Facebook can see what users type even if...

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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    Facebook can see what users type even if status is not posted


    By Salvador Rodriguez
    December 17, 2013, 12:23 p.m.


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    Facebook has said that it is within its terms of service to see what users are typing even when the status or comment is never posted on the social network.
    The Menlo Park, Calif., company confirmed that it can track users' unpublished posts after two Facebook researchers disclosed that they had tracked the activity of about 5 million random Facebook users in the U.S. and England.
    The researchers' study looked at how often these users censored themselves while typing posts and comments on Facebook. If users typed more than five characters, the content was tracked. It was considered to be self-censored if it was not published within 10 minutes of being typed.


    Facebook said the study did not track the exact words and letters that users typed, but whether or not they typed something. The methodology for the study also kept the tracked users anonymous, Facebook said.
    “This is something we looked at to understand to what extent people self censor,” Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld told The Times.
    Facebook said it was no longer tracking any users when it comes to unpublished posts. It also has no plans to track the unpublished words and letters that users type.
    But Facebook said the study was conducted in accordance to the terms of service that every user agrees to when they sign up for the social network.
    So where in Facebook's terms of service is this justified? The company said this is covered in its Data Use Policy. "We receive data about you whenever you use or are running Facebook, such as when you look at another person's timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things .... ," the Data Use Policy says in the section titled "Information we receive and how it is used."
    Concerned users can do two things to protect themselves. They can stop using the service, or they can browse the website using a browser with Javascript turned off.
    Javascript is the browser software that allowed the Facebook researchers to track whether users typed something or not during the study this summer. It's the same kind of software that allows Gmail to save users' email drafts.
    Users can search for instructions for how to turn off Javascript for their browser, which would prevent Facebook from being able to track whether a user has a typed a post or comment, should the company decide to do that again.
    But Javascript is an important part of many websites, so users who do turn it off should not be surprised if some of their favorite sites don't function properly.
     
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    Well I'm glad I only use Facebook to put up obituaries and memorial service announcements. I have friends on there that post every little detail of their marriage problems, children's lives, family life, private things that should remain private. I don't understand that mentality. Its supposed to be an easy way to keep in touch with people long distance and people treat it like its a diary or a therapist of some sort.
     
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    How about giving proper attribution to the website that published this article? You got the title, the picture, the copy and the journalist. Now how about the site? :cmon:
     
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    It's not as though intelligence agencies don't data mine social media. What's for lunch? :coffee:
     
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    How the hell are people still using Facebook at this point? I deleted mine along with my Twitter account six months ago and I haven't missed either one.
     
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    http://www.latimes.com/business/tec...rs-unpublished-posts-20131217,0,7847582.story

    As you can see if you click, they didn't add their ID next to the author like most news sites do, I didn't bother adding it in. Don't worry, the L.A. Times is a semi respectable news source?? At least at one time, they were.
     
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    Same here and I don't miss it at all... I don't give a fuck about some old acquaintances kids soccer game . And I certainlydon't care about their political feelings and so on. This place of where I like to spend my time online!
     
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    They can see that "the user typed something" not "what they typed". The only thing they know is that it was more than 5 characters and didn't make it to their wall.
     
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    If you want a conspiracy theory, why don't you ask why progressive insurance (forward), msnbc (look forward) and Facebook (fwd.gov) all use the core marketing theme of the democrat 2012 election cycle: forward.
     
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    Facebook is the devil
     
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    Yeah. I believe that. :coffee:
     
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    These companies only do this stuff to see how much they can get away with..
    They already know everything about you
     
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    Just imagine what Google knows about you :)
     
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    Every keyword you've ever searched for is tied to your IP, which can be delivered to your ISP (via a subpoena) at any request by the state (or just taken by the NSA without cause).

    Oh and all your phone calls / text messages were sent to the NSA already.
     
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    If this worries people the easiest solution is to not use social media sites. I don't give a fuck who sees what I do. If they are offended by my choice of granny scat porn then so be it.
     
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    You tell them. The winters are long and hard on the Rock. Enjoy my fellow Canuck!
     
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    Well, I hope being a pervert never becomes illegal...although, I do suspect that perverts make up the vast majority of the population.
    I even love the word.....pervert.
     
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    :giggle: ah...... people that have friends.
     
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    Hurricane force winds, snow squalls and slushy roads in St. John's this morning. Gotta love it.