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Facebook (stylized facebook) is a liberal-promoted social networking website that profits by exploiting personal information in users' profiles, and by advertising. Users can spend, or indeed waste, their time on it in a variety of ways: by uploading pictures (typically of themselves), by gossiping about others, by talking to friends, by interfering with marriages and personal relationships, and by acting like a busybody. Facebook use is correlated with underachievement in school and disruption of social relationships, such as marriage. For many teenagers, Facebook use replaces healthier activities and gatherings.

Despite being called "social networking," Facebook is typically a poor substitute for real social networking. One survey conducted showed that Facebook feeds narcissistic tendencies.

Other studies done have shown that the use of Facebook is associated with poorer performance in school. Facebook use is also associated with a substantial percentage of marital problems and an increase in psychological disorders in youth.[1][2] The site is heavily promoted by liberals, presumably because it is so unproductive or even counterproductive.

Activities on Facebook have caused people to be fired from their jobs.

Anybody with an account can create an unlimited amount of unproductive pages, which can then be "liked" by other users.

Facebook is based in Palo Alto, California. The name of the site is based on the paper facebooks that many colleges give to incoming students, faculty, and staff depicting members of the campus community.[3]

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Monetary value

It is rumored that Facebook generates around $1 million per week in revenue. [4] In September 2006, Yahoo began talks to acquire Facebook for as high as $1 billion. In October, Google allegedly offered $2.3 billion.[5] All outside offers have been rejected. 2009 estimates put a net value of $6.5 billion. [6] 2010 estimates of the privately held company put the value at $14 billion dollars. [7]

In 2011, Goldman Sachs invested $500 million in Facebook. JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley was put in charge of an initial public offering of Facebook stock in 2012. The company went public at $38-per-share IPO price valued Facebook at $104 billion. [8] As of August 2012, the company is trading down at $20 per share, a loss of $50 billion in value. As of January 2013, the stock has rebounded slightly and is trading at $30 per share, however this still represents a loss of $25 billion in value. It is now possible to message the founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for approximately $100. [9]

Origins

Facebook was founded in February 2004 by Harvard sophomores Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin, with help from Andrew McCollum. By December of 2004, after expanding the site to other universities, the number of registered users exceeded one million. In August 2005 Facebook obtained the domain name facebook.com and dropped the "the" from the site's name.

2010

A movie was made about the origins of Facebook, called The Social Network. The film did not meet expectations at the Academy Awards and, despite heavy media promotion, was number one in America for only several weeks. Mark Zuckerberg was not involved in the creation of film and said that it was more Hollywood storytelling than reality.

It has been known among Silicon Valley technology companies that Facebook has been luring away Google employees to the extent that Google is now offering bonuses for staying with the company. On October 15, 2010, Facebook announced the release of a new email client. Internally referred to as Titan, the media has dubbed it a "Gmail Killer". Zuckerberg insists it is not a head-to-head competitor of Google's Gmail service; rather, it will be more of a instant messaging service. [10]

Liberal policies

The world's largest online social network added civil unions and domestic partnerships to the list of relationships that its users can pick from to best describe their romantic status. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had lobbied for the policy adoption. The option is only available to Facebook users in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Australia. [11]

98% of political donations from Facebook employees went to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. [12]

Christian Presence

Despite these liberal policies and promotion, the wave of Christianity is overwhelming. A quick and simple search reveals that the main Christianity page has more members than all the atheist pages combined.

Conservative Groupings

While Facebook does have a pro-liberal agenda, this has not stopped conservative groups and pages forming. The Conservative Party as well as the Tea Party Movement have created pages. A search of the pages reveals that, when comparing the "likes" system on facebook, both the Tea Party and the Tea Party Patriots dominate more liberal pages such as "Gay marriage USA" and even the political ideology page "Liberal"

Censorship and harassment by Facebook

Ongoing censorship and harassment by Facebook is documented at facebookcensorship.com with screenshots. Also documented is the wholesale destruction of groups that took some people years to build by Facebook's deleting all of the members. Facebook then deleted the discussion areas from "pages" to further their control and censorship.

