Apparently facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is promising to improve fb's privacy record.
I don't see why anyone should trust him anymore. I've seen and read enough about his opinions on his users' privacy to NEVER trust him.
Here's a sample, from that article (and this was something I had not known till now, by the way, so it just makes things worse): "Recently unearthed IM transcripts from the early days of Facebook showing Zuckerberg describing early adopters at Harvard "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data have hardly helped Facebook's cause."
wow... calling your users "dumb fucks". Even Microsoft and Apple can't beat that; they at least don't come right out and *say* so ;-)
The article itself, and the comments on that article are all equally sceptical. In particular, take a look at http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/771675 followed by http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/771757 -- at the same time Zuckerberg was making these statements, people were being forced to either delete their "interests" data or make it public.
someone sent me an invitation from facebook, with about 15 names and pictures (of which I recognised four). This was my reply, and now that this post has been made I intend to just reply with this link from now on :-)
sorry, do I know you?
even if I do, please don't send me this stuff.
I predict facebook (and others like it) will be the single biggest problem in individual security over the next couple of years. I think it will surpass all the so-called phishing and pharming attacks in impact, because unlike them, facebook attacks can move beyond e-security into physical and personal security.
on 04/05/10 22:38 <deleted> wrote:
<deleted invitation text/pictures>
"It was at this point that Jason decided Skynet wasn't a rogue military AI, but a mail merge macro trying to recover from a badly formatted postal code"
"You see, the dots weren't dots. The original author wanted a place to store some variables, and couldn't think of a better place than the body of the document, "hidden" in a 1pt font. And then, in the four places those variables were used, a 22-line version of "Selection.Find" was used to retrieve them."