zeynep tufekci @zeynep Thinking about our tools, ourselves. @UNCSILS prof + @NYTimes writer. Newsletter: t.co/klJwJ6vkB5 Book: t.co/RmMouki39B Dec. 19, 2018 1 min read

Facebook must have a template by now? “We’re sorry about [scandal_current] and we promise to do better.”

Here's my hot takes, from last spring and this week. Hot take number one from last April: at this point, apologies do not make any sense.  https://www.wired.com/story/why-zuckerberg-15-year-apology-tour-hasnt-fixed-facebook/ 

Hot take from 2014. Facebook's surveillance machine is a bad bargain, and it's a structural problem. It's the business model that's the core problem driving all this surveillance which is then shared or breached or leaked or misused etc.  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/opinion/zeynep-tufekci-mark-zuckerberg-let-me-pay-for-facebook.html 

What should Congress do? I don't mind the testimony ritual. Accountability is important in a democracy. Maybe dragging executives to be grilled, again, is a great idea for raising awareness. But in terms of regulation, the problems are clear.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/opinion/zuckerberg-testify-congress.html 

Finally hot take from this week! Big tech has to change its business model—along with a bunch of other things, for sure. It's neither too late nor impossible. Smart regulation could and should push things along that path.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/opinion/zuckerberg-testify-congress.html 

So, as many suspected, Facebook combined data from wherever it could in order to suggest "people you may know"—also outing psychiatrist's patients to one another etc. What this reporting shows is that Facebook exchanged people's *data* (without informing them) to get that data.

Kudos to @kashhill for the "people you may know" investigation, by the way, and also note Facebook's answer to her when she asked about it. In light of what we now know, it's clear they purposefully evaded her.

ahahaha... Facebook is the world, the world is Facebook. There can be no privacy violation, no data breach, no leaking. Everything is connected. It's all one universe.


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