What is the Story with Facebook? Why are all of the left-wing (mainly) pundits badmouthing their once darling of tech Mark Zuckerberg? Did Facebook deceive its users and share their data with only right-wing political groups to defeat Clinton? And, who gave Facebook billions to fund his start-up? Is Zuckerberg a real person? How is all of this reminiscent of the targeting of Microsoft in the 1990’s that ended up triggering the end of the dot-com boom?
The Russian Collusion Story is backfiring on the Leftist and anti-Trump elitist. So much so, it has triggered an investigation of the Obama Administration and a re-opening of the Clinton email scandal investigation. The Stormy Daniels “non-story” is not the anti-Trump bombshell the media had hoped for. Even if the Left and the anti-Trump elitists buy the old Playboy mansion and claim Trump slept with all of Hefner’s Playmates going back to 1960 it won’t hurt Trump with his base, and even perhaps those who did not vote for him but are finding a good paying job, see lower taxes taken out of their paychecks, or are feeling good about themselves and their family’s future for the first time in a long time. So, what does Facebook have to do with Trump and is the 2018 Facebook the 1990’s Microsoft? Let’s go back a few years!
Facebook was supposedly created and launched in 2004 by Zuckerberg while he was in Harvard along with his classmates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. Today, almost 2 billion users of Facebook log into is application and share in-depth personal profiles and intimate stories about their lives! Think of Facebook as a Catholic Confessional for all age groups from young pre-teens to senior citizens! It is also a massive “message board” for political chatter, cyber bullying, terrorist chatter, hate group rantings and anything else you can imagine!
Initial funding for Zuckerberg and Facebook came from the ultra left-wing billionaire, and Trump Hater, Peter Thiel, who wrote a check for $500,000 to Zuckerberg in 2004. In return, Thiel received 10.2% of the company and a seat on the board. Thiel and others were able to bring their leftist ideology to Facebook early on even though the Harvard Schooled Zuckerberg was already very left leaning. From 2004 until Facebook’s Initial Public Offering on May 18, 2012, many venture capitalist and even Microsoft bought into Facebook’s future.
During this period of time, Obama and his Federal Reserve, through quantitative easing, pumped massive amounts of newly printed cash into the equity markets and Facebook was a major beneficiary of this practice. It could be argued, if it were not for quantitative easing by the Fed, companies like Facebook would not have survived real scrutiny and backing by Wall Street. But then again, Facebook management was ultra-left-wing oriented and thus protected by the left in DC and Wall Street! The left political operatives envisioned using social media sites like Facebook to get to new voters and manipulate the political narrative! What better way than to back the largest social media entity on the internet!
During the 2012 Presidential election, Obama and his team bragged how they were so effective in data mining social media websites, especially Facebook. The team claimed to have been able to harvest a bumper crop of new political voting targets with deep dive insights to those Facebook users who shared it all in Facebook.
So, Why is Facebook Now Under Attack?
Well, Donald Trump! The left and DC elitists failed to have their concocted Trump-Russian Collusion narrative actually take out the Donald Trump Presidency! They have tried to drag up sexual impropriety stories using porn stars, Playboy Playmates, and Miss Universe/America contestants to prove Trump unfit for office. (The only thing they have not tried yet is to try to snare Trump with farm animals!) Too bad boys and girls, your hero William Jefferson Clinton lowered this bar so low Trump would be a piker compared to Clinton if the stories against Trump were actually true! So, what could the left and the DC elitists possible use to take down Trump now?
FACEBOOK! Yep, the Left and the DC elitists will eat their own just to take down Trump and his America First agenda!
Enter Cambridge Analytica and its PERMITTED use of a FACEBOOK APPLICATION to grab data from 270,000 users AND THEIR FACEBOOK FRIENDS! CA then analyzed the data they had gathered and created a methodology to aid the Trump Primary candidacy to target Facebook Users and tailor Facebook advertising to help the Trump Primary bid.
How was CA able to get to these Facebook user accounts and those of their “friends”. Well, Facebook allows developers to create apps (computer programs) that use Facebook as their interface to Facebook users. (Facebook users have already given up their privacy rights as soon as they accepted the “Terms” of use when creating their Facebook account, so the users, and their friends, are sitting ducks for Facebook applications and data mining!) in this case, in 2014 CA created a personality quiz that asked for permission to access the Facebook user’s account data, and that of their friends.
