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Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Forget Privacy 415

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from the speak-for-yourself-not-your-users dept.
judgecorp writes "Privacy is no longer a social norm, according to the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Speaking at the Crunchie awards in San Francisco, the entrepreneur said that expectations had changed, and people now default to sharing online, not privacy. It's all right for him, but does he mean it's ok for bodies like the UK government to monitor all citizens' Internet use?"
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Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Forget Privacy

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  • he needs to think (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:10PM (#30729736)

    just because people do it doesn't mean it's right.

  • Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by psy (88244) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:10PM (#30729742)

    What he's saying is it is his customers (advertisers not users) want less privacy, so they can target ads more profitably.

  • The look at me era (Score:3, Insightful)

    by BurzumNazgul (1163509) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:11PM (#30729754)
    It does seem like people are willing to sacrifice much more privacy for the sake of convincing everyone how cool they are. It's a long way from those scary bar-codes everyone was worried about 30 years ago.
  • by Kiliani (816330) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:13PM (#30729794)

    "Privacy is no longer a social norm ...". I suppose that's correct. Stupidity and ignorance have replaced it, among other things. But that's ok with me as long as I continue to have a choice. Besides, those new "norms" can make for good entertainment.

  • by dyfet (154716) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:13PM (#30729796) Homepage

    Whatever you have ever said or done will continue to be used against you for the rest of your life. That is the world this kind of thinking creates. It creates fear to think or act. Privacy is ultimately about liberty.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by aafiske (243836) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:13PM (#30729808)

    It's also a lot easier to say 'You don't actually want privacy' than fix the security and sharing model of facebook. If you don't expect privacy, all the various holes and dirty tricks no longer matter.

  • by eln (21727) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:15PM (#30729830) Homepage
    If privacy is such an outdated concept, Mr. Zuckerberg, why can't I see your friends list, your photos, or just about anything else on your Facebook page? Set everything to public on your own page, show everyone how silly privacy concerns are.
  • by 0racle (667029) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:16PM (#30729840)
    People still expect privacy, even Facebook/MySpace/whatever users. They just suffer from two things, an assumption that the Social Media outlets act in a responsible way keeping the information they submit confidential and a general misunderstanding that putting information on the Internet without any controls now makes that private information very public.

    People friend their friends on Facebook and blab about whatever as they would if they were talking to this person directly in a private context. They don't see that they have submitted the information where it is viewable and searchable by everyone and is being recorded and analyzed by the company for later sale as statistics. This is an indication of technology moving faster then the average person keeps up with, not that everyone is suddenly ok with being monitored.
  • He's wrong (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mewsenews (251487) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:16PM (#30729848) Homepage

    People do have an expectation of privacy that is at odds with what has been happening on the Internet. *Specifically* social networking sites like Facebook where there are real names attached to accounts and visible out in the open.

    I feel privileged to live in Canada where we've enshrined some of our expected privacy into law [privacyinfo.ca] to fight assholes like this. I hope the United States follows suit someday.

  • Ummm. Nooo (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:17PM (#30729862) Journal

    YOU* Defaulted US to share, not that we CHOSE to. I'm sure had you prompted each individual how private they want their settings when they first signed up, a lot of people would have chosen Friends, or friends of friends, or at least to a specific network (Like the local university).

    In fact, You** semi tried doing so not too long ago, and as I recall, A LOT of people then locked their photos and status updates to friends only. I know I did, and about 99% of my friends list did, and when I facebook search someone I met at a party, I have to grab a friend invite before I see anything besides their name and profile pic.

    You can't just set it up so that sharing is the norm, and when people use your product, then claim that its what is expected.

