Tags: Privacy Concerns

Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Facebook’s Messenger App

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“Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I’ve seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance.”

- Jonathan Zdziarski, expert in iOS related digital forensics and security

Anyone who reads Liberty Blitzkrieg consistently will be aware of my disdain for the company Facebook. There are many reasons for my negative sentiments, but at its core is the company’s complete disrespect toward its own users.

Facebook made major headlines earlier this summer when it was caught in a massive controversy over its decision to intentionally manipulate its users’ feeds in order to affect their emotional state, something I covered in the article: Was the Department of Defense Behind Facebook’s Controversial Manipulation Study? 

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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.

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