You might want to uninstall the Facebook app: There are reports that Facebook’s iPhone app is infiltrating the address book that comes preinstalled on the iPhone, erasing contacts’ email addresses, and replacing them with their Facebook address (you know, the [name]@facebook.com email address that everyone’s given and nobody uses). This is bad enough, but to make matters worse, the @facebook.com addresses—which are supposed to redirect to users’ Facebook inboxes—apparently aren’t working all that great. The end result is that emails sent by many well-intentioned iPhone users are disappearing into the abyss, irretrievable by their intended recipients. Presumably, affected users are also losing the real email addresses of their friends. This is, to put it lightly, completely inexcusable, and it doesn’t take too much thinking to conjure up many, many disastrous scenarios that could result from a reckless policy like this. source
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Following Path and Twitter, some other big names in mobile applications are coming under fire for scanning and possibly storing address book information from a user’s phone. Those names, as The Daily reports, includes Facebook, Instagram and Angry Birds. [The Daily]
THIS! This is NOT good. I already knew about Facebook. The mobile app would scan you address book, store it at Facebook and market you’re FB account in ads to your contacts if they weren’t already connected. For me, my address book is 70% professional contacts that have no business knowing my personal lint picking evening parties….
Check the link and the apps, make sure you opt out!
The most ridiculous brand of human being, in my opinion, is the one who responds to online privacy concerns with “Everything on Facebook is public. I don’t have anything to hide.” I’m interested in what these people say when they realize that Facebook automatically sends certain purchases to your profile without your permission, and that its cookies track and record every Web site you visit on your browser even when you’re logged out of Facebook. But hey, it’s all public, right?
That’s it. Game over. Just deleted my Facebook account.
Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.
Did you know that Facebook sucks all the contact information for your friends out of your phone, when you sync your contacts with Facebook? Even the ones who aren’t on Facebook?
Did you know that even if you’re not on Facebook, Facebook probably has your e-mail address and phone number via your friends who are on it?
Did you know that this (above) is the default setting? Unless you know enough to tell them not to, the corporate sociopaths at Facebook will “remind” your non-Facebook friends to join Facebook every two weeks.
Did the corporate sociopaths at Facebook tell you any of this? No, the Village Voice did.
Has Facebook ruined social networking?
I sometimes wonder why I’m still on it.
Facebook hasn’t ruined Social Networking - it’s ruined privacy.
I will not put FB on my mobile phone and have come close to canceling my account several times…
This Won’t End Well of the Day: Speaking before parliament, UK PM David Cameron said he has ordered an inquiry into the possibility of banning users from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook if it is determined that they are planning to engage in criminal behavior.
“Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill,” Cameron said. “And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.”
Cameron added that he asked the police “if they need any other new powers.”
Home Secretary Theresa May will hold meetings with representatives from Facebbok, Twitter, and RIM to discuss their role in preventing future riots. “All of them should think about their responsibility and about taking down those images,” Cameron said in reference to Facebook and Twitter posts he believes could incite further unrest.
Apropo that the person in this photo is wearing a Guy Fox mask. F - U Cameron, this is the same thing the oppressive government leaders of Uganda, Egypt, Algeria and Lybia/Gaddafi are doing; now the UK wants to be lumped in with the same lot?
You think this action will stop riots? I’d say quite the contrary, it’ll expedite them and not just from the kids….