    *If not You Mark, then whoever is running Facebook Right now.
    **Subjective as above

  • by the_rajah (749499) * on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:18PM (#30729868) Homepage
    Facebook.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:18PM (#30729872)

    Yeah of course they default to it when you shove a thing in front of their face that most people don't understand at all and just click "proceed" unknowingly opening up all of their information. Did anyone else see that? Sure, you could choose to keep your "old settings" but it was something you had to specifically mark, and we all know how great people are at carefully checking forms before getting on to look at their sister's new baby or whatever. That change was outright duplicity on Facebook's part. Breaking news: Everyone defaults to IE so that means its objectively the best browser! Right? Right?

  • by goodmanj (234846) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:19PM (#30729886)

    Facebook is designed from the ground up to be nonprivate. Since it doesn't allow you to distinguish between "work friends" and "party friends" and "closet friends", anyone with a brain will only post lowest-common-denominator acceptable comments to FB. If everyone is treating Facebook that way, there's no benefit to be gained by adding privacy to interactions that are already self-sanitized.

    But there are *plenty* of social interactions that *do* require an expectation of privacy, ranging from private sexual lives to the mere fact that I don't want my work colleagues to know about my Warcraft friends, or vice versa. But Zuckerberg doesn't see these sides of people, because they're not on Facebook.

    Jumping from "Facebook interactions don't need privacy" to "our society doesn't need privacy" is a fallacy of composition.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:19PM (#30729894)

    Exactly. His true customers are the advertisers, the developers who make the games. People who have FB accounts are visitors. They are not the ones shelling the dollars over to FB.

    Of course, this is just in FB's interests to have zero privacy so they get the maximum ad revenue. FB apps already ask for way more permissions than they ever really need.

    Long term, this is not a good attitude to take. MySpace made this mistake, and when something new came along, they were abandoned just like Orkut and many other networks. The FB end users are the guys that will keep the site running.

  • by Ungrounded Lightning (62228) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:21PM (#30729922) Journal

    But false to fact.

    The young generally have little experience with privacy and why it's important. Until they get bit by the consequences of excessive disclosure. Then they learn to value it.

    (It's not just Gen-Y-ers. It happened to me, and I'm a boomer - which means I predate the Internet by a bunch. B-b)

    Zuckerberg's business consists of making a lot of money by catering to those who have yet to learn the lesson. And management positions attract those for whom telling the truth when a lie is more convenient is also not a social norm. Of COURSE he'll make such claims. And they're sheer self-serving puffery.

  • by quangdog (1002624) <quangdog AT gmail DOT com> on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:22PM (#30729934)
    I think it's less that people are willing to sacrifice privacy for self-aggrandizement, but rather that they do not stop to analyze the implications to their privacy of what they are about to post.

    Joe sixpack does not wonder about how posting pictures of naked portions of his anatomy may affect his ability to find a job in 5 years time.
  • by Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:22PM (#30729936) Homepage
    Keep fucking with my privacy settings. Keep on assuming that I want to share everything with every jerkoff on Facebook. I'll just keep locking my shit down. And if you want to make that impossible, know that I lived happily without Facebook once. I can easily remember how to do so again. Remember your place while you still have one.
  • Re:Bollocks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dyingtolive (1393037) <brad DOT arnett AT notforhire DOT org> on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:23PM (#30729946)
    No, but policy will expand to fit the tolerances of social norm, and he's right: Social norms have changed to have little expectations of privacy. People just don't see the importance in it anymore, which is, in and of itself, terrifying. I am somewhat troubled when I think of what the near future holds.
  • by ground.zero.612 (1563557) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:23PM (#30729948)

    Because I use my Facebook account to share events in my life, does not mean I am not concealing events in my life.

    I have an expectation of privacy. Especially in real life. I do not have the same expectations of privacy in public, or with information I post via internet servers which I do not own or control. There seems to be a lot of attempts to indoctrinate the youth with the concept that their lives are subject to peer review at all times. I disagree with these motives and find them totalitarian in nature.

