REVEALED: FACEBOOK’S GLOBAL LOBBYING AGAINST DATA PRIVACY LAWS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


REVEALED: FACEBOOK’S GLOBAL LOBBYING AGAINST DATA PRIVACY LAWS

Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment
Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.

The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive global lobbying operation that has targeted hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU. The documents include details of how Facebook:

• Used chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s feminist memoir Lean In to “bond” with female European commissioners it viewed as hostile.

• Threatened to withhold investment from countries unless they supported or passed Facebook-friendly laws.

The documents appear to emanate from a court case against Facebook by the app developer Six4Three in California, and reveal that Sandberg considered European data protection legislation a “critical” threat to the company. A memo written after the Davos economic summit in 2013 quotes Sandberg describing the “uphill battle” the company faced in Europe on the “data and privacy front” and its “critical” efforts to head off “overly prescriptive new laws”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at these developments.

Facebook has long been the 4th arm of US government, and its surveillance capabilities make it the "poster child" for digital dismemberment, should one's thoughts differ, in any way, from what the official narrative might be.

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