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Facebook's plan to break the global financial system
The tech giant knows its best weapon is mobilizing the faux-populism other Silicon Valley companies have used to defeat regulation.
economics  money  blockchain  articles  facebook  netcritique 
25 days ago by mikael
Getting my personal data out of Facebook
In January 2019, I closed my Facebook account because it was no longer of any professional use to me. As a European citizen, the GDPR directive gives me the right to request the data Facebook has about me, and ask for its deletion. Unsurprisingly living up to its reputation, Facebook refuses to comply with my GDPR Subject Access Requests in an appropriate manner. This page is tracking my communication with Facebook and their responses, with the aim of attracting attention to their unlawful practices and fixing the process for everyone. It provides interesting insights into the curious “legal” maneuvers by Facebook, and would at times even be funny—if only it wasn’t so sad.
facebook  privacy  law  eu 
7 weeks ago by mikael
Regulate Facebook Like Big Tobacco, Not Like a Phone Company
Government should scrutinize and publicize the harms of social media – not use antitrust regulation to encourage even more platforms.
articles  facebook  netcritique  socialmedia 
9 weeks ago by mikael
We All Work for Facebook
Facebook makes just a hair under $635,000 in profit for each of its 25,000 employees. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, makes about $158,000 per worker. (At Walmart, it’s $4,288.) These calculations often get spun as representing a victory for automation and algorithms—machines, rather than humans, creating value. But the truth is, these media companies have billions of people working for them—they’re just not on staff.
work  facebook  articles  business  netcritique 
12 weeks ago by mikael
Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again
Thanks to “data inference” technology, companies know more about you than you disclose.
facebook  socialmedia  privacy  databrokers  articles 
12 weeks ago by mikael
Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers
In one instance, Mexico City-based digital platform Cultura Colectiva, openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, including identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names. The records were accessible and downloadable for anyone who could find them online. That database was closed on Wednesday after Bloomberg alerted Facebook to the problem and Facebook contacted Amazon. Facebook shares pared their gains after the Bloomberg News report.
facebook  security  amazon  articles 
april 2019 by mikael
Facebook Attack of Belgian Case on Web Tracking Gets Hearing
The U.S. tech giant will come face to face with the Belgian data protection authority in a Brussels appeals court for a two-day hearing starting on Wednesday. The company will challenge the 2018 court order and the threat of a daily fine of 250,000 euros ($281,625) should it fail to comply.
facebook  netcritique  law  eu  articles 
march 2019 by mikael
Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws
Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment.
facebook  privacy  politics  databrokers  articles  netcritique 
march 2019 by mikael
https://twitter.com/jeremyburge/status/1101402001907372032
For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Now it can be searched and there's no way to disable that.
facebook  security  telephony 
march 2019 by mikael
https://mobile.twitter.com/themikepan/status/1093035372186034176
"Why do I need a 4Ghz quadcore to run facebook?" This is why. A single word split up into 11 HTML DOM elements to avoid adblockers.
facebook  ads 
february 2019 by mikael
A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook
Parliament’s report into fake news raises many questions, but will the government act?
facebook  articles  netcritique  law  socialmedia 
february 2019 by mikael
Sad by design
While classical melancholy was defined by isolation and introspection, today’s tristesse plays out amidst busy social media interactions. Geert Lovink on ‘technological sadness’ – the default mental state of the online billions.
socialmedia  netcritique  facebook  youtube  articles  books 
february 2019 by mikael
block facebook
A Powershell script that adds Rules to your Windows Firewall to block all facebook ip´s. All ip's from facebook listed here ipinfo.io/AS32934 are added to an Inbound and Outbound rule and will be blocked.
All IPv4 and IPv6 address ranges included.
automation  windows  network  facebook  block 
february 2019 by mikael
The Attention Merchants review – how the web is being debased for profit
Tim Wu on a decades-long campaign to monetise attention which has reached new intensity in the Facebook age.
psychology  netcritique  business  socialmedia  articles  books  reviews  facebook 
february 2019 by mikael
The Welfare Effects of Social Media
Our results leave little doubt that Facebook produces large benefits for its users. A majority of people in our sample value four weeks of access at $100 or more, and these valuations could imply annual consumer surplus gains in the hundreds of billions of dollars in the US alone. The 60 minutes our participants spend on Facebook each day is itself suggestive of the substantial value it provides. Our results on news consumption and knowledge suggest that Facebook plays an important role as a source of (real) news and information. Our participants’ answers in free response questions and follow-up interviews make clear the diverse ways in which Facebook can improve people’s lives, whether as a source of entertainment, a means to organize a charity or an activist group, or a vital social lifeline for those who are otherwise isolated. Any discussion of social media’s downsides should not obscure the basic fact that it fulfills deep and widespread needs. Notwithstanding, our results also make clear that the downsides are real. We offer the largest- scale experimental evidence measuring a wide set of potential impacts at both the individual and societal level. We find that four weeks without Facebook improves subjective well-being and sub- stantially reduces post-experiment demand, suggesting that forces such as addiction and projection bias may cause people to use Facebook more than they otherwise would. We find that while deactivation makes people less informed, it also makes them less polarized by at least some measures, consistent with the concern that social media have played some role in the recent rise of polarization in the US. The estimated magnitudes imply that these negative effects are large enough to be real 35 concerns, but also smaller in many cases than what one might have expected given prior research and popular discussion. The trajectory of views on social media—with early optimism about great benefits giving way to alarm about possible harms—is a familiar one. Innovations from novels to TV to nuclear energy have had similar trajectories. Along with the excellent existing work by other researchers, we hope that our analysis can help move the discussion from simplistic caricatures to hard evidence, and to provide a sober assessment of the way a new technology affects both individual people and larger social institutions.
psychology  facebook  addiction  science  socialmedia  netcritique 
february 2019 by mikael
What are the risks of installing a root certificate from Facebook on your phone?
Allowing Facebook to install a root certificate on your phone makes it possible for them to intercept any and all communications, even encrypted ones. They will be able to view everything from arbitrary private conversations to banking transactions or online purchases. They will be able to record every password you use on every service if they so wish, even if the password is being sent to a secure website using HTTPS for encryption. You have no way of knowing how they will use this data or who they sell it to.
facebook  encryption  security  vpn  socialmedia  forum-posts 
january 2019 by mikael
Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them
“The fairly technical sounding ‘install our Root Certificate’ step is appalling,” Strafach tells us. “This hands Facebook continuous access to the most sensitive data about you, and most users are going to be unable to reasonably consent to this regardless of any agreement they sign, because there is no good way to articulate just how much power is handed to Facebook when you do this.”
facebook  encryption  security  vpn  articles  netcritique  socialmedia  business  children 
january 2019 by mikael
A thread written by @SarahJamieLewis
Facebook are going to monetize encrypted messaging by consolidating metadata analysis of 3 key platforms (Messenger, Whatsapp & Instagram). They will make money by tracking your relationships and social groups. They will make that information easily accessible to law enforcement.

