p2pnet view P2P | Advertising:- Young Mark Zuckergerg (right) has for years defiantly ignored protests, demands from governments and confrontations with angry users over his ongoing privacy violations.
But those days are numbered, he promises.
His social advertising site Fa$ebook will be turning over a new leaf —-
—- “as soon as possible”.
Facebook is “engaging, enjoyable and quite frankly, addictive”, said p2pnet recently, quoting a new site. “But it isn’t praising Fa$ebook”, we went on. “Rather, We’re Quitting Facebook is condemning it.”
The way to quit Facebook “is not to start a group on Facebook about leaving Facebook”, it says. So it’s designated May 31 as Quit Facebook Day.
Now, “Simply put, many of you thought our controls were too complex”, Zuckerberg says disingenuously in the Washington Post. “Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls; but that may not have been what many of you wanted. We just missed the mark.”
Robert Scoble also blogs a weekend email from Zuckerberg in which Zuckerberg says “we’ve made a bunch of mistakes”.
This is more than a little reminiscent of apologies from another online advertising giant, Google, following the discovery its Street View vehicles have been “improperly” (illegally?) scooping up WiFi data.
It was all just a big mistake, says Google boss Eric Schmidt. No harm done.
But it’s being sued by Vicki Van Valin and Neil Mertz as part of a class action which states “their privacy was violated by Street View vehicles picking up data from open wireless internet connections used at home”, said TechEye, noting, ” They also want a court to prevent Google from destroying the data that’s been collected.”
This echoes an identical demand from Privacy International.
But Google and Fa$ebook both employ highly paid teams of strategists, engineers, software developers and spin doctors keep their images clean and pure, and it’s stretching credulity too far to have us believe either of them can “accidentally” make these kinds of mistakes.
Meanwhile, “In the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use”, says Zuckerberg in the Washington Post.
“We will also give you an easy way to turn off all third-party services. We are working hard to make these changes available as soon as possible.”
No need to stay tuned.
DeepLinks – Facebook Violates Privacy Promises, Leaks User Info to Advertisers, May 21, 2010
p2pnet – May 31: International Quit Facebook Day, May 19, 2010
Washington Post – From Facebook, answering privacy concerns with new settings, May 24, 2010
blogs a weekend email – When do you throw a CEO’s privacy under the bus?, May 23, 2010
TechEye – Google sued over snaffled Street View data, May 19, 2010
echoes an identical demand – Don’t destroy WiFi data, PI warns Google, May 18, 2010
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