FaceBorg. You will be Resisted.
In the world that the leader of Faceborg lives in, he thinks of Faceborg as a country on the planet. His ambitions include making Faceborg the center of this planet or maybe replace the name of all people, countries and even the planet. Welcome he says because resistance is futile.
It is interesting that Faceborg thinks of itself as a country. The country is not a democracy and infact they do not hold free and fair elections to anything. They just decide and rule and then change their mind and make new rules. To rule.
In this assimilated world there is only one option you have only one place to turn to. Faceborg and the option to Like.
Faceborg thinks of inhabitants as objects. Objects to be manipulated and mashed and shared with other participants such as the builders who make newer applications that manipulate them. They have forgotten that these are not objects but real people who need to be treated with respect.
In reality, Faceborg is just a company with some customers. A company that has mistakenly thought of its customers as objects. It thinks that its real customers are developers, advertisers etc. The mistake it is repeatedly making is that it is ignoring the people who have made this company.
The Faceborg of the past and the company of today are two different things. The people who signed up for it made the mistake of not understanding the ambitions of this company or were perhaps the company has diverged from its original path. If there is one thing that the history of this planet tells us, mistakes are often corrected, belatedly sometimes .
If Faceborg had their way, they would assimilate but there are enough people who feel that assimilation is futile. We are people who will find a better alternatives away from the greed and ambition of Faceborg.
If you are concerned about your Faceborg account think about this and join the resistance.
- If you want to leave this Faceborg, why is there just a deactivation and why not a complete deletion. Why are they profiting from your individuality even after you have stopped the service?
- If there is a problem, do you know of any easy way of contacting anyone in Faceborg. There have been many problems people have faced. Have they got a satisfactory response? What is the safety and support net.
- Why is it not possible to see who of these unknown third parties access your information and to what end they use it?
- Should a company have access to so much data just because they can. What are the checks and measures that various countries are going to build so that their citizens are safe from the predatory practices of Faceborg?
Assimilation is Futile. What are your thoughts on Facebook?
Some thoughts from around the web on Facebook and its initiatives including privacy, big data and practices.
As Zuckerberg said, “We’re building a Web where the default is social”.
- Facebook rivals are also moving in this direction. Twitter’s @Anywhere platform, for example, attempts to embed Twitter’s conversation features on any site. For some, however, the sheer scale of Facebook makes its move to become a de facto central bank for social information a little dangerous.
- The fly in the ointment is the same one that took down Beacon: overreach. The privacy implications to broadcasting personal preferences, and allowing Facebook and others to store them, are many. One of the important elements of Open Graph is that it allows developers to keep Facebook user data for longer than the previous limit of 24 hours.
- Of course, then publishers don’t have to use Facebook’s Like button. But they will – I can think of nearly 500 million reasons why. Love it or hate it, that’s the way it is. It’s not good versus evil. It’s not black versus white. It’s a million shades of gray, as always.
- Personally, I am skeptical that the average Facebook user is going to care all that much. People are notoriously naive about being watched on the Web, and this is likely to be no exception. More likely than not, Facebook users will enjoy the personalization aspects of the new platform and won’t think much about it – until Facebook starts openly targeting them.
- Millennials smell marketing tactics from about 30 miles away and at the end of the day, the new Facebook feature provides more value to marketers than it does to them.
- Now they can easily tell all their friends, not to mention marketers, what appeals to them. I think eventually they’re going to Like this.
- Facebook will say that all of this is opt-in, and it is. Hell, no one is making you use Facebook at all yet. But the truth is no one really understands their own privacy settings now. When Facebook changed its settings six months ago, 65 percent of users chose to keep their profiles public. Or, more likely, they just thought they should click “yes” to everything. We have all done it, and that choice will now follow us around the Web – forever.
- The new “Like” buttons transmit data about user activity back to Facebook. If they like a band, for example, a link to the band could appear in their interests. Since advertisers can already target ads to users interests, the new buttons could give advertisers more data to target ads to, but Facebook said it isn’t currently launching any new ad-targeting products in conjunction with the service.
- The social networking site said it was also getting stricter about what information in allowed third-party developers to access, moving to address a series of criticism from users and privacy regulators that its policies were too lax.
- Today I told Zuckerberg that he now has the modern-day railroad in his grasp and challenged him to both win our trust and not abuse the major power he’s going to aggregate.
- It also said that it would seek to negotiate with the US to enforce a “personal data protection agreement for law enforcement purposes with the United States of America”. It also said that it would publish a communication on personal data protection for law enforcement purposes in relation to other third party countries.
