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Facebook virus
« on: April 11, 2010, 05:33:19 PM »
There is a virus spreading like wildfire on FB. Do not accept anything from any of your friends that ask you to watch a video on YouTUBE titled “Barrack Obama-Hillary Clinton Scandal”. DO NOT OPEN THE LINK!! SNOPES has confirmed it as a Trojan Worm called “KOOBFACE”. It will steal info, infest your system and eventually shut it down. Please repost this in your status
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Facebook's worst enemies
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 09:36:18 PM »

Facebook's worst enemies
They say that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. He says that’s simply not true. Meet the twins behind the explosive lawsuit and hottest movie of the season

Last Updated: 11:38 AM, September 15, 2010

Posted: 1:51 AM, September 15, 2010

Comments: 13 More  Print They're Harvard grads. Oxford MBAs. Six-foot-five Olympians. Gorgeous, lantern-jawed hunks. And embroiled in one of the biggest legal battles of the Oversharing Generation.

Introducing Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the identical twins with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the world’s youngest — and possibly most hated — tycoon, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


“Punk. Billionaire. Genius. You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies,” reads the ubiquitous posters draping Manhattan for the David Fincher-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penned movie set to open the New York Film Festival next week. The most anticipated flick of the season, “The Social Network” is set to immortalize the 29-year-old brothers, Tyler and Cameron — with their story of betrayal.

Tyler  and Cameron Winklevoss. The twins met Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard, where they asked him to help program a Web site idea they had. They say Zuckerberg turned that idea into Facebook.
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Mark Zuckerberg. The billionaire CEO of Facebook offered the twins a $65 million settlement, but the brothers are battling for more.
Tyler spoke exclusively to The Post about the movie that’s about to make him and his identical brother — the East Coast’s most fascinating eligible bachelors — into pop culture legends.

“It took me 15 years to make the Olympics of rowing,” he says of placing sixth with his brother while competing for the US team in Beijing in 2008. “We’re not just guys who walk away from a fight because someone beats their chest hard. We’re never going to go away, and we’re never going to stop until this situation has been rectified and the wrong has been righted.”

The so-called wrong happened in November 2003, when Tyler, Cameron and their friend Divya Narendra, all students at Harvard, approached fellow undergrad and computer nerd Zuckerberg with some programming work. They needed Zuckerberg to code their social networking site, Harvard Connection. Working on the site since 2002, the trio decided he would be the perfect geek-genius for the job after reading about his Web stunt — Facemash — a hot-or-not site he created by hacking into Harvard databases of female students.

But after Zuckerberg verbally agreed to finish the Harvard Connection site, the brothers claim that he hedged and delayed on his work — and then came out with a competitor, “” After sending an immediate cease and desist to Zuckerberg, which he ignored, they sued in 2004. They finally reached a settlement reportedly valued at $65 million, but the brothers are now appealing for more, claiming Facebook initially misled them about the value of the site.

How does Winklevoss respond to critics who paint the two as “Facebook wannabes” or “Zuckerberg’s bitches” on blogs? He shakes it off, saying, “A lot of people want to play armchair lawyer. If you can survive the blogosphere, you can survive anything.”

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What FACEBOOK and GOOGLE are Hiding from the world!
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 01:17:32 AM »
Have a look at this 9 min video!

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Facebook and all its apps go down simultaneously
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2021, 02:34:13 PM »
Facebook and all its apps go down simultaneously
By Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel, The New York Times

Facebook and its family of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, went down at the same time on Monday, taking out a vital communications platform used by more than three billion people around the world and adding heat to a company already under intense scrutiny.

Facebook’s apps — which include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Oculus — began displaying error messages around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, users reported. Within five minutes, Facebook had disappeared from the internet. Hours later, the sites were still not functioning, according to Downdetector, which monitors web traffic and site activity.

Technology outages are not uncommon, but to have so many apps go dark from the world’s largest social media company at the same time was highly unusual. Facebook’s last significant outage was in 2019, when a technical error affected its sites for 24 hours, in a reminder that even the most powerful internet companies can still be crippled by a snafu.

This time, the cause of the outage remained unclear. Several hours into the incident, Facebook’s security experts were still trying to identify the root issue, according to an internal memo and employees briefed on the matter. Two members of its security team, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said it was unlikely that a cyberattack had taken place because one hack was unlikely to affect so many apps at once.

