Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

from the there's-a-difference dept

The question in the title is one that I actually think is worth discussing, because seeing the reactions to both Mark Zuckerberg's announced plans for greater privacy in Facebook's messaging tools, and to Elizabeth Warren's not very well thought out plan to break up Facebook, it seems quite clear that some people just want the company dead at any cost. Indeed, I've seen a lot of people pointing to this AP article, derisively, about how Facebook's plans for more privacy are all a misleading game because the the company might profit from it.

As if that's a bad thing.

For years, we kept getting told that the reason big companies like Facebook and Google didn't treat user privacy very carefully was because there was profit in scooping up all our data, and that there were no profits in privacy. This was seen as a problem. Yet, now that Facebook is exploring ways to provide more privacy and snoop less, some are still complaining that it might profit from it? Shouldn't we want to see business models that align with protecting user privacy? Shouldn't we want companies to realize that protecting user privacy both can and should be profitable as well? Won't that encourage companies to move away from data surveillance business models into ones that are more respectful to end users?

That's why I highlighted the positive concepts in Zuckerberg's post. Because I think it's good to encourage companies to go in the right direction.

But many people, clearly, do not agree. And, as far as I can tell, the thinking is that they don't care about a better Facebook or a Facebook that protects privacy. All they want is a damaged or (even better) a dead Facebook. And, frankly, that kind of thinking makes no sense to me. Look, I'm all for something better coming along and killing off Facebook that way. I'm all for creative destruction -- especially the kind that destroys big stodgy businesses by giving their customers a much, much better experience. But, focusing just on killing off Facebook for no reason other than "company bad" doesn't make much sense. Like it or not, billions of people use Facebook.

And most people can agree that Facebook has a history of fairly egregious behavior at times, but slamming the company for finally doing something positive, doesn't seem particularly productive. It doesn't encourage other companies to do the right thing either. Sure, it makes sense if your goal is just a "dead Facebook," but arguing for a "dead Facebook" for no other reason than you just don't like Facebook is irrational. I want to see more competition in the marketplace, and I'd love to see Facebook not be as dominant. But I'd also greatly prefer a Facebook that is a good actor, rather than a bad one.

Filed Under: antitrust, big tech, consumers, elizabeth warren, mark zuckerberg, privacy
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  1. icon
    hij (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 8:22am

    I just want to be left alone

    Personally, I just want to be left alone by Facebook. There is no opt out, and I have to go in to each of my browsers and manually block their sites from running javascript. I also have to figure out which sites they are using since they use multiple sites such as facebook.com, fb.com, and whatever else. I have no idea how other sites share my information with them.

    Unfortunately, the nature of the web makes it extremely difficult for them to ignore me and for me to ignore any company worming their way into a large percentage of the pages on the intertubz. The company is too big and making too much money from information so it is extremely difficult to get away from them. At the same time I recognize many others do the same thing but just happen to have a little less reach.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:05am

    And, frankly, that kind of thinking makes no sense to me.

    It makes sense if you don't start from the perspective of assuming that Facebook, with its long track record of outright contempt towards privacy, is sincere in their claims that they care about privacy now.

    Like it or not, billions of people use Facebook.

    Billions of people also used leaded gasoline. That doesn't mean that doing away with it wasn't a very good thing.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:21am

    dead, i hope! and f**kerburg shit be put down with it! thieving bastard!!

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:25am

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    Yes but we did away with leaded gasoline by making a version of gasoline that was unleaded and then incentivizing it's use. What is the unleaded gasoline to Facebook's leaded gasoline?

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:31am

    Speaking as someone who abstains from Facebook due to its numerous problems, and as a result has been excluded from a growing portion of the social community: I vote dead. It is irredeemable at this point.

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    PaulT (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:34am

    Re:

    The question is what do you replace it with. Just killing it and seeing what fills the remaining void is not a good strategy, and the issue is far more complex than your example.

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    David, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:36am

    "A better Facebook" sounds like "a better brain damage"

    But then I am old.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:40am

    NOTHING to salvage it has to be put down

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    Gary (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:40am

    Useful

    Facebook is pretty useful for me. If it went away, I'd have to jump to G+ or whatever replaced it. Wold be nice if it was't such a kraphole.
    Wouldn't be useful for me if it wasn't so large and connected.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:42am

    Didn't have time to read the article

    I vote for dead

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    Sven Golly, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:45am

    The only good Facebook is a DEAD Facebook.

    That's because of corporate attitude which is NOT going to change. Social media as such is okay because simply The Public wanting to Publish for themselves without corporate control as Section 230 actually authorizes, NOT your view that mere "platforms" can suppress and control all 1st Amendment.

    If an ISP took the power that YOU claim Section 230 authorizes, then mere networks / hosts can TOTALLY control YOUR access to teh internets! An ISP would be able to throttle / remove YOU for apparent piracy and torrenting! Why do you object to that degree of arbitrary control when an ISP but say it's okay for GOOGLE / FACEBOOK? Social media is to be not much more than wires: NEUTRAL CARRIER, not goddam censors, PERIOD.

