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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:12 pm

A class action suit has been filed against Facebook in California. While Facebook explicitly promises that they won't share the content of private messages with third parties... they effectively do exactly that.
"Facebook misleads users into believing that they have a secure, private mechanism for communication – Facebook's private messaging function – when, in fact, Facebook intercepts and scans the content and treats portions of that content no differently than a public 'Like' or post, broadcast openly across the Internet," the court filing claims.

"Further, the purpose for the invasive scanning of these purportedly 'private' messages is not meant for the benefit of users, but rather is a mechanism for Facebook to surreptitiously gather data in an effort to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users."

The suit alleges that while users are kept in the dark over private message processing, the social network's "web crawlers" notify third parties when their websites are referred to in messages by URL – just as though they had received public "Likes" on their web pages.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:38 pm

The Register has an interesting feature looking at how Facebook became a model for the state surveillance industry. Instead of spying on people, let them spy on themselves.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:38 am

"The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back."
Facebook is godsent for people who love to talk, but have nothing to say.
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:45 am

Is everyone else's life really that much better than your own? A short (2:35") video demonstrating how Facebook may not always show reality.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by Foggyone » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:37 pm

Not only are their lives not as protrayed, they may not even be who they say they are.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:10 am

Facebook users in the EU, Colombia, South Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand and Brazil will soon have the option to broadcast their status as voters. That's right... they'll be able to click a little button that will probably say something like...
I'm a voter LOL
That will certainly improve and revolutionise the democratic process as all those little Facebook addicts get off their butts and head out to vote in order to impress their thousands of "friends" around the world. Or am I just being cynical?

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:36 am

Back in 2011 Mark Zuckerberg criticised Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft for collecting data on users "behind their back". He claimed that Facebook is more transparent. Until now!

Facebook has made some changes and they've started to data mine your browser history. If you've recently visited a site on man nappies (for example) Facebook will show you targeted ads for that product. The company's announcement sounds a little more benign and claims to give users "more control" over the ads they see.
When we ask people about our ads, one of the top things they tell us is that they want to see ads that are more relevant to their interests.
Of course their users want to be delivered more targeted ads... because we all love ads, don't we?

Of course this highly intrusive move allows Facebook to profile its users more deeply than ever, so they can sell that information and make more money. To capitalise on this amazing data trove, Facebook will allow third parties to merge their consumer advertising data sets with Facebook's own information, allowing marketers to target ads on Facebook based on what a user does both on and off Facebook.

Facebook users have no secrets. All of your data is ours! You've been pwned!!!

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:34 pm

Don't use Facebook
Don't have browser history turned on (firefox)
Don't see ads (Firefox ad blocker)
Don't allow third party cookies (Firefox)
Only allow 1st party cookies for session (unless specifically authorised)
Kill all flash cookies (these are consigned to /dev/null in Linux)
Don't allow tracking (Firefox Ghostery add on)

Websites can still profile my browser - see https://panopticlick.eff.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:09 pm

Facebook is in the firing line again for conducting a mass psychological experiment on its users. The tweaked the newsfeeds of 700,000 randomly selected users to observe the impact of "emotional contagion" - how emotional states are transferred to others.
Forbes Magazine says...
If there was a week in January 2012 where you were only seeing photos of dead dogs or incredibly cute babies, you may have been part of the study. Now that the experiment is public, people’s mood about the study itself would best be described as “disturbed.”
Forbes originally suggest that the study was funded by the US Army Research Office but has since retracted that claim.
Update: one of the Cornell researchers is funded under a US Department of Defense program to study "emotional contagion" and civil unrest.
Cornell's Jeffrey T Hancock, one of the three scientists who conducted the experiment (which was likely illegal) does active work on the DoD's Minerva program, which studies the spread, manipulation, and evolution of online beliefs.
The study in question monitored "emotional words" to see how the overall mood of a user's News Feeds affected that user's status updates. It turned out that users who saw fewer positive sentiments in their feeds produced fewer positive status updates, and users who saw fewer negative sentiments in feeds produced fewer negative updates. The effect was small, to the tune of one less positive or negative word generated per 1,000 emotional words in News Feeds, but it did exist.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/06 ... t-all-bad/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The moral question remains: is it right or even legal to mess with users, manipulate their behaviour and treat them as guinea pigs without their consent?

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by Foggyone » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:42 pm

Digidog asks
The moral question remains: is it right or even legal to mess with users, manipulate their behaviour and treat them as guinea pigs without their consent?
I think you will find it's called advertising!
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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:28 pm

The number of kiwis being scammed via Facebook has doubled this year. As buying and selling groups increase in popularity, scammers are never far behind. These sorts of transactions are private sales so neither the Consumer Guarantees Act nor the Fair Trading Act apply. When something goes wrong, disputes have to be taken to the Disputes Tribunal.
Police have caught dozens of people selling stolen property, including cars, parts, electronics and liquor, and continue to monitor the sites closely.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:47 am

Did you know that Facebook's terms allow them to gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time without explicit consent? MPs in the UK are warning users and calling on social media companies to simplify their terms and conditions.
The MPs on the Science and Technology select committee called for the Government to draw up new guidelines for websites and apps explaining clearly how they use personal data, warning that laws will be needed if companies fail to comply.

The committee highlighted terms for Facebook Messenger's mobile app, used by more than 200,000 million people a month, that means it can gain direct access to a mobile or tablet, including to take pictures or make videos, at any time without explicit confirmation from the owner.

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:52 pm

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered that analysing a person's Facebook "likes" reveals disturbingly accurate information about their personality.

The Guardian: Ever liked a film on Facebook? You’ve given the security services a key to your soul

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Re: Facebook is not your friend

Post by digidog » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:23 am

Last year Facebook bought the Atlas ad serving platform from Microsoft. They've integrated this with their massive user database and they're about to launch what sounds like the consumer tracker from hell. It's an advertiser's dream.
The company and some of its initial partners are describing Atlas as a watershed moment for digital advertising because of its capability to track the effectiveness of ads as users jump from one screen to another. Facebook is also taking direct aim at Google's DoubleClick display ad business with an infrastructure designed to deliver ads outside Facebook based on an approach it calls "people-based marketing."
A related story explains how your Facebook login may replace cookies altogether.
Previously, digital advertisers would place pieces of code on computers called tracking cookies. But cookies are plagued with problems. They are considered inaccurate and unreliable — and, most importantly, they are not effective on mobile devices.

According to executives, cookies have a 74 percent tracking success rate and overstate frequency by 41 percent. On top of these meager statistics, cookies are unable to follow users from device to device. According to Erik Johnson, managing director of Atlas, 32 percent of e-commerce purchases are not completed on the same device the user first saw the product.

Cookies are useless. Atlas aims to solve this problem.

Instead of placing cookies on the device and then tracking that code, Atlas uses Facebook's persistent ID, which allows the tracking to follow the user from device to device. This may seem like an invasion of privacy, but the tracking is anonymous. The advertisers are not using personal data, rather they are tracking the user's actions.
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