Facebook: Still not your friend
Facebook has been in the news a lot lately with its upcoming IPO and speculation about the company’s worth and future profitability. It reminds me all over again how much I dislike and distrust Facebook and its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. FB may or may not be any worse than all those other entities that track our every move, but it has been censured for privacy violations, it is being audited for privacy violations, and it continues its violate–apologize–violate-again behavior.
USAToday explains in detail, for the umpteenth time, “How Facebook tracks you across the Web.” It came as a nudge to renew my vigilance against FB, for all the reasons I’ve listed before. I suggest readers bring themselves up to date on Facebook’s current modus operandi and consider again whether they want to be a part of it — although extrication at this point may be nearly impossible.
Against my better judgment I linked Pied Type to a Facebook page, where a third party app captures and lists my new posts and tweets as they appear. It’s not clear whether that page is enough of a convenience to readers to justify the likely chink in my privacy armor that it poses. And of course, anyone visiting the page will of necessity already be a FB pawn.
The USAToday article reminded me that undoubtedly I have FB cookies lodged in my browsers. Cleaning them out is my next task, as soon as I post this. Take care, dear readers. Facebook is still not your friend.
My previous posts about Facebook:
- FTC slaps Facebook
- Sorkin sums up social networks
- Further Facebook folly
- A wee confession
- I should stop knocking Facebook, but …
- Please don’t post kids’ pictures
- Facebook ‘deactivation’ does not equal ‘cancellation’
- Wanted: An ‘opt-in’ option
What others are saying:
- As Facebook Preps For IPO, Privacy Tweaks (informationweek.com)
- Privacy: Facebook and Google baking it in, but will startups follow the recipe? (geekwire.com)
- Facebook: Just a Fad or Here to Stay? (pcmag.com)
- Privacy worries dog Facebook ahead of IPO – Phys.Org (phys.org)
- Ahead Of IPO, GM Drops Facebook Ads; Forrester Warns Other Companies May Follow (marketingland.com)
- Facebook “enhances transparency” in their Data Use policy (slashgear.com)
- Poll: Users Don’t Trust Facebook (newser.com)