A criminal enterprise

Unsealed court documents, as reported by Reveal News, show how Facebook is essentially a criminal enterprise, even referring to it as fraud:

Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission – something the social media giant called “friendly fraud” – in an effort to maximize revenues, according to a document detailing the company’s game strategy.

This is the same organisation that has come under fire for the recent suicide of a teenage girl in the UK, and Facebook says (with a straight face) that it’s hard to find the stuff that contributed to her death, in order to remove it. Never mind that anyone, even a non-technically minded teenager, can find this information, one of the richest companies on the earth, and the very same one that built the system, is incapable. It’s hard to believe that that is feasible. I’d say, unwilling.

Use your own goddamn algorithm! Go on Instagram and search a few times over the course of a few days for “anorexia” or for example, subjects related to self-harm, the algorithm will continuously spew more and more of it is your feed.

Getting back to the original story, Facebook were experiencing chargeback rates of 2 to 5 times higher than what would be considered fraudulent behaviour for a normal merchant. And to rub salt in the wounds, Facebook appeared to have been putting in place systems to automatically challenge a dispute without even reviewing the fraudulent transactions beforehand. For what purpose? Obviously to maximise desists and therefore improve revenue, albeit in a morally repugnant manner.

I’ve met drug dealers with more morals than these maggots. Jesus, even the most seedy bars stop selling alcohol when a patron starts getting a little too off his/her face.

Facebook appears to be a criminal enterprise and ought to be prosecuted as such.

I’ll leave you with this statement from a Usenet newsgroup : “Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice.”

26 January 2019, F.W.I