Facebook (stylized facebook) is a social networking website founded on a liberal agenda. It profits by exploiting personal information in users' profiles, by advertising, and by giving a platform for liberals to open fire on conservative leaders and ideals. Users can spend, or indeed waste, their time on it by uploading pictures (typically of themselves or their pets), by gossiping about others, by talking to friends, by interfering with marriages and personal relationships, and by acting like a busybody. Facebook use is correlated with underachievement in school and disruption of social relationships, such as marriage or friendships. For many young people, Facebook use replaces healthier activities and social gatherings.
Facebook has been the medium of choice for multiple young mass murderers.
"Social networking" is an inaccurate term for the site because Facebook is typically a poor substitute for real social networking. One survey shows that Facebook feeds narcissistic tendencies. Facebook is pro-anarcho Marxist and opposes diversity of opinion.
Other studies have shown that using Facebook is associated with poorer performance in school, plus a substantial percentage of marital problems and an increase in psychological disorders in youth. Liberals nevertheless flock to it presumably because it is so unproductive or even counterproductive. Activities on Facebook have caused people to be fired from their jobs or, indeed, rejected from being hired by new employers.
Anybody with an account can create an unlimited amount of unproductive pages, which can then be "liked" by other users who can also post similar items to the page.
Facebook is based in Palo Alto, California. The name of the site is based on the paper facebooks that many colleges give to incoming students, faculty, and staff depicting members of the campus community.
As of the closing of its second business quarter of 2017, Facebook has more than 2 billion registered business and personal accounts, 83 million of which are known fakes.
- 1 Origins
- 2 Political influence
- 3 Christian Presence
- 4 Conservative Groupings
- 5 The Social Network
- 6 Privacy issues
- 7 Initial monetary value
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Facebook was founded in February 2004 by Harvard sophomores Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin, with help from Andrew McCollum. By December 2004, after expanding the site to other universities, the number of registered users exceeded one million. In August 2005 Facebook obtained the domain name Facebook.com and dropped the "the" from the site's name.
98% of political donations from Facebook employees went to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Facebook tampered with news feeds during the 2010 Midterm elections in a 61-million-person social experiment to see how Facebook could impact the real-world voting behavior of millions of people. In 2012, Facebook developed a tool called 'voter megaphone' raising questions about its use and ability to influence elections. Facebook secretly tampered with 1.9 million user's news feeds. Zuckerberg has involved himself in politics in the 2016 presidential election. He has publicly called out positions held by Donald Trump as wrong. Facebook employees have asked if they should try to stop a Trump presidency.
The world's largest online social network considers itself LGBTQQIAAAPPK friendly and added civil unions and domestic partnerships to the list of relationships that its users can pick from to best describe their romantic status. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had lobbied for the policy adoption. The option is only available to Facebook users in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Australia.
Facebook takes the extremist liberal view that gender is more than just male and female. Users can choose 58 types of custom genders as of last count to identify from.
Censorship and harassment by Facebook
- See also: Social media censorship
Ongoing censorship and harassment by Facebook are documented at facebookcensorship.com with screenshots. Also documented is the wholesale destruction of groups that took some people years to build by Facebook's deleting all of the members. Facebook then deleted the discussion areas from "pages" to further their control and censorship. Despite its censorship, some left-wing activists claim that Facebook has not gone far enough in censoring opposing viewpoints.
Facebook temporarily banned Fox News reporter Todd Starnes for not being a liberal, giving the reason that his "politically incorrect" post violated community guidelines. Facebook has censored other conservatives, including the conservative news organization Voice of Europe simply for reporting on conservative opposition to immigration and Islam in Europe, political points of view Facebook deems "offensive." In April 2018, Facebook blocked conservative activist Pamela Geller after she posted an Associated Press article on Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany, though the organization later lifted the block. In June 2018, it permanently banned Generation Identity, an identitarian movement that seeks to uphold Europe's traditional culture, due to "extremist content."
In early 2018, following the revelation that the now-defunct data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had inappropriately acquired about 50 million users' personal information around the time of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook changed its algorithm, aiming to resolve countless privacy issues. However, this also resulted in conservative media sources being disfavored by the site compared to mainstream media sources.
Studies have found that Facebook, among other social media platforms, engage in censorship.