They will build the largest surveillance system ever conceived and will sell it under the banner of consumer encryption.

They will say that this delivers on the dream of secure usable communication that balances privacy, security and law enforcement.
encryption  facebook  instant-messaging  instagram  socialmedia  netcritique 
january 2019 by mikael
Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best
Being treated as lab rats for algorithms is not an option, says the German justice minister in a response to Mark Zuckerberg and explains how Facebook must be regulated.
germany  facebook  law  netcritique  socialmedia  articles 
january 2019 by mikael
Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?
Consider the recent mini-viral-storm around the “10 Year Challenge” meme, […] it’s a Trojan Horse designed to manipulate us into training Facebook’s AI to improve recognition of aging faces.
ai  facebook  netcritique  articles 
january 2019 by mikael
Deleting Facebook Won’t Fix the Problem
The impulse to delete Facebook is understandable. In an era of political gridlock and dysfunction, it feels good to start somewhere. There is the hope that waves of deletions will send a signal to the company’s leaders and to the lawmakers who are meant to regulate it. But it would also seem to be the case that if millions of angry individuals were going to save us from the worst excesses of the tech industry, we would have been saved from them by now. Collective action is difficult against a global behemoth like Facebook. Even were such action to succeed, the company also owns WhatsApp and Instagram. With a couple of billion users on Facebook alone, it is hard to fathom how many deleted accounts it would take to drive genuine change. And it’s possible that #DeleteFacebook might actually play into Facebook’s hands, by recasting a political issue as a willpower issue. As Ms. Richards asks, thinking of her son overseas, should the burden of fixing Facebook, and data privacy in general, really fall on her? Or is telling people to delete their accounts on a platform to which there are few alternatives the digital equivalent of ordering women to smile more if they want to get ahead at the office? If I were Mark Zuckerberg, I might actually relish seeing my users agonize over the question of “to delete or not to delete.” Every moment they are talking about whether to walk away from the content they’ve created and the network they’ve built is a moment they aren’t talking about Facebook executives being brought to justice and the company brought under proper regulation.
facebook  netcritique  socialmedia  politics 
january 2019 by mikael
Facebook is the new crapware
Yesterday Bloomberg reported that the scandal-beset social media behemoth has inked an unknown number of agreements with Android smartphone makers, mobile carriers and OSes around the world to not only pre-load Facebook’s eponymous app on hardware but render the software undeleteable; a permanent feature of your device, whether you like how the company’s app can track your every move and digital action or not. […] After Bloomberg’s report was published, mobile research and regular Facebook technical tipster, Jane Manchun Wong, chipped in via Twitter to comment — describing the pre-loaded Facebook app on Samsung devices as “stub”. Aka “basically a non-functional empty shell, acts as the placeholder for when the phone receives the ‘real’ Facebook app as app updates”.
android  facebook  mobile  articles 
january 2019 by mikael
Why does decentralization matter?
Decentralization upends the social network business model by dramatically reducing operating costs. It absolves a single entity of having to shoulder all operating costs alone. No single server needs to grow beyond its comfort zone and financial capacity. As the entry cost is near zero, an operator of a Mastodon server does not need to seek venture capital, which would pressure them to use large-scale monetization schemes. There is a reason why Facebook executives rejected the $1 per year business model of WhatsApp after its acquisition: It is sustainable and fair, but it does not provide the same unpredictable, potentially unbounded return of investment that makes stock prices go up. Like advertising does.
economics  netcritique  decentralization  mastodon  blog-posts  business  facebook 
january 2019 by mikael
Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech
