Posts Tagged ‘platform neutrality’

Face to Facebook

February 4, 2011

I do not like to say I told you so. I have repeatedly warned people about putting personal information on facebook. If you do not care about ID theft, then that is fine.

Facebook is not a neutral platform, it is not a social networking site, it is a data collection surveillance site. It collects personal information on you.

Face to Facebook have just demonstrated just how easily that can be done. They have not done it to make money out of you, as others do, but to show how easy it is to obtain your personal data.

They did so by stealing one million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face-recognition software, and then, posting them on a custom-made dating website, sorted by their facial expressions characteristics.

Of course facebook could become a genuine social networking company (which sadly many if not most users think it is), held in ownership by it users as a not-for-profit social business for the benefit of its users, no advertising, no facebook apps scams to steal your personal data, no selling of personal data, but greed writ large seems to have got in the way.

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