Posts Tagged: Facebook


Competition can fix Big Tech, but only if we don’t make “bigness” a legal requirement

I’m all for making Big Tech small again and fixing the internet so that it’s not just five giant websites filled with screenshots from the other four, not to mention doing something about market dominance, corporate bullying, rampant privacy invasions and so on” (Cory Doctorow).

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The secret life of Facebook moderators

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Shocker: Facebook’s ‘Clear history’ privacy feature is vaporware

Another link to Daring Fireball, a site which obviously share my animosity towards Facebook.

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Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

Again I say, Facebook is to privacy and civil discourse what Enron was to accounting” (John Gruber).

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Facebook’s Tipping Point of Bad Behavior?

“Facebook’s standard playbook is to admit that they made a mistake by being slow to react, remind us of their good intentions, then promise to do better. It’s the aw geez who woulda thought in the dorm room that we would have to deal with all these tricky issues defense.

This has been very effective for a company that still gets the benefit of the doubt. No one would ever suggest that Facebook *wanted* to bring about the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya or lynchings in rural Indian villages. They just were in a little over their heads.

But this Soros thing is different. This is no passive failure. It’s a malevolent action taken against groups who criticize Facebook for things that Facebook admits it has failed at. It takes advantage of and contributes to the most poisonous aspects of our public discourse” (The New York Times).

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Facebook claims network breach affects up to 50 million users

Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel, reporting for The New York Times:

‘Facebook on Friday said an attack on its computer network led to the exposure of information from nearly 50 million of its users.’

Who wants to bet that a week or two from now they “discover” it was 100 million accounts, and then eventually admit it was 200 million?” (John Gruber)

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Research Suggests Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany

Let’s just quit, shall we?

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Mark Zuckerberg and his empire of oily rags

Facebook doesn’t have a mind-control problem, it has a corruption problem. Cambridge Analytica didn’t convince decent people to become racists; they convinced racists to become voters” (Cory Doctorow).

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Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018

Five-hundred-and-eighty-three million!!

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Trying to quit Facebook. Still trying.


Eight years have passed since I first wrote about trying to quit Facebook. Little has changed about my attitudes to the social network, but—like a perennial nicotine quitter—I am still on it. I am however closer to quitting than ever. My last post was six months ago, and I feel no urge jump back in. For birthdays and the odd Facebook group too damn practical not to follow, Facebook is, however, still useful. But I don’t read the feed anymore. It doesn’t make me happy. Instead it sometimes makes me angry and, at other times, … jealous? (Really? The analytical part of me find this proposition so silly that it cannot be the case. And still…) Occasionally I sneak a peek when someone has mentioned me, and I may even indulge in a “like” (and a birthdays wish or two, while there) but that is it. Check in again in another eight years to see how I’m doing.

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Facebook’s motivations

“Facebook’s stated reasoning for this change only heightens these contradictions: if indeed Facebook as-is harms some users, fixing that is a good thing. And yet the same criticism becomes even more urgent: should the personal welfare of 2 billion people be Mark Zuckerberg’s personal responsibility?”

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Birdcage liners

Both Twitter and Facebook’s selfish algorithms, optimized solely for increasing the number of hours I spend on their services, are kind of destroying civil society at the same time. Researchers also discovered that the algorithms served to divide up the world into partisan groups. So even though I was following hundreds of people on social networks, I noticed that the political pieces which I saw were nevertheless directionally aligned with my own political beliefs. But to be honest they were much… shriller. Every day the Twitter told me about something that The Other Side did that was Outrageous and Awful (or, at least, this was reported), and everyone was screeching in sync and self-organizing in a lynch mob, and I would have to click LIKE or RETWEET just to feel like I had done something about it, but I hadn’t actually done anything about it. I had just slacktivated.”

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2018: Some Hope

Twitter — and Facebook, and the power of tech companies — is not our only problem.

But I have no doubt that had Twitter not become a loving home for hate, Trump would not be President now. In that universe we’d still have big problems, yes, but not like this.

This post is a good place to start for those searching for alternatives.

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Trying to quit Facebook


It is scary as it is that Facebook applications know EVERYTHING about me. Now when websites can access Facebook through developer friendly APIs – in effect making them Facebook applications – I really should at least deactivate my account.

If I had any character whatsoever I would do it. But I guess that – and half a billion users – is exactly what is the problem.

Six reasons to hate Facebook’s new anti-privacy system, “Connections”http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/04/six-reasons-to-hate.html

Is the New Facebook a Deal With the Devil?
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebook_centralization.php

Bizarro identity
http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/04/22/bizarro-identity/

Privacy issues? Google engineers leaving Facebook in droves
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/04/23/privacy-issues-google-engineers-leaving-facebook-in-droves/

Diaspora Project: Building the Anti-Facebook
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/diaspora_project_building_the_anti-facebook.php

Facebook Open Graph: The Definitive Guide For Publishers, Users and Competitors http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebook_open_graph_the_definitive_guide_for_publishers_users_and_competitors.php

To Facebook the answer must be no
http://www.scripting.com/stories/2010/04/21/toFacebookTheAnswerMustBeN.html

Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook
http://www.rocket.ly/home/2010/4/26/top-ten-reasons-you-should-quit-facebook.html

What Private Facebook Information Your Friends Can Publish http://smarterware.org/5818/what-private-facebook-information-your-friends-can-publish

How to Delete Facebook Applications (and Why You Should)
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_delete_facebook_applications_and_why_you_should.php

What Facebook Quizzes Know About You http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_facebook_quizzes_know_about_you.php

Criticism of Facebook
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Facebook

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Thomas på Facebook


Nu finns jag även representerad på Facebook. Lite oväntat kanske. Jag gissar nämligen att det är få som känner mig som en nätverks- eller mingelkille. Men det är ganska beroendeframkallande att fippla med ‘applications’, olika inställningar samt att ladda upp bilder mm. Och så har jag faktiskt två vänner att interagera med.

Tre punkter, räcker det för att räknas som ett nätverk?

Thomas Carrington's Facebook profile

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