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  1.    Facebook free expression was suppressed upon government' s requests !?

An article in the New York Times at 6-27-2017 pointed out that Facebook "acts in response to government requests".  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/opinion/facebook-first-amendment-leaks-free-speech.html )    The New York Times reported at 11-22-2016 that Facebook did comply with local governments' requests to block or restrict huge number of user-contents in about 20 countries, such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey. (  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/technology/facebook-censorship-tool-china.html )  <United Daily (聯合報)> 11-2-2018, headline news : Taiwan's National Security Bureau confirmed their investigations of Facebook communities and others on the net, for monitoring, controlling and collecting "controversial information" including those "influence national security", "blacken ("詆譭", a term of Martial Law period / UDN, 11-3-2018) president", "disrupt social stability", "distort policy" and "disturb national mechanism", "fight governmental prestige", "influence public mind and morale";   UDN 11-3-2018: Facebook and all other internet platform service providers in Taiwan were requested to hand in all users' personal information and data.   UDN critiques pointed out  "Big Brother is watching you" almost for sure lead to "Chilling Effect".   More countries are trying to use FB as an instrument for various purposes.   Media like Reuters reported at 4-27-2017 that "Vietnam says Facebook commits to preventing offensive content".   National Taiwan Univ. professor in Apple Daily of Taiwan at 10-6-2017 said Facebook even provided Vietnamese police with evidence or information to arrest anti-government dissident(s).    Based on the United Daily of Taiwan (Nov. 25,2016),  Facebook removed some human rights contents upon the US police's requests.    Furthermore,  Business Insider at 7-8-2016 also reported Facebook was accused of censoring conservative news among its trending topics, and supported or suppressed particular political viewpoints in Germany, Europe.    Facebook is named as a "for-profit corporation" by Wikipedia (Sept., 2017), certainly may "cooperate" or "collaborate" with any country, governments, organizations, the powerful to politically block free speech of particular targets.  

In the summer of 2017, a "Green Terror on Facebook" triggered concerns and public anger in Taiwan.    All Taiwanese mass media reported that
politicians and online personalities said they had been denied access to their Facebook accounts after writing criticisms of  Pan-Green coalition, the ruling political party (DPP).   The leader of Chinese Nationalist Party think tank stated that the freedom of speech on Facebook Taiwan has retreated 50 years, and urged FB's Taiwanese users getting together to globally accuse Facebook about this deformed and illegal phenomenon -  free-expression terror on Facebook.   This issue has already been included in Wikipedia references.   Taiwanese government denied having sent any political requests to Facebook.   Facebook Hong Kong & Taiwan office officially denied that they took sides to favor one of 2 major political parties or suppressed Taiwanese freedom of expression,  although some news articles have different viewpoints concerning this issue.

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The author of this web-site also experienced similar issues on Facebook  -  after having created a FB account with unbiased & no harmful content and made nearly 3000 artist friends from about 100 countries within about 1.5 month, reported an Euro arts expo. held by FECO for Turkish cartoonist and journalists on trial,  his Facebook account was suspended, for unknown reason.   This seems to be a well-planned scheme, because some bad tricks came before Zola Zu's account was blocked.    Zu wrote an article about this mystery and had it print in Taiwan's most popular news, Apple Daily (then was reprinted in another major news, the United Daily News blog), to " publicly shame them and to hold them accountable" as Business Insider (7-8-2016) critic suggested.    Google, Bing, Yahoo evidently are better than Facebook in free expression. 


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  2.   Taiwanese fight back terror on Facebook


        (1) Zola Zu's freedom of expression article in Apple Daily, most popular news in Taiwan

             There's no evidence to prove that Taiwan government is the right one all users having bad experiences should fight back.  The KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) suspected the ruling party,  but Taiwan administration denied everything, maybe Taiwan wanted Facebook to take the blame for it ?

評論臉書 言論自由








Pic. left:   Facebook freedom of expression  - 
comment, in Apple Daily,
real-time news & online opinion, 8-24-2017


Pic. middle:  comment Facebook Taiwan,
suppression of free expression,   
in most popular news in Taiwan Apple Daily,
8-24-2017, and was reprinted by United Daily News
 blog, 8-25-2017
 / by Zola Zu


 pic. right: Zola Zu's article (FECO edition) was printed in FECO news, official periodical of Federation Cartoonists Organisations in Nov. 2017.

pls note the excellent cartoon-art is
done by FECO leader.


     About the article "Facebook's True Colors" (below is updated version):

Facebook's official letter (Aug. 2017)  to Taiwan emphasized the importance of real-name policy which may make FB community civilians feel safe. 