The quiz also asked for information about the quiz taker that could later be used to analyze political and issue oriented data points. This application, as per Facebook app guidelines, also allowed CA to access the accounts of the friends who took the quiz that ended up gobbling up tens of millions of Facebook user’s info! (A friend of a friend, who is a friend of a friend, and so on)
This data was used with the Trump Primary Campaign to target advertising campaigns on Facebook. But, according to CBS News, “the Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica’s.” The Trump Presidential campaign did NOT use CA/Facebook data against Hillary Clinton!
Facebook and Obama:
As we stated above, the Obama re-election team relied on Facebook data heavily in 2012 to ensure Obama’s victory. According to IBD, Obama campaign encouraged his supporters to download, yes, the Obama 2012 Facebook application that, when activated by the user, allowed the campaign to collect data not only on the user, but on their friends and their friend’s friends as well! Sound Familiar! According to the MIT Technology Review, when you installed the app, “it said it would grab information about my friends: their birth dates, locations, and ‘likes.’ “
So, the only reason the Left went after CA recently was because they needed a reason to show that Trump cheated Hillary out of the election by exploiting Facebook! But, the narrative soon turned from CA to FACEBOOK and the blame was place on Zuckerberg’s cavalier attitude towards user data privacy! What the left forgot in attacking CA, was that Cambridge Analytica just borrowed a page out of the Obama 2012 campaign playbook! The Left set themselves up to not be able to use the Facebook user data in the upcoming 2018 Mid-Term elections!!!
So, How is this Like Microsoft in the 1990’s
Leftist politicians joined with Republicans in the late 1990’s to break up Microsoft as a monopoly. Remember, Microsoft was founded by two very left-wing gentlemen, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. So, they should be protected by the left, right? NOPE! The push to break-up Microsoft was done at the behest of the politician’s ultra-liberal friends in the Silicon Valley like Oracle’s Larry Ellison who was also a COMPETITOR of Microsoft! The others that joined Ellison had similar competitive conflicts! At the heart of the push was the claim that Microsoft had priced out its competitors for office products such as spreadsheets, word processing, and other office automation products.
But, since Microsoft’s pricing of its Office Suite actually lowered the prices of such products to consumers, it was hard to argue that Microsoft’s “monopolistic practices” actually hurt consumers. This concept is at the core of the rationale of why monopolies should be broken up! No harm to the consumers, then why break up the so-called monopoly?
While Microsoft prevailed in the final analysis, this onslaught started the downturn of the Tech Boom of the 1990’s and signaled the end of the Dot-Com era. The similarities to the current Facebook troubles is comical if it didn’t hurt people’s 401-Ks and retirement.
- Both attacks were started by the Left-Wing Democrats. Facebook’s attack came as a result of the left’s attack on Trump and Cambridge Analytica. Microsoft’s attack came at the behest of left-wing Silicon Valley companies in order to hurt their competitor, Microsoft.
- Both attacks actually included, or will include, not only Federal lawsuits, but lawsuits by States as well. These idiotic States forgot to check with the “financial” gurus who manage their Public Employees Retirement System investments. All of the PERS funds owned a significant position in Microsoft in the 1990’s and Facebook this year. All of these PERS funds suffered great financial loss as a result of the left eating their own!
- Both attacks will probably end up in the same place, no where! Who will suffer as a result of these attacks? Anyone who has these two companies in their retirement portfolio.
- Both were caused by political operatives who could not see beyond the end of their noses to see what would come of their idiotic self-centered actions. Anytime politicians swoop in to fix a problem they themselves created, you can rest assured that the outcome will not be good.
So, we see deja vous all over again! We see today that the blind hatred of President Trump by the Left and the DC Elitists blinded them to attack Trump again this time using Cambridge Analytica, and in the end it was they who were the losers. We see that politicians turn a blind eye when a problem inures to their advantage then scream foul when it is turned against them. We see that politicians cannot step away and think before taking inappropriate action. Facebook will be hauled in front of Congress and grilled. This is like a group of hyenas trying to assess the speed of light. I doubt that any of them ever wrote a line of computer code and probably have to have their staff sign them onto Facebook and post articles for them!
Better Look in the Mirror Before Blaming Others!
Facebook users, and users of all social networks, must take responsibility for their own actions, such as agreeing to “terms” without reading them. I don’t read them either but I don’t complain when Company ABC starts spamming my email inbox! If Congress does anything, it will have the opposite of any desired effect. Then, Congress can come back later and fix the problem that they broke, AGAIN!