How can Facebook monitor billions of posts per day in over 100 languages, all without disturbing the endless expansion that is core to its business? The company’s solution: a network of workers using a maze of PowerPoint slides spelling out what’s forbidden. Every other Tuesday morning, several dozen Facebook employees gather over breakfast to come up with the rules, hashing out what the site’s two billion users should be allowed to say. The guidelines that emerge from these meetings are sent out to 7,500-plus moderators around the world. (After publication of this article, Facebook said it had increased that number to around 15,000.)
facebook  censorship  politics  netcritique  socialmedia 
december 2018 by mikael
The year social networks were no longer social
The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to define a group of products.
netcritique  blog-posts  facebook  identity 
december 2018 by mikael
Depression, Self-Identity and Reality: Living in a Fictional Story Created by Social Media
On the dangers of outsourcing your reality and identity to Facebook or any other social media platform.
psychology  socialmedia  blog-posts  facebook  netcritique  travel 
december 2018 by mikael
The secret cost of pivoting to video
Video itself is a powerful and important investment for media companies. Good video can communicate in ways that text and pictures along can’t. Video has a bright future in digital journalism. That’s why it’s worthwhile to do it right, invest resources in good equipment and production, and focus on original content. Instead, too many publishers are resorting to video as a flashy distraction from deeper underlying problems: falling digital advertising, the expense of creating good journalism, and the existential threat to journalism’s business model itself. In the face of these challenges, you need a smart strategy that diversifies streams of traffic. The biggest problem with the pivot to video is that it’s not well-considered strategy. Instead, it’s been born of desperation. Video deserves better, and so does journalism.
journalism  publishing  video  articles  facebook  socialmedia 
october 2018 by mikael
R.I.P. Pivot to Video (2017–2017)
It sounds better to say you’re “shifting resources into short-form video” than that you desperately need to reduce your run rate. But it has already proven extremely shortsighted. There is no evidence consumers want more video, and video production is expensive, logistically difficult, and hard to scale.
video  marketing  publishing  articles  facebook  socialmedia 
october 2018 by mikael
Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?
But even as Facebook executives were insisting publicly that video consumption was skyrocketing, it was becoming clear that some of the metrics the company had used to calculate time spent on videos were wrong. The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2016, three months after the Fortune panel, that Facebook had “vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years” by as much as “60 to 80 percent.” The company apologized in a blog post: “As soon as we discovered the discrepancy, we fixed it.” A lawsuit filed by a group of small advertisers in California, however, argues that Facebook had known about the discrepancy for at least a year — and behaved fraudulently by failing to disclose it. If that is true, it may have had enormous consequences — not just for advertisers deciding to shift resources from television to Facebook, but also for news organizations, which were grappling with how to allocate editorial staff and what kinds of content creation to prioritize.
facebook  journalism  video  stats  law  articles 
october 2018 by mikael
The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media
To be alive and online in our time is to feel at once incensed and stultified by the onrush of information, helpless against the rising tide of bad news and worse opinions. Nobody understands anything: not the global economy governed by the unknowable whims of algorithms, not our increasingly volatile and fragile political systems, not the implications of the impending climate catastrophe that forms the backdrop of it all. We have created a world that defies our capacity to understand it—though not, of course, the capacity of a small number of people to profit from it. Deleting your social-media accounts might be a means of making it more bearable, and even of maintaining your sanity. But one way or another, the world being what it is, we are going to have to learn to live in it.
facebook  socialmedia  netcritique  articles  boo 
september 2018 by mikael
Facebook är världens mest manipulerade mediebolag.
Det svenska valet skulle avgöras på sociala medier, hette det. Vi vet nu att Facebook och Twitter kraftigt blåste upp högerpopulistiska och extrema aktörer.