   However, Facebook's "real name" is :

a big threat to human rights !
       Many members of the US Congress, civil liberties experts, European government already labeled Facebook as "the greatest threat to civil rights today".
(medium.com, 5-28-2015

       Facebook allowed outsiders to ffectively steal personal information from 50 million + Americans (New York Times, Observer,  3-21-2018)  , FB attacked democracy (New York Times, 8-29-2016), discriminated certain groups ( PROPUBLICA.org  2-8-2017), repeated violating privacy law (penalty fine in Euro. / Fortune 9-11-2017), was developing censorship tool to enter China market (New York Times, 11-22-2016), conducting secret psychological tests, prompting outrage from users and experts  (Guardian, 7-2-'14) , and developing mind-reading tech. causing public worries (The Guardian, UK, 4-19-2017), etc.   Just like McDonald's slogan "We do it all for you", in fact is "all for McDonald's itself", the reason Facebook exists is for profit only.


     a media !
        Facebook refused to acknowledge and to admit their 'real name', a media company or publisher, FB kept avoiding taking media's responsibility, instead, they did spread false news, influence elections and allow horrific speech.  Recently, under media experts' great pressures, Facebook "implies" it's a media  (not a traditional media), but how Facebook getting into the world of editorial judgment needs to be watched carefully ...


   an advertising platform !
        Facebook's another 'real name' is advertising platform instead of a social network, as some Western media commented.    Facebook reads and analyses your private communications and information, everything about the user is FB's "product"
(FB got penalty fine several times in Euro.), the real "customers" are advertising companies and data collectors (including state apparatus ).  Bloomberg News 3-21-2018: All privacy problems are product problems ...   BBC, 3-20-2018: Data ... bring advertisers to the platform, who in turn make it money.    Brand company should not sell fake products, but Facebook did not spend enough efforts ( or used 'selective enforcement' ) on eliminating fake accounts.  (<USA Today> reported 83 million fake accounts in total.  It's not difficult to find multi-account users around Euro. and USA.   All these sent a clear message, or actually encouraged users to create more than one account.  ps: Guardian 5-15-2018: Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first 3 months of 2018 (to save its image)  )


     a hitter !
       Facebook's 'real name' is a sort of 'hitter' or 'goon' to suppress freedom of expression or certain users upon many government's requests, including US police's request to block American's human rights pages. 
  Facebook has many algorithm and man-made tricks to suppress or bully users, e.g., checkpoint/block leads users to an infinite loop, like a mouse in circles.


        Do you feel safe ?

Anonymity is allowed in Twitter, which, in recent years, has turned into a dominant social network in Japan.     If Facebook is not friendly or hostile to Taiwanese people, we should not be this humble and tolerate being second-class citizens in that empire, we have other alternatives.  

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 ☉   (2)  Taiwan's one of 2 major political parties,  Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) fights back free-expression terror in Taiwan



                The National Policy Foundation, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) think tank, said in a press conference that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government might have clamped down on dissidents by allegedly suspending Facebook users who posted comments deemed harmful to the pan-green political camp,  and criticized that  Facebook has entered a period of ‘Green Terror’ in Taiwan since the DPP took office and was in power.



Mass Media
Taiwan, hong Kong, China

Theme of article

Brief and translation

Apple Daily , 7-28-2017 Taiwanese users should accuse  Facebook , and tell the whole world Taiwanese Facebook users should get together to tell the whole world, to accuse this deformed and illegal phenomenon   speech-freedom terror on Facebook


Taipei Times

DPP accused of Facebook censorship

TEMPORARY SUSPENSIONS:Politicians and online personalities said they had been denied access to their Facebook accounts after writing criticisms of DPP policy

  an article by former Straits Exchange Foundation secretary-general Chen Charng-ven (陳長文) likening the Executive Yuan’s tightening of regulations on retired government and military officials’ visits to China to the reinstatement of Article 100 of the Criminal Code was temporarily removed by Facebook,...

Greater Taipei Stability Power Alliance chairman Sun Chi-cheng (孫繼正), who launched a petition to depose New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) over Huang’s support for homosexual marriage, said he had been suspended by Facebook four times in one day after posting an article about ousting Huang.
Foundation convener Yeh Ching-yuan (葉慶元) asked whether the removal of Facebook articles was part of the Cabinet’s efforts to curb online “fake news,” and whether comments that the DPP administration dislikes were all categorized as fake news.



United daily (聯合報) 2017-07-28 " Taiwanese already reached a social consensus that Facebook has been under a bias in favor of Pan Green coalition  (DPP) ",...   "Mark Zuckerberg doesn't need to pretend knowing nothing about this  ! "


Political critic 黃智賢 )

   "Do you really think we have 100% freedom of speech in Taiwan ?   Do you think Facebook just started to suppress articles criticizing Taiwan independence separatist force since Ms. Tsai was elected to be Taiwan President ?   No, No, Facebook has done this since a long time ago. "

    Huang also stated that Facebook has numerous complicated tricks to suppress speech-freedom against Pan Green, FB hitters hiding in the dark totally control our speech on FaceBook,  they selected certain articles to be shown, selected limited number of  users or none to see those articles.   "We even don't know who the darkness is."

    "Our articles, photos, live video contributed a lot to Facebook, in return, Facebook only want us to yield obedience to them or to be completely under control."

