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U.S. Government to Facebook: 'Americans Don't Like to Be Spied On'

We can think of at least one whistleblower who agrees.

"Americans do not like to be manipulated," Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his appearance before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. "They do not like to be spied on."

We can think of at least one whistleblower who agrees.

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  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Americans do not like to be manipulated... They do not like to be spied on."

    I haven't seen an own goal get scored that hard since whatever Tony's most recent comment was.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    If he didn't immediately break out into hysterical laughter while pointing right into her stupid face then he's a bigger cuck than I thought.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    He apparently "admitted" that Facebook hasn't been effectively protecting the privacy of its users, which is a roughly equivalent level of either knowing disengagement with reality or hilarious un-self-awareness.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    So, Mark Cuckerberg it is then.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    There was so many things he could have said too.

  • Jerryskids||

    She admitted they don't like it, she didn't say anything about stopping it. Or FYTW, as they put it.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    True, but it would have been great if Zuckerberg would have kindly pointed out that no one has done more for spying against Americans than the body of people before him.

  • ||

    In the remake, Snowden wears the Top Hat and carries a cane. Rep. Castor dresses up in a bear suit and rides a unicycle. Zuckerberg dresses up like an elephant and Oliver appears as is or in a clown suit, whichever is more convenient.

  • BYODB||

    Shorter Government: That's our job, kiddo!


    Honestly though, that picture of The Zuck is classic. While I don't much care for the guy, I do feel sorry for any computer guy made to sit through a hearing by a bunch of old people who don't understand the first damn thing about computers.


    The fact these know-nothing idiots are grilling him must be a special type of hell for someone like him. Not that I'm weeping about it, but I also think it's absurd for congress to drag him in over his business that people voluntarily use without reading the TOS document.

  • Rhywun||

    I do feel sorry for any computer guy made to sit through a hearing by a bunch of old people who don't understand the first damn thing about computers.

    In IT we call that a "meeting with the business".

  • SQRLSY One||

    Yeah man, tell your clueless geezers that you as a techie spent too much time with the PCs and interwebs, you got bit by the bytes, infected with a computer virus, so you need to take a sick day... Many would buy it!!!

  • BYODB||

    Yeah, I'm not in I.T. but I'm far more literate than most people in my company and the things I see and come across make me cringe for whatever lowly paid newly graduated I.T. person is made to fix it.

    That said, some of those supposedly degree holding I.T. people have done things in front of me that make me question their education.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Yeah man... I have never signed up for Facebook, so Facebook doesn't spy on me.

    WHAT an astounding discovery!!! Can I get a patent or copyright on my discovery?!?!

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    But there's the possibility someone put a picture with you in it and wrote your name in (not tagged).

  • silver.||

    I still haven't gotten over how creepy-good their facial recognition was a half-decade ago. And I never really saw the benefit of it. A lot of people don't want to be tagged in others' photos without their knowledge. I'll tag myself if I want to, damnit!

  • No Longer Amused||

    The idea that "old people" know less about computers than anyone else is not only extremely offensive but wildly incorrect.

    Next time correct your syntax and say "subhuman lawyer scum" or "liberal arts majors"...

  • Longtobefree||

    Well, sonny boy, some of us old geezers were working with real computers, not those game machines you play with, fifty years ago. Back when the 32K machine was six feet tall, five feet wide, and ten feet long, and had miles of real wires inside of it. And the point in there hearings was not the TOS being ignored by the FB users, it was CA giving the data away in violation of those agreements.
    The real fun is the judge's ruling in California about the third party sucking up Linkedin data.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Get born in America like a thug, get spied on like a thug.

  • cereal_shake||

    "Suck my dick you hypocritical cunt. And, while you're at it, do something about that 'i gave up' haircut"

    A man can dream.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Zuckerberg would never say that!... unless the Winklevoss twins said it first.

  • Jerryskids||

    I kept seeing a little clip from yesterday where one of the morons was asking Zuck if he'd be comfortable sharing with everybody where he was last night and who he texted this morning as if this was an "Aha!" moment - neglecting the fact that the NSA no doubt knew exactly where he was last night and who he texted this morning and Zuck never signed up for the NSA's services. Facebook, on the other hand, collects this sort of information from people who voluntarily (if ignorantly) turn all their data over to Facebook.

  • cereal_shake||

    "Zuck never signed up for the NSA's services"

    SOCIAL.
    CONTRACT.

    Excuse me while I strut.

  • DenverJ||

    Don't knock over the chess pieces.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    one of the morons was asking Zuck if he'd be comfortable sharing with everybody where he was last night

    That was a real missed opportunity on his part. In my opinion, he should have said "anyone who's interested in that information can feel free to check out my Facebook page".

  • ||

    I stayed at the Trump Hotel and it was fabulous, let me tell you. I know they've had problems with the phones being tapped in the past by the good people at the FBI, I assume some of them are good people, but I'm confident in Mueller's capabilities to get to the bottom of it.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    or should have seen my facebook live event last night.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Americans like the government spying on them - see when Obama signed the PATRIOT Spy on America Act back in 2001.*

    (* facts slightly altered for the "only Democrats run deficits crowd")

  • Just Say'n||

    I believe Obama merely renewed it in 2015. But, I'm sure that it was more 'woke' surveillance then or whatever excuse you have for him renewing it

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    There you go! The PATRIOT Act is Obama's fault. I knew it wouldn't take long.

