On Wednesday Facebook was taken down for “required maintenance.”
The required action comes two days after the connections between Mark Zuckerberg’s deep ties to the Defense Department’s LifeLog surveillance program as I wrote here.
We have seen this all before with other tech communications services after drops have called them out for nefarious actions being taken on the platforms.
Google Mail was taken down the same week it was revealed that ex-FBI Director James Comey, Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch and other DOJ and FBI actors were using the service to talk through a shared e-mail address. The participants were just using drafts without sending the message in order to evade detection by the spy agencies.
The same scenario occurred with Microsoft’s X-Box platform with the same cast and others using the messaging system on the gaming site.
Back to Facebook, we see there are numerous federal probes into the company for violating hundreds of millions of users’ privacy by sharing personal information with governments, advertisers and device makers.There’s still probes into the Cambridge Analytica project during the 2016 presidential campaign as well.
The feds are crawling all over the company for new and older violations. The Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and FBI have open probes.
The social media site is girding for perhaps as high as hundreds of billions of dollars in fines from assorted past violations.
So we don’t know what was perhaps purged on this latest Facebook reboot purge on Wednesday, but it appears that federal investigators already have the information they needed.