Facebook is designed to mislead people into sharing and over-sharing. The privacy controls are part of how they do that. So is Messenger, which supposedly lets you chat with your friends but also, incidentally, records everything - and prevents you from deleting things.
Facebook also actively makes life difficult for you if you try to avoid installing the apps that hoover up metadata from your phone.
Blaming the user is simply incorrect.
@gemlog I use WhatsApp - owned by Facebook - to communicate with my family.
I'm trusting that Moxie's (of Signal fame) encryption is as good as they say it is.
I mean, I do expect that over time Facebook will do something underhanded to compromise it and we'll have to move, but I don't think they have yet...
Although now that I say that, and I remember what we all know about the Messenger apps and the data it collects, I suddenly feel like an idiot.
In practice, enough people know how to reverse engineer, and WhatsApp is an interesting enough target, that I think we'd know by now if the app was exfiltrating peoples' private comms as a matter of course.
Which isn't to say it won't ever happen, but I am comfortable in my belief that it isn't routine yet.
But really, it doesn't matter if my communications are trivial or weighty, they are MINE. No, you can't sell or trade them to suit yourself.
@HerraBRE No one will reverse enginner a big companies proprietary software, or at least not publicly, because
- broad copyright laws in some countries
- software patents in some countries
- copyright trolls everywhere
- history showed many people who reverse-enginner proprietary stuff (for other reasons than interoperability, which legal in europe) get pursued or blackmailed by companies. Especially when they reveal security flaws
Weighing their opinion against yours on this one, yours isn't winning. 😀
Not that it matters all that much, we're on the same side. I prefer Free Software for many, many important reasons (see my profile, what I work on).
The security argument, whether it is right or wrong, has never been the most important factor IMO.
@HerraBRE And I'm basing mine on the facts that
- Each time someone exposes abuses from givs or big corps, they are pursued, to prevent other from doing the same (see the M$ vs cryptome case for example)
- I have never seen any big corp losing enough users to go bankrupt/lose much mobey/end a service because someone exposed their abuse.
That people you know think they would "be able to detect backdoors" on proprietary stuff doesn't matter
If I recall correctly (big if), reverse engineering is protected from litigation in certain circumstances, like for pursuing interoperability between two technologies, or in the case of auditing for security purposes. The only exception I know of for this is DRM in the US, but outside that, I believe that rulings like Sega v. Accolade defined legitimate and legal cases of reverse engineering.
@HerraBRE @yogthos I'm not blaming, simply pointing out a lack of awareness. Am I crazy? I was raised by parents who warned and cautioned me several times to be hyper aware of the meaning of sharing in public forums.
Yes, facebook grooms and encourages its fresh, impressionable users, but education (as well as holding facebook accountable) is a huge part of the solution. Unfortunately, our system is set up in such a way that it requires us to mostly educate ourselves.
You can't call something voluntary if people don't understand what they consent to.
Facebook actively pressures me into sharing things I don't want to share. I can resist, but that doesn't excuse them putting pressure on in the first place.
Lucky you having smart parents! How is that relevant? Do people who chose worse parents deserve to be abused by Facebook?
I'm glad your back-pedalling, but you're still way over the line here.
While I still maintain that I don't blame users, I *do see* how the attitude of calling user sharing "voluntary" perpetuates an attitude of entitlement to whatever people will share with you. I think it may be this attitude that neutralizes facebook's shitty behavior. I apologize.
My view is that proprietary platforms are fundamentally flawed because the incentives are in the wrong place.
Having open alternatives like Mastodon is really important for tackling the problem. Providing alternatives along with education on the dangers of oversharing is the way forward.
There's a kind of asymmetry of information and context Facebook has compared to any one of it's users that's just staggering.
You know that spy film cliche of a bunch of agency employees on a stakeout in a van with a fake fast food or moving company on the outside?
Well Facebook if like that except it's an entire intelligence agency operation disguised as a college frathouse, targeting anyone & everyone on the internet.
It's more ridiculous than anything in #SnowCrash.
@trevdev Not facebook fault that facebook makes mokey from mass surveillance (for taraget ads). Not facebook's fault that they use these data to manipulate users also, I guess… Not like it's not the first right?
@trevdev Ok… then I'll say it otherwise. Just because it's not a good idea to share private info on facebook or anywhere else, and people should stop doing so, does *not* mean facebook is not faulty.
Yes they are. Because they do everything to manipulate people into sharing these info and make money from it.
@yogthos there's a key element here that no one seems to question (yet?). "In modern America" is a vast understatement to say the least. Tech companies are multinational. In a way, tech companies are doing what governments have failed to, they bridge gaps between different countries and globalize society in a way that maybe people hoped would happen through agreements between governments.
On the surface that is wonderful and in fact it can be done with somewhat minimal negative effects.
@yogthos however it won't happen by allowing tech monopolies in sectors, simply because they lack an analog from before the tech boom.
Most tech companies going into automation and efficiency improvements of already existing pre-tech areas are getting hit by old, ineffective and bad regulations, but the companies that opened up their own business segments have been allowed to set rules on everything themselves. And given the global nature of the internet none of this is a one-country-issue.
@yogthos Sadly given the lack of ability of people to effectively cooperate and agree on issues in larger (country-wide and larger) groups, means that at best such companies will be regulated piece by piece differently in different markets, ending up in a inability to effectively create a sane global framework for what is ok and what is not ok to do as a large communication overlord.
@kunev I agree that multi-nationals have become their own virtual states now. Regulating them becomes very difficult for the reasons you've outlined.
I think that educating people on dangers of becoming dependent on these companies while providing open alternatives to the services they provide is the way to combat them.
@yogthos definitely. The thing that has and still does scare me though, is that all open alternatives require a level or technical literacy, which at least at the moment seems unrealistic to expect from people not involved in tech in some way.
Even mastodon, which is quite polished and nice, compared to other similar alternatives is confusing to many people. Federation is better, as it allows migration and prevents lock-in, at the same time it ups the mental cost of reasoning about the network.
@yogthos fb on the other hand is just there. It's that one big thing that has everything in it. It demonstrates that people like centralization for the comfort it gives them. And honestly for a lot of things that have been commodities centralization has either made sense so far (roads, water, heating) or they have been well off with some regulated free-ish market situation (most goods). Social media is in the middle of this and it does things that are very complicated to reason about.
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