Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

Summary: A run down of some of the most controversial decisions or actions by Facebook, including some of their biggest mistakes to date.

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  • One user of Facebook managed to collect and seed on the torrent networks over 100 million users' public data; data that is available for 'everyone' to view. This caused outrage towards Facebook, with many realising the scope and breadth of how much of one's personal data is made accessible by the site.

    Arguably, though the data was seeded to torrents, the data was available to see on Facebook without a username and password to even access the site. But it caused enough of a stir for Facebook to readjust its privacy settings.

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    For more on Facebook, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column, or Emil Protalinski's Friending Facebook column.

  • In 2010, the Facebook privacy policy -- at 5,830 words -- was discovered to be even longer than the U.S. constitution which is only 4,543 words

    The privacy settings were mapped out by the New York Times and became increasingly clear how very difficult it was to not only edit one's settings but let alone to find the setting one would want. 

    Facebook was hammered by privacy groups and governments alike to change this, and eventually did earlier in 2011. Nevertheless, some question whether it is in fact smaller in size and simpler to read, or just broken up into smaller sections giving the illusion that it is more concise.

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    For more on Facebook, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column, or Emil Protalinski's Friending Facebook column.

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  • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

    Well what difference does it make if they tell us. They still have to give it to them from a subpoena anyway? What do you want them to do. Get consensus from 500 million users first? Its kind of common sense. This is not a controvertible or foul up on Facebooks part but a foul up on the writers part. Besides Facebook has a much larger problem with spams / scams and viruses. Besides if your a legitimate user on facebook then what the hell you scared of if the police search facebook. If your legit then your profile will get passed by. I'm no Facebook superfan but you don't win any pissing contests with misinformation.
    MisstreeGB
    • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

      @MisstreeGB Then why not just let them take everyone's DNA and fingerprints while they're at it. If you're a law abiding citizen then what's the problem there?
      America. The land of the free to have your rights trampled on.
      SoreHead
    • YOU + ARE = YOU'RE

      @MisstreeGB<br>"Besides if your a legitimate user on facebook"<br><br>If your WHAT is a legitimate user?<br><br>That's even worse than the glaring error in this story's headline.
      dgurney
      • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

        @dgurney "GOTTA LUV IT"!!! HILARIOUS!!!
        DollBadBaby
  • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

    They'll do it on request ... that is, without a subpoena. The issue is of privacy, not wrongdoing. Government is supposed to abide by rule of law (getting subpoenas and writs before putting a person under investigation or accessing records). They don't because no one holds them accountable to it, and they've reinforced that de facto surrendering of rights with the Patriot Act and subsequent issues. It's like copyright: if you don't challenge a violation, you have no claim to the right.
    scirath
    • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

      @scirath Its right in Facebooks TOS that they will cooperate with requests though so you are forewarned. Your right to privacy from law enforcement and others ends right there. If you don't agree with their TOS then you are not supposed to make a profile on Facebook. You only have to worry about privacy in my opinion if your doing wrong (bullying stalking child porn fraud etc) if your not doing any wrong then you obviously have nothing to worry about.
      MisstreeGB
      • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

        @MisstreeGB We're supposed to be the ultimate watchdogs of government. If we fail in that, well ... there's a reason people are concerned.<br><br>You may wish to read the article mentioned, BTW. It's long (92 pages), but it does give a clearer indication as to what the blog is specifically commenting on.<br><br><a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1782267" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1782267</a>
        scirath
      • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

        @MisstreeGB Awesome kilts, BTW.
        scirath
  • RE: Facebook's greatest controversies and biggest foul-up's

    If you don't want facebook to give away your data, then don't give it to them. That TOS is enough to ensure I'll never post anything of any significance. Especially troubling is the line that says "This may include sharing information with other companies...". Companies? forget it!!
    dkerber@...