How Facebook's Dreadfully Executed Smear Campaign Against Google Has Increased Scrutiny Of Facebook's Own Privacy Issues
from the backfiring-in-a-big-way dept
Well, consider that plan a huge failure. While most people analyzing Google's privacy setup with Social Circle say that Facebook's concerns are significantly overstated, the whole fiasco has actually resulted in more people questioning Facebook's methods of handling privacy, and they don't look all that good. In fact, Steven Levy points out that the attack on Google is so misguided, because even if Social Circle ended up being a privacy violation, the real problem would have come from Facebook, rather than Google:
But here's what makes the least sense -- if there were privacy problems about Facebook information in Google Social Circle (which has now been transformed into a different product called Social Search), they may well have been a result of Facebookís own practices.It appears this strategy is backfiring on multiple levels...
Facebook was griping that Google is getting information about its users without permission. But some information that users share with Facebook is available publicly, even to people who arenít their friends in in their social networks Ė or even are members of Facebook. Itís not because outsiders raided the service and exposed that information. Itís because Facebook chose to expose it.