Facebook är världens mäktigaste medieföretag. Med 2,2 miljarder återkommande användare kan ingen annan aktör jämföra sig med bolaget. I Sverige är det numera fler som tar del av nyheter på Facebook än via morgon- och kvällstidningarnas webbplatser, enligt Myndigheten för press, radio och tv.

Förutom att vara extremt mäktigt är Facebook också en extremt lättmanipulerad plattform.

Den som före valet bara hämtade sina ”nyheter” från Facebook, eller för den delen Twitter, lär ha blivit väldigt överraskad av det svenska valresultatet.

Som DN visade i en granskning för några veckor sedan har den högerpopulistiska sfären totalt dominerat Facebook under den gångna valrörelsen. Budskapen har ofta varit främlingsfientliga och ibland öppet antisemitiska. Genomslaget har varit massivt. Miljontals svenskar har nåtts av propagandan – som fått benäget bistånd från Sverigedemokraternas kommunikationsavdelning.

Bland partierna har SD synts mycket mer än alla andra, totalt har man sedan årsskiftet haft tre gånger så många interaktioner som det näst största partiet, enligt mätverktyget Crowdtangle.

Men det är inte bara de. Nya aktörer som högerextrema Alternativ för Sverige, en utbrytargrupp från SD, har varit fjärde största parti på FB mätt i antalet interaktioner.

Så hur gick det för Alternativ för Sverige utanför Facebook-bubblan? Lyckligtvis var svenska väljare så pass motståndskraftiga att de höll extremisterna stången. I riksdagsvalet skrapade Afs bara ihop några promilles stöd. Den som under valrörelsen i allt väsentligt hämtade sin nyhetskonsumtion från sociala medier kan inte ha trott sina ögon när valresultatet presenterades. Det gäller för övrigt även de politiker som byggt sin kampanj på att skapa virala stormar på Twitter genom att brutalisera offentligheten – och som nu misslyckats att få något betydande stöd i personvalet.

Inför valet 2018 talades det mycket om risken för utländska påverkansoperationer mot Sverige. Sådana försök har gjorts, men vad vi hittills vet var dessa inte det stora problemet.

Betydligt värre var att Facebooks system gjort det möjligt för inhemska aktörer att kraftigt blåsa upp sin storlek och i praktiken översvämma plattformen med sin propaganda. Därigenom skapas illusionen av en massrörelse.

Det kan ske genom att systemet manipuleras, vilket svenska högerextremister och högerpopulister tycks ha lärt sig från sina kusiner i USA. Men det sker också helt naturligt genom att Facebook, som plattform, gynnar dem som skriker högst och skapar mest ilska (Facebook föredrar att på sitt nyspråk kalla detta för ”engagemang”). Resonerande och nyanserade diskussioner, som så mycket av demokratiskt arbete bygger på, har ytterligt svårt att tränga igenom.

