Mark Zuckerberg is Watching You: Facebook to Create “Mobile Location-Tracking App”

I am very particular about my social media.  I love Twitter and very much dislike Facebook. Twitter is efficient, Facebook is inefficient.  With Twitter you have easy access to serious people talking about serious things.  Facebook is a lot of noise and you have no interest in 99% of it.  It is the junk food of social media.  The best quote I ever heard about the two services that I think is entirely accurate is:

“Facebook is where you lie to your friends and Twitter is where you tell truth to strangers.”

While I do have a personal Facebook profile that I created many years ago, I do not use it.  I have thought about creating a page for my blog because it remains a powerful way to spread information, but I have yet to do so.

Sorry for going off on a tangent, this post was supposed to be about Facebook’s continued violation of user privacy, which appears to be continuing in an unabashed fashion.  From Bloomberg:

Facebook Inc. (FB) is developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users, two people with knowledge of the matter said, bolstering efforts to benefit from growing use of social media on mobile computers.

The app, scheduled for release by mid-March, is designed to help users find nearby friends and would run even when the program isn’t open on a handset, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.

Facebook already records the GPS coordinates of users when they post status updates or photos from their phones, or check in to a venue. With the new app, the company would go a step further by tracking user whereabouts in the “background” of Apple’s mobile operating system, even when other programs are running or the phone isn’t in use, one person said.

While Facebook would probably need to ask permission from users to track their location to be in accordance with Apple’s guidelines for developers, Facebook may have already gotten consent from its users to run such a feature.

I for one don’t “like” this.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

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6 thoughts on “Mark Zuckerberg is Watching You: Facebook to Create “Mobile Location-Tracking App”

  1. A large majority of the free APPS you can load onto tablets and smartphones invade your privacy like never before. You can see in their permissions what they will do when you update or install them. Some of them say they can record or take photos at any time without your permission. All this in an app that is not even supported to have anything to do with recording audio or taking photos. How ridiculous can you get?

    I usually have my camera hole covered with tape. What a pathetic country this is that not only allows this kind of nonsense but encourages and propagates it. The solution is to not load these apps or use these phones. I’m convinced, that in the future, the way to protect yourself is to be totally off the grid from every aspect.

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