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    Facebook Used to Target People

    Facebook may have positive aspects, but has become a major tool used by scammers to target people. Just like any other technology, Facebook can be horribly and deliberately abused to the detriment of many. Any technology can be abused as many have been throughout history. It is up to the people working with it to incorporate safety procedures and regulations that are enforced to prevent abuse. In its profit above all else strategy, Facebook has bypassed safety in the name of profit and growth and has scrimped on the tools and processing power needed to properly police its sight for abuse at the data center. Any new technologies and their applications must take safety into account and while it can have very large benefits, Facebook can have a very large and dangerous down side. It has definitely skimped on the people, software and hardware to accomplish this in the pursuit of excess profit and growth. If a more physical oriented industry had done this, they would have been sued with severe consequences. It's past time for Facebook to use their resources responsibly and be accountable before the legal system adapts to a new paradigm and hits them with a devastating wave of legal actions for not only supporting, but enabling criminal and unethical behavior. New frontiers, require new vision and on this Facebook has failed.


    tps:ht//www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-27/ad-scammers-need-suckers-and-facebook-helps-find-them

    Facebook doesn't have the only technology used to abuse people, As the article below demonstrates, Amazon is mastering Big Brother in not a good way. I hope the people working in the technology sector can become a true force for good and not be blind to abuses their creations may cause. It's not enough to just make a technology and unleash it, but to take at least some responsibility for it's uses through transparency at least.

    Amazon warehouse workers skip bathroom breaks to keep their jobs, says report - The Verge

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    Is anyone really surprised that Facebook has been used in this manner? The same can probably be said for any of the "social networking" tools.

    Not a question of "If?" but "When?" and "How Much?"

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    I'll take the contrary view and say that users of Facebook have to decide how their data is being used, and simply adjust their settings and be more aware of Facebook Apps that request permission to mine their data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Payne View Post
    I'll take the contrary view and say that users of Facebook have to decide how their data is being used, and simply adjust their settings and be more aware of Facebook Apps that request permission to mine their data.
    Unless of course you agree with the sentiment at the end of the link: "As a historian, I know you should never underestimate human stupidity,"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard Murphy View Post
    Unless of course you agree with the sentiment at the end of the link: "As a historian, I know you should never underestimate human stupidity,"
    Bernard, As a self taught financial guy, I'm utterly shocked at the level of economic ignorance in the world's population and feel this has led to a level of economic misallocation of time and resources on an unprecedented scale. The US spends way to much in the most wasteful manners on education, health care, the court/police/prison industry, military and the government itself. As I always say "Only an intelligent population can make intelligent decisions". The level of economic ignorance around the world is responsible for most of our problems. The politician that promises something for nothing or someone else will pay for it wins. The US has many problems, but is still one of the best games in town. I could only imagine how much better life would be for everyone if just basic economics were taught from grade school on. Nothing is free and efficiency is key. My father was an industrial engineer and found people don't really want the truth and that's what politicians give them. I have always hoped that the transparency the NET sheds on things would light up the dark corners and create change and it has, but very, very slowly and with little substantial effect for people want the "Free Lunch" to be the rule no matter what the source. Efficiency, allocation and application are everything. When someone or a group declare themselves "Heroes or Saints" watch out. Just my view.

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    A noble aspiration Arthur, though the evidence judging by anti-science/pseudo-science behaviors is not encouraging. Human behaviors seem conditioned only in part by education but more so by tribalism. I suspect we may need to work more on the latter to see better behaviors.

    Opinion | How Facebook Warps Our Worlds - The New York Times
    What'''s Driving Fake News Is an Increase in Political Tribalism | Fortune
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/toddhix.../#41d86d2c49ee

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