The Quest for Safe Social Media | The Argument for World Pulse

Beth Klein
Posted April 6, 2018 from United States
Quest for Safe Social Media Space
Beth Klein Boulder Attorney is seeking safe social media space. The Argument for World Pulse.

Facebook has been building a research project that would collect, analyse, and likely sell the insights of a mash of Facebook user’s behaviors and medical information. Facebook approached at least eight of health organizations including Stanford Medical School and the American College of Cardiology.

The plan was to use blind data from both Facebook and healthcare providers and with hashing, match them up.  Facebook information about a user like their age, whether they’re married and have kids, what language they speak primarily and how often they engage with friends or family online would be matched to health data, such as age, medical conditions, prescribed medications and how often they visit the doctor. Researchers would then look to see if the added social media information might help improve patient care. For example, finding a patient doesn’t have family or friends nearby might be found to necessitate a nurse checking on that patient at home following a surgery.  But, I ask, can’t a hospital social worker have a conversation with a patient about their needs instead of relying of purchased data and bots?  Don’t medical professionals know their patient’s age, marital status, and what langauge they speak?  Isn’t it a good thing to talk to a patient and establish a real relationship?

“The medical industry has long understood that there are general health benefits to having a close-knit circle of family and friends. But deeper research into this link is needed to help medical professionals develop specific treatment and intervention plans that take social connection into account,” Facebook said in a statement. It added that last month, it decided to temporarily halt the project “so we can focus on other important work, including doing a better job of protecting people’s data and being clearer with them about how that data is used in our products and services.”

Right.  As many as 87 million Facebook users’ data were improperly obtained by political firm Cambridge Analytica, many more than the 50 million affected users initially reported.

Facebook was never free.  We give our behavioral, personal, financial information to Facebook in exchange for the illusion that we are “connected.”   Facebook crunches our data and uses it as a commodity.   Who reads or understands the terms of service?  Not many.  Most users see the Facebook experience like a giant mixer or reunion.   And it is a way to find like minds and motivate behavior, and Facebook profits from selling the means to do just that.

The Cambridge Analytica story pales in my mind to the way that social media platforms have been used to empower terrorist groups.   And now, Facebook, Twitter, and other companies are being sued for profiting from connecting terrorists.

Mandy Palmucci traveled to France in the fall of 2015 to run a marathon.  On Nov. 13, 2015, she was at the LaBelle Equipe café where 19 people died.

That account of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris is contained in a new lawsuit Palmucci filed in federal court in Chicago aimed at Twitter, Facebook and Google. It accuses all three — as well Google’s YouTube — of not just aiding, but profiting from, ISIS’ use of their websites.

Without the social media platforms, the “growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” it alleges.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the dismissal of a similar lawsuit in federal court in California.  The San Bernadino massacre case against Twitter and Facebook is winding its way through Court.   Palmucci’s lawyer, Keith Altman, believes the law in the 7th U.S. Circuit where Palmucci’s case is filed is favorable.  She filed her lawsuit Wednesday, citing the Antiterrorism Act.

It alleges that ISIS accounts on Twitter have grown “at an astonishing rate” and that, as of December 2014, the terrorism group had roughly 70,000 Twitter accounts — 79 officially — posting 90 tweets a minute.

It said ISIS used the platforms “to specifically threaten France that it would be attacked for participating in a coalition of nations against ISIS, to celebrate smaller attacks leading up to these major attacks, and to transform the operational leaders of the Paris attacks into ‘celebrity’ among jihadi terrorists.”

The 128-page complaint lays out ISIS’ historical use of social media sites, citing among other cases the beheading of American journalist James Foley that appeared on YouTube in August 2014.

The lawsuit alleges not only that the social media sites give the group “a sense of authenticity and legitimacy,” but that it is a vehicle for ISIS to seek out financial donations. Additionally, it alleges the companies “routinely profit from ISIS” through ads on ISIS postings that “are not placed randomly.”