Security experts said the problem most likely stemmed instead from a misconfiguration of Facebook’s server computers, which were not letting people connect to its sites like Instagram and WhatsApp. When such errors occur, companies frequently roll back to their previous configuration, but Facebook’s problems appeared to be more complex and to require some manual updating.

Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, posted on Twitter, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

The outage caused outrage and mirth online, as Facebook and Instagram users turned to Twitter to lament and poke fun at their inability to use the apps. The hashtag #facebookdown also quickly started trending.

But the outage was a blow to small businesses and others that rely on the platform to conduct outreach and advertising and to millions who use Facebook and its apps to communicate with friends and family across the world.

Gamers who livestream their play on Facebook Gaming and are paid by viewers and subscribers said on Monday that they were trying to find alternatives.

“You definitely feel out of touch, and it’s scary, too,” said Douglas Veney, a gamer in Cleveland who goes by GoodGameBro. He said he had hoped to post videos and other content on Facebook for his followers ahead of a planned live stream Monday night. “I have 300,000 followers there — you just cross your fingers that nothing’s gone when it comes back.”

Mr. Veney, 33, has a job outside of streaming as well, but he said he knew of other streamers living paycheck to paycheck who were making the jump to other sites to be able to keep making money.

“It’s hard when your primary platform for income for a lot of people goes down,” he said.

Inside Facebook, workers scrambled because their internal systems also stopped functioning. The company’s global security team “was notified of a system outage affecting all Facebook internal systems and tools,” according to an internal memo sent to employees. Those tools included security systems, an internal calendar and scheduling tools, the memo said.

Employees said they had trouble making calls from work-issued cellphones and receiving emails from people outside the company. Facebook’s internal communications platform, Workplace, was also taken out, leaving many unable to do their jobs. Some turned to other platforms to communicate, including LinkedIn and Zoom as well as Discord chat rooms.

Some Facebook employees who had returned to working in the office were also unable to enter buildings and conference rooms because their digital badges stopped working. Security engineers said they were hampered from assessing the outage because they could not get to server areas.

Facebook’s global security operations center determined the outage was “a HIGH risk to the People, MODERATE risk to Assets and a HIGH risk to the Reputation of Facebook,” the company memo said.

A small team of employees was soon dispatched to Facebook’s Santa Clara, Calif., data center to try a “manual reset” of the company’s servers, according to an internal memo.

Several Facebook workers called the outage the equivalent of a “snow day,” a sentiment that was publicly echoed by Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram.

Facebook has already been dealing with plenty of scrutiny. The company has been under fire from a whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager who amassed thousands of pages of internal research and has since distributed them to the news media, lawmakers and regulators. The documents revealed that Facebook knew of many harms that its services were causing.

Ms. Haugen, who revealed her identity on Sunday online and on “60 Minutes,” is scheduled to testify on Tuesday in Congress about Facebook’s impact on young users.

In Facebook’s early days, the site experienced occasional outages as millions of new users flocked to the network. Over the years, it spent billions of dollars to build out its infrastructure and services, spinning up enormous data centers in cities including Prineville, Ore., and Fort Worth, Texas.

The company has also been trying to integrate the underlying technical infrastructure of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for several years.

John Graham-Cumming, the chief technology officer of Cloudflare, a web infrastructure company, said in an interview that Monday’s problem was most likely a misconfiguration of Facebook’s servers.

Computers convert websites such as to numeric internal protocol addresses, through a system that is likened to a phone’s address book. Facebook’s issue was the equivalent of removing people’s phone numbers from under their names in their address book, making it impossible to call them, he said. Cloudflare provides some of the systems that support Facebook’s internet infrastructure.

“It was as if Facebook just said, ‘Goodbye, we’re leaving now,’” Mr. Graham-Cumming said.
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Re: Facebook and all its apps go down simultaneously
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This ... and the letting-go of Hutson Charles ... confirm the world is ending.
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Facebook putting profit before public good, says whistleblower Frances Haugen
By Kari Paul and Dan Milmo, The Guardian

A former Facebook employee has accused the company of putting profit over the public good, after coming forward as the whistleblower who leaked a cache of internal documents that have placed the tech firm in its worst crisis since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Frances Haugen, 37, said the thousands of documents she had collected and shared with the Wall Street Journal and US law enforcement showed the company was lying to the public that it was making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.