Vad som är manipulerat och vad som är äkta vet vi inte, eftersom Facebook i Sverige inte visar något som helst intresse att öppna sina system för extern granskning. Transparensen är obefintlig. När DN ställt frågor till bolagets svenska ledning om anonyma konton och extrem propaganda har bolagets pressansvarige Lukasz Lindell duckat. Det är under all kritik, och går emot de löften som Facebooks grundare och vd Mark Zuckerberg ställt ut. Efter Facebooks fiasko i det amerikanska presidentvalet, där plattformen tydligt manipulerades, lovade bolaget en helt annan öppenhet. Så har det inte blivit, åtminstone inte i Sverige.

Här finns lärdomar att dra för svenska väljare, politiker och journalister.

Vi måste alla bli mycket mer medvetna om hur sociala medieplattformar fungerar och hur enkla de är att manipulera.

Det handlar inte bara om att enskilda partier eller personer enkelt kan blåsa upp sin storlek. Även om ett högerextremt parti som Alternativ för Sverige inte lockade mer än cirka 0,3 procent av väljarna, så har deras propaganda nått väldigt många svenskar. Det påverkar debatten och förskjuter diskussionen precis dit extremisterna vill.

De demokratiska partierna blir livrädda för vad de uppfattar som massopinioner, och får för sig att det som sägs på Twitter är vad alla svenskar talar om. Marginella fenomen ges plötsligt riksbetydelse.

När sociala medie-bubblorna sedan letar sig in på bästa sändningstid hos vindkänsliga redaktioner som SVT:s ”Aktuellt” och ”Agenda”, som visat en benägenhet att stryka den senaste Twitteropinionen medhårs, så har propagandaarbetet nått full pott. Etablerade medier bekräftar sociala medier och bilden av en massopinion är närmast fulländad. Fast sanningen är att journalistiken bara fungerat som nyttig idiot, förmodligen utan att själv förstå det.

Om den här utvecklingen håller i sig kommer den lågmälda majoriteten att få svårare och svårare att göra sig hörd. Det extrema kommer att vinna på bekostnad av det nyanserade. Den som skriker högst kommer att höras mest, och därtill framkalla självcensur hos alla som är rädda för att hamna i ett sociala medie-drev – motsvarigheten till att stå ensam på skolgården framför en aggressiv mobb. I partipolitiken förstärks polariseringen ytterligare. Det ”vuxna samtal” som moderatledaren Ulf Kristersson förtjänstfullt efterlyst drunknar i hatstormar.

Sverigedemokraternas Jimmie Åkesson sade på valdagen att han räknade med ett resultat på mellan 20 och 30 procent. Det blev 17,5 procent, trots att SD:s viktigaste frågor dominerat debatten det senaste året.

Åkesson var inte ensam om sina felaktiga förväntningar. Han var i gott sällskap.