    Now, your sentence here has unnecessary commas which are Freudian slip:

    But many people, clearly, do not agree.

    The commas imply that those who want Facebook dead see clearly, and you go on to confirm that by next two sentences which state that YOU don't see clearly and don't understand. Freudian, I tells ya.

    Otherwise, this is rather minimal version of your usual trying to gin up some controvery for fanboys, smear opponents as extremists, and shift discussion to new safer topic.

    By the way, nearly all problems with Facebook and every other corporation besides The Rich would be greatly reduced by taxing the hell out of them so that they to struggle for profit and focus on SERVING not RULING. It's the easy, fair, entirely proven by actual practice for 30 years when the country was becoming more fair, mechanical, no-politics way to improve society. As me, Bernie Sander, AOC, Bill Gates a bit, and others advocate. -- And everyone here should support it because you aren't Rich, and never will be while let Born Rich rule like royalty.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:47am

    I simply want a dead facebook. Everybody knows that facebook is just a platform for selling our privacy data and they've grown wealthy of our information. Companies should not be able to profit off our data and it should be a federal offense to sell any users' data without their expressed permission.

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    Glen, 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:51am

    There is a lot of vitriol at Facebook and justifiably so. Here is the pushback. A lot of extended families do use it to stay connected and plan reunions. Classmates connect and keep in touch. How you find a suitable replacement to scale is going to be challenging to say the least.

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    jupiterkansas (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:53am

    Re: Useful

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    Bruce C., 13 Mar 2019 @ 9:54am

    Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    There you go perpetuating a false dichotomy again. A better Facebook isn't necessarily a dead Facebook, but a dead Facebook is most certainly a better Facebook.

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    Gary (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:14am

    Re: Re: Useful

    I'd perk up real quick of Facebook died, I imagine.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:16am

    I want old facebook. The one were I liked a page and got the updates I wanted in chronological order. I want my newsfeed to show want I want, and not what it thinks I want. I don't want to be notfied that some friend of a friend posted to a friends timeline. If a friend or a site I follow makes a post I want to see it. It used to work that way.

    I think it is too rotten to save now.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:19am

    Re: I just want to be left alone

    There is an opt-opt: the do-not-track standard. All the major tracking companies ignore it because it's so easy that people could actually use it, and then they couldn't make as much money.

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    Dank710 (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:21am

    Most of you have only YOURSELF to blame

    Just an FYI when you use a free service you can't expect privacy. How is that so hard to understand? I was around before Facebook exisited and we only had myspace. People my age realized back then giving all of this information on a public site was STUPID if you value your privacy. But most ppl on FB just want attention from strangers so they post lots of personal shit.

    Stop posting your personal shit on PUBLIC spaces. You want privacy use a PRIVATE site.

    Quit being such children and wanting FB dead.

    You brought this on yourselves.

    Ending FB will only make things worse.

    Some of you are so clueless it hurts

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    bhull242 (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:21am

    Re:

    Sure, but few, if any, companies that sold leaded gasoline went out of business when lead was banned; they switched to unleaded gasoline and did just fine. I think your analogy is useful, but not in the way you think it is.

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    bhull242 (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re: I just want to be left alone

    I love the Opt-Opt fruit. It’s (not) delicious!

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    James Burkhardt (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:23am

    Re: Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    Funny, but No. Within the constraints of the dichotomy, "a better Facebook" is clearly intended to be an operational one. A dead Facebook is certainly not better for those who find Facebook useful. It is better on privacy, in theory, but so would any company. But there is also no guarantee the next Facebook will actually be better on those issues.

    So the question, do people want Facebook to improve while continuing to operate, or just die is not a false dichotomy.

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    bhull242 (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:26am

    Re: Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    Perhaps, but that’s not the point. The question is whether your goal is for Facebook to improve, regardless of whether or not it dies in the process, or for Facebook to die, regardless of whether Facebook improves or not.

    Basically, which is the higher priority?

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    That Other Guy (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:38am

    Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    Some would say the only good Facebook is a dead Facebook.

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    bhull242 (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:43am

    Re: The only good Facebook is a DEAD Facebook.

    I don’t have time to point out all the problems with that, but first, I’ll say that the commas don’t do what you think they do. That “clearly” obviously is referring to the conclusion that there exist many people who disagree with Mike on this particular topic. How you see it as implying that those who disagree are “seeing clearly” is beyond me.

    You also completely misunderstand Mike’s point on the CDA §230, which specifically allows sites like Facebook and ISPs to regulate or fail to regulate content submitted by end users as they wish without fear of lawsuits (excluding copyright for some reason). Mike hasn’t distinguished them with regards to that particular law. The difference is that there are ways to get your content online or to search the web other than through Facebook or Google, while most people have one, maybe two, broadband companies that can provide internet access to them. Also, Google and Facebook are free for the user, but internet access is not.

