Silicon Valley shareholders take big hit for firms’ political partisanship

The Silicon Valley giants are getting knee-capped in the stock market as the premise of users privacy violations pile up on the largest social media firms.

Alphabet’s Google, Facebook and Twitter have all seen shares beaten up  over the last two weeks as they all announced user information was not protected and distributed to third-party vendors.

Third-party vendors is code for outfits like Cambridge Analytica, which take demographic data to target political and marketing advertising to users. These data mining firms make 100s of millions of dollars selling this data.

The data is still highly coveted by political campaigns despite the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal in the 2016 presidential election. While outrage at the actions was loud actual legislation was not forthcoming since both parties crave the information.

Google’s breach was so troubling that the company closed down it’s Google+ social media platform. The bigger problem was that Google hid the breach for months in order not to have the government bring further action against the company.

It’s reported that the government’s ears and eyes through the NSA have all the data that was compromised and where it was sold and to whom.

While most of the news coming out about draining the swamp is dealing with career political appointees operating outside the law within government agencies, this data has real-world, actionable ramifications. Public companies have shareholders, who suffer losses as these Silicon Valley firms get involved in partisan politics at the levels inferred by these actions.

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Investors thumb down FB shares, but why?

I’m not sure the Facebook stock price carnage — slashing $132 billion off market cap — can all be attributed to its missing on the top line in its earnings Wednesday.

Revenue was light compared to what the street expected but Facebook slightly beat on the bottom.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw a $16 billion hit on his own stake, despite selling stock on almost a daily basis during the quarter.

No I’m more focused on the chief legal council announcing he would leave the firm before year’s end. The reason appears to be along the lines of wanting to spend more time with the family.

While many believe that Zuckerberg skated by Congress in his testimony over the Cambridge Analytica’s use of FB data in the run up to the 2016 presidential election, I believe there could be a gathering storm for the dear boy with criminal charges being brought for lying to Congress as well as conspiring to sway an election.

I don’t say this on a lark. Sources tell me that after the Congressional August break Zuckerberg may be spending more time in Washington DC than Menlo Park, CA.

Time will shortly tell if this bears truth.

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica was a sale not a breach or hack

Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook haven’t said in regards to the Cambridge Analytica data breach of 50 million users.

No one is saying Facebook was hacked, so why call it a breach? The Bergs — Mark and Sheryl Sandberg — sold that user information to Cambridge Analytica. This is the sneaky business model of all social media. Continue reading

Zuckerberg’s Feb. stock sales should have tipped off market of troubles

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was shocked, Shocked I tell you, that there were people using its data for nefarious reasons, while I documented that he cashed in billions in recent stock sales.

Zuckerberg who is playing the shill, now wants to look at how outside developers — including data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica — used the vast treasure trove of users data to manipulate allegedly the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

Facebook is first in busy breaking news week

Facebook will be the first social media platform to have its reputation further tarnished as shares fell Monday more than 10% off its recent highs.

As I wrote Monday there will be an Internet Bill of Rights coming out of the Federal Trade Commission this year — once Trump’s three appointees are seated — that will regulate the terms and conditions of these platforms to align with First and Fourth Amendment protections in the Constitution. Continue reading