  • by spun (1352) <loverevolutionar ... m ['o.c' in gap]> on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:24PM (#30729964) Journal

    Zuckerberg is trying to cover his ass. His site can't or won't provide proper access controls. His customers, the advertisers, don't want you to have privacy from them. So Mr. Zuckerberg, calling himself a 'prophet,' no less, tells you that you don't want privacy. But of course, Mr. Zuckerberg still wants his own privacy, and this 'no more privacy' world does not include corporations or governments, only individuals. Is there some easy way to find out who is advertising on facebook? No, and you can't find out what deals have been made regarding your information. So, privacy still exists, for those who can afford it. But not for us. Thank you Prophet Zuckerberg.

  • by krou (1027572) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:27PM (#30729992)

    Why Privacy Is Important

    • psychologically, people need private space. This applies in public as well as behind closed doors and drawn curtains. We need to be able to glance around, judge whether the people in the vicinity are a threat, and then perform actions that are potentially embarrassing, such as breaking wind, and jumping for joy;
    • sociologically, people need to be free to behave, and to associate with others, subject to broad social mores, but without the continual threat of being observed. Otherwise we reduce ourselves to the appalling, unhuman, constrained context that was imposed on people in countries behind the Iron Curtain and the Bamboo Curtain;
    • economically, people need to be free to innovate. International competition is fierce, so countries with high labour-costs need to be clever if they want to sustain their standard-of-living. And cleverness has to be continually reinvented;
    • politically, people need to be free to think, and argue, and act. Surveillance chills behaviour and speech, and threatens democracy.

    -- Roger Clarke [rogerclarke.com]

    Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.
    - Bruce Schneir

  • by yakumo.unr (833476) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:27PM (#30729994) Homepage

    Absolutely not true, he set up his site to default to no privacy, that is a COMPLETELY different matter, there are numerous huge groups and countless chain messages in protest of the badly chosen default privacy settings on facebook.

    And this from the man who openly admitted to pushing malware in some interview not so long ago to get his company off the ground.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:30PM (#30730034)
    Right now I've got a GPS device in my pocket capable of broadcasting a huge amount of data about me, tracking where Im going, who I speak to. The guys who sold me it also provide the Internet to my house, which accounts for a huge amount of my economic activity. When I'm not driving in my GPS tracked car I'm using public transport with my MiFare smart card which not only tracks loads of information about what my travel patterns are. Aside from government systems all my vital statistics are stored in an instantly retrievable way by at least 20 different companies, that I know about. My entire credit history can be checked for next to nothing in an instant. A profile of my genome has been created, and several medical institutions literally hold enough of my most personal information to technologically create a 'me 2.0'. Who the hell needs barcodes. My point? Life is a whole heap better for most young people in the developed world than for their parents at a similar age. Life is better, and privacy is diminished. Considering the pattern recognition that humans are so famed for, it is any wonder that they are starting to have trouble seeing the value of making information private by default.
  • Re:Better ads (Score:2, Insightful)

    by The FBI (1717712) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:30PM (#30730044)

    Countdown to Zuckerberg's SSN being posted here in 3....2....

    666-00-10072

  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Omegium (576650) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:31PM (#30730064)

    It's also a lot more profitable to say 'You don't actually want privacy' than fix the security and sharing model of facebook. If you don't expect privacy, all the various holes and dirty tricks no longer matter.

    There, fixed that for you. Advertisers do not like privacy (of their viewers).

  • by Migraineman (632203) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:35PM (#30730108)
    Here's the problem - they are attempting to change society's "reasonable expectation of privacy." Many laws are based on this social expectation. For example, the police have the ability to execute warrantless searches if they see something "in plain sight." That "plain sight" element is coupled to your expectation of privacy - you put said item into plain sight, thus you have no expectation of privacy regarding it. If you go to a public park, your expectation of privacy is reduced because of the venue. Facebook is attempting to alter the rules regarding what "normal" expectations are. They will do this without your consent, and rip your privacy out from under you.

    Like your freedom, privacy is something you have to earn ... and sometimes fight for.
  • by j_f_chamblee (253315) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:36PM (#30730124) Homepage Journal

    ...is 25 years old. One of the sentences in TFA begins "When I was in my dorm room at Harvard."