    I’m not saying Google and Facebook are perfect or shouldn’t be regulated. Far from it. However, it’s also important not to overregulate, and to realize that broadband companies deserve attention, too.

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    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:50am

    For years, we kept getting told that the reason big companies like Facebook and Google didn't treat user privacy very carefully was because there was profit in scooping up all our data, and that there were no profits in privacy. This was seen as a problem. Yet, now that Facebook is exploring ways to provide more privacy and snoop less, some are still complaining that it might profit from it? Shouldn't we want to see business models that align with protecting user privacy? Shouldn't we want companies to realize that protecting user privacy both can and should be profitable as well? Won't that encourage companies to move away from data surveillance business models into ones that are more respectful to end users?

    That's why I highlighted the positive concepts in Zuckerberg's post. Because I think it's good to encourage companies to go in the right direction.

    That strikes me as a lot like praising Lucy for swearing she's definitely not going to pull the football away this time.

    Actions speak louder than words. Zuckerberg, Sandberg, and the rest of Facebook's management have given me no reason to believe they are sincere in wanting to protect user privacy.

    You can argue that what they're saying right now about pivoting toward a more privacy-friendly model is praiseworthy, but I think that's setting the bar pretty damn low. I'll acknowledge that it's a step in the right direction -- but it's a very, very small one. I'm more inclined to hold my praise until after they actually make good on their word.

    To answer the question of whether I want a better Facebook or a dead Facebook: my vote is "dead" -- at least as dead as MySpace or AOL -- because I do not believe it is reasonable to expect a better Facebook as long as the current leadership continues to run the company.

    If it turns out I'm wrong and they really are sincere this time, great. But I'm not gonna be the one who tries to kick that damn football.

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    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 10:52am

    Re: Re:

    Ah, but I think the key phrase here is "lead was banned".

    We didn't trust the big oil companies to voluntarily stop using leaded gasoline. We imposed a federal ban on using it.

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    bobob, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:13am

    I guess the question of better versus dead comes down to what the point of facebook is. While many people see it as a way of connecting with other people who are not geographically close, I'd argue that it provides a means of disconnecting from people who are immediately around you in favor of mindless chit chat. There are plenty of other ways to connect with people with real shared interests. I can't imagine why I'd want to use facebook but, if other people want to use facebook, that's what they should do.

    Better, dead or worse makes little difference to me so long as they are legally restrained to be kept out of the lives and data of people who choose to not be on facebook.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:18am

    Re:

    That's the irrational position Mike described. Wanting it dead just because you don't like it is completely irrational. Imagine your own business getting closed down just because some in the community don't like you. If we allow Facebook, dumpster fire that they are, to be destroyed just because some large number of people don't like them or what they do we're setting a terrible precedent with a dismal future.

    Now if FB is breaking laws, not paying their taxes, discriminating in their hiring practices, etc, etc, then yeah, go after them. If you can get them shut down for legal reasons then great, the world is better off. But "neener, neener" is a shit terrible excuse to damage a company, any company.

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    James Burkhardt (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:20am

    Re: Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    And in that case what they really want is a dead facebook, not a better [but still operational] facebook.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re:

    As OP clearly described, it's not purely based on dislike. It's based on the problems that Facebook has caused (social exclusion) through their user-hostile activities. That seems perfectly rational to me. Yes, we shouldn't be arbitrarily closing companies just because people don't like them, but that's not what the OP said. The article asked: Do people want it better or do people want it dead? OP answered: dead. Reasonable question, reasonable answer. Irrational would be to answer: I want it purple.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:28am

    The framework for Facebook is fine with exception to control over data. Advertisers, Corporations, Law Enforcement, and Political Campaigns have misused the data. It's too tempting for concentrated power to restrain themselves.

    Put control over data into the hands of the individual that data belongs to.

    I believe this view is aligned with Western legal/philosophical views on human rights. Aligns with amendments encoded in the American constitution.

    This may not always be practical from a legislative standpoint. I think we can do it from a technical standpoint.

    Promote culture of returning to do-it-yourself hobbyist behavior of early internet. Cut the cloud. Drop file storage in the garage. We've got great NAS offerings out there making life easy to set up and bring online with some basic apps easy to access and set-up.

    Add social network as an app on the device with ability to share access with friends and family. Simple photo sharing and and timeline, potential add-ons functionality. None of the facial recognition and ML layers tacked on. Ability to create decentralized groups to subscribe to.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:29am

    Re:

    Would be easy to migrate family to such a framework. With friends what I find is they generally want convenience of sharing information without the centralized company tracking it. Control over who sees what that conflicts with the for-profit models out there. Take the profit out of it and have a little less streamlined product.

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    PaulT (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:32am

    Re: The only good Facebook is a DEAD Facebook.

    You're desperate today. The Manafort sentence stung that much, huh?

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:35am

    Re:

    Mike, please take note. I'm agreeing with Thad here, and I never agree with Thad.

