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The Facebook 10 Year challenged has been trending this past week with people sharing photos from what they looked like in 2009 and now. We never learn. Facebook has a lot of data on you and regarding this challenge, the giant social network has over 15 billion photos. Photos of you and your tagged friends with location and time data, even those unposted photos which you thought weren’t good enough – Facebook was saving them although it later blamed a bug and said it was going to delete them completely. This thread shade an interesting theory

The #10yearchallenge seemed playful at first with privacy critics claiming Facebook has already done the worst you can imagine. Social networks have been collecting everything they need to know about you from the posts, tweets or pictures you’ve been sharing on their platforms for years and this data set is the one they’re training their neural networks with. Not posting the two photos isn’t going to make a huge difference but that doesn’t mean you have to. Anyway, if participating in that challenge sparks some joy, do it.


Facebook’s business model is primarily based on compiling detailed user profiles that it then segments into custom audiences that advertisers pay to reach

One takeaway is that you need to cautiously approach your interaction with tech bearing in mind the data you generate and how it can be either be used or abused. Respecting your data shouldn’t just be left to tech companies only, you should do it too.


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  • Nine steps for how Facebook should embrace meaningful interac— er, accountability [Read More]
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  • Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts [Read More]
  • Facebook’s new Stories feature for event sharing actually sounds useful [Read More]

Instagram

  • Hacked Instagram Influencers Rely on White-Hat Hackers to Get Their Accounts Back [Read More]
  • Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned [Read More]
  • Instagram product designer creates nostalgic, tech-inspired AR effects for users [Read More]
  • I just deleted my 118,000-follower, verified Instagram account. [Read More]
  • Scammer impersonates Wendi Deng to con $16,000 from Instagram star as string of fresh victims emerges [Read More]

Twitter

  • Twitter’s upcoming conversation interface looks like a colourful mess [Read More]
  • Twitter brings the reverse-chronological feed to Android [Read More]
  • Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants: A Q&A with Twitter’s CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he’d do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists.

#ICYMI

  • CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon’s Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too [Read More]
  • Slack’s new logo ditches the beloved plaid hashtag [Read More]
  • Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to kill off Windows phones

Privacy

  • If the world’s richest man got got like this, no one is safe. Kara Swisher on the National Enquirer, Jeff Bezos’s text messages. and the death of privacy [Read More]
  • How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues [Read More]
  • Tim Cook, in an op-ed, asks Congress to pass privacy legislation and the FTC to create a data-broker clearinghouse so users can track and control their data [Read More]
  • Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo announces it will use Apple Maps to power map and address-related searches, using Apple’s MapKit JS framework [Read More]
  • Max Schrems files GDPR complaints against Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, others for failing to provide required info about data they collect on users [Read More]
  • Pressure mounts on Google, Microsoft, and Amazon’s facial recognition tech [Read More]

Streaming Services

  • The economics of streaming is making songs shorter [Read More]
  • The YouTube app now lets you swipe through videos so you can watch forever [Read More]
  • YouTube is testing new recommendation bubbles that appear under videos [Read More]
  • EU’s copyright reform with “link tax” and “upload filters” suffers a setback as 11 member states vote against the proposal, making adoption in May less likely [Read More]

Interesting Reads

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  • The Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black from H Moser & Cie is high-end horology designed to look like a smart watch on standby. But with no dial and no hands, how does it tell the time? [Read More]
  • Apple Traps Consumers in an App Store War [Read More]
  • The Cab Ride That Nearly Killed Me Changed How I Think About Ride-Hailing Apps [Read More]
  • A story of an online stalker takes a bizarre turn down the deepest of rabbit holes [Read More]
  • 5G: if you build it, we will fill it [Read More]

Distract

  • Remebmber the egg meme that is now the most liked photo on Instagram, well, there’s a second one and it already has a crack

  • What a time to be alive?

  • check out the superhero landing

 

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  1. Humans will always fascinate me at how much sanctimony they have. These stories regarding how Facebook is using photos to train its facial recognition algorithm are cliche. So lets say it will use the photos, how will they be of use in selling ads? Will businesses try to sell you something because you look grown-up? If there is a company that is more interested in facial recognition is google, but nobody seems to care.

    Privacy in the contemporary world is overrated, everything you use has your data. If you don’t want your data gathered, then you can pay for services, or delete your accounts and camp somewhere in a forest or cave. The moment people will stop pirating software and using social media platforms for free, then one can say they are afraid their data will be misused.

    I can confidently say these news may be as a result of other companies interested in gathering such data trying to make it look like Facebook started all this… and unknowing consumers got played like always.

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