Friday Facebook announced the fix of a bug it said inadvertently exposed the private information of over six million users when Facebook’s previously unknown shadow profiles accidentally merged with user accounts in data history record requests.
According to Reuters, the data leak spanned a year beginning in 2012.
The personal information leaked by the bug is information that had not been given to Facebook by the users – it is data Facebook has been compiling on its users behind closed doors, without their consent.
A growing number of Facebook users are furious and demand to know who saw private information they had expressly not given to Facebook.
Now hold on one darn minute, who was making these “data history requests?” And why and how was Facebook collecting personal data on it’s users behind their backs?
I never liked the idea of these social networks and only joined Facebook a couple of years ago because someone told me I had to have ‘social integration’ to go along with a website I owned (not this one).
The fact is that social integration never payed off and only turned into a pain in my butt having to run over to my website’s Facebook wall 3 times a day to reply to comments posted there.
I don’t know what’s wrong with Facebook users, they’d come to our Facebook wall, click the link to a post that would take them to my site but rather than leave a comment at the website, they retreated back to Facebook and left the comment there instead.
Facebook did me a big favor a year ago. They insisted that I update my profile with my real name. When I grudgingly created my Facebook account I used a fake name (like John Thomas or Al Smith). Somehow Facebook knew that wasn’t my real name and they wanted me to verify that fact.
I told them to piss off and they terminated my account. Good riddance IMHO. But now I wonder if the info in their shadow profile on me wasn’t shared with others anyway.
The writing is on the wall (excuse the pun) but Facebook hasn’t gotten the memo yet. A recent poll of teenagers indicates that they are leaving Facebook in droves. They think it’s a waste of time, they dislike the “drama” and worst of all for Facebook, they see it increasingly as a hangout for the older crowd.
Facebook, in what to me seems like an act of desperation is trying to make themselves relevant and raise revenue through a variety of gimmicks.
How many times have you been to a website and had an overlay popup appear begging you to “like them” on facebook? Don’t click that button! If you do, not only will ads for that website appear on your FB page, it will appear on the FB pages of all your friends too. Facebook spam.
Another annoyance is the number of websites who’ve turned their comment sections over to FB. Want to leave a comment, just login with your FB user name and password (as if everyone has a FB account).
Sometimes they give you other login options like Google, Yahoo, Disqus or AOL (AOL?). More often than not, which ever option you choose the FB login dialog box appears anyway (What, doesn’t everyone have a FB account?).
And if you login using an email account the jerks place your email user name on the comment followed in parentheses “logged in using Yahoo or Google email” which just gave away your email addy…thanks a**holes.
You’ll notice here at Blur-Brain we don’t require you to be registered with this website or any other to leave a comment. We respect your privacy and want you to feel free to join the conversation. We won’t allow any third party in the cloud to control our comment section and harvest user info to share with others.
The day Facebook files for bankruptcy the only tech savvy people in the world who won’t be jumping for joy will be government snoops and corporate hucksters.
Sadly, Mark Suckerbird won’t starve, he already made his money just like any script kiddie spammer, using social engineering to dupe innocent pawns into voluntarily sharing their most private personal details which he sold to the highest bidder.