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My wife just read that Facebook is now worth OVER $100 BILLION dollars. That's BILLION with a "B" as Carl Sagan said of the heavens. I find Facebook disgusting - but not because of its "worth". That one jerk has taken society to the cleaners by sucking my grandchildren and my daughters-in-law into his stupid social arena is disgusting. Zuckerberg is a predator, feasting on our children and adults, just as sexual perverts do. We just haven't caught up with the harm he and his brain child has done to our culture.

You state:
"Only pot, selfies and Facebook will abide — and the greatest of these will probably be Facebook."

What a sad and disastrous state for our country. Let's hope the Millenials catch on to Facebook's darker side.

1 2017-06-30 17:36:03 - MARSHALL MORETTA

There will be no boycott of Facebook. The only hope for change is the emergence of a better, ethical social media platform. Problem is, when Facebook senses a threat, it simply buys the company. That's what happened to Instagram.

"Facebook is free, and always will be," the company says. Nothing is free.

4 2016-07-09 05:12:02 - Ronster
While I cheerleader the end of the physical bookstore such as B&N, and advocate for information to be free with the end of pay walls...this is one area - dating that I tend to be rather old fashion. The last thing in the world I want a new prospect to do is check my facebook history - thus I have a separate facebook profile that they get to browse..that is very inactive. Facebook itself I've been phasing out, I no longer add new friends, try to phase people into emailing me over "fbing" me. Google+ I don't mind so much, I like the hangouts which I use for work and school. But other than that, the girl is not getting into the older account via friending. I've used a number of dating sites, free and for pay; haven't really been impressed. I've come to accept that it's not really the way I want to go. Of the number of dates I've been on in the past few years, the best (ones that were most promising) were ones I met at conferences and lectures within the subjects that I study (history/political science.) Typically they don't work out for the same reason the few promising ones I met online haven't worked out...I without trying am a Larry David twin through personality. Something I need to work on...
3 2016-01-09 20:19:09 - DavidLibraryFan
I found the same. I kept hearing of everyone else on Facebook, and all the sign-ins are now saying you can sign in using Facebook, so I finally got on to see what all the fuss was about. I filled out the pages, made my account, and then started looking down the list of possible friends to invite to my site. But all the time I kept wondering if it was what I should be doing.

I stopped for a while, didn't touch Facebook for months, then got back on when a cousin I hadn't seen in a long time sent me a message. We talked back & forth a while, but not on Facebook, by emails. So it helped me make contact, but it didn't do any more.

Since then I get notifications by email that a message or friend request is being made on Facebook, I rarely look. I kept feeling depressed every time I looked. Now I'm thinking of deleting my Facebook account.
2 2015-11-21 21:20:12 - Jeni

@jb in Brooklyn "Just remember if it's free, you're the product."

Uh, you might have a point if the article was about facebook. But it's not. Airbnb and Uber are not free; they are paid for providing a service that their customers want.

3 2015-06-14 20:42:56 - Mike Smith

Don't count on policymakers to do anything to protect consumer privacy. Look who we just elected to Congress. The "free market" is the only force that will make a difference, so we need to vote with our feet.
As long as people are willing to use things like Facebook and smartphone apps, privacy won't exist. When Facebook was first invented, if the vast majority of people had said, "Wait a minute -- what about my privacy?" and declined to use Facebook, it would not be where it is now.

3 2015-04-26 16:30:54 - EveT

They did that. The problem was, you had to have a Facebook account. As someone who would rather have a nail pounded into my eye-socket than re-join Facebook (quit rather quickly after I joined and am really alarmed at the privacy-invasion), I resent the idea of Facebook being an official arbiter of who is, and isn't, "legitimate."

8 2015-02-26 12:56:36 - E. Nowak

This is why it's unethical for the Times to demand that readers use Facebook in order to have 'preferred' status as a commentator or to lure underage students to 'ask experts' about colleges, but only on Facebook.

If you think Target is invasive, try Facebook. At least with Target we know that Target wants the info for itself. Facebook pretends to be a service purely to get people to reveal as much as possible about themselves. It is massive, secretive, Machievellian way of selling info for advertisers, a fact which it makes no attempt to conceal, but which the media 'forgets.'

Target wants the info for Target. Whom does the Times want the information for? Why does it demand readers use Facebook?

331 2015-02-11 19:09:28 - dcl

This latest bit of free Facebook advertising by the shills of the Bits blog makes the claim, "In the 2010 election, similar nudging by Facebook resulted in 340,000 additional votes nationwide."

Perhaps it did, perhaps it didn't. However there is absolutely no evidence presented to support this conclusion, not even a description of the methodology used. I expect Vindu Goel got this as a "fact" either from Facebook's publicity department or some intermediary.

Oddly, it is in the Bits columns that I find the Times at its least rigorous in separating headline from substance, fact from hype, correlation from causation. One would think that, in a department devoted to examining technology and its relation to society at large, there would be more precision and respect for the various aspects of scientific method.

3 2014-11-22 04:13:13 - Steve Fankuchen

Then why do Facebook users agree to be "subjects"? It is generally understood that Facebook, Google, etc. are collecting data on users, pushing content based on the data, and analyzing how users react to what they push. They are out in the open about this, which is quite different than the NSA, as revealed by Snowden and WikiLeaks. Did you not understand this?
I am not a lawyer, but my reading of the following examples from the privacy policy page ( like a reasonable warning:
"2. Information We Receive. Information we collect when you interact with Facebook: ... Site activity information. We keep track of the actions you take on Facebook, such as adding a friend, becoming a fan of a Facebook Page, joining a group or an event, creating a photo album, sending a gift, poking another user, indicating you “like” a post …"
"5. How We Share Information. ... To help improve or promote our service. Sometimes we share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our service. But we only do so in such a way that no individual user can be identified or linked to any specific action or information."
If real harm has been done, then perhaps it is time to rethink the business model. Users essentially trade this information in return for an otherwise free service. Perhaps it is time for offended users to start a fee-based service.

0 2014-11-10 09:27:48 - zooey

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