The Facebook Story is Horse Poop

This would not be a story if Hillary Clinton won or if the media were not mad at Facebook for reduced traffic.

You used Facebook. Facebook did not hire private investigators to go find your data. You gave it to them willingly. Not only did you use it. You used it for free. You put all that information in there. You decided to overshare. You decided to take stupid quizzes to find out which Disney Princess you are. Facebook did not make you do it. They did not hold a gun to your head. You did it and you did it willingly.

Facebook is not a charity. They sold ads to you and used your personal data that you willingly submitted to help the best advertisers connect to you.

This story is about your abdication of responsibility and willingness to blame a corporation for your propensity to overshare your life on a massive, international social media platform instead of having real people over to visit with. This is on you.

And had Hillary Clinton won, this would not be a big, national news story. This is only a big national news story because Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are still desperately trying to escape blame for what a terrible candidate they chose. First it was James Comey's fault she lost. Then it was the Russians. Now it is all of that and that Facebook gave a Trump affiliated company your data. It is never on Clinton. It is never on them.

This whole story is horse poop. Democrats did the same thing, but Trump's campaign did it better. Democrats got the same data, but Trump processed it better. Cambridge Analytica actually did not do as competent a job as they claimed. But someone has to be blamed.

On top of that, Facebook changed its algorithm to let you overshare more info with your friends instead of seeing news feeds. The result is that news organizations' traffic from Facebook is down. Instead of building competent news organizations and websites, news organizations relied on Facebook to send them traffic. They got lazy and are now being hurt. So, again, just like you overshared, news organizations got lazy and relied on Facebook. Now the media that got lazy and the people who overshared on a free platform do not want to take responsibility for themselves. So they're blaming Facebook, which did nothing wrong.

This story is horse poop and would not be happening if Hillary Clinton had won and if the news algorithm had not changed in such a way that news organizations are now mad at Facebook.

Comments
View Newer Messages
MorningStar
MorningStar

I agree with this 100%. I use FB, but I've never turned platforms on, never used apps, never permitted my information to be found on search, never used FB to sign into other services, keep my privacy locked down, have an extension in my browser that turns off FB tracking, I don't post pictures of living people, etc. When it's free, you're the product. What I don't like about FB and Twitter is the viewpoint discrimination, and I'm exploring alternatives because of that.

BenjaminD
BenjaminD

Information is the currency of our world and computers have made it easy to collect and utilize it.

We need to accept that personal privacy is basically dead in a digital world.

Dave_A
Dave_A

When everything including your real name is made public on the web, it doesn't matter what the T&C says - anyone with a half decent web-spider can just scoop up profiles by the hundred-thousands, without Facebook's permission, and there's nothing anyone can or will do about it (the data is public after all).

Similarly, if you click a link to one of those clickbait quizzes, they get everything - not because Facebook gives it to them, but simply because that is how the web works (in simplified form: more details would take up too much time)

Seriously, if you want things to be private, don't put them on Facebook. There is no privacy on the internet, and there never will be.

esotericwy
esotericwy

We would rather channel our VICTIMHOOD then own Responsibility and Accountability. It is so much easier to lay the BLAM on others then own ourselves.

redwingz92
redwingz92

People took the personality quiz to figure out their personality, not to have their info to be mined and be used for political propaganda. There was no expectation that would happen and therefore the data was used inappropriately. And can we please stop talking about Hillary. Our party needs to hold itself to a higher standard than screeching "But Hillary" every time Trump or his associates screw themselves. I mean we gave Obama shit for eight years for blaming everything on Bush.

Whey Standard
Whey Standard

Erick, you may not have read the T&C and privacy policy, which swore up and down that only anonymized data would be shared with third-parties, and that data for advertising algorithms would be kept in house, but some of us did. And some of us relied on that promise.