Monday, October 25, 2010

Facebook's privacy settings still allow others to troll for "thou"

There’s more news on Facebook privacy settings, from a UK website called “The Register”, by Dan Goodwin, saying “Facebook pages very much public, even when set as private”, link here. Webroot advised everyone about this through Twitter today.

Essentially, “Facebook profiles that have been designated as private are viewable when browsing a list of friends that includes the profile.” But it’s probably true that in practice a person who sets his settings as private are remain a “low profile.” Technicians said it would not be difficult for Facebook to elaborate its scripts to look for these profiles and not present them.

Facebook is supposed to be able networking rather than publication, but Zuckerberg’s philosophy seems to be that every person is essentially public. In a word of young professionals and artists that may work fine, but may not work for people in sensitive professional or familial situations, as many people of older generations understand.

At a forum Friday night in Washington DC (see my Movies blog Oct. 23) showing two films dealing with “don’t ask don’t tell”, some speakers noted that Facebook is probably one reason why the policy (for gays in the military) is becoming completely obsolete and unenforceable. No one in 1993 understood how the Internet could affect the concept of “private life” and also affect the balance between individualism and the notion of belonging to a family or group. (In comparison to Facebook, Myspace now seems like small potatoes, or pumpkins!)

Picture: Note the street sign (Washington DC).

Update: Oct 26

Ceclia Kang has a brief  "Post Tech" story in The Washington Post "White House forms federal committee on Internet, privacy policy", link here.

1 comment:

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