    That's how serious this is.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:41am

    is there something colder than dead?

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:44am

    Re: Re:

    That's how serious this is.

    You might be overestimating how seriously people take you.

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    TFG, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:44am

    I have removed myself from Facebook as much as possible. I went through the process of deleting my profile entirely from their system, and I've set up browser extensions to block their trackers. I can't do anything about the shadow profile thing, but I can keep them out of my business, and keep them from delivering anything to me.

    The only reason I still had a Facebook was to connect with my parents, who were until recently across an ocean from me. My parents still use it to connect with certain people. In its core functionality, on which everything else is bolted, Facebook still serves a purpose of connecting people to each other.

    As much as I dislike it, I don't advocate for removing the ease of connection that Facebook provides people. I understand why the average person uses it, and why they would want to use it. It's a lot easier to find an old connection on Facebook than it is outside of Facebook, and those interactions are, for many, desirable. I personally don't care for them, but that's me.

    Since it provides an actual service that is desirable to a significant number of people, I don't advocate for Death at All Costs. It has serious problems that need fixing, but there's no simple answer. Kill Facebook, and you have a massive gap in the market that will be filled one way or another - and everybody who used Facebook will be forced to make all those connections again.

    I'd prefer a better Facebook. I don't know how that can be done, but that's what I'd prefer.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:48am

    Dead here please.

    My reasoning isn't "[ughhhh] company bad" as you snidely say.

    If you don't know why people hate it, and don't believe it is redeemable, then it's because you don't want to know.

    I understand why it is useful and valuable. But the price of that utility is way too high. I am not willing to keep waiting for a “fix” that no one involved has an incentive to introduce.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re:

    Imagine your own business getting closed down just because some in the community don't like you.

    ...or because you had spent over a decade engaging in abusive practices which rightfully earned you the hate of those people.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:52am

    Mike,

    How much Facebook stock do you hold?

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:56am

    And most people can agree that Facebook has a history of fairly egregious behavior at times, but slamming the company for finally doing something positive, doesn't seem particularly productive

    They haven't done anything positive, though. They simply put out a bullshit press release to give people like yourself an excuse to make the claim that they've done something positive.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 11:59am

    Even if you loathe Facebook, it really feels like people have lost some perspective here.

    If I could snap my fingers and make any corporation on earth disappear, Facebook wouldn't even make the top 10.

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    Atkray (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:02pm

    Re: Lead

    Lead was originally added to gasoline as a lubricant for internal combustion engines.

    The introduction of catalytic converters in the 70's to reduce emissions demonstrated that lead would render a catalytic converter useless rather quickly.

    The motor vehicle manufacturers mandated the of use unleaded fuel to protect the catalytic converter and the EPA got involved in enforcing that.

    Clearly we need to get the EPA involved with Facebook.

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    Bamboo Harvester (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Re: Lead

    "Lead was originally added to gasoline as a lubricant for internal combustion engines"

    That was a side effect. It was added as an anti-knock agent originally.

    "Regular or Ethyl?"

    Biggest problem isn't with the tetraethyllead itself, but after combustion it releases water-soluble lead compounds.

    You can still get "regular" with or without lead, it's used as racing fuel.

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    David, 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:18pm

    Re:

    Actions speak louder than words. Zuckerberg, Sandberg, and the rest of Facebook's management have given me no reason to believe they are sincere in wanting to protect user privacy.

    I don't get what the rubbish about "protecting user privacy" is supposed to signify to users. It's like the fox assuring that guarding the hen house is a high priority for him.

    As long as the only commodity Facebook actually sells for money is the privacy of users, they are going to guard their users' privacy from their competitors only, but certainly not from their customers. Of course they want to keep selling the privacy, so they'll make sure that even their customers' access to user privacy is metered.

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    Bamboo Harvester (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:18pm

    Then there's the other problem with FB...

    Whenever someone starts in with the MAGA idiocy, I point to facebook as why that's impossible.

    Read any ten user pages at random. You'll be amazed that seven of them are bright enough to come in out of the rain.

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    James Burkhardt (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:24pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    We banned it, but preceded the ban with a phase out. Leaded and unleaded gasoline were sold at the same time, and the phase out of lead took 20 years. It wasn't until 1996 that the full ban went into place, though at that point leaded gasoline only accounted for 0.6% of sales, and lead formulations had lower concentrations then in the past when the final ban took hold.

    The issue is you associate Facebook with the lead, rather than the bad practices. The sale of lead was the bad practice. Facebook has value to me, and I trade off levels of privacy for that value.

    Mike's point, in my mind, is that people have claimed that they dislike the business practices, and then go so far as to say the concept of Facebook making money is the problem. That making money by changing business practices (and it wouldn't be the first time) doesn't matter. They don't dislike the business practices, they dislike the business. The argumentation becomes worthless, because any effort to argue how to reign in Facebook wont be enough, unless Facebook is closed. Any attempt to discuss the merits of the Facebook proposal is worthless, because the entire idea is tainted forever by association with Facebook.

