by Timofei Belov
Three years of research involving over one million users and ten
thousand interviews has resulted in a book, and has resulted in some
startling conclusions about the most widely used social network,
Facebook. The book, "Facebook is deception", reveals tales of bullying,
fraud and scams and reveals their identities.
"Facebook is deception" is the title of the new book written by Chamakhe Maurieni and available online [volume 1] [volume 2].
Pravda.Ru journalist Timofei Belov interviewed the author.
Pravda.Ru: Your book is a study of Facebook, its users' behaviour and its misuse, correct?
Chamakhe Maurieni (CM): Yes but not only. The
research was about mainly activities on the Facebook network both on the
part of Facebook users and on the part of the Facebook authorities. We
watched closely the rules supposedly guiding all activities on Facebook
which are divided in two platforms and known as the Facebook privacy
policy and the Facebook terms of service; otherwise known as the
Facebook statement of rights and responsibilities.
Pravda.Ru: How thorough was your research?
CM: The book "Facebook is deception" is a book based
on three years of research by a team of college students on the
Facebook network. The research took place between December 2008 and
December 2011. During this period, our research team which numbered well
over fifty created ten Facebook accounts each and with a minimum of
3,000 friends on each profile (account), and we were able to reach over a
million Facebook users in three years.
In the course of our research, we also interviewed lots of Facebook users totalling over 10,000.
Pravda.Ru: What were you looking for?
CM: We examined the behavioural conduct of the
average Facebook user and how much privacy they kept when on Facebook.
We further examined some important features of the Facebook network such
as applications, adverts, pages etc. Each member of our research team
spent a minimum of four hours every day for three years on Facebook.
Pravda.Ru: And what did you find?
CM: In my book, I talked about bullying and sighted a
recent Facebook death threat/bullying case in America involving two
people, who I name. We watched closely the activities of fraudsters on
Facebook and at the end of our research, we came to the conclusion that
Nigerians are responsible for 98% of scams which take place on this
We successfully discovered and uncovered approximately 950 profiles
on Facebook, used for scams and run by fraudsters and I disclosed a
couple of such identities in my book. We examined punishments meted out
by the authorities on Facebook and discovered serious cases of biased
decisions when dealing with violators of Facebook rules.
We conducted a short but aggressive research on the alarming increase
of pornographic activities across the Facebook network and discovered
it was on the rise due to faults on the part of the Facebook
authorities. I pinpointed serious biased attitudes on the part of the
Facebook authorities in tackling pornographic activities on Facebook, a
major example being the unchecked activities of the American magazine Playboy.
Playboy has over five million likes on its Facebook fanpage and yet the fanpage is yet to be shut down or sanctioned.
We further researched on the role of youngsters on Facebook and
discovered extreme negative features on Faceboook which were a threat to
the sanity of the everyday Facebook youngster. Making use of series of
articles and online blog references, I explained these threats.
Pravda.Ru: And what about Facebook and political movements? Did you investigate this?
CM: Facebook was used as an illusion for the Arab
spring and it showed clear political interference on the activities and
judgement of the very administrators on Facebook. The various so-called
revolutionary Facebook pages set up by deceitful groups called
revolutionaries like The Febuary 17 movements etc. was a violation of
clearly stated Facebook rules, which prohibits Facebook users from using
the Facebook platform as a means to insinuate unrest, uprisings and
The fact that these groups specialized in sharing violent videos on
the Facebook platform was another reason why they should have been
It was also very disappointing to discover the activities of top
mainstream media houses on Facebook. A major example of such is the
activity of France24 management on Facebook.
France24 successfully for years continues to stalk visitors to their
France24 website using the Facebook platform and this clearly is a
violation of the privacy rights of every Facebook user, and to discover
this act is being orchestrated by a newsmedia outlet is more or less a
Pravda.Ru: And what conclusions have you drawn?
CM: Our team concluded that while Facebook started
as a great innovation, it has over the last 3 years lost credibility,
dependability and most importantly lost sincerity on the part of the
In my book, I noted a series of reasons responsible for this loss of
sincerity and divided them into two. I pinpointed and explained how
political interference and the race for increased income on the part of
the Facebook authorities has allowed for nominal mediocre entities to
invest in the one-time innovation, which I now term a deception.
Chamakhe Maurieni is a Moroccan born Freelance writer, author,
student and graduate of psychology. This dual nationality, half-blooded
Moroccan national has dedicated his young life to researches and
investigations of all scales and sizes. Some of his current
investigations include match-fixing in football, and he has just began a
research into the Miss World beauty pageant which he has always termed a
glorified illusion sponsored by drug cartels and barons.
As a freelance writer, he has since the age of sixteen written
articles on varying platforms across Sub-Saharan African and Asia under
different names. He is a top contributor to various Independent news
agencies such as the Mathaba News Network.
He speaks fluent English, French, Arabic and a little Japanese. Nominee for Bridport poetry prize.
The just released ebook Facebook is deception (volumes 1 and 2), are an extract from the upcoming hardcopy of this same book, with the
same title. The hardcopy is a 990 paged book expose showing the
complete research result and discussing all pressing issues in regards
to the Facebook network.
While we did our best to ensure the ebooks are detailed, some topics
were exempted from the ebooks to meet up with the maximum size mandated
for ebooks, while some analysis were summarised.
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