Facebook’s ReadWriteWeb Rings Alarm Bells

So Facebook is changing. Wait. They are not changing. They are just doing what they do normally. They just, well overhauling the way the site works.

There are a lot of good things and there are some really bad things. Now I have always treated Facebook with kid gloves and I have never been one to spend too much time crying about privacy on there because I don’t put private stuff on Facebook. But for those who do, it disturbs me a bit.

Now with the new features there comes one called ReadWriteWeb. What it does is that it pretty much tells people what you were doing on the Net. if you visted www.girlsfromasiawholiketoshowtheirvaginastolonelymeninfarawaycountries.com then it will be picked up by Facebook.

It now just feels as if they are turning proper evil and keeping watch on what you are doing on the Internet too closely.

The crap thing is that a lot of what Facebook is doing now is shameless. Tons of stuff has no opt-out so you can’t go ‘dark’ unless you are off it. As far as sharing as concerned, you are not given an option, not to share.

So what I would say is that when you are not actively on Facebook, log out. Big Brother is now stalking you!

If you can help it, get off Facebook!

  • Brad Searle

    ReadWriteWeb is an app. In order to use the application, you have to actively give it permission to push stories to your feed. It is only while using the application that it will push stories to your feed. It is only actions that you perform within the app that are pushed to your feed. E.g. If you approve the ReadWriteWeb app for Three Men In a Boat (3mob), the app will share your 3mob activities only. Of course, 3mob would first have to create the app and integrate the various actions such as Read and article, Comment on an article and so on.

    Websites can not spy on other websites without your permission, especially one like Facebook which has already had it’s fair share of public embarrassments where privacy is concerned.

    There is a lot of confusion about what Facebook is trying to do and quotes are taken out of context. A website is not able to spy on another without y

    I think there is a lot of confusion and quotes are taken out of context. It is not possible for one website to spy on another without a user actively enabling it. Of course there is always a risk that users do not fully understand what they are allowing, bu

    • Brad Searle

      Ok sorry about the repeated and unfinished text – typing a comment from within the twitter app on an iPad seems to be fraught with difficulty!

    • I get the PR side but that is serious data mining. The fact that readwriteweb is on by default means that they are getting that information without u giving them express permission, what they call frictionless sharing

      • Brad Searle

        No, you have to give them express permission to share your activities in the first instance. The difference is that you don’t then have the option to opt out on an ad hoc basis.

        The only thing you will miss out on by NOT using one of these ReadWriteWeb apps is the ability to share everything you do in that particular app.

        • The new system seems to suggest different. the verb and noun thing is silly.

        • I think the point is more that Facebook is collecting data about sites you visit, independently of Facebook, and even when logged out – and storing that data for … what exactly? I’m not thrilled about the universal share function in readwriteweb, but I will probably deactivate my Facebook account from all of my other social sites. I’m less thrilled about the fact that the Facebook Like button (ubiquitous on all major sites) tracks my online journeys whether I’m logged in or not – not because I’m visiting dodgy sites, but because I’m not a fan of stalkers, online or off. So, yes, you have to give them express permission to share your activities (for now at least), but they are logging information about us without our permission and, in most cases, without our knowledge.

          • Then my next question is who are they giving it to?

          • Exactly! I’m not completely against being served up more relevant information/ads etc – *ifP I have agreed to that information being collected, but to have it taken without my knowledge is another story.

            Having said that, though, I saw this earlier on thenextweb.com:

            “Facebook has confirmed that the way it collects information from its users may result in the transmission of user data from third-party websites, even when they are logged out, but has asked for users to trust the company and will fix a total of three cookie-related issues within the next 24 hours.”

            I think FB has a long way to go in earning back trust on privacy issues.

          • I don’t trust them… That is a huge gaping hole right there… The sirens are too loud, I mean how did they expect to get away with that? Or are they to simply hide it?