“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimise for its own interests, like making more money,” she said.

In an interview with the news program 60 Minutes on Sunday, Haugen explained her decision to speak out about the internal workings of Facebook, saying she had become alarmed by what she perceived as company policies that prioritized profit over public safety.

“The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world,” she said.

Haugen said she joined Facebook in 2019 as a product manager on its civic integrity team – which focused on issues related to elections worldwide - after spending more than a decade working in the tech industry, including at Pinterest and Google.

She said she agreed to take the job only if she could work to help the company combat misinformation, saying the issue was personal for her – she previously lost a relationship with a friend after they descended into online conspiracies.

But Haugen said she soon began to feel Facebook was unwilling to take the action needed to address these issues, even though it had the tools. She left the company in May this year.

“No one at Facebook is malevolent,” Haugen told 60 Minutes. She said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, “has never set out to make a hateful platform.” But, she said, the effects of the company’s choices had been grave.

Facebook proved it could do more to address these problems when it changed content policies for several weeks surrounding the 2020 US elections, she said, adding the company deliberately gave a lower priority to political content on its news feed.

But the platform soon went back to old algorithms that valued engagement over all else, she claimed, a move that she said contributed to the 6 January riot at the Capitol. Facebook also disbanded the civic integrity team after the election.

“As soon as the election was over, they turned them back off or they changed the settings back to what they were before, to prioritize growth over safety. And that really feels like a betrayal of democracy to me,” she said.

Referring to the algorithm change, Haugen added: “Facebook has realised that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they’ll click on less ads, and [Facebook] will make less money.”

Haugen also discussed the most damaging document leak, which showed Facebook was aware of the damage its Instagram app was causing to teen mental health and wellbeing. One survey in the leaked research estimated that 30% of teenage girls felt Instagram made dissatisfaction with their body worse.

“And what’s super tragic is Facebook’s own research says, as these young women begin to consume this– this eating disorder content, they get more and more depressed. And it actually makes them use the app more. And so, they end up in this feedback cycle where they hate their bodies more and more,” she said.

Haugen has been called to testify before Congress on Tuesday about the studies and other information she has gleaned from her time at Facebook. According to her written testimony, seen by Reuters, she’ll repeat her argument that Facebook has repeatedly put profit over the public good, and she will tell US lawmakers that the company faces little oversight.

“When we realized tobacco companies were hiding the harms it caused, the government took action. When we figured out cars were safer with seatbelts, the government took action,” says Haugen’s written testimony. “I implore you to do the same here.”

“The company’s leadership knows ways to make Facebook and Instagram safer and won’t make the necessary changes because they have put their immense profits before people. Congressional action is needed,” she writes. “As long as Facebook is operating in the dark, it is accountable to no one. And it will continue to make choices that go against the common good.”

Haugen will also appear in front of British MPs and peers at an unspecified date after the joint committee scrutinizing the draft online safety bill, which imposes a duty of care on social media companies to protest users from harmful content, confirmed on Monday that she would give evidence.

According to 60 Minutes, Haugen’s lawyers have filed complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission – the US financial regulator – accusing the company of making false statements to investors, by comparing the internal documents with public statements about tackling harmful content. On Sunday, Haugen’s attorney John Tye, the founder of the legal nonprofit Whistleblower Aid, confirmed a New York Times report that some of the internal documents had been shared with attorneys general from several states, including California, Vermont and Tennessee.

In 2019, Facebook was fined $5bn (Ł3.7bn) by the US Federal Trade Commission for “deceiving” users about its ability to keep personal information private, after a year-long investigation into the Cambridge Analytica data breach, where a UK analysis firm harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters.

Political pressure has been building on Facebook in the wake of the WSJ revelations. Last week, lawmakers grilled Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, and accused the company of “routinely” putting growth above children’s safety.

“Social media has had a big impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where much of this debate plays out,” Nick Clegg, the company’s vice-president of policy and public affairs, wrote to Facebook employees in a memo on Friday ahead of the interview. “But what evidence there is simply does not support the idea that Facebook, or social media more generally, is the primary cause of polarization.”

In a written statement to the Wall Street Journal, the Facebook spokesman Andy Stone also pushed back against the allegations, saying: “to suggest we encourage bad content and do nothing is just not true”.
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