EDITORIAL – IS FACEBOOK RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU BEING SCAMMED?
Most people don’t need to be told they’re addicted to technology and social media.
If reaching for your cell phone first thing in the morning doesn’t tell you as much, multiple scientific studies and books will. Now the people responsible for this modern-day addiction have admitted that was their plan all along.
In recent days we have seen multiple articles on this, but have you thought about how this applies to being victimized by Romance Scammers?
Silicon Valley’s Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, has been telling anyone that will listen in interviews that the Social Media service “literally changes your relationship with society,” and “probably interferes with productivity in weird ways.” And, he added, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
Facebook’s main goal is still to get and keep people’s attention, Parker said. “The thought process that went into building these applicationsApplications Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing., Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’”
Attention, he said, was fueled by “a little dopamine hit every once in a while,” in the form of a like or a comment, which would generate more content, in the forms of more likes and comments.
This confirms what SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. and others has long known, that Romance ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. are in fact a form of addition.
“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hackerHacker A computer hacker is a computer expert who uses their technical knowledge to achieve a goal or overcome an obstacle, within a computerized system by non-standard means. Though the term hacker has become associated in popular culture with a security hacker – someone who utilizes their technical know-how of bugs or exploits to break into computer systems and access data which would otherwise be unavailable to them – hacking can also be utilized by legitimate figures in legal situations. For example, law enforcement agencies sometimes use hacking techniques in order to collect evidence on criminals and other malicious actors. This could include using anonymity tools (such as a VPN, or the dark web) to mask their identities online, posing as criminals themselves. Likewise, covert world agencies can employ hacking techniques in the legal conduct of their work. Oppositely, hacking and cyber-attacks are used extra- and illegally by law enforcement and security agencies (conducting warrantless activities), and employed by State actors as a weapon of both legal and illegal warfare. like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
Parker said that the inventors of social media platforms, including himself, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, “understood consciously” what they were doing. “And we did it anyway.”
Scammers only poorly understood this, but are well adapted to exploit it.
A major part of the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. modus is to keep the victim connected and addiction to what the (fake) relationship provide – the “validation feedback look” – that the victim is desirable, loved, and worthy of the attentions of another person from across the world. It is that “I understand you” element that becomes the core of the addiction that this causes and the scammers devoutly exploit in their victims.
It is not only a revelation, but may also prove to be Facebook’s ultimate undoing that they were aware of the power of their platform to turn their subscribers into addicts, but may also be the ultimate liability in their contributory negligence in subjecting their subscribers the hundreds of millions of fake (scammer) profiles that can exploit this. In every real sense, this is equivalent to a bad drug side effect, and we will expect to see numerous class-action lawsuits.
Our organization stands ready to support any class-actions that may be coming forth. It just goes to show, be careful what you build and the unforeseen consequences that result, except in this case it was not unforeseen in was engineered in.
Dr. Tim McGuinness,
Chairman and Founder,
Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams