Facebook is using data row to shut us out, say academics

April 15 09:16 2018

We have had a lot of these controls in place for years.

“We want to protect out users’ data from malicious abuse of trust”, the company wrote in a blog post. You’re sent another link, and then you can download your data as a zip file. It also launched the menu item “Privacy Shortcuts”, where users can lock down who can view their profile or contact them.

The company collects data on people’s online habits regardless of whether they are users. “Be proactive about it and don’t have any third party apps on Facebook that are monitoring what you do”.

Rosie O’Donnell, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk have also ditched Facebook.

For instance, technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor from American Civil Liberties Union recounted to the AP how he once got an unsolicited email from Facebook encouraging him to join. In one case, they asked about Facebook’s blocking of conservative vloggers Diamond and Silk as “unsafe”.

See ya, Mr Zuckerberg.

The decision came as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the US Congress twice in less than 24 hours, apologising for the data breach scandal involving British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. One option should be “I don’t have a Facebook account”.

Zuckerberg described Facebook as an “idealistic and optimistic company” which focuses on the positive aspect of connecting people.

CNNAleksandr Kogan, the academic who harvested Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica.

“I do not know off the top of my head”, Mr Zuckerberg replied.

Facebook remains dominant, with more than 2 billion global monthly active users on the core platform, 800 million active users of Instagram and 1.5 billion people on WhatsApp.

While Mark Zuckerberg has dealt with the US Congress well, it does open the question as to what the future of the website will be.

Flummoxed, Zuckerberg resorted to a common response. It has pointed out practices of companies like YouTube and Google, apart from Facebook, that are potentially harmful to children.

Thomas also says to turn off the “cookies” settings.

But that’s not entirely true.

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The trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue said in a letter to Zuckerberg that Facebook should adopt as a worldwide standard the privacy rules that will take effect next month throughout Europe – rules that truly empower consumers. Something called Security will show the specs of every single connected device on which you’ve ever logged in to Facebook. “We’ve got to change that”, Mr Lujan said. “This program is to encourage and reward people for helping Facebook identify and stop anyone involved in this practice”.

Users can now access various Facebook settings, including Account Settings, Privacy Shortcuts, News Feed Preferences, Activity Log, Payments Settings and access to Help & Support, with lesser number of mouse clicks.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a US Senate hearing in Washington. Brendan Smialowski AFP

Facebook is using data row to shut us out, say academics
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