Facebook banned several people whose views it opposed, labeling them "dangerous," even though they did not violate the site's terms – Facebook continued allowing actual left-wing hate speech to go unpunished, however. Facebook favored mainstream media sources over the conservative media. In May 2019, Facebook censored Michelle Malkin for speaking out against censorship. The company also created a list of conservatives it considered potential "hate agents." Among other examples, Facebook censored a quote by Saint Augustine as "hate speech," and it censored a John Birch Society article on the U.S. immigration crisis as "hate speech" simply because its title read "Immigrant Invasion."
In July 2019, Facebook adopted rules explicitly allowing violent threats against people it deemed "dangerous individuals."
To Facebook's credit, it did not censor a 2020 Trump campaign ad that the fake news site CNN refused to run about the Biden-Ukraine scandal during the Democrats 2019 alleged "impeachment inquiry".
FEC disclosure exemptions
Political advertising regarding federal elections and candidates that is purchased for appearance on radio, television and print generally must adhere to Federal Election Commission rules requiring clear disclosure of the committee or donor paying for the advertisements. During 2011, Google and Facebook hired Marxist operative Marc Elias to help them obtain an exemption from this requirement for political advertising on their platforms. Elias argued the restrictions were not practical for his clients, with FEC commissioners ultimately voting 4-2 in favor of the exemption for Google and deadlocking 3-3 on the request regarding Facebook.
Facebook continued to operate as if exempt from disclosure rules. During the 2016 U.S. general election, $100,000 worth of Russian-backed and undisclosed advertisements intended to influence voters were purchased on Facebook with another $4,700 spent by Russian sources on Google political advertisements. In October 2017, following the controversy that ensued regarding Russian interference in the 2016 elections, both Republican and Democratic Senators advocated for legislation to require Facebook and Google to adhere to the same disclosure rules as other media.
2020 election interference
Facebook banned new political ads in the week before Election Day, curtailing a highly effective conduit for raising last-minute money and pinpointing messages to voters.
The mammoth social network with 2.7 billion users worldwide has become an essential tool for political advertisers — raking in more than $100 million from the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Joe Biden alone. Unlike TV or print media, Facebook allows campaigns to rapidly respond to events, sometimes in a day or less.
"The last week of the election is the most important week when it comes to messaging," said Tara McGowan, co-founder of digital-first Democratic outfit ACRONYM, adding that "most voters in this country do not tune in and start paying attention or making their plans to vote until the final days of an election."
In August 2020 it was reported that Facebook was planning for the possibility that President Trump or his campaign could try to challenge mail in ballot election results. The New York Times reported that staffers were already putting together contingency plans in the event Trump tries to use Facebook to dispute the vote by declaring the U.S. Postal Service lost mail-in ballots or that other groups interfered with the vote. Facebook officials, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, were holding daily meetings to discuss how to minimize the platform from being used to cast doubts on the results.
The Times noted that one plan would include a “kill switch” to shut down political ads after Election Day. The company officials believe the ads, which Facebook does not check for truthfulness, could be used to disseminate misinformation.
Liberal pages aside, the presence of Christianity on Facebook is overwhelming. A quick and simple search reveals that the main Christianity page has more members than all the atheist pages combined.
While liberalism appears to be the dominant political agenda behind Facebook's staff, this has not stopped conservative groups and pages forming. The Conservative Party as well as the Tea Party Movement have created pages. A search of the pages reveals that, when comparing the "likes" system on Facebook, both the Tea Party and the Tea Party Patriots dominate more liberal pages such as "Gay Marriage USA" and even the political ideology page "Liberal".
The Social Network
A feature film was made about the origins of Facebook, called The Social Network, and the mainstream media heavily advertised it. The film did not meet expectations at the Academy Awards and was number one in America for only a few weeks. Mark Zuckerberg was not involved in the creation of film and said that it was more Hollywood storytelling than reality.
It has been known among Silicon Valley technology companies that Facebook has been luring away Google employees to the extent that Google is now offering bonuses for staying with the company. On October 15, 2010, Facebook announced the release of a new email client. Internally referred to as Titan, the media has dubbed it a "Gmail Killer". Zuckerberg insists it is not a head-to-head competitor of Google's Gmail service; rather, it will be more of an instant messaging service.
