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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Witness » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:52 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:Image
The number of fingers checks out, but I really thought he had more pointy ears. :(




Seen from here, I'm under the impression the Congress critters didn't do their homework and were quite clueless about the Facebook mysteries. :roll:

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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:01 pm

Nyarlathotep wrote:This made me curious so I downloaded my data too. What I find truly scary isn't the stuff I actually told them, or even the stuff that can be easily surmised (i.e. I see that I am targetted for D&D ads. The fact that I am part of 5 or 6 D&D related groups makes it a no brainer that such interests me). What I find truly scary is the stuff that falls into neither of those two categories but that their algorithms figured out about me anyway. I.e I am NOT part of any groups for the TV show Orphan Black nor have I mentioned it much on FB. Yet it has me pegged as a fan.

Some things are wrong. It has me pegged as someone who like First Person Shooter Games and I absolutely despise those. And as a huge fan of Johnny Cash, apparently, not sure why. I think he's okay and there are a couple of his songs I like but he shows up in my "ad topics" list 4 or 5 times. I don't think I ever input my address, or if I did I did it at my old house when I first started FB in 2008 or so. Yet they have a correct and current address for me. But yet, they also have a phone number for me that is at least 7 years out of date. Not so sure I want to correct their error, all things considered.

And I agree with the article's author, that you have no idea who is accessing your data and I am not sure I like that. Also, I am not sure WHY some of these people have accessed my data. They list "Advertisers who uploaded a contact list with your info". Some make sense Amazon, for instance, or any of several game companies. But "Oklahoman's for Energy Options?" WTF, I am not from Oklahoma, why do they need my info? Or the California Republican Pary. I am neither Republican nor (more to the point in this case) from California. What the hell does the "New England Council of Carptenters" want with the info of a computer programmer from Nevada?


Interesting stuff. If anyone has FB, I recommend they do the download.


Maybe some of those things that don't apply to you are because you have a Facebook friend who was targeted?
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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Nyarlathotep » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:21 pm

Makes sense I guess.

Still curious what the Johnny Cash thing is all about. Exactly what did I do to convince some bot that I am a Johnny Cash superfan?
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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Doctor X » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:56 am

Nyarlathotep wrote:Still curious what the Johnny Cash thing is all about. Exactly what did I do to convince some bot that I am a Johnny Cash superfan?

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Postby Nyarlathotep » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:03 am

They never proved that
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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby gnome » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:49 am

You've used that line here before, though. If you've said it on FB a couple of times, maybe that's the Johnny Cash angle?
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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Nyarlathotep » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:59 am

What I THINK it might be is that I do happen to like his renditions of Ghost Riders in the Sky and The Cremation of Sam McGee and am pretty sure I might have posted THOSE on FB a time or two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mynzbmrtp9I

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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Nyarlathotep » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:00 am

Still, liking a couple of his works hardly seems like it would be sufficient to make him pop up four times in the list of things FB thinks I am into.
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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:33 pm

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good
The Register

... When non-Facebook sites add a “Like” button (a social plugin, in Baser's terminology), visitors to those sites are tracked: Facebook gets their IP address, browser and OS fingerprint, and visited site. ...


NoScript + AdBlock + third part cookies disabled does the trick. 8)

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Re: Facebook and all those other bastards (Ecrasez l'infame)

Postby Skeeve » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:18 pm

Hackers advertise stolen card details on Facebook

Criminals are using hundreds of groups on Facebook to advertise stolen credit card details, cyberattacks and logins for hacked Amazon and Netflix accounts.

Brian Krebs, a security researcher, identified nearly 120 groups apparently dedicated to fraud, hacking and money laundering — activities normally associated with the “dark web”. The groups had more than 300,000 members and had been on Facebook for an average of two years, although some had been active for nine years.


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