    So, a rich, successful, right-place-at-place-at-the-right-time twentysomething makes a self-serving comment born out of the hubris and inexperience of youth. This is like Paris Hilton saying "It doesn't matter what you do, as long as its *hot*" and it is only newsworthy because Paris Hilton isn't in a position to take a great deal of the intellectual capital I've invested in Facebook and simply passing it to whomever suits her fancy. Perhaps some of Zuckerberg's older business partners could recommend that he shut up.

  • Selection bias (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Kjella (173770) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:37PM (#30730140) Homepage

    The people who want to live on Big Brother, but aren't trashy enough to get in on the show, feel free. And that's what this dude sees, he sees everything people do share. Hint: Lots and lots of people do lots and lots of things they don't put on Facebook. I'm on it, it's basically a contact page, I answer some event invites and that's pretty much it. send me another lame game invite and I'll gladly ignore it. My real life is far, far away from Facebook.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by u38cg (607297) <calum@callingthetune.co.uk> on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:39PM (#30730162) Homepage
    WHat he's saying is, it's one rule for me, and another for you. Or have you changed your mind and set your profile to open, zuck?
  • by jbb999 (758019) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:39PM (#30730168)
    There is a huge difference between a website that you go to for the purpose of communicating widely with people and life in general. Just because you might choose on facebook to share your thoughts with anyone who cares does not in any way imply that's what you want elsewhere.
  • The problem (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tempest69 (572798) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:41PM (#30730190) Journal
    You can set it to where friends can see it, but the friends can share it, or comment on it, then the security model blows so much that anyone who can see that pic can see the whole album . They dont let the genie back in the bottle. It's bad form. The applications allow all sorts of horrible holes in security. Unveil the users number, and you can go trouncing through all sorts of FB apps that dont protect security.

    The problem is that they pretend to be securing you, when the reality is that it's a bathroom door level of security. A reasonably nerdy middle school kid can burn through facebook security.
    facebook didnt build a good security foundation, now they're paying for it.

    Storm

  • by spun (1352) <loverevolutionar ... m ['o.c' in gap]> on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:42PM (#30730200) Journal

    Do people have more opportunities than their parents did? I don't think so. They have more gadgets. Do more gadgets make people happier? I don't think so. Look at rates of depression, people nowadays are FAR more likely to suffer from depression than their parents or grandparents. Young people are the most likely to suffer from our current economic problems, unemployment is rampant amongst the under 25 crowd. People have less opportunity, less privacy, less control over their lives, fewer real life friends and more online acquaintances. So how, exactly, is life better?

  • by TheGratefulNet (143330) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:44PM (#30730228)

    (mod parent up)

    I'm also of the older gen (cough...) and I can see this trainwreck from a mile away. as you get older, you DO have more and more 'stuff' about you that you'd rather not be searchable and public. trust me as your elder, on this (OB:GOML).

    privacy will come back - MAYBE - in another generation or two. once this one has grown up and found out the hard way, society might start to veer back a little bit. but it WILL take being burned for the kids to day to really find out. it will take at least a full generation before mankind is even partially used to this technology wave. its just moving TOO fast for us and our social fabric is not developed or ready for this kind of personal flood of info being broadcast into the never-deleted-from ether.

    be really careful with this 'show myself to the world' attitude. the whole idea could be a really bad idea and we may have to learn that lesson the hard way.

  • by selven (1556643) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:45PM (#30730234)

    Information wants to be free. Once something is out there, on the internet, you can't put it back in the bottle. We cannot stop this, so we might as well adapt.

  • by BlackSabbath (118110) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:47PM (#30730266) Homepage

    If this twat thinks that privacy is no longer a social norm, where's the video's of him masturbating to pictures of George Orwell? The blog describing his plushy fantasies. The tweets giving everyone blow-by-blow updates to the size of his bank balance.

