Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

Facebook has claimed that users already have extensive control over what information is made available to advertisers, but that’s not entirely true. When I asked the company last year about whether it used shadow contact information for ads, it gave me inaccurate information, and it hadn’t made the practice clear in its extensive messaging to users about ads. It took academic researchers performing tests for months to unearth the truth. People are increasingly paranoid about the creepy accuracy of the ads they see online and don’t understand where the information is coming from that leads to that accuracy. It seems that, when it came to this particular practice, Facebook wanted to keep its users in the dark.

Kashmir Hill, on Gizmodo

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suggested reads for September 16, 2018

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suggested reads for July 29, 2018

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suggested reads for June 17, 2018

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Two months after the scandal it’s interesting to see how mass reaction to the event was non-existent and now Facebook still operates as if nothing happened. Maybe GDPR is not perfect, but it shows that Laws can protect us when it seems we do not want to be protected.

suggested reads for June 10, 2018

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Facebook has created a centrally designed internet. It’s a lamer, shittier looking internet. It’s just not as cool as an internet that is a big, chaotic space filled with tons of independently operating websites who are able to make a living because they make something cool that people want to see.

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Quoting a suggested read of some days ago…