Supplying data to hack elections, selling targeted recruiting ads for terrorists, and harvesting medical records.   Facebook is a data mining company for profit and you are the crop to harvest.  Let’s no longer chose to ignore that reality.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Hi Beth. How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your disturbing story about data mining and social media. What are your suggestions for combatting this problem? Just remove ourselves from social media? Make sure our data is protected, through Avast or the like? Make up fake data, such as age, birthdate, etc?

Beth Klein
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

The solution is to chose platforms with better goals.

Jill Langhus
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Hi there...so which ones are better...LinkedIn, Instagram? Thanks:-)

rosemary_ntoipo
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Hi Beth, Thanks a lot for sharing this very interesting piece.

Beth Klein
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

Thank you Rosemary. What is the situation on secure elections and social media regulations where you live?

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Apr 07, 2018
Apr 07, 2018

I learnt alot from this beth,its brings me to the point,are we really secured.

Beth Klein
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

And do we have the right to be anonymous and keep our data? What is the situation like in your nation?

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Hi Beth,

Thanks for this seriously thought-provoking post on what is happening through Twitter and Facebook. Being somewhat new to both of these, I mainly use them to continue the kind of connecting we do on WorldPulse, whose security I REALLY appreciate. I have been paying attention to what has been happening through the news on Cambridge Analytica, and also to the increasingly inept decisions that seem to be being made in general by Facebook in deleting some feminist posts questioning our direction, while allowing violent material and benefitting from Isis to go uncensored. The allowing of Isis to use Facebook and Twitter is a shock to my admittedly naive and in this department, unaware self. Perhaps still naivity mixed with selfish hope I wonder if we as a population can effect a change in what they allow by public pressure. I am so grateful that if I do stop my Facebook and Twitter activity I do not lose my connections here in WorldPulse. What I do lose is the outreach to let others know what we have. Thanks for pushing some deeper thought.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Beth Klein
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

Thank you Tam. When human connection and communication is dominated by algorithms and bots, it is dangerous. Cambridge is only the top of the iceberg for the data mining story, and today 87 million will find out if their data was sold to it.

SIMON MUREU
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

This company was to be involved with the kenyan election last year .it is dangerous

Beth Klein
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

Valid elections are hard enough without this type of interference. What would you say would help a secure, legitimate election system? In the USA, since our voter registration data can be hacked, and our votes manipulated, maybe paper is best?

Beth Lacey
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

Thank you for sharing.
Beh Lacey

Beth Klein
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

Thanks for stopping by Beh.

SIMON MUREU
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018

WE may call for paper voting but with all the millions of people I think it would be hardest thing to undertake

Urmila Chanam
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Dear Beth,

You have informed so many of us about what happens at the other end of social media because as a user we seldom ponder about what is being done with our private information we think is protected by a password! How naive we have been. Thank you for your powerful article. Keep writing sister. More power to you.

Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
India
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Bim Adegbite
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

Thought provoking piece. After being out there in the Social media world without thought of the consequences, how does one begin the process of regaining or reclaiming protection? Curious to know your thoughts.

Thanks for sharing.

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 15, 2018
Apr 15, 2018

Hello Beth, Your story is very imformative. Thanks for sharing. how can we solve these issues?

Sister Zeph
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

Dear Beth thank you for sharing such important information, i think we should not disclose our personal lives so much on social media, we should keep limits while sharing something on social media and I have learnt this from your post today, thank you for sharing it to us

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Hello Beth, you have raised a topical concern and I keep thinking about what can be the solution to this.

I have always been aware that nothing can be free anywhere -- nothing at all, we have to use something to pay for something.

Again, social media isn't just media in the sense of it, it is pure BUSINESS and the people that more people sign up and use it, the better it is for business.

Yet, businesses need to learn how to conduct their enterprises without trampling the right of people and being a threat to their security.

But, now we are here. What can we do differently and how can we resolve this important concern that you have raised.

Beth Klein
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Since social media is free, your behavioral data is the commodity. Would you pay a micro payment to protect yourself from data mining?

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Beth, I don't mind paying. Yet, I know that hackers are on the run. The things that I paid to secure online, got hacked into. So, it's a tough situation and I hope there will be a solution.