising works let alone that they are alwayshaving targeted ads sent to them online.

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\to add to the 3 billion it already has
 
2018-01-17 12:44:51 AM  
"Facebook is a living, breathing crime scene for what happened in the 2016 election - and only they have full access to what happened," said Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google. His work centers on how technology can ethically steer the thoughts and actions of the masses on social media and he's been called "the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience" by The Atlantic magazine.

Sounds like a cockhead
 
2018-01-17 01:06:00 AM  
I'm an old internet geezer and had already been on Usenet and mu*s for years when these new fangled things called web pages started up. By then I was already jaded as to humanity's "goodness" and I was horrified at Facebook when I first paid attention.

The next horror is the whole damn internet. What nobody is talking about in the loss of net neutrality is allowing isps to monetize everything you click on. The internet is going to be one big Facebook. You think throttling is the biggest problem with loss of NN, you're sleeping.

If Facebook squicks you, well...welcome to monetized you.
 
2018-01-17 01:09:27 AM  
Suppose I pinky-swear PROMISE to not use it to solicit under-age people for sex, to defraud little old ladies of their savings or to con people into giving out credit card numbers? Can I still use it to keep up with faraway friends and learn who's playing at local bars?
 
2018-01-17 01:27:35 AM  
I still have a profile. Haven't been on since the run-up to the election (okay, I put a generic "thank you for the birthday wishes" once).  But MZ "vowing that 2018 is the year he will "fix" Facebook. " is as laughable as it was the last five times he said similar things.

/ as for the targeted ads, holy sheepish*t. Could they suck worse at it?
// I post about my new toy, a Martin 12-string. Next day I get bombarded with ads for Martin guitars.
/// You f*cknuggets, I just bought one! Yeah I'd like a few more, but let me get this one out of the case first.
 
2018-01-17 03:11:25 AM  

codergirl42: just deleted my account earlier tonight


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2018-01-17 04:04:40 AM  

codergirl42: just deleted my account earlier tonight


Or so you think.
 
2018-01-17 04:33:03 AM  
In its defense there are a lot of groups on FB that have value.  In my case it's in the automotive and sports categories.  The groups that require approval to join, have rules and don't hesitate to use the ban-hammer that are worth being in.  I've noticed a shift into those groups from forums that I used to frequent and I can understand why.  FBs notification setup is stronger than any forums even with apps like Talkatalk.

There is also the variable of the friends you keep.  Friends that I've allowed in my circle are those with critical thinking skills, most of my family is not friended and this keeps the noise ratio down. 

Everything else about it is a cesspool.
 
2018-01-17 04:37:17 AM  

gunsmack: I still have a profile. Haven't been on since the run-up to the election (okay, I put a generic "thank you for the birthday wishes" once).  But MZ "vowing that 2018 is the year he will "fix" Facebook. " is as laughable as it was the last five times he said similar things.

/ as for the targeted ads, holy sheepish*t. Could they suck worse at it?
// I post about my new toy, a Martin 12-string. Next day I get bombarded with ads for Martin guitars.
/// You f*cknuggets, I just bought one! Yeah I'd like a few more, but let me get this one out of the case first.


That seems to be the latest thing, when you search for something and buy it, you will now be subjected to 12 months or more of targeted ads for the thing you already bought (yay more revenue!).

Of course, it could be worse, they could know everything you buy....automatically ..
 
2018-01-17 05:53:01 AM  
How do you know if someone doesn't use Facebook? Don't worry, they'll tell you.

I haven't use Facebook in over three years. I can't even imagine what my Feed looked like during the Presidential Election. I'm sure I missed some things but I feel I'm better off without it, especially since the algorithms on FB always messed with what was shown on your wall.
 
2018-01-17 06:58:28 AM  
I only need the first reason, "It's not my bag."

/it's cool if you like it
 
2018-01-17 07:09:39 AM  

gunsmack: I still have a profile. Haven't been on since the run-up to the election (okay, I put a generic "thank you for the birthday wishes" once).  But MZ "vowing that 2018 is the year he will "fix" Facebook. " is as laughable as it was the last five times he said similar things.

/ as for the targeted ads, holy sheepish*t. Could they suck worse at it?
// I post about my new toy, a Martin 12-string. Next day I get bombarded with ads for Martin guitars.
/// You f*cknuggets, I just bought one! Yeah I'd like a few more, but let me get this one out of the case first.


