Zuck to Use Twitter Rip-Off App to Do Even More Invasive Data Collection

Is it even possible for Facebook to do “even more” privacy violations?

Well. Apparently so.

The Guardian:

In just a matter of days, Meta’s new Threads app has reached 100 million users, solidifying the Twitter competitor’s claim to the title of the most rapidly downloaded app ever.

That rapid growth has concerned privacy experts, who warn that few users realize just how much information the app collects. They point out that Meta has put the launch of Threads in the European Union on hold because it’s unclear whether the way the company handles user data and shares it across different platforms, including Threads, will run afoul of impending privacy regulations.


It’s not even legal in the EU because it is such a hardcore spy app.

Of course, it’s legal to spy in the US, because we have the First Amendment, which was designed to protect the rights of multinational corporations to invade the private lives of citizens.

Several of the privacy concerns with Threads tie back to Meta’s history of concerning privacy practices,” said Calli Schroeder, senior counsel and global privacy counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic), a digital privacy nonprofit. “I haven’t seen any evidence that Meta is being transparent about what it will do with sensitive personal data or is clearly establishing why it is collecting that data other than ‘because we want to’.”

Well, they “want to” so they can send it to private companies and the US government.

It’s very profitable.

The list of past practices that give experts like Schroeder cause for concern is long. In addition to being under a FTC consent decree because of previous improper collection and use of data in the US, Meta has also been fined for collecting sensitive personal data without obtaining the proper consent under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Just like its sister platforms, Instagram and Facebook, Threads can and will collect a great deal of data on its users.

Meta’s apps receive whatever information users enter, said Meta spokesperson Emil Vazquez.

That can include sensitive data such as health and fitness information, financial information, location and browsing history, according to the app store entry for Threads.

All of that is categorized and sold.

We’ve been through all of this.

Everyone knows and apparently, no one cares.

The platform provides the company with information on what posts users engage with and whom they are following. That includes “the types of content you view or interact with and how you interact with it”, as well as how long and how often you use Threads, according to the Threads privacy policy. In addition to users’ Threads activity, the company’s privacy policy indicates it also has access to GPS location, cameras, photos, IP information, the type of device being used and device signals including “Bluetooth signals, nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons and cell towers”.

It’s basically “your entire life.”

But look – you can trust this Zuckerberg guy, and you can trust every corporation and government he sells all this information to.

They are only going to use it for advertisements. And to build models on your behavior so they can do psychological operations against you, like the coronavirus hoax, the BLM hoax, or the Ukraine war hoax.

Combined, this information can paint an extremely detailed and intricate map of people’s lives, particularly when taken together with all of the data Meta already collects through Facebook, Instagram and Meta Pixel.

Meta Pixel, a short piece of code that can be added to websites, tracks and analyzes visitor activity, after which various versions of that data are shared with Meta. For instance, several pharmacies and grocery chains reportedly share sensitive information with Meta and other social platforms through Pixel including whether consumers added Plan B or HIV or pregnancy tests to their carts, according to news website the Markup.

We should absolutely be concerned about the amount of data Meta can hold on individuals,” Schroeder of Epic said. “Not only is this a huge risk for breaches – and Meta has already had and been penalized for several major data breaches in the past – but the data can be used to infer even more information about an individual that they may not voluntarily share.”

These privacy “watchdogs” never do anything.

But it’s not really their fault, maybe.

The issue is that the population doesn’t care.