    Critic Huang also mentioned, those articles she wrote to criticize Pan Blue (KMT) had never been suppressed.  




Hong Kong ifeng (香港鳳凰網 ) , Hong Kong CRNTT  (中評社), 7-27-2017 KMT think tank urged no turning the democratic clock back When KMT was in power, Taiwanese can speak up their viewpoints, no any Facebook account was blocked no matter how they cursed or lectured the top rankings, but the current gov.'s  "correctional labor camp" censors public opinion without expressing a clear standard.   KMT think tank urged no turning the democratic clock back ...



The China Times, 7-28-2017

Speech Control !  It's a "Green Terror !"    Zuckerberg , do you know about this ??

   Soon after Taiwan government's promoting a " Quiet Tech." (「寧靜科技」) , articles criticizing President Tsai I. W. were removed one by one by Facebook,   those accounts criticizing Pan Green coalition were disabled one by one, apparently, Facebook targeted certain group.

    All these fell Taiwan's facebook into a political struggle battle-field, Taiwan had come down to a "Green Terror" age (a word-play of "White Terror").


The China Times,




Facebook should open to public their Censorship mechanism


Facebook censorship tools include detection-software and informant's (or telltale's ) reporting to rat somebody out, but the standard of Facebook's community rule is "vague" or uncertain.

Sun Chi-cheng comments the freedom of expression on Facebook retreated all the way back 50 years




Sina China, 7-27-2017 Facebook censorship on speech needs transparency http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2017-07-27/doc-ifyinwmp0255816.shtml
Apple Daily , 7-28-2017 Facebook emphasized the policy of real name and content safety George Chen(陳澍), the leader of Facebook Hong Kong & Taiwan, replied NCC of Taiwan that authentic entity (real name) and content safety are FB major concerns.
 Facebook will request users with multi-accounts or impersonating others to deactivate their extra accounts or else FB will do it for them

●   Facebook will remove those bullies, spamming posts, harassments, hate speeches aiming specific race or ethnic groups

 Those suspected users abusing accounts may result in suspension http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20170803/1175134/

China Times, 11-18-2017 Taiwan president gave tacit permission to Facebook (Taiwan) to block content concerning anti Taiwan-independence  (brief) CTN opinion - by author 洛杉基  http://opinion.chinatimes.com/20171118000516-262114
ps: for precise meaning, pls. find cyber-links to read Chinese version news report 

Facebook freedom of expression is suppressed


pic.: Headline news of The China Times of July 28, 2017 -
 free speech on Facebook retreats 50 years,
a green terror on Facebook Taiwan !



Facebook suppress freedom of expression



pic.right : Chinese Nationalist Party urged Taiwanese users
getting together to globally accuse Facebook


ps: Taiwan's Intel. sys. suspectedly control some important websites not related to communist China. (Nov. 2018)


   3.   case study - Facebook suppress, block, or bully tricks

                     Zola Zu's content on FB includes no specific infractions, no directly inciting violence, nothing misleading, malicious, harmful, or discriminatory, but Facebook suspended the account after playing some tricks or/and giving bullies.


  (1)  Facebook's suppression trick one ... ?


        A poll was held at top of a video shared by Zola Zu, but it can't be seen on Zu's account.    The poll asked users to select from options like " follow Zola ? " , "follow XXX ?" (an Eastern Euro. cartoonist (or a corporation, hacker in the dark?) holding the poll), and some phrases like to limit part of Zola Zu's right ......
        The video is about lions revenge in a circus,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5moEG1A-Uo (theme: Lions Attack On Trainer In The Circus), other Westerner artist shared it without the problem I had.   Besides, I attached a brief of scholarly study regarding animal abuse related with human abuse.    
        Did this poll take proceed in Facebook's eyeline ?  any possibility can't be excluded.    Someone in the dark interrupted my working on my FB, for the video.  

        According to an article by Ohio State University Law School professor Margot E. Kaminski on NY Times in 2017, even animal abuse content is allowed on Facebook, he wrote:  Facebook generally allows the sharing of animal abuse, a category of speech the Supreme Court deemed protected in 2010. But diverging from First Amendment law, Facebook will remove that same imagery if a user shows sadism, defined as the “enjoyment of suffering.”    Of course, the video Zola Zu shared is not a “enjoyment of suffering” short film, instead, it's educational.    Facebook should remove that poll, not any of my content.  
        All my FB friends supported me except probably one - only one left from my friend-list.   This is truly their vote, expressive act, symbolic speech, substantive statement after Gegenseitigkeit  kommunikationsfreiheiten "behind me".




  (2)   Facebook's suppression trick two

         The messenger functioned partly, (coincidently?) after Zola Zu (probably the 1st one on FB) shared the news about a cartoon-art exhibition for Turkish editorial cartoonist & journalists in jail and on trial.  



