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Facebook’s sinister phase 2: a proposal

Sooner or later, Facebook is going to run out of options for violating its users’ privacy, at which point the only option will be to begin violating the privacy of people who are not signed up for the service.

A good place to start would be with the invitations people send to their friends — I know that Facebook “remembers” those invitations because they constantly send me reminders that some friend has sent one, even years after the fact. Instead of waiting for the person in question to actually sign up, they could create a profile for them and then accept all friend invitations on their behalf. Perhaps they could even invite those friends to fill in profile data.

It’d be a natural next step for them: instead of merely removing people’s control over how their Facebook data is used, this new policy would allow them to remove people’s control over the content of their profile and indeed over whether or not to have a profile at all. It would also be a great money maker, because they could charge a fee to give people control over their auto-generated profiles.


June 2, 2010 - Posted by | innovative technologies that shape our lives


  1. “to remove people’s control over their profile”
    it happened to me and i can’t access my profile for some reason, perhaps i was setting a strict privacy control settings and finally banned self from access to my account
    a good thing, i created it under my alias, so there is no that much privacy violation there
    i used it just like a collection of the links i would like to visit again from time to time and if people would find them interesting it gets like autoshared
    but now that revisiting function is blocked for me, i hate that

    Comment by read | June 2, 2010

  2. Adam, you are in serious danger of predicting the future by making spot on satirical observations :-(

    Comment by Guido Nius | June 2, 2010

  3. Well, if you change the word “violate” to “monetize,” it stops being satire and becomes a business model. And then you can change it back to “violate” and it becomes satire again. Fun for the whole family!

    Comment by zunguzungu | June 2, 2010

  4. Read, your FB profile isn’t your real name?

    Wheels within wheels.

    Comment by k-sky | June 3, 2010

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