My favorite is that I still get ads for cars. I bought one at the end of August.  And I assume their ad problem is the same core problem that their algorithm is supremely farked up compared to what it used to be. Example: Yesterday on the "top stories" feed I was still getting pregame things for Saturday's NFL games from the NFL page. A three day old date-dependent story is not news, FB.
 
2018-01-17 07:14:02 AM  
Sometimes people are so rude!  Like if you agree.
 
2018-01-17 07:27:43 AM  
Only on Facebook can I see people who I know are smart in real life compliment other people who I know are smart in real life for saying stupid shiat.  (Not Trump-level derp, just trite inanities.)
 
2018-01-17 07:41:40 AM  
I think people become addicted to the likes and the little red flags. It's like rats pressing a lever to get a treat. It's self validation. "I am here. Acknowledge me and my random thoughts and opinions."

Also, there's nothing quite like losing friends over politics.
 
2018-01-17 07:43:35 AM  
Since FB still plays fairly well with ABP, I'm still there for a couple of writing groups and the ability to troll the extremely stupid. One of the reasons the News Trolls have been so successful is people are trained to react, not think.

/ Baaaa!
//Baaaa  baaaaa!
 
2018-01-17 08:36:44 AM  
I deleted my account years ago once Fb became a place for ad revenue and games (candy crush). I loved it in college when it was used by only college students.

Also, once my mom, Grandparents, and Joe Public logged on I was out. I don't need my family peering into my college life aka binge drinking daily.
 
2018-01-17 08:40:31 AM  
The day before the Vegas Shooting I intuitively disabled/deleted my account.  The next day that horrible event happened.

I've been so happy to not have it. My wife was reading me her dumb cousins's husbands thoughts on children not walking to school in 6 degree weather in Oklahoma. Apparently, he thinks it's going to make them weak. He's a bald tubby pussy the likes of which many of you have never seen.

My wife got a good eating out and tongue lashing over never telling me Facebook posts again.

She got the O-propriete message out of the climax of our differences.

/instagram is ok for rare positivity
//Twitter is ok for random ass pounding and news
///fark scratches all those itches for me
 
2018-01-17 08:44:48 AM  
Yup, I'm aware. That's why I report every ad as offensive (usually for nudity or graphic violence) and why when they asked if I could take a survey last night, I said yes. Here's the gist of it: 

By First name only, please identify the 5 people you are closest to:
Mom, Dad, Jack, Jill, Spot

What is your relationship to each of these people: Other - Ashhole, farkwit, fatash, dumbash, and pet (respectively and uncensored)

All other questions were answered I don't know, I don't post on Facebook, or Neither agree nor disagree

If you want my data, I will give it to you. It's up to you to wade through it. 

https://www.ted.com/talks/hasan_elahi​
 
2018-01-17 09:19:51 AM  

hashtag.acronym: FTA: With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam.


Christianity and Judaism have nuclear weapons.
 
2018-01-17 09:22:54 AM  
So, it's Facebook's fault that people who are simple-minded fools get fooled? Because that would not, and has not, ever happened with any other form of media?

As for privacy...who the hell ever told you it was going to be private? It's your own decision to join Facebook...you don't PAY for Facebook...you have the option to STOP using Facebook anytime you want.

There are people I grew up with who post every place they go to, every emotion they experience, every opinion that ever wafts through their minds. They rarely have a meal where they don't post pictures of their food. They rarely take a trip without the departure and destination, date, time, and airline graphed out for the world to see. They detail every malady and personal injury in excruciating detail. And they're all shocked to discover that these details aren't all being stored in an airtight box. Never a thought for the fact that they joined a service that charges them nothing, but has a market cap of 519.79B.
 
2018-01-17 09:48:24 AM  
The thing about actually deleting FB is the feeling that I'm throwing out a "phonebook" of old friends. There's a lot of people I grew up with and went to school with who I rarely if ever speak to, but I have no cell phone or email address. I'd love to ditch the commercial parts of facebook but don't really want to ditch the actual network.
 
2018-01-17 10:02:01 AM  
I've got a static page up that I placed there years back - just a pointer to my email address if someone from my misspent youth wanted to look me up.