  (3)   Facebook's suppression trick three

         FB's official reason about Zu's account suspension is "something unusual happened".   The dialogue box (as below), FB checkpoint/block,  popped up while trying to log on Facebook again.    That's a trick because Facebook keeps wanting user-photo and keeps rejecting very clear passport photos.    Other users had same experiences - pls. ref. to  Facebook Aug., 2017 https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=1865681153684857


        To solve this,  Zola Zu sent Facebook an agreement offering a big USD amount more than the Median Wealth per adult in USA for FB's acceptance, to challenge or to test Facebook's combination of facial recognition tech. (MIT said up to 98% in accuracy), other tech. and human review system.   The agreement stated they can take all the money if FB proves the photo uploaded is fake.    This way is much more precise and efficient than FB's current methods because no any hacker is willing to give Facebook this offer which might bring bad guys into deep legal trouble.   


       Till the due day, FB did not respond to accept this easy-money-to-earn offer. 


       Facebook was trying to get smart with users ? or really misjudged users' photos uploaded?? ......      







pic. : Facebook seems not honest, or just get cute with int'l users?   The dialogue box above asks uploading an user-photo only to result in an infinite loop  ―   users keep uploading and keep being rejected. 
         So, it's 99.9%-100% that checkpoint/block is a dead end, a vital error or seemingly a screen, cloak...  

         Advise world people not to respond this !   just waste your time and energy.









pic. : Chinese version of this infinite-loop trick





   (4)   Facebook's suppression trick four


         Some days after sending the offer ( USD amount about equaling the Median wealth per adult in USA ), an email from FB security system arrived at me.   Facebook wanted to help me back to my account.   Sounds very nice...  but ...   (pls see pic.s below).






pic.:  Seems, a handsome "flip-flop".
        Facebook security system said "How're u doing ?  It seems you can't log on Facebook, please click the button below, we will help you to log in
your account ...








pic. : Facebook says a security code was just sent to your email-box  (STEP 1)




pic. : Facebook asks you to enter the security code which just sent to your email-box  (STEP 2)




pic. : Facebook asks you to enter new password to log in, after the security code entered passed FB's verification  (STEP 3)






pic. :  FB gave a 'kind' adjustment   from "an infinite loop" to "a finite loop" with an exit.

           The new password still can't login the account.   Repeating those 3 steps above a few times,
               FB said you had tried it too often, pls. try it later on.  







  ◆  Facebook executed the suppression mission, but who gave them requests (or "info." ) ??   it's not FB's algorithm or community rule, according to Facebook's official letter ( community-rule interpretations ) dated Aug. 1, 2017 to Taiwan .
The suspect is ...?

       suspect 1 : Taiwan - a main suspect, for many reasons, e.g., encountering 1-2 sec. trouble while emailing my critique article to Apple Daily, one of Zu's computer-screens became a flash gun, sometimes flashed light one after another.  But no hard proofs, Taiwan has not admitted any bad actions and has not clearly answered Zola Zu's letters as well as web-site ( world top rankings understand Taiwan  comment Taiwan  Review Taiwan etc, Google, Yahoo, Bing is better than FB in free speech !? ) asking clarification for years.

       ● suspect 2 :  Turkey -  a suspect with very minor probability, because Zu balanced his report concerning Turkish cartoonist in jail by juxtaposing news-reports from China, Taiwan, Europe, and USA - Washington Post. 

       ● suspect 3 :  Europeans -  suppose not, they expressed thanks for Zu's report about their cartoon-arts exhibition for Turkish journalists in prison. 

       ● suspect 4 :  Americans - fear Zu's content?  probably not....  Maybe, Facebook can answer this.
other suspects :  China or other Asian countries - not possible, no content about them.   I have strong feeling it's not them, this time.






pic. above :  Up Media opened to public at Aug. 3, 2017 Facebook's official letter to Taiwan NCC (an official institution) that FB will close those accounts impersonating other people, and will request those users with multi-accounts to close extra accounts.
ps: for FB's full text pls see http://www.upmedia.mg/news_info.php?SerialNo=22076


ps2:   Zola Zu's letter to FB wrote : ... should FB removed my account was upon requests by the gov. or the powerful, pls let me know, I am one of most qualified to criticize bad politicians, in that my websites were ranked No.1 by "comment Taiwan", "understand Taiwan", "review Taiwan", "評論台灣" on the net,... hold some int'l politics keywords hitting the top as well.   World people have right to know, to see political "police" hiding underground to avoid the one "at large"...  (brief)






Zola Zu's criticisms  understand Taiwan , Taiwan , comment Taiwan , Review Taiwan , 評論台灣
                            were ranked No.1 or top on US Google, US Yahoo, English Bing, 2016-2017 


   ◆  Business Insider  "Facebook is not here to protect your freedom of speech" at 7-8-2016 comments "A massive boycott of Facebook is unrealistic", but "

publicly shame them and to hold them accountable" is feasible.


    ps: Thanks for Federation Cartoonists Organisation's letter dated 9-18-2017 - give full support to me in the cause





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    ◆  Washington Post, 9-5-2018
             Facebook and Twitter appeared before lawmakers discussed foreign interference, political bias and drug sales ....... (brief)



    ◆   CNN money , 3-21-2018 (http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/21/technology/mark-zuckerberg-apology/index.html)

             Facebook CEO : "That ... probably is the biggest mistake we made here ..." 