    You can hold that Facebook is bad and corrupt in its current form, and still argue that the ideas it is ostensibly arguing for are good ones. You can then also simultaneously argue that Facebook can't be trusted. But mike seemed to be noting that people are attacking the ideas in its statement are bad because facebook expresses them, and that's a logical fallacy.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Re:

    No, it was years and years of fighting and denial before anyone even took lead seriously. Then things started crawling forward with the petroleum and auto industries to get away from leaded gasoline. And it still wasn't a good deal because there are so many other things with fossil fuel-powered internal combustion engines that lead almost seems funny.

    So find a Facebook or similar engineer 20 years from now to spend half their adult life being mocked while trying to convince the IT sector and Congress that someone should put a stop to one small piece of the industry's bullshit.

    That's your leaded gasoline.

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    Alphonse Tomato, 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:27pm

    I dunno. Facebook seems like it would be useful if it was trustworthy. But the present operation and history is the very opposite of that. Does a leopard change its spots?

    I'd be all in favor, IF they were required to have a signed (on paper, in ink) permission (not a four-word line embedded in 19 pages of clickthrough lawyerese) in order to track me. Or even mandatory corporate dissolution upon evidence of any abuse of trust. Otherwise, I'd be happy to pee on their grave.

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    Bruce C., 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:41pm

    Re: Re: Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    Well, my point was that a world without Facebook in its current form of a privacy-ignoring data singularity is an improvement over the current situation, even for the people who currently use Facebook despite the fire risk. But you're right that isn't a better "Facebook", it's a better "world". I'm pretty confident that if Facebook goes under or gets broken up because of their disregard for privacy, any successor would be under enough scrutiny that it would be better-behaved in the short to medium term. After that, who knows. There are plenty of other companies besides Facebook that slither back to their past misbehavior patterns after the furor has died down (hello Wells Fargo).

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  52. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:44pm

    Re: Re: The only good Facebook is a DEAD Facebook.

    I've never once seen someone say "Regulate Facebook/Google but leave ISPs alone", but I do constantly see people saying "Leave Facebook/Google alone and go after the ISPs instead".

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  53. identicon
    Bruce C., 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Most of you have only YOURSELF to blame

    not exactly...If a service is "free" that just means you're paying for it in other ways, but the other form of payment doesn't necessarily have to be in a loss of privacy. A useful, but limited service that serves as a loss-leader for a service that has a monthly fee is one example (think cloud storage). Loss of privacy does seem go hand-in-hand with advertising-based business models, though. Efficient targeting of the ads requires efficient data collection about any potential consumers.

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  54. icon
    UniKyrn (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 12:55pm

    I have never used Facebook because I never trusted it and I see no reason to do so no matter how many changes they make. The basic mindset and business model is still there, "Add more people, sell the data we collect about them."

    They finally got so blatant about it that people rebelled, so they are making a few cosmetic changes, but who trusts that a year from now they aren't right back selling our data, they've just gotten more sneaky about it?

    We are the product being sold, pick a company, it doesn't have to be Facebook. Until it's impossible to make us the product, I don't see this mess getting better.

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  55. icon
    Mason Wheeler (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Mike's point, in my mind, is that people have claimed that they dislike the business practices, and then go so far as to say the concept of Facebook making money is the problem.

    And as far as I can tell, Mike's point is objectively wrong. If you look at the linked article, it doesn't actually say that. Sure, the word "profit" is in the headline, but the objections people are raising in the article actually are most of the same stuff that people here are pointing out: that Facebook simply can't be trusted.

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  56. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Re:

    I think we agree rather more often than you think (maybe half the time?); you just tend to dismiss me out of hand because the times we do disagree, you take it personally.

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  57. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:27pm

    Re:

    Well hello, fallacy of relative privation.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  58. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Mike's point, in my mind, is that people have claimed that they dislike the business practices, and then go so far as to say the concept of Facebook making money is the problem. That making money by changing business practices (and it wouldn't be the first time) doesn't matter. They don't dislike the business practices, they dislike the business. The argumentation becomes worthless, because any effort to argue how to reign in Facebook wont be enough, unless Facebook is closed. Any attempt to discuss the merits of the Facebook proposal is worthless, because the entire idea is tainted forever by association with Facebook.

    But who is claiming that?

    This appears to be the relevant quote from the linked article:

    The merged messaging services should generate new profits from the metadata they collect, including information on who you message, when you do it, from where and for how long, said Frederike Kaltheuner of the advocacy group Privacy International. That is the information that users leave behind when they message each other or conduct retail, travel or financial business, she added.

    The objection there isn't that Facebook is profiting. It's that, even under its latest proposal, it's profiting from selling user data.

    It's difficult to accept a company's word when it says it's taking user privacy seriously while continuing to profit from selling user data.