To me, Facebook is basically Faux News given live feedback. It's pretty much the worst of the worst. I avoid it like the misinformation plague that it is. I'm happy to block its IPs at the router.

Sad to see how many websites shiat themselves when you do this. The people they hire to write code for their sites are illiterate farkwallets, and half the time the inability to reach Facebook for some retarded tracking plugin will crash out a full site page.

Morons.
 
2018-01-17 10:06:11 AM  
Yep. I'm having trouble alright....

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2018-01-17 10:32:42 AM  
"One of the things that I saw consistently as part of my job was the company just continuously prioritized user growth and making money over protecting users"

So, its like every service out there today.  Good to know.
 
2018-01-17 10:44:22 AM  

This text is now purple: hashtag.acronym: FTA: With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam.

Christianity and Judaism have nuclear weapons.


Mark Zuckerberg's net worth is more than the GDP of 120 countries as of 2017.  Dude probably has his own ballistic missile submarine cruising off the California coast as I type this.
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2018-01-17 10:54:27 AM  
It's often the best source for info on bands especially obscure that don't have a real webpage, but I've never had an account.
 
2018-01-17 11:20:11 AM  

dukeblue219: The thing about actually deleting FB is the feeling that I'm throwing out a "phonebook" of old friends. There's a lot of people I grew up with and went to school with who I rarely if ever speak to, but I have no cell phone or email address. I'd love to ditch the commercial parts of facebook but don't really want to ditch the actual network.


I asked for email addresses before I deleted my account some time back. Those that replied get to hear from me through email from time to time. Those that didn't, don't. No harm no foul. No loss.

Once I was free of all the psycho BS I was reading there, my mood improved dramatically. I'm still trying to get my wife to dump it.
 
2018-01-17 11:29:50 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: You may have seen me or others post this before in other related threads on this topic. It isn't just some meme, but the truth. They want all the data that they can get on you to then sell targeted advertising. Luckily, most of those ads just want to sell you things. But it has been shown that political ads paired with enough data can have influence on elections.

They know what they have now: a captive audience that they can feed ideas into without question or consequence. Pray the that they don't decide to use it for anything other than selling ad space, because a lot of damage could be done to humanity with something like this since the vast majority of people don't even have a clue how target advertising works let alone that they are alwayshaving targeted ads sent to them online.

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\to add to the 3 billion it already has


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2018-01-17 11:46:41 AM  

dukeblue219: The thing about actually deleting FB is the feeling that I'm throwing out a "phonebook" of old friends. There's a lot of people I grew up with and went to school with who I rarely if ever speak to, but I have no cell phone or email address. I'd love to ditch the commercial parts of facebook but don't really want to ditch the actual network.


Pretty much this.  the only contact I have with a number of people is through FB, and it's a comfortable way to relate to people like cousins. But the constant OMG POLITIKS! on my feed starts to affect me if I don't step away from the screen soon enough.
 
2018-01-17 12:15:48 PM  

JolobinSmokin: The day before the Vegas Shooting I intuitively disabled/deleted my account.  The next day that horrible event happened.

I've been so happy to not have it. My wife was reading me her dumb cousins's husbands thoughts on children not walking to school in 6 degree weather in Oklahoma.


My youngest brother likes to post stuff about personal responsibility these days.  It's funny if you've known him his whole life. Ask his series of ex-wives.
 
2018-01-17 12:32:53 PM  
Thanks a sh*t ton for killing Windows Live Messenger, Microslop.

Gods I hate FB.
 
2018-01-17 02:23:01 PM  
Just wondering:

If Hillary would have won, would Facebook still be considered an 'active crime scene', or "an affirmation of the beauty of the internet and the good it can bring to the world"?
 
2018-01-17 02:39:38 PM  

sunnewswebguy: Just wondering:

If Hillary would have won, would Facebook still be considered an 'active crime scene', or "an affirmation of the beauty of the internet and the good it can bring to the world"?


Crime scene. Regardless of who won, it was used as a tool by a foreign power for propaganda and the owner of the platform knew about it.
 
2018-01-17 04:41:22 PM  
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2018-01-17 05:55:20 PM  
I like FB but have no illusions about how dumb it is.  Between ABP and FB Purity and other such programs available you can tailor FB to how you want to see it.  I keep my games, friends, and interests lists separate.  I rarely see anything I don't want to see.
 
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