Thursday, March 29, 2018

Define truth, fellow humans

Jean-Louis Gassée concludes that the Zuckerbot thinks human beings are suboptimally cognitive bio-machines with an inability to penetrate falsehoods perpetrated by advanced forms of bio-machine processing:
Carefully reading and re-reading Zuckerberg’s words puts me ill at ease. Of course, simply complaining that Facebook’s CEO sounds well-rehearsed won’t do. He’s a pro at managing a major crisis. Persphinctery statements are part of the fare (from the NYT interview):

“Privacy issues have always been incredibly important to people. One of our biggest responsibilities is to protect data.”

But we quickly get to the misrepresentations.

“… someone’s data gets passed to someone who the rules of the system shouldn’t have allowed it to, that’s rightfully a big issue and deserves to be a big uproar.”

Here, Zuckerberg glosses over the pivotal fact that researcher Aleksandr Kogan accessed data in a manner that was fully compatible with Facebook’s own rules (see below). It appears that the rule-breaking started after he put his mitts on the data and made a deal with Cambridge Analytica.

Next, we’re treated to the resolute statements. Facebook now realizes what transpired and will make sure it won’t happen in the future:

“So the actions here that we’re going to do involve first, dramatically reducing the amount of data that developers have access to, so that apps and developers can’t do what Kogan did here. The most important actions there we actually took three or four years ago, in 2014. But when we examined the systems this week, there were certainly other things we felt we should lock down, too.”

Three rich sentences, here. And a problem with each one…

First, an admission that Facebook’s own rules allowed developers overly-broad access to our personal data. Thanks to Ben Thompson, we have a picture of the bewildering breadth of user data developers had access to:

(Thompson’s Stratechery Newsletter is a valuable source of insights, of useful agreements and disagreements.)

Of course, developers have to request the user’s permission to make use of their data — even for something as seemingly “innocent” as a game or psychological quiz — but this isn’t properly informed consent. Facebook users aren’t legal eagles trained in the parsing of deliberately obscure sentences and networks of references and footnotes.

Second, Mark Zuckerberg claims that it wasn’t until 2014 that the company became aware of Cambridge Analytica’s abuse of Facebook’s Open Graph (introduced in 2010). This, to be polite, strains credulity. Facebook is a surveillance machine, its business is knowing what’s happening on its network, on its social graph. More damning is the evidence that Facebook was warned about app permissions abuses in 2011:

“… in August 2011 [European privacy campaigner and lawyer Max] Schrems filed a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commission exactly flagging the app permissions data sinkhole (Ireland being the focal point for the complaint because that’s where Facebook’s European HQ is based).”

Finally, Zuckerberg tells us that upon closer examination Facebook realizes that it still has problematic data leaks that need to be attended to (“So we’re going ahead and doing that” he reassures us).

The message is clear: Zuckerberg thinks we’re idiots. How are we to believe Facebook didn’t know — and derived benefits — from the widespread abuse of user data by its developers. We just became aware of the Cambridge Analytica cockroach…how many more are under the sink? In more lawyerly terms: “What did you know, and when did you know it?”
Once more, sociosexual analysis provides useful insight. Remember, the Zuckerbot is not merely a Gamma, it is a Super King Gamma Emulation. And what do Gammas always believe? That their ludicrously transparent deceptions are impenetrable, of course.

Meanwhile, one of the Zuckerbot's human assistants has let the sociopathic cat out of the bag:
On June 18, 2016, one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s most trusted lieutenants circulated an extraordinary memo weighing the costs of the company’s relentless quest for growth.

“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.

“So we connect more people,” he wrote in another section of the memo. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies.

“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
Zuckerbot doesn't care at all about its "fellow humans". And it's simply grotesque parody when it tries to pretend it does.

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Blogger tublecane March 29, 2018 7:43 PM  

I suspect that Zuckerberg, much like Scalzi and Shapiro, is a ruse created by our host to exemplify his types and demonstrate the truth of his arguments.

Blogger Nathan March 29, 2018 7:44 PM  

I get why people are upset. I don't get why people are surprised. This sort of exploitive behavior was always what Facebook used to justify its stock prices. And why do people think "big data" is such a buzzword?