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  59. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:44pm

    Re:

    Even if they didn't sell data, or opaque targeted access to white supremacists etc, the Patriot Act still exists. Government holding this data is arguable more dangerous.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  60. identicon
    CyberKender, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:46pm

    Do I want a better Facebook?

    Yes.

    Do I believe "Yet, now that Facebook is exploring ways to provide more privacy and snoop less, some are still complaining that it might profit from it?"

    Hell no.
    Any Capitalist company will only self-regulate in as much as it continues to profit itself. These companies will only consider user privacy the primary issue when forced to from an outside agency. Otherwise, I will only expect such statements to carry about the same weight as when the NSA claimed they only spy on targeted, foreign communications...

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  61. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:50pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Were those practices against the law? Is the FBI, FCC, FTC, Fanything going after you for them based on the breakage of laws?

    If not then the market does the speaking and so far Facebook's market seems to be absolutely in love with the product. That the majority here would prefer FB shriveled up and sank to the bottom of the ocean is more or less immaterial (though satisfying).

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  62. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:52pm

    Re: I just want to be left alone

    This last ditch effort by fb reminds me of an unfaithful husband trying to save his fucked up marriage by promissing his wife he'll be good this time!

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  63. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook

    Let's be realistic for a moment (just a moment, hang on, it won't hurt that much).

    Facebook isn't going anywhere.

    Politics aside, until FB has broken laws that the gov't can use to take them down they're just going to keep growing and doing what they've always done: Piss all over user privacy and get paid for it.

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  64. identicon
    Devonavar, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:54pm

    Wrong framing

    I don't care whether Facebook is better or dead. I care about decentralizing the internet. A centralized database that contains every person in the world is too great a security risk to exist. The benefits (which exist and are substantial) do not outweigh the costs.

    I'm asserting that, but I think it roughly captures the conclusion that a lot of us have come to. Certainly, it's in tune with Mike's "protocols not platforms" solution.

    I don't see any way of dealing with the problem except legislation and regulation. The technology to build a centralized database exists, as does the business rationale. The only way I can think of to get rid of that degree of centralization is to make it illegal.

    The corollary is that this will almost certainly kill Facebook and likely also Google. Do I want them dead? Not particularly. But I do want their business models heavily regulated and partially outlawed. And I don't care if this kills them in the process. If they adapt, great, they'll be "better". If they don't, death is an acceptable cost of decentralization.

    And, once we've dealt with centralization, we also need to regulate advertising as a business model...

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  65. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:54pm

    Re: Re:

    The VOID is where fb is going, NOT what it is leaving behind!

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  66. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re:

    If they only shared/sold data the users themselves gave them that would be one thing. But FB is expert at following the breadcrumbs and collating data you have no idea you were leaving out there to be collected. They buy databases from 3rd parties and use them to further collate their data. They've ended up with far, far more information about everyone, even non-users, than anyone would have willingly given them. And that's what they sell.

    That is the problem (imo).

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  67. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:58pm

    Re:

    Facebook is a dumpster fire. We [almost] all agree on that point. Its usefulness or hate level isn't material to the breakup of a company.

    On what legal grounds would you see Facebook shut down?

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  68. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: The only good Facebook is a DEAD Facebook.

    Leave Apple(s) alone; regulate Oranges!

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  69. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re: Most of you have only YOURSELF to blame

    Efficient targeting of the ads requires...

    Something much better than existing systems. Even Amazon with a record of online shopping so a bad job with their suggestions.

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  70. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 2:02pm

    Re: Didn't have time to read the article

    I vote for bringing MY SPACE back and keeping the corporations, lawyers and government OUT.

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  71. identicon
    bob, 13 Mar 2019 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Just because its not specifically called out as illegal doesnt mean it is a good or okay thing to do.

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  72. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 3:29pm

    A dead Facebook would be fine with me. First off, the EFF have pointed out that Facebook's new "privacy" plan may not be all it's cooked up to be. I simply don't trust them anymore. The last straw for any rational person should've been Facebook's "Friendly Fraud".

    There's also the fact that Facebook moderators are severely underpaid for all the psychological scarring that it gives them and they start believing in the ludicrous conspiracy theories that they have to look at. If a company has to have workers undergo psychological trauma just to catch and delete some of the nasty content that gets spread on it (since complete content moderation at scale is impossible) in order to maintain a profitable and viable platform, then the validity of that company's business model should be seriously questioned. And if the company can't survive without that business model? Then yeah, it's better off dead.

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  73. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 3:30pm

    Re: Re:

    That feels a bit like Whataboutism.

    We're talking about Facebook. I don't think you'll find many people here are cool with the amount of data the government collects, either.

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  74. icon
    Ninja (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 3:36pm

    Re:

    I'd have to agree with you. While Facebook, Google, Microsoft (just to mention a few tech giants) may have done some pretty bad things I'm fairly sure other companies that take much less heat than they should would make the world better if they vanished today.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  75. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 3:37pm

    Re:

    How much Facebook stock do you hold?

    None.

