This Is Very Serious

3 May

Holla guys! I just wanna share this with all of you no matter you are my blog readers, my Twitter tweeps or my facebookers, or fbians? woot! You know, the difference between Facebook’s public commentary on new features and the actual privacy implications of such features could not be more stark. Consider this tidbit from the EFF, Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information, about a change that Facebook made just last month, which is, April 19th.

Once upon a time, Facebook could be used simply to share your interests and information with a select small community of your own choosing. As Facebook’s privacy policy once promised, ‘No personal information that you submit to Facebook will be available to any user of the Web Site who does not belong to at least one of the groups specified by you in your privacy settings.’

How times have changed.

Today, Facebook removed its users’ ability to control who can see their own interests and personal information. Certain parts of users’ profiles, ‘including your current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests’ will now be transformed into ‘connections,’ meaning that they will be shared publicly. If you don’t want these parts of your profile to be made public, your only option is to delete them.”

This is not good for users at all. This is Facebook making decisions that are clearly in their own best interests and NOT in the best interests of their users. And, frankly, this continues Facebook’s bad behavior regarding privacy. I’m completely blown away by their bullshit rhetoric around “connecting to everything you care about”.

On second thought, though, should we be surprised? At this point it is clear that Mark Zuckerberg & Co. doesn’t care about user privacy. From Facebook Beacon (see Facebook’s Brilliant but Evil Design) to the story of how Facebook was founded, it is abundantly clear that Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t give a damn about rights to privacy. Hopefully they will do wha tshould they do for us, the loyal users. Last but not least, watch this video, if you are free enough. Thanks guys.

Sources: Heaven of Google (and Facebook it-self)

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4 Responses to “This Is Very Serious”

  1. LittleMsAngel 03/05/2010 at 9:37 pm #

    maybe this is the time… masa kecundangnya empayar FB seperti mana2 social network sebelum ni.. bila dah terlebih nak melebih, sehingga alpa sesetengah perkara yang dianggap remeh.. <– merapu ke aku ni.. huhuhu..

    • mybreakfastclub 04/05/2010 at 8:40 am #

      i got your point.

  2. een 03/05/2010 at 10:28 pm #

    this is not new..though they promised to keep our information form 3rd party but they still give our info to those who need it. u should read their terms. this is the dark side of facebook…

    • mybreakfastclub 04/05/2010 at 8:41 am #

      yep, this is not new, *reminder/info for de new.

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