    The reality is that even the unthinking morons that post pics/vids/words of themselves doing cringeworthy, career-limiting, dumb shit, STILL make a choice about what to post. There's still plenty of stuff that they don't want ANYONE knowing. The line may have moved over the last 20 years, but it hasn't disappeared.

  • by idontgno (624372) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:51PM (#30730304) Journal

    This.

    Zuck is saying "Facebooks's craptacular handling of privacy is not a bug, it's a feature. A very progressive, forward-leaning feature, for the inevitable time that the sheeples are appropriately brainwashed."

    The sad part is, I can't make myself believe he's wrong.

  • by vlm (69642) on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:55PM (#30730364)

    Facebook will undoubtedly point to some weasel words in their TOS to claim that they still own my personal data

    Luckily they allow me to change my personal data.

    Cool, they'll own a completely fabricated and falsified set of my personal data.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11, 2010 @06:59PM (#30730434)

    Mark only shares some of his profile information with everyone.

    About Me: i'm trying to make the world a more open place.

    what a fuck wad.

  • by dunezone (899268) on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:00PM (#30730440) Journal
    My account sits active with 2 photos, no applications, and the minimum personal information required.

    I use it to find family members and friends I need to get in contact with and also for event invitations which I think is its strongest value.

    Now why does this make me special? It doesn't, its the fact that the majority of my friends who used to have bucket loads of information, photos, and applications have since gone to a skeleton account like me. This makes us a loss, we bring no value to the site. The more and more people who do this, the lower the value of Facebook.
  • by betterunixthanunix (980855) on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:05PM (#30730504)
    Joe sixpack has nothing to worry about if he sends a photograph of his genitals to some random website. That is not really where the privacy problems of Facebook come up.

    We are guaranteed the right to privacy to protect us from the government. Tyranny cannot exist when the government cannot pry open arbitrary aspects of the lives of the citizens -- tyrannical laws cannot be enforced if people can simply hide their activities. Unfortunately, this interpretation of privacy rights has been largely forgotten, and most people now think of privacy rights as a protection for criminals, if they even bother to think about their rights at all.

    However, the law can only grant rights to the people; nobody can be forced to exercise them. These days, fewer and fewer people are bothering to keep any part of their lives private, and they are not stopping to think about the implications of mass numbers of people abandoning their rights. Worse, even those who do want privacy are finding it harder and harder to maintain, as their friends often post information online that they would not have posted themselves.

    Facebook by its very design worsens the situation. Facebook is designed not just to collect data, but also metadata which allows our privacy to be violated in an entirely new way. Information about our lives can be deduced from the metadata that Facebook is collecting, even information that we did not deliberately post to Facebook. It is possible to categorize not just who is friends with whom, but how close that friendship is, and in some cases even more details about the nature of friendship can be obtained. This information has never been truly secret of course, but Facebook is amassing it all, allowing the information to be accessed with ease and without arousing suspicious: whereas it once required a detective to infiltrate a social circle to extract this data, it can now be accessed without any field work.

    No, Facebook on its own will not lead to tyranny. It is the general trend, of which Facebook is not just a major enabler, but which Facebook is actively encouraging, that is the problem here.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:08PM (#30730536)

    Fear to think or act? That's short sighted nonsense. If there was no privacy then we would achieve massive reform. I would be surprised if the opposite of mass paranoia did not occur. There's no reason to keep everything private after you're free to see everybody else does the same sort of things. There's no desire to spy on everyone when we're all open.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mad Merlin (837387) on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:08PM (#30730538) Homepage

    I'm sorry, but if you use Facebook, you have no expectation of privacy. Anything and everything you put into Facebook should be considered public knowledge. This is why I do not use Facebook.

