Uncle Sam just un-friended Facebook

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced a broad investigation of Facebook, saying they have “substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook.” In a letter to Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, a group of state attorneys general demanded specific answers about how companies like Cambridge Analytica accessed the information of Facebook users without those users’ permission.

The moves by the FTC and 37 state attorneys general are in addition to the three congressional committees that have already called Zuckerberg to testify next month about the user-data breach.

Facebook has also been sued by Cook County, Illinois, whose state attorney says Facebook violated Illinois’ fraud law. One Facebook user is suing them for violation of user privacy. A shareholder is suing because of the steep drop in stock price after the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal was revealed. This could just be the tip of the legal trouble iceberg for Facebook.

Does this mean no Zuckerberg 2020 presidential campaign?

Because of all the negative headlines, and Zuckerberg’s late effort to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica mess, Facebook stock lost $75 billion in market value last week. Forbes reported that the personal net worth of Zuckerberg dropped by $5 billion. So, does this mean no Zuckerberg 2020 presidential campaign?

Is Facebook really any worse than the other tech giants in how it handles user data? Probably not. All the tech giants may have been cutting class to smoke behind the gym, but Facebook got busted first and is the one getting hauled into the principal’s office. Regardless, they’ve got a lot of explaining and fixing to do.

Late last week, #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter, and some wondered if this is the beginning of the end for the world’s largest social networking platform. The company is definitely black and blue, but it’s probably too soon to sound the death knell. It will apologize, tweak its user policies, vow to do a better job protecting your data, and then your crazy uncle can get back to posting those cat memes with confidence.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/30/anthony-fauci-moment-donald-trump-realized-extend-social-distancing-mandate/
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • "...it was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-violators-of-marylands-stay-at-home-order-face-criminal-charges.html
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.