Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes makes a heartfelt and cogent argument for breaking up the world’s dominant social media company, Facebook. The litmus test for the US Government has focused too much on impact to consumer pricing, which has little to do with “free” services such as Facebook. It’s time to also consider social and consumer impact.
In other news, a photo storage service has been caught using your images to train facial recognition systems without proper disclosure, Google has unveiled plans to allow users to auto-delete certain sensitive user data after a specified number of months, and Facebook has cranked up the creepy factor by encouraging you to identity up to nine of your friends that you are secretly crushing on.
- New York Times Privacy Project: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/opinion/google-sundar-pichai-privacy.html
- It’s Time to Break Up Facebook: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html
- Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons links & errata: https://github.com/Apress/firewalls-dont-stop-dragons