    ◆  Daily Nation , 3-22-2018  ( https://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/Growing-mistrust-threatens-Facebook-after-data-mining-scandal/1068-4352156-recgo3z/index.html )

◆      Weather Channel(Donella Cohen): "The latest revelations are showing just how corrupt and detrimental to society this particular platform is," ...


      ◆  TIME, 3-21-2018 (http://time.com/money/5207924/how-much-facebook-makes-off-you/)

               Syracuse University professor Jennifer Grygiel: 要完全刪掉臉書,意味著用戶得連同Instagram、WhatsApp和Messenger全都刪除。這對很多人來說並不實際,因為社群媒體已和日常生活息息相關。
               F-secure (Finland) Sandra Proske : it's not easy to break up with Facebook.


    ◆   Bloomberg News, 3-21-2018 (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-21/under-fire-and-losing-trust-facebook-plays-the-victim)

                All privacy problems are product problems ... 

             NY Times and Observer : Trump's political consulting firm (for advising electoral campaign on digital ads.)   effectively stole personal information from 50 million + Americans.   Facebook allowed an outside developer to have those data before that developer shared it with Cambridge Analytica. 

    ◆   New York Times, 3-21-2018   (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/technology/users-abandon-facebook.html)

           Users abandon Facebook after  Cambridge Analytica findings ...

        BBC  3-20-2018,   Is leaving FB the only way to protect your data?   (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43469656) 

             Data is like oil to Facebook, it is what brings advertisers to the platform, who in turn make it money  ...




     news ! 3-8-2018
     FTV + Taiwanese legislator +  National Taiwan University (students org."學代會")   VS   Facebook

pic. right: FTV 3-8-2018







Taiwanese Legislator compared Taiwan's Facebook to "Secret Police" (「警總」) in White Terror time, because ordinary people don't have FTV's courage or guts, certainly will worry about the consequences of their free speech on Facebook.







pic. right: FTV 3-8-2018


FTV (政經看民視): Facebook is not only a private business, but also "free speech"...  FB should not give 'eyesore' a name - violating FB community rule and then suppress their opinions.   




For full text:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqcxoFnJgrs



    News - Facebook needs to pay tax in exact amount to Taiwan



Dec. 14, 2017  Taiwan Facebook's tax-loss for last yr. is up to NTD 5.2 billion, under legislator's (similar to congressman) pressure, Taiwan government expressed recovery actions will be taken ... (wait & see) ...https://tw.appledaily.com/new/realtime/20171214/1259148/ ;  https://www.ettoday.net/news/20171214/1072463.htm

United Daily 12-29-2017 : "FB will pay tax obediently this time ... " ("要乖乖繳稅囉") -  Facebook's profits are out of proportion to their tax payment, Ministry of Finance said Facebook is taxable (following new reg. sys) starting from 2018.   ref to  https://udn.com/news/story/7243/2901293


Nov. 18, 2017  China Times : Taiwan president gave tacit permission to Facebook (Taiwan) to restrict or block certain contents  ... brief http://opinion.chinatimes.com/20171118000516-262114 (Failed to upload its Chinese version to this site, English version is fine);  Taiwan government did not deny or respond this.  According to mass media like NY Times, Apple Daily of Taiwan, it's very clear that Facebook upon local government's requests did restrict certain contents in about 20 countries, e.g., Russia, Pakistan, Turkey.   Those countries' freedom status are not too good,  How come same thing becoming vague in Taiwan, a sort of 'free' country ? 

ps: Freedom House (Jan 2017) : Pakistan, Turkey "partly free", Russia,  Vietnam "not free",  Heritage Foundation (1 '16): Pakistan, Russia, Vietnam "mostly unfree", Turkey "moderately free",  press freedom index by Reporters Without Borders - Russia, Pakistan, Turkey, India,  ranked world No.148, 139, 155, 136 respectively.  



  ◆  Washington Post, 4-11-2018

               lawmakers repeatedly expressed doubt that the social giant could fix its troubles on its own – and threatened to regulate the company and its tech industry peers.
               malicious actors scraped information from the public profiles of practically its entire base, more than 2 billion users. (brief)



  ◆  Fortune 12-12-2017  
Facebook encourages “fake, brittle popularity,” leaving users feeling empty and needing another hit,  ... The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, [but] misinformation, mistruth.”...Facebook as a “social-validation feedback loop” that exploited weaknesses in the human psyche.... fears over what the social network is “doing to our children’s brains.”



  ◆  Fortune 9-11-2017


          Facebook incurred another fine in the amount of USD1.44 million for very serious and serious privacy violations - illegally collecting personal data about people's ideologies, religious beliefs, sex and personal tastes (brief)


  ◆  CNBC ,  12-3-2017
        Australia would investigate whether U.S. online giants Facebook ... had disrupted the news media to the detriment of publishers and consumers...


