Sunday, June 30, 2019

When Is Enough...

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
 - Mahatma Gandhi

I found this article a few months ago, but I didn't write anything about it then. I'm writing about it now.
2009 October: Facebook shifts user timelines away from simple chronology, introducing an algorithmic News Feed that gives the company influence over what goes viral.

2010: Facebook begins a series of data-sharing partnerships with major companies, including Microsoft and Amazon. They are only revealed eight years later.

2010 October: The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook is allowing apps like FarmVille to collect data regardless of users’ privacy settings.

2011 November: The Federal Trade Commission announces a settlement with Facebook subjecting it to two decades of privacy audits, saying there was reason to believe the company violated federal law and “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private.”

2012 January: In an experiment, Facebook manipulates users’ feeds to influence their emotions. Revealed 29 months later.

2012 September: After a four-year lawsuit, Facebook reaches a $9.5 million class-action settlement for allegedly breaching federal wiretap and video-rental privacy laws by publicly broadcasting users’ purchases and viewing habits onto other users’ News Feeds.

2015 July: According to allegations in a 2018 court filing, a Facebook engineer realizes, but the company does not disclose, that its paid video advertising metrics vastly overstate views...

2015 December: Facebook realizes Cambridge Analytica has data it shouldn’t and asks the firm to delete any trace of it. It takes more than a year to confirm that it does. The public only learns about the breach 27 months later.

2016 November: Zuckerberg says it is a “pretty crazy idea” that fake news on Facebook could have influenced the election outcome in 2016.

2017 April: Facebook publishes a white paper about coordinated misinformation campaigns on its platform...

2017 September: Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, discloses for the first time that Russians purchased ads in an effort to sow discord around the 2016 presidential election;... 

Source: "10 Years of Privacy Violations" by Ali Breland,

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