Facebook Admits It Collects User Data Even From Non-Users

Facebook comes under attack for tracking internet users who don't have a Facebook account

Following the US Congressional hearing last week where CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled about Facebook's data gathering and sharing practices, the social media network is trying to limit the damage by explaining how its various data collection policies work.

Surprisingly, nobody last week asked Zuckerberg about the pedophiles who meet on certain Facebook pages. At first, Zuckerberg repeated assurances already offered during his Senate testimony such as Facebook's general promise to extend GDPR required controls to USA users. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently said that he'd rather pay for Facebook than have his personal information exploited for advertising.

Besides, Facebook disclosed that it had spent over $2.6 million to cover the security fees of COO Sheryl Sandberg.

"Senator, a number of people suggest that we should offer a version where people can not have ads if they pay a monthly subscription", Zuckerberg responded, "and certainly we consider ideas like that".

Tightening secure login details, making search ability changes and account recovery restrictions are just a few ways Facebook plans to lock down privacy for its users.

Think about how you now use Facebook; that is, if you haven't already obeyed the #DeleteFacebook meme and signed out for good. I think Facebook will continue to be a victim of its own success. I would say that's my primary reason for using Facebook.


I'm not alone in having a good proportion of family and friends overseas. How many people do I actually interact with every year? And that particular problem isn't likely to go away, especially since, deep down, Facebook doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with it. And we are all too willing to share that information, not only with Facebook, but with the world. He also noted Zuckerberg's total security costs are presumably much higher for business-related events that occur during business hours, which don't have to be disclosed in the compensation table. But Facebook had better do something better and do it quickly.

Facebook opposed both, saying they "believe that our success is due in large part to the leadership" by Zuckerberg in its rebuttal to the "one vote per share" proposal. At that point, the non-user's data merely becomes "inactive" or "inaccessible".

"The social media giant has always been deeply involved in editing and manipulating the content on its platform, and has had the technology to block the incitement of terrorism as the plaintiffs in our cases contend". "If I were on the board, I would want him protected 24/7". "If you're Gen-Z, you really don't care".

The advertisement tool allows Facebook to share statistics on how many people are responding to an ad with the advertising companies.

Think about all the data you're now giving up to get discounts at service stations and grocery stores. But, it's equally true that most people wouldn't bother to use them. There are apps, such as BPMe, that make this process even easier. If you buy a bottle of red wine each time you do your groceries, that's data that could be used by the store to target adverts at you. What he thinks could lead to Facebook's demise is that it's become "so busy, so messy, so focused on ads". The first grocery store to offer a guarantee that it won't track and store your data, perhaps in exchange for a slightly reduced discount, might be onto something in terms of customer acquisition.

The same theory could apply to Facebook and social networks.

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