These are the things I've written that are tagged "facebook"

Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook

11 April 2018

Zeynep Tufekci with some strong medicine, for Wired: In 2003, one year before Facebook was founded, a website called Facemash began nonconsensually scraping pictures of students at Harvard from the school’s intranet and asking users to rate their hotness. Obviously, it caused an outcry. The website’s developer quickly proffered an apology. “I hope you understand, […]

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine

19 March 2018

Zeynep Tufekc, for the New York Times: Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The […]

Facebook Quietly Hid Webpages Bragging of Ability to Influence Elections

14 March 2018

Sam Biddle for The Intercept: When Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder and CEO dismissed the notion that the site even had such power as “crazy.” It was a disingenuous remark. Facebook’s website had an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of […]

Facebook Weirdness

28 August 2012

Today I made a series of seemingly innocuous, though slightly filthy, joke tweets based on a vaginal rejuvenation cream being sold in India. The Facebook thread (I have Twitter set to auto-post to Facebook) for the third tweet now has over 118,000 comments and 5,500 likes, and the comment threat is INSANE. This appears to […]

Kickstarter’s Spam Problem

14 August 2012

Garrett Murray on a troubling trend in Kickstarter projects: At least once a week I receive an unsolicited request to fund a project. These messages are rarely offensive in and of themselves–they’re usually just information about the project and a paragraph or two of generic “please help us out” text–but they’re still spam. They’re usually […]

The Pitfalls of Facebook’s “Social Authentication”

27 January 2011

Dan Wineman shoves a hot poker up the ass of Facebook’s “social authentication”: Captchas don’t verify identity. “Social authentication” challenges based on public information — especially information that the service itself provides, for free, to anyone who asks — don’t do that either. The problem with “social authentication” is that second word, there. Facebook’s calling […]

A Comparative Analysis Of The Differing Approaches Twitter and Facebook Take To “Share” Buttons And What It Might Say, Philosophically Speaking, About Each As A Company

27 October 2010

Visually, the “Share” and “Tweet” buttons are very similar, and are structured identically. On the code-side, however, they are very much the product of two different companies with, I would argue, different outlooks on the web as a whole and HTML specifically. Facebook’s “Share” Button <a name=”fb_share” type=”button_count” share_url=”someurl” href=”http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php”>Share</a><script src=”http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share” type=”text/javascript”></script> There is no […]

“Fear and Loathing in Farmville”

21 March 2010

Soren Johnson’s summary of Social Gaming / Facebook’s presence at SXSW, what it’s doing to the industry, and what it might do to the future of games. Potentially very bad for everyone. My favorite quote is this, which I think sums up my real problem with [those fucks] Zynga: So many of the methods for […]

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