  ◆  CNN:        http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/01/media/facebook-russia-ads-congress/index.html
           Facebook provided Congress with copies of 3,000 Russian-bought political ads on Monday, giving lawmakers a clearer picture into how a pro-Kremlin troll farm used social media to meddle in American politics.


   ◆   The Financial Times  10-11-2017  www.ft.com/content/d0e22d4a-acda-11e7-aab9-abaa44b1e130

                "The liberal siren song on Silicon Valley".
                the likes of Facebook's founder, ..., have gone from heroes to pariahs. 
                Big Tech’s monopoly power is rarely far from people’s minds.
                 Most newspapers support tough action against Silicon Valley. Software, as they say, is eating the world. ... Facebook are swallowing the revenues of professional media.


   ◆   The Guardian 7-2-'14

               Facebook apologises for psychological experiments on 700000 users ( hid "a small percentage" of emotional words from peoples' news feeds, without their knowledge, to test what effect that had on the statuses or "likes" that they then posted or reacted to.)


  ◆   Reuters 10-7-2015

          Max Schrems set up a website, called europe-v-facebook.org. asked the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to stop Facebook’s transfers of European users’ data to its U.S. servers because of the risk of U.S. government snooping ...  The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance...  knocking down the Safe Harbour data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by more than 4,000 companies, including Facebook  (brief)


       WallStreetJournal   Oct. 24, 2016 1:47 p.m. ET

       Facebook and Free Speech

       They won't censor Trump but might censor you.

  ◆  New York Times


Daily Report: Facebook’s Attack on Democracy  
BitsBy QUENTIN HARDYAugust 29, 2016

friends tend to share one’s political biases.

a nice service: You get the kind of news you seem to enjoy reading, which speaks to your world view. On the other hand, this impedes encountering views unlike yours.
Approaching difference with empathy is at the heart of democracy, so the more our own views are endorsed by algorithms, the worse off democracy is

  ◆    New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/technology/facebook-censorship-tool-china.html

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China   

Facebook has restricted content in other countries before, such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, in keeping with the typical practice of American internet companies that generally comply with government requests to block certain content after it is posted. Facebook blocked roughly 55,000 pieces of content in about 20 countries between July 2015 and December 2015,

  ◆ Reuters    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-vietnam/vietnam-says-facebook-commits-to-preventing-offensive-content-idUSKBN17T0A0
Vietnam’s government said Facebook has committed to work with it to prevent content that violates the country’s laws from appearing on its platform.

  ◆    Daily Mail, UK  6-25-2016


  ◆  CNBC  https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/02/facebook-criticized-for-analyzing-teenagers-feelings-emotions.html
         Facebook criticized for analyzing teenagers’ feelings, accused of providing information to advertiser
        Facebook has been analyzing the emotions of teenagers and acknowledges it passed along the information to an advertiser in violation of its policies...

  ◆  UC berkeley Campus Joins Forces to Take on Issue of Fake News   UC berkeley


“Fake news now has become a big messy topic, there’s not even really agreement,”

Crump said that new platforms like social media make it easy for people to create news stories that appeal to certain readers and enhance a certain narrative. That narrative is then propagated, and “the speed with which that can happen is something that’s new and we don’t have the same gateways controlling the media that we traditionally had,

  ◆   UC berkeley

Journalism’s response to Trump: ‘The facts are our only proper weapon’
By Joel Bahr | May 31, 2017

  ◆  Russia says it will ban Facebook in 2018 if the social network fails to comply with local data storage laws    http://cnn.it/2hvDul1 , twitter news 9-27-2017

         'Facebook needs an editor': media experts urge change after photo dispute 

   ◆   <business insider>  7-8-2016
      FB is not here to protect your freedom of speech   
            their ultimate goal is capturing our attention and keeping it so they can show us advertisements...

  ◆  USA Today


Facebook: About 83 million accounts are fake     

about 4.8 percent of monthly active users were "duplicate accounts," which is an account that a user maintains in addition to their primary account; about 2.4 percent of the monthly active user accounts were "misclassified accounts," or accounts that represent an entity besides the user, such as a business or a pet; and about 1.5 percent of the accounts were "undesirable accounts," or accounts that purposely violate Facebook's terms of service, such as spamming.

  ◆  PROPUBLICA.org   www.propublica.org/article/facebook-lets-advertisers-exclude-users-by-race
       Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race
       Facebook’s system allows advertisers to exclude black, Hispanic, and other “ethnic affinities” from seeing ads.

by Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr.

Update, Feb. 8, 2017:

Facebook announced today that it has launched an automated system that will prevent advertisers from using racial categories in ads for housing, employment and credit. The system will also warn advertisers to comply with the law when using other protected categories, such as age, sex or medical condition.

