After the recent changes at Facebook Platform, Facebook is now sitting in a very thin line between dirty good and delicious evil. Today’s topic is to round up of those thoughts reflecting the current Facebook situation.
Experts at Wharton say that despite vocal opposition, Facebook is increasingly defining the parameters of online privacy through new features and its ever-changing policies. “Facebook’s approach is to ‘act now, apologize later,'” notes Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach. “It has repeatedly pushed the envelope on privacy, sometimes clearly going too far.” This time, will the company ultimately face a backlash from users and regulators?
And still, some information will no longer remain private because Facebook has also added a feature, called community pages, which automatically links personal data, like hometown or university, to topic pages for that town or university. The only way to disappear from those topic pages is to delete personal data from Facebook.
Given the fast changes that seem to be rolling out more frequently some people have even taken to deleting their profiles.Â Between the risk of hacking, like Blippyâ€™s recent exposure of credit cards via Google and Facebook Mobile Web which is usually unstable maintaining oneâ€™s Facebook privacy settings
In the beginning, it restricted the visibility of a user’s personal information to just their friends and their “network” (college or school). Over the past couple of years, the default privacy settings for a Facebook user’s personal information have become more and more permissive. They’ve also changed how your personal information is classified several times, sometimes in a manner that has been confusing for their users. This has largely been part of Facebook’s effort to correlate, publish, and monetize their social graph: a massive database of entities and links that covers everything from where you live to the movies you like and the people you trust.
Facebook used to be a place to share photos and thoughts with friends and family and maybe play a few stupid games that let you pretend you were a mafia don or a homesteader. It became a very useful way to connect with your friends, long-lost friends and family members. Even if you didnâ€™t really want to keep up with them.
Few days beforeÂ there was a substantial amount of buzz about a new Facebook alternative being developed by four NYU students. Traditionally, such alternatives wouldnâ€™t even have a shot, but due to the increasing pressure against Facebook, the press jumped on the story. The question remains however: would users switch from Facebook to an alternative service where they own and have complete control over their data?
If youâ€™re not aware, privacy is a serious issue and concern on Facebook. Though many people unfamiliar with Facebookâ€™s privacy have no idea just how much â€œtheirâ€ information is taken advantage of and used, in what many people feel is, against them. Itâ€™s hard to blame anyone for not understanding Facebookâ€™s privacy settings or TOS as it changes so frequently itâ€™s difficult to keep up. The problem is Facebook has little to no desire in saving your privacy, but would rather slowly reduce it under everyoneâ€™s nose. A social network run by someone with such a history of disregard can be dangerous, so for those of you interested, here are some alternatives.
Why did Friendster and MySpace fail where Facebook found phenomenal success?Â It’s not that the site was better marketed, designed or had fancier code, according to Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook and now managing partner of Founders Fund. “MySpace never would have existed if Friendster had been a properly managed company,” he said.
The tension between Facebook and its users â€” and governments, and advocacy groups â€” over privacy is one of the biggest thorns in the companyâ€™s side right now, as it tries to balance the demands of the network (and of advertisers) with the desires of users, and with the law. And all of this is taking place in an environment where the very meaning of what is â€œprivateâ€ and what is â€œpublicâ€ is being redefined, by Facebook and other online giants such as Google, and even users themselves sometimes canâ€™t decide what information they want to share with the world and what they donâ€™t.
These made me think.. did they made you think too?