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2019-10-08 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Facebook LIES And Now, Solicits Spies
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This is a flatly outrageous act given that it appears Facebook is fully aware of it:

(CNN)The FBI is running ads on Facebook in the Washington DC area seemingly designed to target and recruit Russian spies as well as those who know about their work, CNN has learned.

One ad seen by CNN features a stock photo of a young woman at her graduation with her family. Russian text overlaid on the image reads, "For your future, for the future of your family."

Facebook's terms of service prohibit any act that is illegal.

It is certainly illegal under Russian Law to spy for any other nation.

Not that spying is anything new, of course.  Nations have employed spies forever, and we can have a nice debate over whether spying is good or bad -- with your point of view almost-certainly having a lot to do with whether you're the targeted nation or the one doing the spying.

But it is without dispute that in the targeted nation spying is illegal and, if caught, you're going to at least go to prison and you might be executed.

"The FBI uses a variety of means to gather information, including the use of sources," he said. "The FBI will use all legal means available to locate individuals with information that can help protect the United States from threats to our national security."

Except it's definitely not legal to spy against another nation.

Then again Facebook has never cared about such things.  It has spied on its own users, including through its alleged "VPN" offering that of course gave it access to all the traffic you passed through it.  It has spied on children despite that being illegal under COPPA.  And it it has spied on ordinary adults too by repeatedly violating the alleged "protections" it claimed it had, or allowing others to do so.

All of this, including the latest FBI ads, it made money from.

There's a fairly clean argument to be made that trading "privacy" for services is a legitimate business model.  But it's only a clean argument if everyone has a fair and full explanation and understanding of the trade being made and its implications.  That has never been the case with any social media company.

Now you could cleanly make the argument that if the FBI was to solicit spies to act against China on Facebook that would not be a violation of its Terms of Service, since China does not permit the use of Facebook inside China and in fact actively filters the service.  Therefore there is no violation of the law "in any place where service is offered."  That may be trying to get too cute by half but on the clear and clean language its defensible.

But Facebook is available in Russia -- and as such to allow the FBI to run such ads is indefensible since that is a clear and intentional violation of Facebook's Terms of Service.

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