Blogger James Dixon March 29, 2018 7:47 PM  

> ...the Zuckerbot thinks human beings are suboptimally cognitive bio-machines...

Given that MPAI, it would be hard to argue that point with him, wouldn't it?

> Facebook’s disingenuous explanations call for more questions and even less trust.

Less trust? I'm not sure that's humanly possible.

Blogger Dox Day Teddy Spagetthhi March 29, 2018 7:57 PM  

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Blogger VD March 29, 2018 8:04 PM  

I get why people are upset. I don't get why people are surprised. This sort of exploitive behavior was always what Facebook used to justify its stock prices.

Because 99 percent of Facebook's users paid no attention to what Facebook used to justify its stock prices. This is all new to them.

Anonymous Anonymous March 29, 2018 8:13 PM  

I wonder if he still considers a bid for the presidency in 2020. It would be great to see him crushed by Trump.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 29, 2018 8:22 PM  

Denninger has been on fire about the FANG gang

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 29, 2018 8:28 PM  

@8: I don't think he can run. Not from a prison cell, nor from Russia, China, North Korea, or Iran. Because he's headed to one of those five places.

Blogger GK Chesterton March 29, 2018 8:28 PM  

"Goolag" is great for "Google" but have we settled on a FB name yet?

Blogger tublecane March 29, 2018 8:34 PM  

@11-People like Faceborg, Zuckerbook, Stalkerbook...There's a lot of them.

Blogger Lovekraft March 29, 2018 8:55 PM  

I imagine the greatest threat to Zuck would be independent thinkers and men of action who are wise to snake charmers. But the passing of wisdom down the generations has always encountered those in power who thought using force or deception would control the path of history.

You are either pushing for openness and truth, attempting to suppress it, or blissfully unaware and uncaring whichever way things go as long as there's food on the plate.

Blogger SciVo March 29, 2018 8:59 PM  

LP999-16 wrote:Insanity and horror, Zuck placed himself inside a dog as God;

I think that's a satire, but it's telling that it could be taken for real. What names could you substitute and retain verisimilitude? 2016 Hillary Clinton, maybe?

Blogger WOPR March 29, 2018 9:03 PM  

As usual though, this only a crisis because a Republican used the same tactics as the Obama campaign did in 2012.

Blogger bw March 29, 2018 9:36 PM  

Ivy League 20s and 30s.
Nothing new

Blogger L'Aristokrato March 29, 2018 9:39 PM  

During the election someone made this for Ted Cruz:
I believe it's due time one for Zuckerborg is created. If it already exists, please let me know.

Blogger ace March 29, 2018 9:58 PM  

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Blogger tublecane March 29, 2018 10:09 PM  

@L'Aristokrato- I don't know about websites, but there is a meme going around with Zuckbot's face saying, "I am a real human and I support Mark Zuckerberg for Human President of Earth's United States of America."

Blogger tublecane March 29, 2018 10:12 PM  

Here's something:

I am a real human and I support Mark Zuckerberg for ... - Mashable

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira March 29, 2018 10:16 PM  

YIKES. Every day something reminds me that it was a good idea to delete facebook.

Anonymous Anonymous March 29, 2018 10:29 PM  

Not to worry, tovarishchi, the great Zuck is going to improve NSAbook's truthfulness real soon now

Blogger Unknown March 29, 2018 10:44 PM  

> I think that's a satire

No, the Zuck actually plunged his hands into hot dogflesh. This 100% happened and in no way do you look like an idiot for thinking this is real.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 29, 2018 11:24 PM  

"And why do people think "big data" is such a buzzword?"

Because knowledge is power.

Contrary to the eternally moronic "what you don't know can't hurt you", it's quite literally ALWAYS what you don't know that brings you down.

"Less trust? I'm not sure that's humanly possible."

It's always possible. Put a house-arrest anklet on him, lock an anal probe girdle on, hook his biometrics up to observation.

Still possible to go lower, after all, we haven't flayed him and inserted monitors under his skin before reattaching it.

Lower trust even than that? Yes, it's possible. We could always insert data collection devices into his brain, because that's totally not what he does to other people's extended mental structures by recording all of their networked communications.

""Goolag" is great for "Google" but have we settled on a FB name yet?"

Fag Bag?

