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Oh Noes! Teh Facebook has my informations!?! - The Devil's Advocate
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Oh Noes! Teh Facebook has my informations!?!
Here's a chart about what all the cool kids are whining about this season: Facebook Privacy.

The chart is elegant and expressive. Not entirely exactly true, of course, but elegant and expressive. It's kinda, sorta true, though, because in small blue letters near the bottom, it does quietly specify "(default settings)"...

Is this really the end of the world? Do we have to idiot-proof everything so hard and deep that there's no human initiative involved in anything? Is "too dumb to be even peripherally aware of anything going on around us" really the threshold we're striving for here?

Yes. The "default" settings of Facebook might allow you to share more information than you want to share. You still have to -input- the information first, and there are readily available options right there to allow you to decide exactly who sees exactly how much of your information... Up to and including big red blinking, glowing, option fucking one: If you don't want people to see it DON'T POST IT ON THE INTERNET!!

If that's just too difficult for you, you may want to freak out in fear, take outrageous precautions, and perhaps sue someone over these other risks:

Humans (default settings) will freeze to death in as little as an inch of snow, or no snow at all. The front door of your house (default settings) will allow anyone off the street to come in and take all your stuff if you pop out for a burger. Your car (default settings) won't go anywhere, and if you turn on the ignition and put it in gear (default settings) it will drive your ass into a tree.

I swear, people... Anybody who thinks they have a valid complaint in "But... I was supposed to read the directions before I posted all my personal information on the internet?? I was supposed to read and understand the legal agreement before I clicked the button that said I read and understand it?" deserves whatever happens to them.

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squidflakes From: squidflakes Date: May 10th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is no privacy on the internet. There never has been, and there probably never* will be. There has only been more or less required effort involved in harvesting personal data.

*never being a long time, I'd love to be proven wrong.
lemonlimer From: lemonlimer Date: May 11th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoa that's freaky, the progression over the years. But I mean, once you've set your privacy, it doesn't just automatically change to default right?
honormac From: honormac Date: May 11th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
No... Every time they've "changed" their default settings for the 'looser', so to speak, they've included a pop-up notification explaining the changes and asking how the end-user wanted to handle the permissions.

If you ever wonder, you can just go to the "Account" pull-down and select "Privacy Settings" and check area by area to make sure you like them. :-)
springjade From: springjade Date: May 12th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
People being freaked out that their face book info might go on the internet annoy me.

EVERY TIME face book has changed their settings, I go and see whats new, and make the needed adjustments to my account.

Complaining about that after they ignore the giant HEY YOU GUYS WERE CHANGING THE SETTINGS! would be like me saying "OMG I posted pictures of me on GGC's forum a few years ago, and those still exist horrible!!"

I knew what would happen as soon as a picture went on the internet, AS SHOULD EVERYONE ON FACEBOOK who loads the party last weekend, or says how much they love lost -_-
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