According to a video report from the satirical tabloid and website The Onion, Mark Zuckerberg is an American CIA agent codenamed “The Overlord” and the director of CIA’s “Facebook Program”. The report also confirms Zuckerberg of receiving a “Medal of Intelligence Commendation” for his extraordinary work with the Facebook program.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Russia Today called Facebook:
“the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented.”
Facebook users willingly give out all their information to the site without ever knowing that this information ultimately lands in the hands of the CIA. As per Assange, Facebook is not CIA funded but Facebook does provide a secret interface for the CIA which allows the agency to collect information about any registered individual.
The information not only includes name, address, connections, pictures, places checked in, phone numbers, and workplaces but also helps the agency to understand the personality of the user by analyzing his or her shared material, joined groups and liked pages, etc.
The report further gimmicks several other popular social media tools such as:
Twitter (useless as far as data gathering goes)
Foursquare (created by Al Qaeda)
Farmville (responsible for pacifying 85 million people after unemployment rates rose)
Facebook has also been accused previously of saving certain tracking cookies in the user’s pc to track the sites they visit. This can be confirmed by logging into two totally unrelated Facebook accounts one after the other. Despite no relation between the two accounts, Facebook will show friend recommendations to the 2nd logged in account which will have various friends of the 1st logged in account. This happens because of those saved tracking cookies which Facebook quietly injects into the user’s pc.
After extensive privacy options were rolled out by Apple in iOS 14, a lot of eyebrows were raised when users found out that the Facebook mobile app accesses the local network of all users whether someone uses the app for screencasting on a smart tv or not.
Facebook’s subsequent acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram has put it in an extremely strong position when it comes to online social media space and allows it to gather even a greater volume of data about an entity. In 2018, WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, publicly asked everyone to delete Facebook in a tweet due to Facebook’s suspicious data gathering.
Whether an intelligence tool or not Facebook has always been known for its shortcomings when it comes to data privacy and there doesn’t seem to be any serious change over the horizon related to privacy in the future as well.