Lion of the Blogosphere

Why does Facebook privacy matter?

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So Facebook “knows” who’s into radio-controlled drones, and who’s into handbags, and if someone selling radio-controlled drones wants to advertise, then Facebook shows those ads only to the people known to be into radio-controlled drones.

Why is this such a big deal all of a sudden?

Of course the answer is that the only reason people suddenly care is because people somehow think that this data helped Trump become president. This is total bullshit, but the Trump haters keep finding new people and entities to blame for Trump winning the election.

People should be more concerned about the data that credit-reporting agencies have on then. That data has real consequences and can prevent people from buying a house and even prevent them from getting hired for a job. And unlike with Facebook, you can’t opt out from credit-reporting agencies.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. We should care because it’s absolutely no coincidence whatsoever that these two things happened on literally the same day, 2/4/2004:

    Andrew E.

    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. Airline companies are beta testing dynamic pricing. This means that they comb throughout their own records and your social media to see where you vacation and how much you pay for your vacation. Then, if they think that you will pay more than others, they will charge you more than they charge other people.

    Privacy matters. If Trump is what it takes for us to get our privacy before every industry starts dynamic pricing, then we shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste and should hit Facebook hard.


    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Dynamic pricing is scummy, but the company I work for is too stupid to do it correctly.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

      • A few years ago a soft drink company (I think it was Coke, but could be wrong) tried to adjust the price of cans of soda from vending machines based on outside temperature. That got a lot of pushback and the idea was quickly shitcanned.


        April 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Privacy is good.


      April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  3. O/T:

    I wonder if Lion is going to tell us that this is not *really* evidence of Hillary’s involvement with witchcraft, but is instead merely a sort of “irony” that urban SWPLs will get, but will fly over the heads of proles who take it literally!

    SJ, Esquire

    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. Facebook is a left-wing commercial interest pushing a left-wing agenda. Its regulation into oblivion is necessary and good.

    Credit reporting companies keep track of payments and defaults and their databases are tightly controlled and nowhere near as granular as anything Facebook, Google and Twitter collect. Credit-reporting agencies don;t sell their info to just anyone and the info they do sell does maintain a high degree of privacy.


    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “Left-wing commercial interest” is an oxymoron to the old school left that doesn’t truck with the new woke bullshit.


      April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

      • And yet, the current issue of Rolling Stone features and article by (who else?) Matt Taibbi called “The Facebook Menace”.

        Right, and Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.


        April 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Wasn’t there a massive breach at one of the credit agencies?


      April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Social media broke the media’s stranglehold on the range of acceptable opinions. For once the Right was able to field candidates who weren’t “Lose-with-Dignity” shitheads or “Globalism Lite” brand. Now the powers that be want to put the genie back in the bottle. Unfortunately there’s a lot of ways they will be able to, unless somehow the power of Tech monopolies is broken, without necessarily creating a regulatory environment that deeply enmeshes government with these existing monopolies.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. Metaphysically, a “right to privacy” was aborted in 1973. Ergo, no right to existence from conception, no right to privacy.


    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • To put another way…

      If you do not believe in your right to existence from your beginning then you cannot believe in a “right to privacy.”

      So claim otherwise is to espouse “radical autonomy.”


      April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. 100% agree, lion. the left turned on Facebook because of it’s supposed role in enabling Trump to win.

    grey enlightenment

    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. Equifax had a massive security breach and data handling issues but nobody made such a big deal out of it the way they did with facebook because as you said, it has nothing to do with Trump. It does have something to do with your credit score though.


    April 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. The Chinese hack of the OPM databases was a far worse privacy invasion. They collected the security clearance files of millions of people who have had investigations done on them or were interviewed for them. That is a lot of deeply personal information about millions, not just whether they liked a cute puppy video.

    Mike Street Station

    April 14, 2018 at EDT am

  9. Emily Bazelon at the Political Gabfest says in so many words that the problem is that Facebook is empowering the right. “It was supposed to bring people together!” she complains. Bazelon is great because she says the official nice white liberal position on things without beating around the bush. I think that’s because she cannot comprehend that anything is actually controversial; rather, every issue is just a matter of being sufficiently moral (more moral = liberal, less moral = campassionate conservative, very immoral = Paul Ryan Republican, amoral sociopath = racist). Therefore, she doesn’t feel any urge to hedge or temporise, any more than a Christian would get mealy-mouthed when renouncing the devil and all his works.

    Greg Pandatshang

    April 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. why is this a big deal right now? my theory is that the establishment is afraid of zuckerberg becoming president…last year he started taking definite steps to run for president…zuck is rich enough to be populist…and unlike trump he does not have that same age-related brain damage that makes him malleable and easily manipulated by those around him…and zuck was a programming prodigy from a young age, a nerd, someone immersed in cold logic from youth…we have never had a president like that…and the establishment knows they cannot control him, so they are attacking him…


    April 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Agree. The long knives are out. This goes beyond people wanting Fbook to do a better job of censoring the right wing.

      Greg Pandatshang

      April 15, 2018 at EDT am

  11. The fact that this might be an effective way to target American voters is sad. A well-educated population would not be susceptible to such rudimentary tactics. In today’s world we have the ability to research and verify these things for ourselves, yet so many American are either unable or unwilling to do this. Until we address this underlying issue foreign entities will continue to try and access this information to try and sway our elections.

    August Jensen

    April 16, 2018 at EDT pm

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