Vi måste kollektivt orka lyfta oss ur bubblan och inse att verkligheten är större och mer mångfasetterad än vad de senaste virala kampanjerna vill pressa oss att tro.
netcritique  facebook  socialmedia  stats  politics  swedish  sweden 
september 2018 by mikael
Sheryl Sandberg’s New Job Is to Fix Facebook’s Reputation—and Her Own
Amid questions about her influence at the social network, the high-profile executive has been asked to tackle safety and security issues.
facebook  articles  socialmedia  netcritique 
september 2018 by mikael
Radiolab — Post No Evil
Back in 2008 Facebook began writing a document. It was a constitution of sorts, laying out what could and what couldn’t be posted on the site. Back then, the rules were simple, outlawing nudity and gore. Today, they’re anything but. how do you define hate speech? Where’s the line between a joke and an attack? How much butt is too much butt? Facebook has answered these questions. And from these answers they’ve written a rulebook that all 2.2 billion of us are expected to follow. Today, we explore that rulebook. We dive into its details and untangle its logic. All the while wondering what does this mean for the future of free speech?
podcasts  facebook  socialmedia 
august 2018 by mikael
Youtube.com: Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life
Jaron Lanier, the Silicone Valley ‘computer philosopher', thinks social media is ruining your life. In this interview Jaron Lanier talks about Facebook, YouTube, Google and how the tech and social media giants are using algorithms to record data about their users - and how internet algorithms shape how we see the world and what we’re shown online.
videos  netcritique  interviews  socialmedia  facebook 
july 2018 by mikael
Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed
Facebook Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said that “questionable contact importing practices,” “subtle language that helps people stay searchable,” and other growth techniques are justified by the company’s connecting of people.
netcritique  socialmedia  facebook 
july 2018 by mikael
Is Facebook the problem with Facebook, or is it us?
Nicholas Carr is the author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” among other books.
articles  facebook  netcritique  books  reviews  socialmedia 
june 2018 by mikael
Deceived by Design
How tech companies use dark patterns to discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17406186 ]
norway  privacy  facebook  google  ux  netcritique 
june 2018 by mikael
What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook
Facebook has filed thousands of patent applications since it went public in 2012. One of them describes using forward-facing cameras to analyze your expressions and detect whether you’re bored or surprised by what you see on your feed. Another contemplates using your phone’s microphone to determine which TV show you’re watching. Others imagine systems to guess whether you’re getting married soon, predict your socioeconomic status and track how much you’re sleeping.
facebook  articles  network  surveillance  privacy  netcritique 
june 2018 by mikael
News.ycombinator.com: krick's comment on Politicians in favor of upload filtering get channel deleted by upload filtering
I'm not sure if it would we a screw up. I mean, I actually liked early 2000-s, when Internet was kind of place of reigning anarchy as if there was no government and evil corporations, but let's just face it: it's long gone. Maybe there will be something else to offer the same kind of experience in the future, but it will never be the Web again, it's dead, taken by the enemy. Parents are home again. So, speaking about the least evil, you know, I would be actually glad, if Facebook (as it is now) would never enter the EU — and maybe somewhere across the ocean whole nations would be enslaved by it, I wouldn't care, because I don't have to use it, since my friends, local businesses and events don't force me to.

In fact, it seems that it's finally the case when people around might have to be "protected", since they cannot make the right choice themselves, and push me to it, as a consequence. So, being quite a libertarian myself, given the imperfect situation I find myself in, I'm not sure I mind some government interference.

I actually hate all these pop-up banners warning me about the cookie usage, and I'm not sure if GDPR (being vague and undefinitive it is) will turn out to be a good thing, and I sure hate this copyright filters thing. But I kind of like EU trying to force Internet-businesses to behave.
forum-posts  hackernews  netcritique  facebook  socialmedia  law  eu  history  internet  homepages 
june 2018 by mikael
Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders
After a long dispute over how to produce more revenue with ads and data, the messaging app’s creators are walking away leaving about $1.3 billion on the table​.
business  facebook  instant-messaging  articles 
june 2018 by mikael
Custodians
platforms have taken “custody” of the Internet: Content moderation at the major platforms matters because those platforms have achieved such prominence in the intervening years.As I was writing the book, one news item in 2015 stuck with me: in a survey on people’s new media use, more people said that they used Facebook than said they used the Internet. Facebook, which by then had become one of the most popular online destinations in the world and had expanded to the mobile environment, did not “seem” like the Internet anymore. Rather than being part of the Internet, it had somehow surpassed it. This was not true, of course; Facebook and the other major platforms had in fact woven themselves deeper into the Internet, by distributing cookies, offering secure login mechanisms for other sites and platforms, expanding advertising networks, collecting reams of user data from third-party sites, and even exploring Internet architecture projects. In both the perception of users and in material ways, Facebook and the major social media platforms have taken “custody” of the Internet. This should change our calculus as to whether platform moderation is or is not “censorship,” and the responsibilities of platforms bear when they decide what to remove and who to exclude.
books  netcritique  internet  facebook  socialmedia  blog-posts 
june 2018 by mikael
Facebook Fabricates Trust Through Fake Intimacy
How design can make you forget what you’re signing up for
netcritique  socialmedia  facebook 
june 2018 by mikael
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
facebook  articles  netcritique  mobile 
june 2018 by mikael
Youtube.com: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Speaks With European Parliament - May 22, 2018 | CNBC
Facebook CEO meets with European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company's protection of data continues.
videos  facebook  interviews  socialmedia  netcritique  law  eu 
may 2018 by mikael
Zuckerberg didn’t make any friends in Europe today
“The Cambridge Analytica scandal was already in breach of the current Data Protection Directive, and would also be contrary to the GDPR, which is soon to be implemented. I expect the EU Data Protection Authorities to take appropriate action to enforce the law.”
articles  eu  facebook  politics  netcritique 
may 2018 by mikael
Facebook Users of the World, Unite!
Let’s channel our collective user power to shape a better Facebook future.
facebook  netcritique  socialmedia  work  politics 
may 2018 by mikael
Four features that would tame Facebook
Making it easier to leave Facebook — or at least avoid it.
facebook  netcritique  articles  socialmedia 
may 2018 by mikael
Facebook Weighs Ad-Free Subscription Option
Facebook Inc. has been conducting market research in recent weeks to determine whether an ad-free version paid by subscriptions would spur more people to join the social network, according to people familiar with the matter.
facebook  economics  money  business  socialmedia 
may 2018 by mikael
Wikipedia.org: List of Facebook features
Facebook is a social network service website launched on February 4, 2004. This is a list of software and technology features that can be found on the Facebook website and are available to users of the social media site.
facebook  wiki  lists  socialmedia 
may 2018 by mikael
Re: <nettime> please read - and how can this possibly be combatted?
1. The New York Times is not a trustworthy source.

