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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 Hopes Its Antennas Will Force the Internet to Expand

As much grief as I give Facebook for trying to own everyone’s data, they are building critical data infrastructure that no one else seems to have a capital interest in (except maybe Google). As long as the infrastructure stays open, I don’t care who builds it!

Facebook’s open source wireless gear could pressure other companies to move faster to expand the Internet, which is good for everyone.

Source: Facebook Hopes Its Antennas Will Force the Internet to Expand | WIRED

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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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Inside Facebook’s Quest to Be Your Bestie—By Owning Your Memories

Remember: The more your personal life you post to Facebook, the more Facebook now owns your personal life.

What does it mean that Facebook wants to be your friend on Facebook?

Source: Inside Facebook’s Quest to Be Your Bestie—By Owning Your Memories | WIRED

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