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Old 05-13-2018, 10:49 AM   #16
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What is a shadow profile, I don't use these social sites.
Nor do I, but that doesn't get us off the Facebook hook!

A shadow profile is a profile composed of information about you which was gleaned from other people. Everybody has a Facebook shadow profile even if they aren't on Facebook themselves. And nobody, whether on FB or not, has the right to see or delete their shadow profile.

For example, you will have many friends who have FB on their smartphones. In their contacts list, they will have your contact details (name, phone number, email, skype address, perhaps your real life address...) These are harvested to form your shadow profile. Of course the names of your friends go on it too as possible contacts.

Then the whole thing gets trawled by an algorithm that matches the data up. So if one of your registered addresses is also found as the address of another person, they know that you have or did once have a relationship with them. Scary, eh? And you have no right or power to do anything about it.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/social...hadow-profile/

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Old 05-13-2018, 11:06 AM   #17
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Ah well, that depends how many people a person knows, and whether they would use that networking site. For some that is quite a concern then.

I did watch the committee that Zuckerberg appeared on early last month, I was thinking, how not to run a social site after what he was saying to the senators.

When I first read of that film, which was based off of him, I didn't watch it, I just thought, all this money making venture, where is this all going. As Zuckerberg, I like his youthful outlook, and his plains cloths wearing kind of guy, I'm twenty nine myself, so I see that as a positive, even if his company is shady, I never liked the guy back then, but I have a different view on him. Anyone has to be cautious with his company. I suspect many don't really care in the end. Probably feel powerless, hopefully something will change. Then again regulating a web company hasn't ever been really possible, the nature of a web company is that it can be there, and then vanish.
 
Old 05-14-2018, 05:56 PM   #18
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I did watch the committee that Zuckerberg appeared on early last month, I was thinking, how not to run a social site after what he was saying to the senators.
As did I. MZ played the victim card "my creds too..." and blamed Silicon Valley demographics
I don't think anyone took his testimony as credible.
Welp, if you can't tell what the product is, you are the product.
 
Old 05-15-2018, 10:10 AM   #19
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I think this from the Miami Herald's Carl Hiaasen is germane: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/o...206640769.html

An excerpt (it's written the voice of Mark Zuckerberg):

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But, folks, let’s be real. All that stolen information that went from Cambridge to the Trump campaign didn’t come from us. It came from you!
 
Old 05-18-2018, 11:14 AM   #20
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I find myself unwilling to quit Fishbox entirely, because I like it as a method of talking to friends I don't see much. I just use it sensibly. No applications (sorry, I'm being a snob and refusing to say "apps"); I don't post pictures anymore; and I don't post statuses much. I know perfectly well that my dad is quite right to studiously avoid using Fishbox. All I'm willing to do is passively-aggressively express disdain for Fishbox even as I use it (hence the derisive nickname).

Good thing I have no interest in entering politics. People from the internet generations (millennial or not--I'm not one) who enter politics are undoubtedly going to experience all their social media statuses, posts, etc. being dug up in a way more extensive than happens even now. I mean that if I entered politics, I would expect the social media monopolies to make all my Fishbox statuses, regardless of privacy settings, available to my political opponents for their examination and use. They surely have everything we ever said on their servers. I don't consider myself that paranoid to think so.

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Old 05-19-2018, 06:58 AM   #21
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Roll up! Roll up! Here's the next scandal, obtained from the New Scientist of 19th May. It involves another Cambridge company, this one an offshoot of the University called Cambridge Personality Research. They provided a Facebook app called myPersonality with tests that more than 6 million Facebook users ran. They could opt to have their general FB data included in addition to the test results. Users were told that the data would be anonymised and used only for research. For example Cambridge Analytica were not given access (officially) because they were commercial.

Unfortunately, someone not directly connected with the company put up a valid username and password on GitHub for his students to use. So in practice anyone could look at this data. And the inclusion of all the extra info from FB meant that deanonymisation was quite easy.

FB has now taken the app down and the Information Commissioner is investigating the researchers.
 
  


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