  • by Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:19PM (#30730650) Homepage
    The "new social contract" is the same as the old social contract, which boils down to "Obey your overlords, and they'll protect you unless it's more profitable for them to betray you." There is no such thing as a "social contract", and those who use such a nebulous concept to justify the intrusions of business, church, and state into the lives of individuals do so because "divine right" has been thoroughly discredited.
  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cheesybagel (670288) on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:29PM (#30730776)
    Tried using Facebook settings lately? One of the worst interfaces known to man. I also would like to stop getting "James Bloggs got another sponge in ShaggyVille, join ShaggyVille!" messages all the time. I keep filtering these kinds of messages out, but there is always one more of these applications popping up like mushrooms every hour. Can I have a whitelist, rather than a blacklist please? Or application category selections. Or whatever.
  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:35PM (#30730848) Homepage
    Maybe, but on the other hand, the fact of using facebook says something about how much you value your privacy. If you really want information to remain private, I would suggest that you just not put it on social networking sites.
  • by MrNaz (730548) * on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:43PM (#30730944) Homepage

    More the point:
    Just because people do it with his product and he wants them to do it more so he makes more money selling data to various interested parties (governments, marketing firms, think tanks, NGOs, lobby groups, industry insiders etc) doesn't make it right.

    His bias towards having people use Facebook more is so obvious I don't know why he bothered. It'd be like Darl McBride saying "forget free software because fully commodified IP is the new norm" or something else equally transparent.

    Fuck Zuckerberg and fuck his agenda to destroy the personal space.

  • by TheNumberSix (580081) <NumberSix@simpli ... EL.com_minusfood> on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:50PM (#30731030)
    I have a different experience with Facebook.

    I was never on the site, and after years of people asking me “Are you on Facebook?” or “I’ll send you the pictures on Facebook” and other such things, I decided that I should create an account, just to say I have one.

    Additionally, I’ve had people try to find me on the site repeatedly. Since I have a complicated name, people usually spell it wrong and try to find me a couple of times.

    So I decided that I’d create an account that would just say “Yes, you found me.”

    I didn’t want to use any features at all.

    So here’s what I wanted to do.

    - Create a public page with my real name on it.
    - Prevent anyone from adding anything to that page.
    - I didn’t want any email updates, status updates, wall pictures or anything else. In fact, don’t email me anything at all. Don’t change my page at all.
    - I wanted to automatically reject all “friend” requests. (I’m not going to use the site, remember.)

    I found so many settings in so many different places, that I decided that this was not easy to do. (Even if it is possible, which I’m not convinced about. Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this.)

    So I decided that it just wasn’t worth the PITA to even try to set this up. So I’m still Facebook free.

    In this short experience, it seemed to me that Facebook has such poor privacy settings and UI that it’s doubtful that a novice can even set it the way he or she wants. I think it’s an open question if this is on purpose or by design.
  • Re:Better ads (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Geoff (968) on Monday January 11, 2010 @07:55PM (#30731080) Homepage

    I use Facebook, but there's a very simple rule for it. Assume anything there is public information. Don't want something public? Don't put it on Facebook (or anywhere else online).

  • education (Score:3, Insightful)

    by farble1670 (803356) on Monday January 11, 2010 @08:00PM (#30731140)

    this is more about education than anything else. don't post anything at all on facebook or any other online service that you don't want to share with everyone you know, and people you will know in the future. anything from your political views to your lifestyle can and will be used against you.

    it's commonplace for universities, businesses, etc to look you up on facebook and google and see what you are all about. it's up to you to conduct yourself on facebook in a manner befitting. don't post anything on facebook you wouldn't gladly offer up in a job interview, on your university application, or to a stranger on the street.

    i weep for all the kids these days who will have the indiscretions of their teen and pre-teen years come back to haunt them later in life. posted on facebook? it's now public data that will never, ever go away. i consider myself very lucky to be able to forget / hide some of the things i did in my youth. i am sure if i was a teenager today, i'd be right there posting pictures of my ass and making rude comments about my school instructors.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:3, Insightful)

    by fyngyrz (762201) on Monday January 11, 2010 @08:06PM (#30731198) Homepage Journal

    They [users] are not the ones shelling the dollars over to FB.

