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Idiots Sell $FB En Masse Because the Platform is Too Powerful

Here we go again. This is the dumbest fucking reason to sell a stock — it’s too god damned powerful. Over the weekend, thanks to a whistleblower, Guardian broke a story about social media gurus at a firm named Cambridge Analytica. Apparently, this piece of shit company, thanks to some help by the Mercer family, helped elect Donald Trump and cause BREXIT. They did nothing illegal, per se, other than use the data provided by Facebook to target ads. In other words, they were marketing news for political purposes and because Trump won — they are now evil.

It’s the biggest crock of shit story I’ve ever read — but my opinion is in the minority here, as Facebook’s stock is cascading lower on heavy volume — all due to it being viewed as a threat to establishment shills.

CNBC

Facebook said that all the parties that had received the data said it had been destroyed, although the company said it had received reports that not all the data was actually deleted.

“We are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims. If true, this is another unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments they made,” Paul Grewal, deputy general counsel at Facebook, said in a blog post Saturday.

Roger McNamee

“There’s been an increasing understanding that when you’re using Facebook, a lot of bad things are going to happen to you, as a user,” McNamee said. “That is not a 100 percent guarantee, but the risk is really, really high.”

It’s not the first time Facebook has battled issues of user trust. The company has been facing increasing pressure from tech insiders and lawmakers to give greater transparency into its data and advertising businesses — particularly following the discovery of Russian meddling on the platform during the 2016 presidential election.

But it is one of the first instances of consumer sentiment so significantly hurting the stock. The stock’s weekend plunge is the company’s biggest single-day drop since September 2012.

“In my mind, trust is the thing that makes these [internet platforms] successful,” McNamee said. “I am an investor. I want them to have the trust of the users.”

Jim Cramer

Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street” that the negative Facebook headlines make investors “sick” of the stock, adding there’s some sentiment on Wall Street that Facebook is “the worst of the FAANG’s.” (FANG is an acronym originally coined by Cramer for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google-parent Alphabet. Apple was later added to make it, FAANG.)

“I think the trust feels like a lot of other people, which is: ‘You know what, if I’m going to pay say 23 times this year’s earnings or 19 times next year’s, I don’t want to get up in the morning'” and see a bad headline every day, Cramer said.

Cramer added the continued bad headlines make the U.S. tech company seem “naive.” But asked whether he’s surprised by the big move down in Facebook shares, Cramer said, “Yes I am at this point.”

“Why isn’t Facebook more aware of the power it has?” asked Cramer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money.” “They don’t make you love them.”

He added, at the moment, it’s hard to find stocks that aren’t “controversial.”

“I am stuck with the idea that this company had revenue growth of 47 percent [in the latest quarter], earnings per share growth of 57 percent. This stock is selling at 19 times earnings,” Cramer said, which under normal circumstances would make it attractive.

Look at these melting snowflakes bitching about Facebook’s absolute power, something that has main stream knowledge for over a fucking decade. Give me a break.

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12 comments

  1. numbersgame

    FB cracked doen on Cambridge because they were invading it’s turf.

    The business of FB is selling detailed user profiles for ads. This business is 100% dependant on people using FB and giving them inside clues about their lives.

    If people reduce their FB use becaase of privacy and trust concerns, then that will have a huge effect on FB’s usefulness to advertises. The downside of having huge profit margins and growth, is that it doesn’t take much to decellerate profits.

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    • sarcrilege

      I’d say that’s about right. Teens think Suckbook is for old people and dont use it and old people are perhaps finally waking up to the fact that they are the product; besides realizing FB being a surveillance tool for deep state and the deep state feeding them with fake news and censoring original third party content in order to manipulate their opinion.

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  2. paradox

    What are the chances that Facebook == myspace now. Maybe it’s going down just because it’s a pos.

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  3. BenCBrainard

    Facebook without Instagram is shit.

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  4. og

    Sell Facebook buy Twitter.

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    • numbersgame

      If TWTR can’t make a profit in the Age of Trump, I’m not interested.

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      • og

        But they did?

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        • numbersgame

          Just last quarter. However, 2016 (election year) and 2017 were losses.

          Besides, TWTR only makes money the same way as Facebook: profiling its users and selling that data.

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  5. numbersgame

    FB deson’t have any major competition, and the under-25 crowd is not goign to abandon Social Media.

    Fly, do you still have shares of the “Ultimate Lottory Ticket?”
    https://ibankcoin.com/flyblog/2017/10/12/ultimate-lotto-ticket-everyone-hmny/
    It’s back down to it’s prebubble levels, so might be worth a trade now.

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  6. juice

    Like any good walk-over-corpses business, FB plays both sides in a war, that is to say, it cannot lose, even when the losers are sore losers, bitchers and moaners.

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