Perhaps more people would think twice if the label for Facebook read:
Everything you say and do on Facebook will be used against you by advertisers for targeting that’s most likely to catch you at your most vulnerable, needy moment. Your consumption of the echo chamber timeline will lead to a narrower field of vision of the world. We may try to tinker with your mental well-being at any time, if we determine that a depressed state increases engagement on the A/B by any margin.
David Heinemeier Hansson – The price of monetizing schemes
What does this all mean? Essentially, it means that every single thing you do on Facebook, and if you’re logged in, on other websites, is
potentiallytracked by Facebook, and saved on their servers.
To be clear, every company currently does some form of this tracking of users. There would simply be no other way to measure operations. But Facebook has quite clearly been tiptoeing outside the bounds of what is ethically acceptable data business practices for a while. Even if Facebook is currently not doing some of the things I mentioned (capturing pre-posts, messing with the News Feed,) they’re doing very similar work and there’s no guarantee of privacy or not being used in an experiment. It also means if you’re not active on Facebook, you could still be tracked.
Every single like you gave a post, every friend you added, every place you checked in, every product category you clicked on, every photo, is saved to Facebook and aggregated.
And, as Facebook points out, There is no such thing as privacy on Facebook.
Essentially, what this means is that you need to go into Facebook assuming every single thing you do will be made public, or could be used for advertising, or analyzed by a government agency.
Please take your time to fully read this piece by Vicki Boykis (published over Github): What should you think about when using Facebook?
It’s been a while since I posted something in this Linklog category of the blog. While not all the topics on the next issues will be topical, I am sure you’ll find some good stuff, that’ll make you thing over the topics they talk about. Here’s today selection…
- Your body text is too small
- iPhone 7 Plus Depth Effect is legit – an amazing article on how the two cameras and the software in the latest smartphone by Apple revolutionize the iphoneography;
- From WordPress to Apple News, Instant Articles, and AMP
- Ethics isn’t just for philosophers—designers need to take responsibility, too
- 98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you
- Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button
- A message from Rod Mathews, VP & GM, Storage Business, regarding the Copy/CudaDrive EOL – I loved Copy. Now they’re closing it …
- The REAL legacy of Steve Jobs – some time ago I reported a quote from this post. Here’s the original link in can you missed it!
- Why Mobile First Is Outdated – interesting point of view to consider if you’re into designing products for the Web;
- Apple takes its eye off the ball: Why Apple fans are really coming to hate Apple software
- Why Fonts Matter, and how they impact your mood
- Are Some Fonts More Believable Than Others?
Given the silence in this period, here’s a 7 link bonanza. Also: will the latest two post convince your colleague to drop Comics Sans on his presentations at work?
- Moving to London? A quick guide
- Un carattere per l’identità italiana – Dal Bodoni al Titillium – an italian article on the Titillium font face chosen ad THE typeface for our public administrations websites and official documents,
- Four Things Working at Facebook Has Taught Me About Design Critique
- Oh Sh*t. Your top female talent is pregnant.
- The Triumph of Email