    Yes, in fact, they are. Facebook users give money to the advertisers, and the advertisers, in turn, give a portion of that back to Facebook. Any advertiser that gives money to Facebook and doesn't get more than that from Facebook users doesn't do it for long, I assure you. If Facebook mistreats its users, this will directly affect its income stream. Likewise, if it serves them well, that will also affect its income stream.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:4, Insightful)

    by scamper_22 (1073470) on Monday January 11, 2010 @08:24PM (#30731346)

    on the other hand...

    The whole internet experience has been a deregulated mess that has somehow gotten along. Even something as simple as SMTP mail is totally insecure. It is prone to spam... yet... we've managed to get by for decades on it. Spam was a problem, we developed solutions. Ditto for things like posting on forums. Where's the accountability for that star wars kid? Shouldn't that video posting have been approved by a publisher before embarrassing him in public like that? What's interesting of course is the world has not come to and end. It's actually worked quite well in its non-regulated manner. I'm not suggesting there have not been any problems... but we've managed quite well.

    I had some old forum posts where i used my real name... I didn't want them anymore. I found the list names, contacted people... most got taken down... the ones that didn't... well I realized... who cares. It's not that big a deal.

    If we had regulation on it, chances are everything on the net would have been authenticated, lawyers would be all over every post... the internet as we know it would not exist.
    The internet has developed in this quite careless but 'get it connected, and get it working' kind of way.

    Now back to facebook. I don't mind user criticism, but there are increasing calls for government to look into things or enforce things. I'm just a little wary of this.
    I use the privacy settings on facebook... and I wouldn't post any pictures on there if it didn't. But yeah, people are getting along okay. If you don't want a picture of you on there, tell your friends to remove you. Maybe it's not your friend... there are many ways of dealing with it... and in the end... most people are not malicious and won't post a really bad picture. Theres a possibility things can go horribly wrong... but in general... they have not. Now weigh that against government censorship and monitoring over the internet... which is already happening in places... even in the western world like australia.

    I'll side with openness and freedom of the internet despite the inherent problems.

  • by sopssa (1498795) * <sopssa@email.com> on Monday January 11, 2010 @08:31PM (#30731420) Journal

    It's all nice and all, but stop spamming your comment on an unrelated message just because its on top.

  • by Eravnrekaree (467752) on Monday January 11, 2010 @08:33PM (#30731432)

    The argument that people voluntarily share data on facebook and that there is no more privacy or that privacy is no longer needed is broken and as a legal philosophy, is invalid. There was another slashdot article about one woman who that that people sharing data on facebook had abolished expectations of privacy. This is complete BS. Sharing data voluntarily on facebook by some in no ways would compel others to do so. True, some people voluntarily share data on facebook in awareness it is public. This does not mean everyone should be compelled to do so. People have a right to know how data is going to be displayed and whether or not to share the data. the idea that people sharing data on facebook abolishes privacy is so infantile, i cant believe people would make the argument, and i suspect some nefarious intention even that they are preying on ignorance to exploit this to further weaken privacy.

    Facebook is known to be a public thing so people expect that what they put there is public unless they make the profile private. people who make purchases through an online store have a right to expect that online store will not broadcast their data. The facebook thing does not extend to other parts of the internet.

    Expectation of privacy is often used in outdoor settings. However many countries like Canada has prohibited mass media broadcasting of persons who were shot without their knowledge outdoors, to some degree. Hence the controversy over google streetview in Canada. So many of these things may be subject to further protections of privacy under the law requiring persons to give their consent to use of the data.

    When a facebook account is created, the user should know how where the data is displayed, that should be disclosed. The use of facebook does not set precedent for other kinds of sites on the internet, each have different privacy policy and different expectations from customers.

    Online, people have a right to maintain privacy and to use sites that vow to protect their privacy.

