by Arjun Walia
Many people seem to be having issues in regards to their privacy on
It's no secret that today
privacy doesn't really exist, and intelligence agencies along with
communications corporations have been collecting data on the global
population through various means, one of them probably
This type of data
collecting and surveillance is justified by stating that it
preserves national security, among other things.
Edward Snowden (NSA
"Facebook makes their
money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the
private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you
voluntarily post. They are not victims, they are accomplices…
Businesses that make
money by collecting and selling detailed records of private
lives were once plainly described as 'surveillance companies.'
Their rebranding as
'social media' is the most successful deception since the
Department of War became the Department of Defense."
That being said, it's not
like this was secret information.
It's similar to the
Snowden leaks, not many people out there were labeling mass
surveillance as a 'conspiracy theory,' there was already enough
information and evidence out there to make an educated guess about
Recently, people have been horrified after downloading their data
and info from Facebook. We're talking about millions of people, who
probably don't really pay attention to this type of thing like we in
the alternative community do. This is why there is so much shock
going around right now.
They have recorded conversations, kept text messages, and much more,
and at the same time they've been selling this data to multiple
companies, and perhaps even collecting and storing it for
There are a lot more of these tweets...
This all started
it was recently revealed that UK data analytics corporation,
Cambridge Analytics, gained access of personal
information of more than 50 million Facebook users in 2014, largely
without their consent.
"Cambridge Analytica, a data
analytics company, got access to more
than 50 million Facebook users' data in 2014.
The data was overwhelmingly
collected, shared, and stored without user consent. The scale of
this violation of user privacy reflects how Facebook's terms of
service and API were structured at
Make no mistake: this was not
a data breach. This was exactly how Facebook's
infrastructure was designed to work."
Prior to leaving in
Palihapitiya, the vice-president for user growth at Facebook
the company, said,
short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we created are
destroying how society works... No civil discourse, no
cooperation, misinformation, mistruth."
So not only are we
being watched, we're also being manipulated in a sense.
Your own data can be requested as a
zip file here.
So, How Can You
Thanks to the
Electronic Frontier Foundation for the information.
Log into Facebook
and visit the App
Settings page (or go there manually via the Settings Menu > Apps ).
From there, click the "Edit"
button under "Apps, Websites and
If you don't want to disable the
platform, click "Edit"
under "Apps Others Use."
Then uncheck the types of information
that you don't want others' apps to be able to access.
Based on my
research into surveillance done by governments and intelligence
agencies, the reasons for invading our privacy never really seem to
As mentioned above,
with multiple examples, some of the reasons might even be completely
So, I encourage
others to ask themselves,
Why all of
this data collection?
Facebook, like most other high profiting corporations,
simply collected data so they can sell it to other companies
for huge amounts of money?
government intervened and used Facebook as another data
collection method for their own purposes?
want to keep tabs on somebody that threatens
elite's plans in any sort of way?
Or is it
simply, again, all about money and finding out what we are
all individually interested in?
We could go on and
on and speculate, but the bottom line is, it's not a nice feeling to
know that everything you say and do is recorded and stored somewhere
in a massive data base.
It's not ethical,
it infringes on multiple human rights, and it seems to be completely
unnecessary and a tool used by the global elite for their own
One thing is for
the world is changing, and we're starting to finally
acknowledge what's going on behind the scenes instead of branding
facts as 'conspiracy' theories simply because they go against our
own belief systems.
Ultimately, we are
the users of these platforms, and they are detrimental in several
ways as they are helpful and positive.
It's up to
you to make the decision whether you want to continue to use