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Facebook is using phone location to suggest new friends

Every selfie you take, every text you make, I’ll be watching you.

This could get creepy fast.

Source: Facebook is using phone location to suggest new friends | Fusion

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Apartment complex demands tenants give Facebook “like” within 5 days

Issuing a retraction in three…two…one….

Tenants are disliking the “Facebook addendum” posted on their doors last week.

Source: Apartment complex demands tenants give Facebook “like” within 5 days | Ars Technica

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Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency 

Another reminder: Facebook is not an open forum. Facebook actively monitors, adjusts, and (possibly) censors your Timeline as they see fit. Your information, likes, wants, and interests are goods to be traded without your benefit. There is a distinction between a social network where the information is disseminated in a bottom-up fashion and a newspaper where information comes from top-down. This distinction can (and does) affect the perception of the network’s users (the “Echo Chamber” effect), so, despite the politics implied, morality and ethicality dictate that Facebook should leave the Timeline meddling to certified Gallifreyans–even when politics are (not) involved.

This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to publicly denounce the political positions of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during the keynote speech of the company’s annual F8 developer conference.

Source: Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency 

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People are reportedly sharing fewer personal updates on Facebook

They’re probably moving away from the behemoth network in an effort to take back their data. Or they’re just conversing in real life again.

Source: People are reportedly sharing fewer personal updates on Facebook | The Verge

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Instagram Hates The Internet

I have long spoken and written about the problems with the “walled garden” approach of social media companies. The danger lies in depending on a single platform that you do not own, and relinquishing ownership of your materials to the platform for the financial gain of its owners. Take control, folks! Own your data! Keep an eye on this space for more projects aimed at democratizing social media. My goal is that, with a minimum of effort and learning, you too can claim your own space much like we had back in the heyday of the personal web site.

This was the business model of Compuserve. And AOL. And then a little thing called The Internet got popular for a minute in the mid 1990s, and that plan suddenly didn’t work out so well for those captains of industry.

Source: jwz: Instagram Hates The Internet

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Facebook is censoring links to competitor social network Tsu and deleting old mentions

The problem, of course, is that Facebook is not only blocking links to that domain, but also links to articles talking about it. You probably can’t even see this post on Facebook.

Source: Facebook is censoring links to competitor social network Tsu and deleting old mentions

Facebook is making more and more money from you. Should you be paid for it?

It’s my data. If it’s so valuable, why am I simply giving it away?

Figures show a 20% increase in the amount of advertising revenue generated by the average Facebook user. Is it time you were remunerated?

Source: Facebook is making more and more money from you. Should you be paid for it? | Technology | The Guardian

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