    Kinda fascinating that you continue to think I only advocate for positions if I benefit monetarily from them.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  76. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 3:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Were those practices against the law? Is the FBI, FCC, FTC, Fanything going after you for them based on the breakage of laws?

    Yes.

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  77. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:18pm

    Re: Re:

    Well the alternative is even worse, so I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  78. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:21pm

    Re: Re:

    Companies like Facebook have been a wet dream come true for intelligence agencies, and they're all happy to share their spoils in exchange for political protection/favors.

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  79. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    They are not separate issues. Part of the problem with Facebook, and the rest of the data harvesters, is that in addition to potentially selling personal data to private actors, governments can also get hold of it. Private companies at least have some limitations via shareholders and consumer trust etc. Government are more problematic. If governments want a list of homosexuals or Jews or dissidents in their population it is likely that there is no better source to infer this from than the data collected by their friends in Big Tech. Maybe they will stop with looking for “terrorists”. Maybe China is just an anomaly. Maybe it cannot happen here... for some reason.

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  80. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Your metaphor, is interesting, if unintentional.

    Rich people still use leaded gasoline to this day, in their (non-turbine) airplanes- that's what the LL stands for in 100LL- 100 octane, low lead.

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  81. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I see what you mean. You're not saying "We should worry about the government instead of private corporations," you're saying "We should worry about data private corporations are gathering because the government has access to it." That's perfectly reasonable; thanks for the clarification.

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  82. identicon
    bob, 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:43pm

    Re: Re: Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?

    Definitely for improvement of FB but hoping the answer is it dies.

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  83. icon
    Thad (profile), 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Quit making vague insinuations. Say what you mean or be quiet.

    I think I've made it clear that I disagree with Mike on this, and I've explained why, in detail. I haven't questioned his ethics or his character, merely his conclusions.

    If you have a point, make it. If you don't, go away.

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  84. identicon
    bob, 13 Mar 2019 @ 4:56pm

    Re:

    I agree. Like techdirt should be prime on that list to disappear.

    All the independent thinking it prompts and promotes is enough to drive even the dumbest person to contemplate.

    /s

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  85. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 5:13pm

    Re: The only good Facebook is a DEAD Facebook.

    If Google were held liable for linking to torrent sites, ISP policy would not matter.

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  86. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 5:14pm

    Re:

    They grew wealthy off UGC, of which our data is a part of that.

    People write, post, interact, and create content for big tech without being compensated.

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  87. identicon
    Rocky, 13 Mar 2019 @ 5:29pm

    Re: Re:

    People write, post, interact, and create content for big tech without being compensated.

    Buy they are compensated. The cost of usage and publishing is set to $0 because the platform they are using defrays the cost of hosting the content by monetizing the metadata plus selling ad-space.

    But you are arguing that it's not enough they host your content without cost - they should even pay you for the privilege.

    If you don't think it's fair that they host your content for $0, you always have the choice to pay for hosting your own content. But I guess that's not even on your agenda - because you can't be arsed to host your own content and want a payday from someone else.

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  88. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 5:47pm

    Re: Re:

    If any conspiracies regarding who "really" funds this site are true, it would seem the site is using us as a free focus group.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  89. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 5:51pm

    Re:

    Most people just hide in plain sight, by being boring.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  90. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 5:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.

    If you're boring, like most people, surveillance is a huge waste of time. Don't they have to give up on surveilling someone if nothing is found initially?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  91. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 6:00pm

    The only GOOD Facebook...

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  92. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 6:01pm

    What if Facebook paid a "privacy dividend" (royalty) to its users, giving them a piece of the action?

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  93. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 6:45pm

    Re: Wrong framing

    Such a database is fine, when properly prepared for.

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  94. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re:

    Well hello, fallacy of relative privation.

    Meh, not really. We're talking about policy priorities, rethinking antitrust/privacy law, etc. - and most people justify their strong "kill Facebook" attitude by emphasizing the damage they see it as doing to the world. A lot of tossing out broad notions in that regard too - "it's like a public utility", "it's simply too big", "it has too much influence over politics". I think any solution that just satiates people's Facebook bloodlust and nothing else is going to be a band-aid at best, and a distraction from more despicable actors at worst.

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  95. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2019 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Have you been hibernating for the past decade?

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  96. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 12:06am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well the alternative is even worse, so I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt.

    The alternative being I take a principled stand on things I believe in, without considering (a) the monetary consequences to myself personally or (b) whether or not everyone who reads my site likes it?

    I'm scratching my head as to how that's "even worse" than your original suggestion that I was misleadingly shilling for a company I owned stock in.

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  97. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 12:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think I've made it clear that I disagree with Mike on this, and I've explained why, in detail. I haven't questioned his ethics or his character, merely his conclusions.

    Yup, and I respect Thad's position and arguments on this as well, and value his contributions to the threads. I'll note, also, that contrary to the claim of many trolls, just because Thad and (many) others have disagreed with me on this topic, their comments aren't hidden. It is not disagreement that seems to lead people to vote down comments, but being an asshole.