- The first 6 months of 2013, Facebook shared personal data with the U.S. Government about 39,000 Facebook users.
- The NSA paid several tech companies, including Facebook, millions of dollars to cover the cost of spying on Americans.
- 6 million Facebook members had their data exposed after management found a glitch that inadvertently shared personal contact details with other members.
- Many users post their full address, e-mail address, birthday, and telephone number, and these can be available to their entire network (and, in reality, anyone with the ability to use a computer with Internet access). This information in the wrong hands can be used for purposes of phishing, stalking, or even identity theft.
- Some universities have begun to use students' pages to investigate underage drinking and other violations of university policy. This is very possible, since university faculty and staff can sign up for the same network as their students through their campus e-mail account.
- The so-called "news feed" has aroused some discomfort among Facebook users, as it displays all changes and status updates from their friends by default.
- The "wall" feature allows a user to post a message to another user which remains on their profile page. This posting is viewable to everyone who can view the page (which is pretty much the entire world), and shows up on the news feed for all friends of both the sender and the recipient by default.
- As with Google ads, Facebook collects profile information, and places ads on the page that reflect the user's personal information. This resulted in one man logging into his Facebook account, and seeing his wife's photograph appear in an advertisement for a dating website.
- The privacy settings on Facebook give users a false sense of security and encourage people to post valuable personal information that could be used for malicious ends. As with other social networks, Facebook refuses to admit that its privacy settings that apparently allow only "friends" to see certain information are completely bogus and can easily be cracked by people with little to no hacking experience. Instead, Facebook actually encourages young users to only allow "friends" to see certain information, rather than just warning them that what they post can be seen by the world and to not post what they wouldn't want people to see.
- In early 2018, it was revealed that the now-defunct data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had inappropriately acquired about 50 million users' personal information around the time of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Zuckerberg testified before Congress and announced that he would change Facebook's algorithm, aiming to resolve countless privacy issues.
As a free service, it is reasonable to say that the users of Facebook are the product, rather than the consumers. As Andrew Lewis is credited with saying, "If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." This concept is not new, but it is still valid even though it was originally introduced in reference to television. Information is valuable to advertisers, since they can use it in targeted marketing. Facebook, like other social media services, makes use of the personal information provided to users to sell advertisements.
Initial monetary value
It is rumored that Facebook generates around $1 million per week in revenue. In September 2006, Yahoo began talks to acquire Facebook for as high as $1 billion. In October, Google allegedly offered $2.3 billion. All outside offers have been rejected. 2009 estimates put a net value of $6.5 billion. 2010 estimates of the privately held company put the value at $14 billion.
In 2011, Goldman Sachs invested $500 million in Facebook. JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley was put in charge of an initial public offering of Facebook stock in 2012. The company went public at $38-per-share IPO price valued Facebook at $104 billion. As of August 2012, the company was trading down at $20 per share, a loss of $50 billion in value. As of January 2013, the stock rebounded slightly and is trading at $30 per share, however this still represents a loss of $25 billion in value. It is now possible to message the founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for approximately $100.
As tech stocks vastly increased in value in the mid-2010s, however, so did Facebook. It gained hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalization as investors shifted from low-interest bonds into the NASDAQ.
- Social media
- Big Tech
- Gab.ai (conservative alternative to twitter)
- Donald Trump and social media
- Does Facebook make you more dumb?
