Petition: Facebook betrayed us by secretly lobbying for cyber-surveillance bill

Tiffiny from Fight for the Future writes, "New information has surfaced about Facebook's position on S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Sources on the Hill tell us that Facebook lobbyists are welcoming CISA behind closed doors, even though Facebook has been lauded as opposing the bill after CCIA, an industry association they are a member of, came out against it.. CISA would give companies like Facebook legal immunity for violating privacy laws as long as they share information with the government. It's supposed to be for cybersecurity, but in reality companies would be encouraged to share information beyond cyber threat data and the information could be used for prosecuting all kinds of activities."

Based on this information, Fight for the Future has launched a petition demanding that Facebook come clean about its stance on CISA:

Facebook has come under public fire for its permissive use of user data and pioneering privacy-invasive experiments in the past. They have also supported previous versions of the cybersecurity info-sharing bills, and their chief Senate lobbyist, Myriah Jordan, worked as General Counsel for CISA's sponsor, Senator Richard Burr, immediately before moving to Facebook. Facebook has declined to take a public position on CISA, but in recent days sources have confirmed that in fact Facebook is quietly lobbying the Senate to pass it. Fight for the Future has launched a campaign to demand Facebook take a public position.

At a time when CISA is being rejected by the public, security experts, and even the tech industry it's supposed to protect, it was suspicious that Congress is barrelling forward with this bill at breakneck speed. Now, it seems we have part of the answer. Facebook's quiet lobbying is an example of why Facebook will go down as the most hated tech company in history. If Facebook wants to reclaim their credibility on user privacy, they need to take a stand against CISA.

Facebook may be the secret force behind surveillance bill “CISA” [You Betrayed Us]

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  1. Anybody who has been paying attention to Facebook in the news since it's inception should not be surprised by this.

    Personally, I would advocate for everyone to delete their account, or at least change their name to a fake name.

  2. miasm says:

    "Blame me not," said the scorpion, in a supplicatory tone, "it is not my fault; it is that of my nature."

  3. I deleted my account, and blocked them on every device I could find a way to do so. Yet every time I think about it, I still don't think that's enough.

  4. I deleted mine with my real name, and created one with a fake name, since sometimes I have no other way to participate in stuff/with certain people socially.

    It's still not enough. First-hand I've seen stuff like, they will make friend suggestions based on people accessing facebook from your IP Address. Crazy scenarios like:

    Person A searches for Person B, maybe views their profile (doesn't even have to friend them). Person B has sometimes accessed FB from your IP address, and you get a friend recommendation for Person A.

    My fake persona was born in Botswana, went to college in Russia, and lives in a town now that matches my first name. I get no recommendations for people in any of those regions/schools, I get friend recommendations of everyone my old account used to be friends with, and their connections.

    They know.

  5. pdkl95 says:

    I only really have one regret. Just one thing I really wish I could change in my past. If only I hadn't spent all that time in 4-H introducing people to computers.

    I never would have guessed that teaching Andrew Bosworth his first programming lessons (yes, I'm the "friend in 4-H" mentioned in that article) would lead him to Facebook.

    The idea that I had a hand - however small and indirect - in the blight on society we call Facebook is the one thing I wish I could go back and fix.

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