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Pants on fire.

June 6, 2018

Once again, Mark Zuckerberg has lied, even if only by omission, to Facebook users and followers as well as to Congress.

Specifically that refers to his failure to admit that his company shares data, very specific data, with device manufacturers, some of whose products are supposedly used by foreign enemies of the United States.

I like what Facebook is supposed to be about, but not what it is.

Quite frankly, there are many of my friends that I would know very little about unless I checked their Facebook page. In case you haven’t noticed, phone calls and private emails aren’t very popular in the age of Facebook.

That said, the company has to make money somehow, and the way it does it is to sell data.

Way back when FB started, it was obvious that it had the potential to be dangerous to users, if they posted the wrong information to their page.

Still, they could control that by not posting when they were going to be out of town, or that they had just purchased the Hope diamond, for instance.

Now just being on the platform is a danger.

Just prior to this newest revelation, FB notified users of yet another new and improved “privacy” policy. This is a joke, right?

It’s unclear what we can do about the monetizing of our private business, since by definition, FB is not a private platform.

Even if you limit sharing to just friends and family, the data is still out there.

What we can do is to demand honesty from Zuckerberg.

He says they are no longer sharing this data, beginning to wind it down in April. The question remains, do we believe him?

If he wants to keep Facebook viable, this time he’d better be telling the truth.

And when we say “Do not track” it needs to mean something to the Googles and Facebooks of the world.

From → op-ed

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