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  98. icon
    PaulT (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 4:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Lead

    "That was a side effect. It was added as an anti-knock agent originally."

    Also, fun fact - the man who originally came up with the addition of lead to petrol was also the guy who invented CFCs, and ultimately died due to a device he created to help with a disability he developed later in life. The law of unintended consequences personified.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Midgley_Jr.

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  99. icon
    PaulT (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 4:23am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Just because you don't like it, that doesn't mean there aren't millions who do. They will go somewhere else, and you might like what they choose rather less.

    That's why you have to use sense about these things, not just use emotional responses and pretend everything will be a blissful utopia if only you could get rid of that one thing you don't personally like.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  100. icon
    Zgaidin (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 5:14am

    Re: Then there's the other problem with FB...

    But that's not a Facebook problem. That's an internet problem. One of the great utilities of the internet is how easy it makes it to find other people with similar interests or views, whether that's political views or your shared interest in a specific cult-classic movie, or whatever. All Facebook did was extend that to your offline life. They found a way to compile data and suggest that you might know and want to reconnect/keep in touch with certain people, and with often scary accuracy.

    If FB dies or is killed, that won't kill MAGA idiocy, or the preponderance of idiots in general. They've always been here, and the internet makes it easy for them to find one another and organize. The genie is out of that bottle. FB may monetize their idiocy, but if it was gone tomorrow, they'd just move to Reddit or YouTube or whatever moves in to replace the vacuum left behind by FB.

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  101. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Mar 2019 @ 6:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Useful

    They were content to have it languish in obscurity for once until it also had massive data leaks which went long undiscovered. It was a "holy shit" moment followed by killing it as only a liability. If it was big as Facebook then it wouldn't have made matters better but worse.

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  102. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Mar 2019 @ 6:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I wouldn't label 100LL as a fuel of the 1% -- plenty of it goes to small aircraft used for flight instruction and miscellaneous commercial airwork (such as banner tow, pipeline patrol, and aerial survey). It's also far harder to develop a "drop in" replacement for 100LL, because said replacement has to work in planes that require high octane and/or predate widespread use of unleaded fuels without modifying the plane. (If you have to modify the plane extensively to accept this new unleaded fuel, you might as well toss an aero-diesel or turboprop engine in and run on Jet-A at that point...)

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  103. identicon
    TFG, 14 Mar 2019 @ 6:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The insinuation is that anyone who would legitimately argue for the survival of Facebook without getting a monetary kickback is worse than people who take bribes to do so, because Facebook is just that bad.

    It's another kneejerk emotional response and view made without consideration of the wider picture, predicated on "I dislike Facebook, therefore Facebook is bad, therefore anyone who doesn't agree it is bad and should die is also bad."

    As noted in my other comment, I don't use Facebook, I don't like Facebook, and I've done my best to cut it out of my life entirely ... but I don't think it should die without being given the chance to improve, because it can and still does provide a useful connective service to people who choose to use it.

    Whether it can turn around and improve is an open question, and I personally edge towards pessimistic, but I appreciate people supporting the attempt.

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  104. identicon
    bob, 14 Mar 2019 @ 7:38am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I do wish you would stop trying to troll people on this site. We don't believe you and your arguments suck.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  105. icon
    Thad (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 7:56am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I don't know of anyone who thinks Facebook is the only company that should be broken up or go away.

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  106. icon
    Thad (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 7:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.
    - Anonymous Coward

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  107. icon
    Thad (profile), 14 Mar 2019 @ 7:58am

    Re: Re:

    Checks out.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  108. identicon
    David, 14 Mar 2019 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re:

    On legal grounds that may need creating after thorough analysis of which parts of Facebook's activity are the inherently problematic ones. There is no point in shutting down Facebook if you can just create something equally bad.

    Not every future development of society is anticipated in preexisting laws. Sometimes you have to try capturing the essence of bad new developments well enough that you can create a playing field not accommodating them.

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  109. icon
    cattress (profile), 15 Mar 2019 @ 3:43am

    Please target my ads

    I must be crazy because I prefer ads for things I'm interested in or shopping for as opposed to weight loss and penis enhancement drugs; and I certainly prefer ad based access over user fees. I can't figure out what private data from Facebook am I supposed to be so upset about being profited from or mishandled. Advertise all they want, what are the corporations going to weave subliminal messages into my news feed that make me want to buy a specific crib because I announced my pregnancy? So what. I'm still going to shop around for months until I find the one I like the most, meets my needs and fits my budget. Frankly, I'm far more bothered by 3 credit bureaus that I can't opt out of or select which can collect my information having zero liability in failing to protect my legal identity information that could lead to financial ruin. If you don't like Facebook, don't use it, you have free choice either way.
    Now I do agree with another person who said they like the old Facebook, where my feed was more chronological and less trying to predict what I want to see. And I respect that other people feel the opposite as me regarding their data, but I would like to better understand why.

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