  ◆  http://www.humblebunny.com/japans-top-social-media-networks-2017/

       Japanese Social Media Indicators in 2017:

T   Twitter: Japan’s Dominant Social Network ... Twitter has a big lead on Facebook in Japan and is still showing strong growth

I    Instagram is taking off just as we expected,...

F    Facebook is showing stagnation in Japan. Their growth is low and there are signs of low time being spent on the social network as well.

  ◆  http://blog.btrax.com/en/2017/01/30/japans-social-media-landscape-2017/

       Japan’s Social Media Landscape in 2017

Twitter had only recently started reporting their user numbers separated by country, and from that, we saw that they have an even bigger lead on Facebook than previously thought. Twitter themselves reported that they had 40 million monthly active users (MAU) in 2016. This is a huge lead over Facebook which has 26 million users, and Instagram which has 12 million users.

  ◆  https://www.techinasia.com/problem-with-facebook-in-japan
The Problem with Facebook in Japan

most of the participants noted their reluctance because communication in Japanese was more convenient on Mixi.

 The respondents stated that Facebook was an international platform. To communicate with their Japanese friends, they saw Mixi as just enough, citing they see no additional value in Facebook. This is an interesting finding because all of the concerns users expressed about using Facebook were related with the real name policy.


  ◆   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/12/mark-zuckerberg-freedom-speech-facebook

      Mark Zuckerberg says he believes in freedom of speech. Does Facebook? 
When Mark Zuckerberg praised Charlie Hebdo and free speech, Facebook users cried hypocrisy,...

  ◆    http://www.wired.co.uk/article/facebook-real-name-policy-dangerous
Human rights and information freedom organisations have come together to protest Facebook's continued enforcement of an "authentic name" policy, saying in an open letter that the policy "disregards the circumstances of users in non-western countries, exposes its users to danger, disrespects the identities of its users, and curtails free speech." 

  ◆  https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/178777-facebooks-facial-recognition-software-is-now-as-accurate-as-the-human-brain-but-what-now  3-19-2014

Facebook’s facial recognition research project, DeepFace (yes really), is now very nearly as accurate as the human brain. DeepFace can look at two photos, and irrespective of lighting or angle, can say with 97.25% accuracy whether the photos contain the same face. Humans can perform the same task with 97.53% accuracy.

  ◆  NPR.ORG

Facebook, according to the company, is able to accurately identify a person 98 percent of the time. Compare that with the FBI's facial recognition technology, Next Generation Identification, which according to the FBI, identifies the correct person in the list of the top 50 people only 85 percent of the time.

  ◆   https://medium.com/budnitz/what-s-really-behind-facebook-s-real-name-policy-b146574b2436What’s
         Really Behind Facebook’s Real Name Policy.
         by Paul Budnitz  

         Reality is, if people were aware about all the stuff that’s stored about them, they’d freak out.

  ◆    The Guardian, UK, 4-19-2017, Facebook has 60 people working on how to read your mind https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/19/facebook-mind-reading-technology-f8     
         Mark Zuckerberg confirms Facebook is working on mind-reading technology
         Facebook is developing technology to let users communicate using only their thoughts,.........
中央社   www.thenewslens.com/article/66441-2017/04/20

  ◆   The Independent, UK,  8-26-2017,  Kansas City Star, 8-26-2017
         Facebook is down as some users are unable to log in

  ◆   NTDTV, USA, 2-26-2017,  

         The number of Taiwanese Facebook active users is up to 18 million ...



Below are related news reports from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan    

◆  UDN Taiwan, 3-22-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/11319/3047031  


◆   CTN Taiwan, 3-23-2018   (http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180323000730-260102)

             臉書常見犯罪 ( brief ) :
                一、詐騙:「免費抽獎」、「贈送禮券」etc 廣告吸引使用者進入,要求留下信用卡或身分證號碼等重要個資。


蘋果日報  http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20171006/1217438/
       李明璁(NTU professor)專欄:太天真的是選民,不是臉書


◆ Taiwan NCCU  (中正大学)   http://dajia.qq.com/original/category/lsh20161117.html
     Facebook descrimination    2016-11-17罗世宏 
    Chinese version below : 根据ProPublica的调查报道,脸书允许广告客户避开若干少数族群,譬如房地产广告避开族群背景属于非洲裔、亚裔或拉美裔的用户。





◆  香港網站 2016-11-25 18:26



香港網站 https://www.hk01.com/美國大選2016/53601/%E6%9C%B1%E5%85%8B%E4%BC%AF%E6%A0%BC%E7%99%BC%E8%B2%BC%E6%9A%97%E8%AB%B7%E7%89%B9%E6%9C%97%E6%99%AE%E4%B8%8D%E6%8C%89%E7%89%8C%E7%90%86-%E7%BE%8E%E5%AD%B8%E8%80%85-facebook%E5%81%87%E6%96%B0%E8%81%9E%E9%80%A0%E7%8E%8B
臉書或要為特朗普「爆冷」負上主要責任。原因在於媒體無力檢舉失準的消息來源,而且操控資訊流布的演算法,將片面的資訊帶給用家,...「過濾氣泡」(filter bubble),指其不能分別真假資訊,只是不斷展示用家關注的事物。...不斷收窄各人的世界觀,各人所得的資訊量偏狹,不利公眾做集體決定,選總統便是一例。


◆  聯合報 udn.com/news/story/6656/2609177

                      黃智賢:臉書親綠 祖克柏何須假裝不知道?

