Facebook Breach of Trust: Suckers!

by Kiko Matsing

The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private.

The information was posted by Ron Bowes, an online security consultant, on the Internet site Pirate Bay…

“Facebook helpfully informs you that “[a]nyone can opt out of appearing here by changing their Search privacy settings” — but that doesn’t help much anymore considering I already have them all (and you will too, when you download the torrent). Suckers!”

(from msnbc.com)

Corporate karma for corporate greed.

The Facebook betrayal – users revolt over advertising sell-out (www.independent.co.uk)

[Facebook] announced plans to plaster users’ mugshots on advertisements for products that they like. Its new strategy, dubbed “social advertising”, is a twist on word-of-mouth marketing and will turn its users into cyber ambassadors for commercial brands, often unwittingly…

The new technology will also allow businesses to build custom-designed “pages” on the social networking site. Users can become “fans” of a company’s page, which means any interaction with that brand will be broadcast to their Facebook friends…

Facebook spokesman admits that users will have to opt out of being used as cyber ambassadors for companies “on a per-site basis”. And just one-quarter of Facebook’s users takes advantage of its privacy features.