Blogger Crew March 29, 2018 11:30 PM  

OT, but Trump get to fill a spot on the 9th Circuit since the worst judge has died:

Blogger Unknown March 29, 2018 11:50 PM  

Some very positive news.
Facebook and Zuckerberg sink lower and lower,, and the GE gets to appoint a new judge. A needed distraction from Pope Francis' latest nonsense of denying the existence of hell.

Blogger Pax_Romana March 30, 2018 12:08 AM  

Mr. Bosworth just proved that the train is fine.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 30, 2018 12:16 AM  

Apologies, I'm uncertain as to which Bosworth you're referring?

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile March 30, 2018 1:01 AM  

OT: We need to set up a fund to distribute SJWAL & SJWADD to the needy, because Ingraham really fucked it up and set a rather unfortunate high-profile precedent.

Blogger SirHamster March 30, 2018 1:16 AM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:Apologies, I'm uncertain as to which Bosworth you're referring?

Vox added a quote to the OP.

“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 30, 2018 2:01 AM  

Vox, you've stated yourself that a significantly high IQ is effectively an alien mind to those of a lower IQ. We know Zuckerberg is smart, I wonder if his high IQ and combination of personality traits is creating an equally, yet different, alien mind.

You've also already shared the significance of smaller amygdalae. In any case, Zuckerbot may prove an interesting case study for future psychologists.

Blogger Thot March 30, 2018 2:27 AM  

The truth I know is I need Alt-Hero #1. I neeeeeeed it. Not a WANT but a NEED, because I'm an adult and adults have needs.

Blogger tublecane March 30, 2018 3:26 AM  

@25-9th Circuit, hmm? Could that be part of the Storm/Pedo-ocracy Deathwatch? Or was he just an old degenerate?

Blogger Scott March 30, 2018 3:28 AM  

Faceberg; the corporation snd the corpus.

Anonymous Anonymous March 30, 2018 4:27 AM  

This sort of thing isn't news, not even to the willfully blind MSM. One of the primetime news outlets did a story about Facebook's image tagging a couple years back.

Blogger Robert What? March 30, 2018 5:03 AM  

The fact is that most (((Zuckerbergs))) eschew and even ridicule any concept of right and wrong. If it helps ease the shekels out of the Goyims' pockets then it's all good. There's that (((Judeo Christian))) heritage for you.

Blogger Dangeresque March 30, 2018 1:40 PM  

It's almost like people don't even read the little screen that comes up before you install an app that tells you everything it requires access to.

Blogger DonReynolds March 30, 2018 3:16 PM  

I do not hold Facebook to a higher moral responsibility than I do the telephone company, and they are similar.

I expect the telephone provider to place my call to the number I dial and I expect the phone to ring when someone is trying to call me. The government has laws that prohibit me from using the phone to commit a crime, however defined. There is even a law that prohibits profanity over the phone...and I would be curious to know the last time that was enforced. Calling in a bomb threat or other terroristic threat...yes, these are crimes too...and would still be crimes even if no phone were used to communicate the threat.

Likewise, I expect Facebook to provide a service, not unlike telephone service. I do not want them to decide what is acceptable speech, or offense speech, or mean spirited, or political, or religious, or might violate the privacy of a cross dresser. That is the job of the courts, when a tort or crime is involved. If you have beef with someone on the internet, hire a lawyer if it is actionable or call the police, otherwise...grow up a little bit more and find something else to do.

Blogger fuzzracer March 31, 2018 4:03 AM  

Persphinctory. In case anyones syruggling like i was to track this word down in a dictionary; dont bother. It's a neologistic mashup.

From another site:


And then I wonder what this means, this word I’ve never seen that isn’t recognized by any dictionary.

Ah, but then I found this by the author back in 2016.

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, takes on the Internet of Things: the good (industrial, smart cities) and the (mostly) bad (consumer electronics). A witty, insightful piece that manages to use the made-up-by-the-internet word persphinctery.

UPDATE: I asked Jean-Louis about the origins of the word, his comment:

Glad you like the latest Internet of … Monday Note – and the word I made up, a couple of years ago actually, used in previous Notes: persphinctery, perfunctory acts by a$$holes…

Quite good, actually"

Yes, quite good, I agree.

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