Facebook Changes Privacy Policy, Makes Nearly Everyone Searchable

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machew100

Social Media's not a problem if you're cool about it. By cool I mean limiting your usage, avoiding drama, contacting *real* friends mostly, setting up your privacy settings accordingly, being selective with what you post, and overall using common sense. I've been using FB for years and years and I really can't think of a negative from a "sell my info to 3rd party advertisers" standpoint. I don't receive excessive emails from advertisers or anything, I don't have anything intrusive happen to me, and I overall don't notice jack crap happening as a result of me liking lots of product pages/pages in general.

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bpstone

I stopped using social media for personal use. My family sometimes thinks of me as a loony. "You can make your profile private." Then how did the same data end up on third-party websites if it is private? lol

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OpTicaL

Irony is Zuckerberg bought the surrounding estates for "privacy" while he's doing the exact opposite at his company.

Money corrupts all.

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TheITGuy

Yup. Just like a bunch of owners of people search sites like Spokeo who had their information removed from their databases because they were receiving threats. But it's okay for our information to be there right?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Facebook FTW!!!

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Mikey109105

I'm sorry...did I just read that any average joe (basically even a terrorist) can look me up in a google search, and find where I live, and then all that? How in the fuck is that fair? There are gonna be pretty much millions of pissed off people about this, lol.

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machew100

If you go to your privacy settings on Facebook, there's an option of "Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?" and you can turn it to "Off".

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legionera

Well, you gave your own info, voluntarily, to a company to show your face online. What are you complaining about?

There will be millions of pissed off people but not many will delete their accounts. The world business depends on FB, just like google.

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JCGPZ9

It's sad that an increasing amount of employers are asking you to have some kind of social media account, usually Facebook. Since I refuse to partake in Facebook I think I should just rob banks in the future.

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Upyourbucket

I can't wait until something better replaces Facebook. In the real world people can disagree with something and hold conflicting opinion. Zuckerturd is too much of a poontang to add a dislike button.

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Hey.That_Dude

Hmmmm, good thing I think 90% of social media is for morons.

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machew100

Great news! 90% of assumptions are idiotic too.

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Hey.That_Dude

As are 90% of the people on the planet. What's your point?

Also, assumptions are how you survive without your brain being overwhelmed. Learn then talk.

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Cy-Kill

Well, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is going to go after them again!

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methuselah

Shareholders must have been wanting more ways to generate revenue.

Now, potential advertisers have the ability to search for people and create an "advertising profile" based upon what their facebook looks like.

I hate facebook.

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dgrmouse

They really don't even have to do much searching - people are stupid enough to "like" them.

The upside of the change, I guess, is that it will at least be easier to search for folks impersonating you.

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lordfirefox

I imagine this was ordered by the NSA so they could search it easily.

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Jacobwt226

*Cough*Google+*Cough* there you go...Who need's Facebook anyways?!

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rkeenan

Yeah, I will stick with Twitter. I tried Google + but no one uses it.

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big_montana

Google Plus never was, and will never be, only about competing directly with Facebook. That was everyone else's view of it. Google + has more members than you give it credit for. One community (something FB is incapable of, yes you can"like"a page, but you cannot create a page devoted to that like or create a discussion group or a blog on FB) that I belong to has over 100,000 members.

Google+ has attracted quit a few bloggers, and just as many small business owners to it. Hangouts is another unique major feature that FB cannot compete with, which enables group meetings, discussions, or demonstrations.

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machew100

Now I have no problem with Google+ at all, but let me say that a lot of those users have to be as a result of Google forcing (just about) all YouTube accounts to become a Google+ profile.

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rkeenan

I liked having a non-searchable profile. It was a good way to get rid of ex-girlfriends. Time to finally delete my Facebook account. Facebook cannot just leave privacy alone.

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aundae

I remember hearing the complaints of friends who couldn't find each other on Facebook because they both had their profiles locked down to the point of not being searchable.

Back before you needed a Facebook account to sign into everything, this didn't make any sense. You can't be antisocial and expect to participate in a social network.

Now that you are expected to have a Facebook account for a bunch of other sites, however, it's not a respectable move on Facebook's part to remove this privacy feature -- Why do I have to participate in a social network to log in and play a private game on some other site?

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Jox

"...you are expected to have a Facebook account for a bunch of other sites..."

Precisely why I have 2 Facebook accounts.

-Jox

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jgrimoldy

Though I've refused to participate in the Facebook meme, I realize the practical (nearly) necessity in some situations. Facebook account created, linked to an anonymous Gmail account. No friends, no likes, no wall, no nuthin'.

Yeah, I'll play along, but just barely.

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Bucket_Monster

Well if it's still there for minors, just change your date of birth :P

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Eoraptor

I'd be highly surprised if it made anyone stop. Facebook has done an exemplary job of brainwashing people into willingly selling their souls for likes. So much so that they are even willing to forgo their basic fourth amendment rights to the NSA because they've been fooled into believing privacy is a myth.

What's worse is how many sites are broken because I actively block facebook, a site I do not use or hold a membership to. It's eye opening as to how much of the web they really control. So yeah, I doubt anyone is going to quit over this.

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dgrmouse

Nicely stated.

Good for you in blocking Facebook - it's amazing indeed how many little facebook F graphics and other innocuous-seeming stuff links back to their domains. Facebook can build up a pretty solid profile of a person even without having them visit Facebook directly. Google, with their analytic scripts running on nearly every website, is even worse in this regard.