  • by Xaedalus (1192463) <Xaedalys AT yahoo DOT com> on Monday January 11, 2010 @08:41PM (#30731516)

    I'm going to disagree somewhat. I'm playing Bioshock right now, and not only am I getting my jollies from one hell of a shooter, but I'm also exposed to a very well written story which includes a good rebuttal to the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. I'm not going to get that from being in the wilderness for two weeks. The game makes me THINK, and ponder, and I tend to enjoy that.

    I see your point about breaking away from technology and all, but part of what makes us truly human is the ability to see, analyze, review, and enjoy our creations, and see the universe we built for ourselves, with all its inherent complexities. While breaking away to the wilderness and cutting our technological ties is good for silencing the ego and reconnecting with our selves, that has to be balanced with being engaged with the world as it is, because otherwise you're missing out on half of existence.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Monday January 11, 2010 @09:18PM (#30731866) Journal
    What about the whole site? If the default is sharing, why do I get a 404 if I ever click on a link someone sent me on Facebook? Oh, that's right, you can't browse any of it without creating an account. Sounds like the default is more like a walled garden than an open Internet.
  • Re:Better ads (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Monday January 11, 2010 @09:19PM (#30731880) Journal

    For example, they serve gay dating ads to straight men

    Or, to men who claim to be straight, anyway...

  • Re:Better ads (Score:3, Insightful)

    by PylonHead (61401) on Monday January 11, 2010 @09:50PM (#30732146) Homepage Journal

    Ah, Eric Schmidt [slashdot.org], is that you?

    I don't disagree that it's hard to keep things private these days, but that doesn't change the fact that there are plenty of moral, legal things that I do every day that I want to keep private. My sex life and medical information are two good examples.

  • Re:Better ads (Score:2, Insightful)

    by The Wild Norseman (1404891) <tw.norseman@gmai l . c om> on Monday January 11, 2010 @09:57PM (#30732212)

    That is actually true about anything in Real Life(TM). You can have a friend, that is a friend of your mother/potential employer/anyone, that has told about something embarrassing, and there goes all of your privacy.

    Not quite. You see, my grandmother may tell her coffee club about some shenanigans and/or highjinks that I did whilst in college; that conversation, however, is not searchable by my new prospective employer, nor is it discoverable through the wayback machine.
    Facebook is.

  • Flat out wrong (Score:3, Insightful)

    by FrozenGeek (1219968) on Tuesday January 12, 2010 @12:21AM (#30733264)
    Just because a small subset of the population holds privacy in no regard does not mean that the population as a whole, or even a majority of the population, does likewise. Among my adult friends, very very few bother with online social networking and the vast majority consider their privacy something to be cherished.

    DO NOT mistake something popular among the young to be the norm.

    We can certainly protect the individual right to privacy while providing for the right of the individual to abrogate his own privacy.
  • Here's a thought: (Score:3, Insightful)

    by xlsior (524145) on Tuesday January 12, 2010 @01:02AM (#30733518) Homepage
    Forget Facebook instead.
  • Re:Better ads (Score:3, Insightful)

    by NickFortune (613926) on Tuesday January 12, 2010 @04:14AM (#30734380) Homepage Journal

    Looks like I picked a good time to never have registered for Facebook.

    Well, exactly!

    It's as if he was running a site for pet lovers, and then reasoning that since his subscribers were overwhelmingly in favour of dogs, it therefore followed that everyone liked dogs, and therefore that dog ownership should become mandatory.

    The reason I don't use social networking sites is precisely because I value my privacy. At best Zuckerberg is extrapolating from a very skewed sample. At worst, his arguments are cynical and self-serving.

  • by cgomezr (1074699) on Tuesday January 12, 2010 @05:56AM (#30734818)

    True satisfaction seems to require difficult physical effort.

    Interesting, but I'd say the really important part is the "effort" part, not necessarily physical. Or else, how do you explain the satisfaction that some people get from solving difficult math problems, coding, etc.? I'm not an expert in anthropology, but from what I see in life it seems that "rewarded effort" (physical or not) correlates quite highly with happiness.

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