Facebook temporarily banned Fox News reporter Todd Starnes for not being a liberal, giving the reason that his "politically incorrect" post violated community guidelines. [13]

Privacy issues

Facebook Privacy Policy is constantly changing. This is not for the benefit of the users but to the monetary value they represent to advertisers. Due to the size of Facebook, all kinds of data on your habits are monitored. Not just by Facebook either, the government can peek at your life and monitor you behind the scenes. [14] [15] Facebook claims your personal information is not for sale. They make the case that it is anonymously collected data, thereby protecting your privacy. Third parties develop applications to run on top of Facebook. Your privacy is effectively in the hands of unknown organizations. The below examples include what information is on display by every user.

  • The first 6 months of 2013, Facebook shared personal data with the U.S. Government about 39,000 facebook users. [16]
  • The NSA paid several tech companies, including Facebook, millions of dollars to cover the cost of spying on Americans. [17]
  • 6 million Facebook members had their data exposed after management found a glitch that inadvertently shared personal contact details with other members. [18]
  • Many users post their full address, e-mail address, birthday, and telephone number, and these can be available to their entire network (and, in reality, anyone). This information in the wrong hands can be used for purposes of phishing, stalking, or even identity theft.
  • Some universities have begun to use students' pages to investigate underage drinking and other violations of university policy. This is very possible, since university faculty and staff can sign up for the same network as their students through their campus e-mail account.[19]
  • The so-called "news feed" has aroused some discomfort among Facebook users, as it displays all changes and status updates from their friends by default.
  • The "wall" feature allows a user to post a message to another user which remains on their profile page. This posting is viewable to everyone who can view the page (which is pretty much the entire world), and shows up on the news feed for all friends of both the sender and the recipient by default.
  • As with Google ads, Facebook collects profile information, and places ads on the page that reflect the user's personal information. This resulted in one man logging into his facebook account, and seeing his wife's photograph appear in an advertisement for a dating website.[20]
  • The privacy settings on Facebook give users a false sense of security and encourage people to post things they shouldn't. As with other social networks, Facebook refuses to admit that its privacy settings that apparently allow only "friends" to see certain information are completely bogus and can easily be cracked by people with little to no hacking experience. Instead, Facebook actually encourages young users to only allow "friends" to see certain information, rather than just warning them that what they post can be seen by the world and to not post what they wouldn't want people to see.[21]

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References

  1. Facebook is the new cause of divorce, The Tech Journal, December 23, 2009
  2. Facebook Linked To Psychological Disorders In Teens
  3. Facebook
  4. "Facebook goes beyond college and high school markets"
  5. "First Youtube, Now Facebook: Rumors Circulate"
  6. Facebook stock trading open; valuation $6.5 billion CNET News, July 13, 2009
  7. Facebook Valued At $14 Billion On SecondMarket, TechCrunch.com, January 20, 2010
  8. Insight: Morgan Stanley cut Facebook estimates just before IPO, Reuters.com, May 22, 2012
  9. Facebook charging $100 to send a message to founder Mark Zuckerberg
  10. E-MAIL WAR: Facebook Launches 'Gmail Killer' -- AOL Jumps In, Too, FOX News, November 15, 2010
  11. [http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/18/facebook-adds-support-sex-civil-unions Facebook Adds Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions, Fox News, February 18, 2011
  12. Facebook – self appointed arbiter of “free speech” – tells Tea Party no more organizing, Before It's News, June 2, 2011
  13. Fascist Facebook bans Fox reporter Todd Starnes, FireAndreamitchell.com, jUNE 29, 2013
  14. 13-Year-Old Boy Questioned by Secret Service Over Facebook Posting, Fox News, May 17, 2011
  15. Feds mine Facebook for info, STLToday.com, April 25, 2011
  16. JUST PEACHY: Facebook shared personal data of users a mere 26 thousand times in the first six months of 2013, Doug Ross, August 27, 2013
  17. NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies, The Guardian, Augist 22, 2013
  18. Facebook bug exposed contact info of 6M users, CNET.com June 21st, 2013
  19. Facebook on allexperts.com
  20. [1] Husband finds wife in facebook singles ad
  21. This is why only a fool would trust any social networking platform to keep any information private
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