Yes, I said that – Can you trust Facebook – with a straight face. Let’s do a little proof of concept on the word ‘trust’.
Can you trust Facebook to:
- Steal your data and use it against you? Yes.
- Make buckets of money without caring that is it doing so from your data? Yes
- F’up again as it has done so many times before? Yes
- Send the automaton Zuc to make yet another ‘mea culpa’ (My bad) apology and do it again? Yes
I think you get my drift. GadgetGuy is doing a series on Trust in a digital world (an excellent preliminary read) with specific reference to FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google although we may expand that).
Our first article was “Can you trust Google”, and the short answer is that depending on your definition of trust – you can. But we are still calling for legislation to ensure all big tech can be trusted.
Can you trust Facebook to F’up? Absolutely? Can you trust Facebook with your data? No.
Could Facebook survive with proper global data privacy legislation? No. Have Facebook shares dived off a cliff this week costing Zuckerberg (sorry his PR asks you to call him Zuc – it makes him appear more human) billions of dollars? Yes. Do we care? No.
Nothing personal Zuc – I am sure Motherborg and Skynet love you.
Sam Bocetta, our US correspondent and security expert, has been deep-diving into the murky waters of FAANG and writes.
Can you trust Facebook?
If you apply that word to Facebook’s long list of privacy invasions, sure you can trust it to invade your privacy. Like me and the rapidly growing #Delete Facebook movement we don’t trust Zuc as far as we can kick him.
The long list of Facebook privacy invasions
Facebook might be the worst company in the world. That might sound extreme but hear us out.
There are plenty of companies that collect huge amounts of data on their users, and who do so under ambiguous privacy policies that hide their true activities. Facebook is one of those. But what makes things worse is that the company is aware of its user privacy concerns and is consciously ignoring them.
Let’s take the most egregious (our new favourite word means staggeringly bad; shocking; obviously wrong and wrong beyond any reasonable degree…) example.
Back in May 2019, Facebook reportedly argued that it didn’t violate users’ privacy rights because there’s no expectation of privacy when using social media.
“There is no invasion of privacy at all because there is no privacy,”
Facebook counsel Orin Snyder said during a pretrial hearing to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In short, the company didn’t deny that third parties accessed users’ data, but it said that there was no problem with this because there is no “reasonable expectation of privacy” on Facebook or any other social media site.
This will not be news to many of you Aussies. In recent months GadgetGuy has reported on Facebook arguing with the Australian government about privacy rights, the scandalous fact that every time Facebook gets fined their shares soar, and the calls by the ACCC to rein in FB’s power.