2. The title image/animation serves a purpose. It's quite openly pornographic: exploits a subject, produces arousal, presents as objects some mysterious others, asks: how would it feel to be in or under their skin.

3. Countries are not "tinderboxes". Not being American helps to understand this.

4. Familiarize yourself with the history of political and religious violence in South Asia. The world was not created in Zuckerbergs dorm room.

5. Stop blaming Facebook for everything, be it Brexit, Trump or worse.

6. Collect empirical evidence. It could be that social media do not just accelerate the spread of conspiracy theories and violence, but just as well, and maybe even more so, the analysis of and response to conspiracy theories and violence.

7. Do not participate in the amplification of hysteria. Realize that hysteria is not a only a tech problem (amplification, "fanning the flames"), but also a people problem (anger, boredom, setting stuff on fire). Most importantly, do not fall for the meta-hysteria of the New York Times.

8. Amplification is not causation. Don't shoot the messenger (the "medium"). In case the messenger *is* the message, simply ignore her. Start with yourself, then help distract others.

9. Facebook is an addiction. Remember "opium for the masses"? This one doesn't sedate, it makes people nervous. It's more like "crack for the masses": living from quick fix to quick fix. "Its gamelike interface rewards engagement, delivering a dopamine boost when users accrue likes and responses". Remember that "deleting" yourself doesn't change anything (and doesn't work anyway). If you want to stop but cannot stop, seek help.

10. Finally, a bit of 9/12 2001 wisdom: if you feel stressed about faraway violence, stop posting on the internet. Turn off your computer. Get out and take a walk in the park. Be with people, observe animals, go swimming.
socialmedia  facebook  netcritique  lists 
april 2018 by mikael
An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
socialmedia  psychology  articles  facebook  netcritique  internet 
april 2018 by mikael
Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has used Twitter to tell its 44,000 followers that it is quitting social media. The firm's head office and 900 pubs will quit the micro-blogging site, alongside Instagram and Facebook with immediate effect, it said. The pub chain linked the move to bad publicity surrounding social media including the "trolling" of MPs. "I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever," chairman Tim Martin said. The firm said its decision had also been influenced by the concerns regarding the "misuse of personal data" and "the addictive nature of social media". "We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business," said Mr Martin. He told the BBC he had always thought the idea that social media was essential for advertising was untrue. "We were also concerned that pub managers were being side-tracked from the real job of serving customers," he said. The chairman said that it had consulted its pub mangers before making the move, and "90-to-95% felt using social media was not helping the business".
articles  business  marketing  socialmedia  facebook  england  twitter  instant-messaging 
april 2018 by mikael
facebook_data_analyzer
Analyze facebook copy of your data. Download zip file from facebook and get info about friends ranking by message, vocabulary, contacts, friends added statistics and more.
facebook  stats  socialmedia  open-source  software 
april 2018 by mikael
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