                      2017-07-28 10:02聯合報 記者黃國樑╱即時報導
                      台灣有100%的言論自由嗎?你以為蔡英文上台後,臉書才開始打壓批綠批獨的文章嗎?不不不。早就開始很久了。在台灣,臉書親綠,本來就是社會的共識。 ..... 臉書打壓的方式,花招繁複 ....  他們躲在黑洞中,管制言論。完全掌控了,哪些文章,要讓多少人看見。甚至要不要讓人看見的權力。但我們連這些黑手是誰,都不知道。我們寫的文章、po的照片,做的直播,都貢獻了臉書無盡的財富。但臉書,不對我們負責。臉書要求我們臣服,要我們被他完全掌握。 ...她批評國民黨的文章,臉書倒是從來不曾打壓呢。




中國時報   http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20170728001228-260102

        管制! 批蔡、批民進黨 紛遭停權!臉書綠色恐怖 祖克柏 你知道嗎?



中國時報 http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20170727003000-260407

藍智庫質疑臉書搞「綠色恐怖」籲公開審查機制  2017年07月27日

「台灣臉書變綠了!」... 民進黨執政後,臉書儼然進入綠色恐怖時期,任何批評蔡政府等貼文或帳號,紛紛被下架、停權,如此控制言論自由的作法,...,台灣臉書應公開相關審查機制,... 台灣臉書審查機制除軟體偵測外,還有臉友檢舉,若內容違反《臉書社交守則》就會被刪除,然而守則的標準卻很模糊,也不知道審核者究竟是誰,只知道從未聽聞綠營有人臉書被封鎖。




台灣醒報 2015-02-27 [2017-03-03] http://anntw.com/articles/20150227-mQLX



... 國內外各處歸結的說法都表示:「只要是買過廣告的帳號,臉書在申訴處理都會更用心謹慎,甚至派真人客服出面溝通問題。」...

... 「花個200塊小錢買廣告」,作為爭議人物的自保之道。...

... 臉書迭以毫無程序正義、雙向透明審議的方式處理使用者的線上訴訟,...,臉書內容治理的灰色地帶太大:告訴乃論、主觀心證、黑箱審理、申訴無門。...,唯有團結起來以「白色力量」,去要求它、...

蘋果日報 http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20170803/1175134/


    國民黨智庫日前指控臉書管控management and control 言論、搞「綠色恐怖」,質疑民進黨政府上台後,親藍人士如陳長文、黃士修,在臉書發表質疑政府政策的文章遭封鎖,還有部分人士的臉書帳號遭停權
    網路媒體《上報》今晚報導,NCC委員陳憶寧去函臉書公司,關切其對社群及使用者貼文post、帳號的管理準則。臉書香港及台灣公共政策總監陳澍(George Chen)前天具名回函,解釋據臉書社群規範,涉及霸凌、騷擾、仇恨言論及濫發垃圾訊息等,才會遭到刪文。

蘋果日報 http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/politics/20170727/1169509/

 臉書批蔡英文就被封鎖停權 藍智庫控「綠色恐怖」




◆   聯合報   5-17-2017   駭客眼中的美麗新世界 


 Apple Daily (蘋果日報)  8-15-2017

        Too many frauds on Facebook
        (臉書購物半月詐150客   佯名牌下殺  收假貨找無賣家)

聯合報 https://udn.com/news/story/6656/2613440

      許毓仁:FB algorithm is fine  7-30-2017

   Liberty Times (自由時報)   http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/politics/paper/1122336

藍控臉書染綠 NCC:尊重社媒守則

         立委批國民黨:滿腦子黨國思想者 才會想要控制國際社群媒介


       2017-08-04 22:12

     不為打臉國民黨 NCC:諮詢Facebook臉書是為用戶權益

 TVBS  https://news.tvbs.com.tw/tech/603746  2015/06/17

       臉辨識同步分享照片 臉書開發新程式


◆  tech.163.com/16/1124/08/C6KHL9MB00097UF6.html
2016-11-24 08:55:23 来源: 网易科技报道 举报

《混乱的猴子》的作者Antonio Garcia-Martinez,他说:“Facebook臉書和谷歌的人都躲在数学运算后面,他们极厌恶成为媒体公司,

◆  中国日报网

       蛮拼的!为了解封Facebook臉書账户 必须使用“雷人”用户名

       2015-07-15 14:38

       "So many people set up accounts in fake names so random people can't add them or so theydon't have to awkwardly decline requests from people they know but don't want to be 'friends'with.



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