What's interesting as I see the news about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook's Android App doing exactly what it said it would do (slurp up all of your call information, texts, contacts) is the sudden sense of surprise and anger that's coming out of all of this.
It's not like they didn't tell us they were collecting this information.
"We respect your privacy, so that's why we'll only share your data with companies that pay us for it, unless we're legally restricted from doing so, in which case we'll find a loophole that will let us do it anyway."
The shock and outrage at the fact that Facebook does exactly what they say they do in the Terms and Conditions would be amusing if it were not for the fact that as a species we seem to be ill-equipped to differentiate between reality and manufactured fictions when information is presented to us via a screen, and this inability is being used by a whole class of people (who themselves don't really use social media at all) as a lever to impose their feudal vision of society on the world.
Links of interest in the ongoing saga:
- Will Ferrel and Playboy abandon Facebook. I don't know why I like this article. Maybe because it's comically pointless mashup of things that seem to have an overall theme.
- Back in 2014(!) Huffington Post was right on top of the fact that "Nothing you do on Facebook is private."
- The rise of Ad-Free Subscriptions is definitively going to devalue ad revenue (and the markets for data used to drive digital advertising.