- Kaliya Hamlin commented on her ‘identity woman‘ blog about the latest Facebook announcements around their “continuing apparent “centralization” of identity”
- The issue at hand is fundamentally about FREEDOM: the freedom to choose who hosts your identity online (with the freedom to set up and host your own), the freedom to choose your persona – how you present yourself, what your gender is, your age, your race, your sex, where you are in the world.
- We are now in the farcical situation with Facebook of needing to set up new accounts as being under 18 in order to opt out of Facebook’s instant personalization and having your information shared all over the web.
- Personal social lives have huge ramifications for employees retaining their privacy and personality, given that employers can see their employees and prospective hire activities online.
- The solution to this issue is essentially private or public groups of users whose chosen persona and identities are respected and protected. You have these rights now with bugging laws in most countries, how long will it be before the individual is similarly protected online, whether as an employee or in their social life?
- Facebook already hosts more private information about its users than any other site on the Internet. Given the company’s current trajectory of exposing more and more personal data, it’s probably time for the company to establish a consistent policy for how it plans to handle personal data in the future and make it very easy for users to opt out of any new initiatives that will expose more of a user’s data to third parties in the future.
- The senators are also opposed to allowing websites and services to retain information on users that they receive from Facebook for longer than 24 hours, another recent change made by the company. And they dislike a new feature that adds users to “connection” pages based on topics or places they have expressed an interest in through their Facebook profile. “Social networking sites are a Wild West of the Internet, users need ability to control private information and fully understand how it’s being used,” they said in a news release.
- Ultimately, I think the Graph API will probably face at least a few more privacy challenges, even before the watchdogs, federal government and litigators start in on it.
- Social sharing is a major behavioral shift, the most important so far of the 21st century. And the information we choose to share with friends, co-workers and even strangers, is re-defining the idea of what’s private and public before our very eyes.
- But even for those who actually do consider the implications of everything about themselves being made public, they’ll soon encounter another issue. Something that Li didn’t explain in the cheery blog post was what would happen if you refused to link to these new Pages: your profile information will be removed and your profile page will be left empty.
- The high-pressure tactics being used to get people to link to Facebook Pages are a good example of how Facebook is coyly forcing people to go public with their previously more private, personal data.
Privacy concerns are not new; people have been talking about privacy – or the lack thereof – forever. So what’s different now? The difference is Big Data.
- Bigger Data are Not Always Better Data
- Not All Data are Created Equal
- What and Why are Different Questions
- Be Careful of Your Interpretations
- Just Because It is Accessible Doesn’t Mean Using It is Ethical
- Security Through Obscurity Is a Reasonable Strategy
- Not All Publicly Accessible Data is Meant to be Publicized
- People Who Share PII Aren’t Rejecting Privacy
- Aggregating and Distributing Data Out of Context is a Privacy Violation
- Privacy is Not Access Control
Viewed together, the successive policies tell a clear story. Facebook originally earned its core base of users by offering them simple and powerful controls over their personal information. As Facebook grew larger and became more important, it could have chosen to maintain or improve those controls. Instead, it’s slowly but surely helped itself – and its advertising and business partners – to more and more of its users’ information, while limiting the users’ options to control their own information.
Facebook has been on a relentless request over the past six months to become the center of identity and connections online. The site unilaterally decided last December that much of a user’s profile information, including the names of all their friends and the things they were “fans” of, would be public information – no exceptions or opt-outs allowed.
So it’s no laughing matter that the head of Facebook appears not to care about privacy. (We asked Facebook to clarify Zuckerberg’s privacy stance but have yet to hear back)
OK, perhaps the word “evil” is a little strong. There’s no doubt that bad user-interfaces can come from good intentions. Design is difficult, and accidents do happen. But when an accident coincidentally bolsters a company’s business model at the expense of its users’ rights, it begins to look suspicious. And when similar accidents happen over and over again in the same company, around the same issues, it’s more than just coincidence. It’s a sign something’s seriously wrong.
There’s nothing wrong with powerful brands, but at some point, they all have to realize that humility and giving back are the only ways to stop them toppling over thanks to their own arrogance.
In retrospect, I’m embarrassed that I let my drive for visibility get in the way of my good common sense. It’s not as if I don’t know better. I could’ve just deleted friends and gone quietly on my way. But again, I know that this is a common struggle with people trying to build their blog presence or their careers. It’s just not worth it, folks. Not with such ambiguous privacy policies, not with so many aggressive scammers and cyber criminals just waiting to fool you into friending them, and not with the future of online privacy being such an unknown entity.
At least I was smart enough to leave most of the applications alone a long time ago.
Final Two thoughts on this:
1. On the topic of Borg
2. Not Everyone gets everything that they want