Is Facebook unethical, clueless or unlucky?

As we've explained, there are serious problems on Facebook, that not even their CEO understands. Beyond their tacit support for Holocaust denial on their platform, the negligence and apathy in which they "address" the wide-ranging problems of antisemitism and jihadist content, there are also serious privacy concerns which should be of interest to all activists who take controversial stands which might put lives at risk.

David Appletree was deactivated from Facebook since he did not agree to provide personal and private information  (a government issued ID) which Facebook was asking from him.  This is not required of all 350 million Facebook members and we believe he was singled out because of his strong pro-Israel, pro-America, anti-Obama stands and because of his work against antisemitism and Islamic terrorism, especially on Facebook.

Because David often pointed out the double standards and hypocrisy which reign supreme at Facebook, they took a special interest in him and constantly tried to hurt his effort.  

Jason Calacanis, the CEO of recently asked "is Facebook unethical, clueless, or unlucky?"

With 350 million members and a net worth of billions of dollars, they certainly are not unlucky. However, for many years now, the JIDF has pointed out hundreds upon hundreds of samples of Facebook being unethical and clueless. Here's more from Calacanis:

In case you missed it, when you logged into Facebook this week you were road blocked with a popup explaining that they “we’re making some changes to give you more control.” Sounds good, and like most users looking to quickly get into a website or application, I simply clicked through the message. How important could it be?

....if you simply click through the windows you’ve exposed all of your private Facebook information, including comments, friends, pictures and status updates, to “everyone.” In other words clicking through changes everything in Facebook terms–unlike every other license or update screen you’ve experienced in your life.

I’m sorry, what the frack just happened? I turned over my friend list, photos and status updates to everyone in the world? Why on earth would anyone do that with their Facebook page?

The entire purpose of Facebook since inception has been to share your information with a small group of people in your private network. Everyone knows that and everyone expects that. In fact, Facebook’s success is largely based on the face that people feel save putting their private information on Facebook.

...why is Facebook trying to trick their users?

Simple: search results.

Facebook is trying to dupe hundreds of millions of users they’ve spent years attracting into exposing their data for Facebook’s personal gain: pageviews. Yes, Facebook is tricking us into exposing all our items so that those personal items get indexed in search engines–including Facebook’s–in order to drive more traffic to Facebook.

...Another problem Facebook is creating with their reckless behavior is that they are simultaneously making users distrust the internet and bringing the attention of regulators.

As an industry we should police ourselves and do everything we can to create trust with users.  Read more here  >>>
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