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How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

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How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17641

Facebook does a lot of creepy things, like recommending that someone befriend their father’s mistress or connecting a couple with their anonymous sperm donor from years before. But how does Facebook tease out such obscure connections? Gizmodo investigated and traced Facebook’s behavior back to what’s known as “shadow contact information” — a secret database that Facebook keeps to track everyone you might know. It collects much of this information from other users who share their address books with Facebook, so if two otherwise unrelated people both have your phone number, the company can then connect them. Alas, there’s nothing you can do about this.

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dianed143@comcast.net
Scary stuff! My fb profile was set up over a year before I started using it. It was a generic name attached to a generic yahoo email.18 months later I changed the name, but still do not use a last name. I also kept the old yahoo account that I log into maybe every 2 years.

I have my profile locked down pretty well, never play games and never do anything that requires looking at my friends list, much less my contacts.

I’ve gotten suggestions of: the daughter of someone I housesit for. The daughter, not the mom that I normally communicate with. I’ve never even used their wifi though I have used FB in their house on LTE.

Another worker at a clients office has come up. Again I figured it was location based but we do communicate by phone and FB does have my phone for notifications.

A customer of mine, no mutual connections but we communicate by phone.

There have been many other obscure connections, but the first one (daughter) is the weirdest one to me.

So when does FB implode and die?

Diane




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Re: TidBITS: How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

Marilyn Matty
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On Nov 20, 2017, at 9:37 AM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

This article was just published by TidBITS and sent to you at your request.

How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17641


Coincidentally there's an Op-Ed in today's New York Times by a former Facebook Operations Manager for its developer privacy platforms that describes how information is shared between Facebook and its vast partner network. Add them together and a creepy situation becomes even more disturbing, especially when children are targeted:


Marilyn



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Re: TidBITS: How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

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On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 7:11 AM, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:

So when does FB implode and die?

Diane

​Gave me a laugh. Thanks. ​

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Re: TidBITS: How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

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On Nov 20, 2017, at 12:13 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:



On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 7:11 AM, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:

So when does FB implode and die?

Diane

​Gave me a laugh. Thanks. ​

You’re very welcome.  :)

I actually wouldn’t mind if it did. One of my biggest annoyances is, well it’s twofold. First, so many email lists and forums have migrated to FB. Depending on how things are setup though, you can’t easily search for something on a page. A group you can, but not a page, or a community or business. Or personal. The one thing it has going for it is how easy it is to share pix.

It’s like they are deliberately trying to suck more of your life away in front of a screen.

Cavet: Yes, I’m on my computer at the moment but doing actual design work for money and not using FB. :)

Diane



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Re: TidBITS: How Facebook Knows More about Your Personal Network than You Do

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On 20 Nov 2017, at 10:24, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I actually wouldn’t mind if it did. One of my biggest annoyances is, well it’s twofold. First, so many email lists and forums have migrated to FB. Depending on how things are setup though, you can’t easily search for something on a page. A group you can, but not a page, or a community or business. Or personal. The one thing it has going for it is how easy it is to share pix.

I simply gave up on Facebook several years ago. Yes, I lost contact with some of my cousins and my terrible aunts, but facebook is simply so terrible and is working so hard to track me and invade my privacy (even as a non-facebook user) that I go to some great lengths to avoid it, even to the extend of adding facebook.com and related domains to dnsmasq with a  redirect to the localhost, so it is not possible for me to load anything from that domain.

ANYTHING that provides only facebook as a login option I delete or close (so, many iOS games who are using Facebook to subvert Apple's privacy rules).

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