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Facebook Defends Its Data


And here we have it:

While Zuckerberg claimed that major transparency efforts are on the company's horizon, he seemed dismissive of users' concerns about their privacy. The recent movement to #DeleteFacebook, he said, had “no meaningful impact” on the company or Facebook usage.

“Facebook knows so much about you,” he added, “because you chose to share it with your friends and put it on your profile.”

“Mark Zuckerberg: ‘It Was My Mistake’ Facebook Compromised Data of 87 Million Users”
Sarah Emerson, Motherboard, April 4, 2018

Facebook's actions and policy changes are about tightening up their control over access to the dossiers that Facebook compiles, which are now the company's intellectual property and primary business asset. Facebook has zero interest in their users' so-called “concerns about their privacy” and is not impressed by the feeble attempts of a few rabble-rousers to impede the juggernaut.

Just to drive home the point, Facebook's Chief Technology Officer recently conceded in the company blog that “malicious actors” have acquired “most” Facebook users' profile information. (Naturally, he buries the lede in the seventh paragraph of the post.)

“An Update on Our Plans to Restrict Data Access on Facebook”
Mike Schroepfer, Facebook Newsroom, April 4, 2018

Until today, people could enter another person's phone number or email address into Facebook search to help find them. … However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we've seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way.

#Facebook #intellectual-property #privacy

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018