  • Just Say'n||

    I'm only blaming Obama for renewing it, even though he said he wouldn't. If you recall, his insistence that he was totally pro-civil liberties and anti-war was used as justification for voting for him in 2008. He was neither. I won't be fooled again.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    The best way to know what a candidate will not do, is to listen to what they say they will do on the campaign trial.

    Works every time.

  • Mezzanine||

    I'm pretty sure what happens is the new President comes in the CIA shows them video proving they killed Kennedy for going against them. Then their anti-war agenda turns into "let's drone bomb Yemen."

  • cereal_shake||

    Of course it isn't, he rescinded it in 2009. It's not like he had 8 years as President and utterly failed to get rid of it or anything, honestly sometimes you're hard to follow.

  • colorblindkid||

    It wasn't his fault, but he took a bad situation and made it even worse when he became president and gave the government even more surveillance power. There are no good guys there.

  • cereal_shake||

    I thought Obama rescinded the Patriot Act in 2009? Do you have a citation?

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    The P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act was renewed in 2015.

  • BYODB||

    In PB's world, renewing a thing doesn't count which is why Obama didn't kill any civilians, torture anyone, or violate anyone's rights. All those things started under Bush of course, and by explicitly reauthorizing them he was just making sure Bush, uhh....hmm.

    But no, we should only take into account what Obama said before getting elected since intentions are all that matter. Also, never go back and take a look at what Georgia O'Bush said on the campaign trail while running for President. They were all lies!

    Lastly, whatever you do, do not observe who actually wrote and voted for the Patriot Act. That might tarnish the Democrat brand in the same way it did the Republicans....wait what? Oh, I forgot Democrats aren't responsible because, like, the CIA and FBI that we should all trust were somehow mind controlled by Bush to only lie about Iraq. Democrats were, uhh, just maybe a little too trusting or something?

  • Sevo||

    BYODB|4.11.18 @ 3:24PM|#
    "In PB's world, renewing a thing doesn't count which is why Obama didn't kill any civilians, torture anyone, or violate anyone's rights."

    In turd's world, up = down, right = left, front = back and so forth.
    If it's not a lie, turd won't bother posting it.

  • Don't look at me.||

    With every passing day it becomes more obvious that we do not elect the best and brightest. What does it say of those who continue to re-elect the same power mad sociopaths into office? Hint: it's not complimentary.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    People tend to like their representatives but hate everyone else's pick. Thus the re-election rate.

  • Just Say'n||

    "Americans do not like to be manipulated," Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his appearance before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. "They do not like to be spied on."

    So, Tony is a congresswoman?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Alabama evangelist charged with sexual abuse of teen boy

    https://goo.gl/Tf1GWg

    this guy might be GOP Senate material

  • jewbacca||

    ONLY THE GOP HAS SEX SCANDALS!!!

    /weiner

    At least you've given up on trying to rehabilitate Obama's shitty record on surveillance. But I have to ask, why do you insist on shitting up threads after showing your ass? It's almost like you know you don't have the intellectual heft to carry on civil conversations on adult subjects.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I guarantee you, shreek knows no such thing.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Oh, you're the idiot who says "I don't care if the CBO and budget experts said there was a surplus in FY 2000. According to herpty-derpty accounting rules I am making up there wasn't one!!"

  • jewbacca||

    "According to herpty-derpty accounting rules I am making up"

    Isn't this just precious? And, really, it's such an excellent summary of you.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Nope, i've never said that, ever. Quit proving my point.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Another "fine" application of the ole bait and switch.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Oh shit, is THAT what he meant when he referred to creeping on (female, i thought) coworkers as "fishing from the company dock"?

    Sorry, shreek, i'm married. To a woman.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Gay

  • No Longer Amused||

    The phrase is "fishing off the company pier" and it's always a really, really bad idea.

  • Jimoxe||

    It's called shitting where you eat.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    described Bowen as a cohost of Top3 on the Juce TV Network and a regular contributor on Fox News, where he serves as a faith and religion correspondent.

  • cereal_shake||

    I'm having trouble with this one, you are given a counter example of an actual elected official, who engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with an underaged girl. What point do you think you are making? That people are detestable? We know that.

    Is there something that particularly chafes you about Fox news? Or some reason why someone who occasionally for them is more detestable than an actual elected official, who repeatedly lied to investigators until he had no choice? Or is it the very tired "ha he's a hypocrite" angle, which only seems to matter to you when you can use it as a cudgel?

    You really are hard to follow sometimes.

  • Brandybuck||

    Did she say that with a straight face?

  • No Longer Amused||

    Said the pot to the kettle...

  • leninsmummy||

    FINALLY SOMEBODY SAID IT! Thank you - the breathtaking hypocrisy of our congress critters knows no bounds!!!!

  • Hank Phillips||

    Thanks Austin.

  • Curly4||

    Well, when people signed up for the service they should have realized that the service had to be paid for some way. Since it is a free (to the user) FB has to use the person's data to make money. That in itself is necessarily bad as long as FB retains the information and no names is connected to the service. It is even better since it is FB that is the one that is selecting the adds to send to each recipient and the company who's advertisement is sent only knows the recipient if the recipient contacts the advertiser.
    But personal info is why I have not and don't plan on going on FB.

  • flyfishnevada||

    Isn't this where he stands up, ignores calls for order and gives a rousing speech about capitalism, liberty and the American Dream? It's where he should do that!

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