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How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices

From an article by Arielle Pardes and published in the Wired website:

“In 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation was fed up with Facebook’s pushy interface. The platform had a way of coercing people into giving up more and more of their privacy. The question was, what to call that coercion? Zuckermining? Facebaiting? Was it a Zuckerpunch? The name that eventually stuck: Privacy Zuckering, or when “you are tricked into publicly sharing more information about yourself than you really intended to.

“A decade later, Facebook has weathered enough scandals to know that people care about those manipulations; last year, it even paid a $5 billion fine for making “deceptive claims about consumers’ ability to control the privacy of their personal data.” And yet researchers have found that Privacy Zuckering and other shady tactics remain alive and well online. They’re especially rampant on social media, where managing your privacy is, in some ways, more confusing than ever.”

The full article my be found at https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-social-media-privacy-dark-patterns/.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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