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It’s the End of Facebook As We Know It (And I Feel Betrayed)

July 2nd, 2014 - 12:33 pm

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Has Facebook finally betrayed our trust?” asks Glenn Reynolds after reading this Popular Mechanics report on the company’s recent experiment on hundreds of thousands of its users.

Yes. Of course. And I’ll explain exactly how.

Facebook has been described as an internet-within-the-internet, and the secret to making that work is it’s an internet curated for you by people you trust. To see something on your Facebook TL, it has to come from someone with a mutually-defined relationship, or from someone you trust enough to follow. Untrustworthy acts — like when somebody tags your name on something that has nothing to do with you, in order do win unearned trust and attention — are easily reported and corrected. The fact that Facebook uses this web of relationships, clicks, and behaviors to do some seriously creepy data-mining and ad sales behind the scenes doesn’t affect the strengths of the service it provides in public.

But for this to work, Facebook must remain neutral. What you see must be what your trusted friends have curated and presented to you. There can’t be any monkeying around with the Facebook timeline, any more than AT&T or Verizon can decide which phone calls you may receive, or when you may receive them.

Facebook is now essentially corrupt, and it did it to itself. First, they performed this “experiment” of altering timelines in order to assess possible mood changes they could affect on their users. Then, after the fact, they slipped new language into their Terms of Service allowing them to do more of the same in the future.

Facebook is no longer the internet curated for you by those whom you trust. Facebook is now just another site showing you what it thinks you want or need to see, and for creepy reasons and in sneaky ways other sites could never get away with.

Leaving aside whether Facebook broke any laws, that’s a huge betrayal of its users, and the company needs to disavow the practice, strip the enabling language in the Terms of Service, and promptly fire whoever was responsible.

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"...finally betrayed our trust...."


"Facebook is no longer the internet curated for you by those whom you trust."



????

"Finally" betrayed? "Finally"????

Facebook never was an entity you could trust!!!

Anybody who thought so was living in a fool's paradise, as millions still are.

Facebook & Google are the enemy, and always have been. Not just because they contribute mega-dollars to the enemy in the obvious form of campaign contributions, not just because both companies operate workplaces that are very hostile to conservatives, not just because Google has to be shamed into honoring our patriotic holidays.

They are both an Orwellian nightmare, even absent any actual ill will.


Oh, and that "ill will"? Yes, it's almost certain that Google provided massive help to the Obama campaign.

They are the enemy.




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FaceBook, I never knew ye.

So I really, really don't care.
11 weeks ago
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Facebook, Google, etc.

Hipsters can't be trusted.
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Why do we think this is ALL that FAKEBOOK has done?
10 weeks ago
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Facebook is no longer the internet curated for you by those whom you trust.

I never put that kind of trust in it to begin with. That means no information about where I currently work, no casual posts and/or messaging about applicably sensitive topics, and no important personal information such as CC and cell phone numbers are anywhere on their network. Nowadays, Yahoo is even bugging me on a regular basis for my cell phone number, the premise being "account protection". Not going to happen.
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Now who's being naive? Facebook has a pattern of violating users' expectations of privacy on the sly, getting caught, saying oops,sorry, then going right back to it when the heat is off. They've cleary adopted the principle that it's easier to beg for foregiveness than ask for permission. Also, I can't remember who said it, but it was said early on about FB that, if they're giving you access for free, you're not the customer, you're the product.
10 weeks ago
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Your mistake is thinking government and Corporations are separate entities. The Banking lobby has 5 representatives for each legislator in Washington, corporate interests control government legislation. You cannot avoid corporate influence and control any more than you can avoid breathing or drinking water.
It is a lovely thought but naive to believe Government and Business are separate, they are one and the same.
The old adage; follow the money. It starts with a Privately owned banking entity that controls interest and money supply, and rolls downhill from there.

Take off the blinders and wake up.
10 weeks ago
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Some time ago (a few years) I posted on my Facebook page that Facebook is a toy. Some people built it, nurtured it, and sold it. They made a lot of money. Facebook is still a toy and anyone who puts more stock into than that is a tool.

Facebook's tool. See pic at article heading... his tool.
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10 weeks ago
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I have altered the timeline. Pray I do not alter it further.
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Always remember to follow the money. The individuals who use facebook are not the organization's customers. They are the commodity that the organization sells to advertisers using extensive data mining efforts. So long as advertisers and behavioral researchers will pay facebook for access to their user community such abuses will continue.
10 weeks ago
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I'm less concerned about this than the possibility that they helped Obama be reelected.
10 weeks ago
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I put facebook people and smokers in the same category. Stoopid.
10 weeks ago
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I never trust Google either, or Wikipedia (at least look at the discussion page). And for Heaven's sake, there is plenty of information that is NOT on the web.

PS - If you check the link, you see that it isn't Google's fault. This time.
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