Facebook: Beyond The Last Straw

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I recently ended my (little used) Facebook account for reasons discussed here. Given the recent news about privacy breaches in Facebook, I’m glad I did. Here’s part of what the Wall Street Journal has to say about it-

Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.

Facebook says it is taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of users’ personal information, after a WSJ investigation showed that personal IDs were being transmitted to third parties via Facebook apps.

It’s hard to have much faith in Facebook’s sincerity when its business model has always depended on making information about its users available to advertisers.

If you’re thinking I’m in danger of becoming a bit obsessed with Facebook, don’t worry: this will be my last post on the subject. Promise.

2 thoughts on “Facebook: Beyond The Last Straw

  1. I also canceled my facebook account about four or five months ago. Not only did the privacy breaches concern me, but I was mostly getting friend requests from people I went to high school with. I hated high school, and I was just growing tired of the mundane b.s. being posted daily by people I used to be acquainted with but have no more desire to continue any acquaintance with. I like to think my best years are ahead of me, and I don’t want to be continually reminded of some of the worst years of my life. Anyways, that’s enough ranting for now.

    Noah

  2. Yes, the way in which anything of interest becomes inundated by trivia on one’s “wall” makes FB annoying, independently of privacy concerns. It’s a bit like a collage of junk mail being plastered on one’s monitor…

    As for my high school years, I really can’t complain. In fact, I’d have to say that they were some of the best years of my life (so far). On the other hand, intermediate school was another matter…

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