Is Facebook deceiving you?

Here is a really good article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about deceptive user interface practices.  The funny thing about all of this is that people are missing the most offensive and dangerous part of Facebook’s warning:

So in other words, they’re going to violate your privacy no matter what you do, because your friends are going to divulge your information.  Put another way, you may end up divulging your friends information.  What can you do about this?  Don’t share that much information with your friends.  But you say, “They’re my friends!”  Of course they are, and they probably already know most of the information you would share, anyway.

How to do this?  Go to the following part of the site:

Privacy Settings -> Personal Information and Posts

as well as

Privacy Settings -> Friends, Tags and Connections

Then consider each category.  Here comes another wingdinger: in order to keep something to yourself, either you must remove it entirely, or select “Customize” and then “Only Me.”  You can’t just pull down “Only Me.”

I’m seriously considering being through with Facebook over all of this.

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