Share: Facebook Get’s Called Out Everywhere – Except Here …

June 29, 2010

German, British and Canadian Governments are monitoring Facebook’s assault of the general definition of privacy. Meanwhile the shameless free market fundamentalists who’ve wormed themselves into the American Government, in great numbers, are giving “favors” and trading players…

BERLIN, AP – Facebook still isn’t doing enough to protect users’ data, Germany’s consumer protection minister said Thursday, adding that she plans to give up her account.

The minister, Ilse Aigner, first raised concerns about Facebook two months ago, urging the network to upgrade its privacy settings.

Last week, in response to a backlash among users, Facebook announced that it was simplifying its privacy controls and applying them retroactively, so users can protect the status updates and photos they posted in the past.

Those changes were “a first step in the right direction, but I still have my doubts as to whether these improvements will really bring a true turning point,” Aigner said after meeting Richard Allan, Facebook’s director of European public policy.

Aigner said the meeting “unfortunately confirmed my skepticism.”

She said she plans to leave the network, but will remain in contact with Facebook managers and “will not rest until data protection is improved decisively.”

The changes so far aren’t enough “to protect the privacy of users and to comply with our German law, which has higher standards than elsewhere in the world and America,” Aigner added.

She complained that the network’s data protection system remains too complicated and geared toward opting out of sharing information rather than opting in.

Aigner has also harshly criticized Google Inc. for failing to respect German data protection regulations through its Street View mapping program.


General Fail #4: “Hey! We’re Facebook! We Want More Users Even Though We Aren’t Able To Handle It!”

April 14, 2010

What company asks for more of what it can’t handle? Facebook!

As the years have progressed Facebook has become the next Friendster and MySpace in user inefficiency. I must personally say that I actually had some semblance of hope, even though Facebook decided to open its network to massive growth years back. I had a dream that maybe the company had some sort of real plan to handle the growth with every step of the way. A hundred-million shit-ass bugs later… and I know I was being too idealistic. Here’s the company’s business plan – following in the steps of all the other failures: Step 1 Facebook got greedy Step 666 Facebook is “trying to get smart.”

Oh noe’s is this a complaint due to a server overload?! Or maybe it’s maintenance?

[Dear Facebook]

I’m having connection issues and it’s not on my end. The news feed page just spins and doesn’t load. Then I tried to use the Help section and that just sits too. Eventually I get:

“Safari can’t open the page because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again.”

And this happens on both of my browsers at least once a week for the last couple months. it’s like you are constantly having intermittent outages. Last time I traced it, it was your end. Not sure this time but I’m willing to make a bet.

With that sort of outage record, it’s definitely no maintenance issue. So much for a “visionary, young and hip company” that makes it’s own path. Facebook’s just following in the footsteps of other baby boomer driven failures. Fix your company Mark! Quit trusting the old bastards who think the internet is still a series of tubes.

Privacy Fail: The Gaping Hole

April 5, 2010

In the spirit of privacy issues, Facebook chat is a gaping hole within Facebook’s “secure” network.

[Dear Facebook, Inc.]

Topic: Limited Profile Person Showing Up In My Chat

I have a person in two groups. 1. Limited Profile and 2. High School. This person cannot see my profile the way an unlimited profile group can but they can still chat me even though the “Limited Profile” chat is closed. Is this a glitch that they can see me via another group on the chat panel or not? If not you (Facebook) need to make it so I can hide individuals from chat rather than via whole groups. Groups just organize individuals into mental associations and since Facebook disabled years of associative data in the last year, groups have become very necessary tools of association even more so. This is not cool this person can see me in the chat panel and I don’t want to see them. In the screen shot you can see a person named Kris – this is what I do not want to see at all.

NOTE: The person who submitted this issue has told me it’s been at least 4-months and Facebook has never responded to, or fixed the issue.

Happy Facebooking!