- Survey Says Facebook Feeds Narcissism
- Facebook is the new cause of divorce, The Tech Journal, December 23, 2009
- Facebook Linked To Psychological Disorders In Teens
- Bokhari, Allum (November 27, 2019). Bokhari: How Zuckerberg Became America’s (Unappointed) Editor-in-Chief. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
- Facebook Says it Doesn't Try to Influence How People Vote, Gizmodo, April 15, 2016
- Facebook – self appointed arbiter of “free speech” – tells Tea Party no more organizing, Before It's News, June 2, 2011
- A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization
- Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency, Gizmodo, April 15, 2016
- Facebook Adds Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions, Fox News, February 18, 2011
- Here's a List of 58 Gender Options for Facebook Users, ABCNews, February 13, 2014
- Wolfgang, Ben (April 22, 2018). Thumbs down: Facebook’s hate speech and censorship policies no easy fix. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- Fascist Facebook bans Fox reporter Todd Starnes, FireAndreamitchell.com, June 29, 2013
- Ciaccia, Chris (April 9, 2018). Facebook reconsiders 'unsafe for community' tag on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk videos after Fox & Friends appearance. Fox News. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Williams, Thomas D. (April 9, 2018). Facebook Punishes Conservative News Site for Criticizing Mass Migration. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Bokhari, Allum (April 27, 2018). Facebook Blocks Pamela Geller (Again!) for Reporting on Muslim Anti-Semitism in Germany. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
- Tomlinson, Chris (June 24, 2018). Censorship: Entire European Identitarian Movement Permanently Banned From Facebook. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- Bokhari, Allum (April 9, 2018). Report: Establishment Media Soaring on Facebook, Conservative Media in Decline Following Algorithm Change. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Haverluck, Michael F. (March 16, 2018). Facebook algorithm kills conservative news feeds, boosts left's. OneNewsNow. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- Duke, Selwyn (August 28, 2018). Google Is Not a Search Engine; Twitter and Facebook Aren’t Social Media. The New American. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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- Murphy, James (May 3, 2019). War on Free Speech: Facebook Bans People It Considers “Dangerous”. The New American. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
- Nolan, Lucas (May 2, 2019). Facebook Blacklists Prominent Conservatives Including Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
- Nolan, Lucas (May 3, 2019). Facebook Falsely Brands Non-Violent Users ‘Dangerous’ to Justify Un-Personing. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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- Tucker: Big tech has launched an attack on your rights. Fox News Video. May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
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- Ciccotta, Tom (May 3, 2019). Never Trumpers and Leftists Praise Facebook’s Blacklisting of Conservatives. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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- Nolan, Lucas (May 3, 2019). Facebook Bans ‘Dangerous’ Conservative Figures but Continues to Allow Leftist Calls for Violence. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
- Freiburger, Calvin (May 3, 2019). Facebook allows left-wing page to fantasize about Pres. Trump assassination, funeral. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
- Clabough, Raven (May 8, 2019). Facebook’s “Click-Gap” System Favors Establishment Media Over Alternative Media. The New American. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Bokhari Allum (May 10, 2019). Michelle Malkin Censored on Facebook for Opposing Censorship. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
- Freiburger, Calvin (May 22, 2019). Revealed: Facebook keeps list of conservatives deemed potential ‘hate agents’. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
- Mclean, Dorothy Cummings (July 15, 2019). Facebook bans Saint Augustine quote as ‘hate speech’. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
- Miguel, Luis (July 16, 2019). Facebook Slaps John Birch Society With “Hate Speech” Violation Over Immigration Post. The New American. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- Bokhari, Allum (July 9, 2019). Facebook Sanctions Violent Threats Against ‘Dangerous Individuals’. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
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- E-MAIL WAR: Facebook Launches 'Gmail Killer' -- AOL Jumps In, Too, FOX News, November 15, 2010
- 13-Year-Old Boy Questioned by Secret Service Over Facebook Posting, Fox News, May 17, 2011
- Feds mine Facebook for info, STLToday.com, April 25, 2011
- JUST PEACHY: Facebook shared personal data of users a mere 26 thousand times in the first six months of 2013, Doug Ross, August 27, 2013
- NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies, The Guardian, Augist 22, 2013
- Facebook bug exposed contact info of 6M users, CNET.com June 21st, 2013
- Facebook on allexperts.com
-  Husband finds wife in facebook singles ad
- This is why only a fool would trust any social networking platform to keep any information private
- "Facebook goes beyond college and high school markets"
- "First Youtube, Now Facebook: Rumors Circulate"
- Facebook stock trading open; valuation $6.5 billion CNET News, July 13, 2009
- Facebook Valued At $14 Billion On SecondMarket, TechCrunch.com, January 20, 2010
- Insight: Morgan Stanley cut Facebook estimates just before IPO, Reuters.com, May 22, 2012
- Facebook charging $100 to send a message to founder Mark Zuckerberg
- Israel Project Video: Is Facebook Biased?
- The increasing amount of personal information that can been gleaned by computer programs that track how people use Facebook
- Chris Hughes married his partner Sean Eldridge. The homosexual co-founder of Facebook.
- Political and religious censorship and harassment by Facebook