Facebook Changes Privacy Tools, Allowing Users To Delete Data

Responding to public and political outrage, on Wednesday morning Facebook announced a reorganization of the privacy settings that users and have long criticized as a seeming afterthought, and which will provide for better privacy data control and make it easier for users to find, download and delete data — changes that come as the company remains embroiled in a global scandal over its handling of user data which has sent its stock into a bear market in the past week. 

The changes include a new "Privacy Shortcuts" menu with written explanations of each relevant option; an "Access Your Information" feature that lets users easily delete individual posts and "likes"; and what's billed as a streamlined way for users to download all the data Facebook has on them. The new layout will also result in a redesigned menu on mobile devices will have all sections in one single place under settings tab; users will also be able to review what’s been shared and deleted. The company also proposes updates to terms of service and data policy.

"It's time to make our privacy tools easier to find," Facebook officials say in a blog post Wednesday detailing the changes, which are unlikely to satisfy critics who want major reforms in the way the social media giant handles the data of its more than 2 billion users.

However, the section that will attract the most interest is the following:

Tools to find, download and delete your Facebook data. It’s one thing to have a policy explaining what data we collect and use, but it’s even more useful when people see and manage their own information. Some people want to delete things they’ve shared in the past, while others are just curious about the information Facebook has. So we’re introducing Access Your Information – a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you’ve searched for. You can go here to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on Facebook.

The tweaks come a week and a half after the revelation that the Donald Trump-aligned political data firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained information on about 50 million U.S. users before the 2016 election. The resulting outrage in the U.S. and Europe has given new life to long-standing complaints that it's too difficult for Facebook users to control or know who can view their posts, messages, photos, "likes" and other content.

The Facebook officials making Wednesday's announcement, chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer, acknowledged the complaints and confusion.

"The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data," write Egan and Beringer. "We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find, and that we must to do more to keep people informed."

On mobile devices, write Egan and Beringer, "instead of having settings spread across nearly 20 different screens, they're now accessible from a single place."

As Politico notes, some of the changes may have been ones Facebook would have made anyway to comply with a sweeping European Union data-privacy rule that takes effect in May. Among other things, it requires companies to request users’ consent for use of their data in an "intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language."

The full Facebook post can be found here.

In response to the Facebook announcement, the stock was trading modestly higher, up just over 1% in the pre-market, and while this may be a key first step for the company to put the political scandal behind it, the loss of valuable, and - to advertisers - critical user-level data, means that Facebook's profit margin will suffer going forward as it becomes just another run-of-the-mill site with far less effective user targeting.


mobius8curve wildbad Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:50 Permalink

Sure you can delete it but the cloud stores and retains EVERYTHING it collects. There is only one place where storage and retaining will be greater:

Matthew 12:36  And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

It will all be written in His books:

Revelation 20:12  And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.

So please make sure your name is here:


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Adolph.H. mobius8curve Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:55 Permalink

Honey badger doesn't care

Honey badger doesn't give a shit

Honey badger already spliced the optic fibers that transmit data to and fro the zuckerdouche datacenter to store it in his black hole (he calls it licensing) and honey badger will keep it because it doesn't exist. 

And of you delete it honey badger will tag it as extremely important, analyze with priority. 

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PT American Psycho Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:28 Permalink

To the world:  You have a FUCKING COMPUTER!!!!!!!!  With a little programming knowledge you could program your own SUPERIOR version of Fuckbook, add whatever features you wanted whenever you wanted, remove any crap you wanted whenever you wanted and it would all be as secure as the rest of the telephone network.  In fact, if you wanted security over the telephone network then it would not take too much effort to have that too - or at least a much closer approximation of security than what we have now.  How do you know anything on your computer works the way you think it does?  YOU DON'T.  YOU TRUST IT.  All your security and privacy and related crap is based 100% on the TRUST OF COMPLETE STRANGERS WHO LIVE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY.  If you can't read the code then you can not trust it.  If you did not build the computer then you can not trust it.  If you do not have 100% control of the phone lines, servers, related equipment and the EMR radiating from all that then YOU CAN NOT TRUST IT.

Now let me repeat:  With a little computer programming knowledge


So why do I care?  Because these days it is so damn hard to get access to that important little bit of information.  If the majority applied pressure, it would make my life easier.  It's hard being the only one to push against the rock.  It's much easier to tolerate idiots being idiots when their idiocy does not directly fuck up my own life.  Yeah, I got a chip on my shoulder blah blah blah.  All the suffering is 100% unnecessary, both for the idiots and for me.  Hence, in the past my rhetorical "Why is there only one Facebook"?  The whole design is pathetic.  There does not have to be one Facebook or even 100 "Facebooks".  There could be billions of "Facebooks" with zero centralized control.  What are you doing?  Exchanging data - text, pictures, AV.  This shit is now all OLD technology.  Protocols and data structures are VERY MINOR PROBLEMS that are EASILY resolved.  Facebook's entire existence is a VERY SICK JOKE.

I hate being stuck in a herd of idiots that are heading straight toward the cliff.  Shame I am out of date.

Dammit, I think I'd better go and have a lie down.

EDIT:  Oh yeah, and in case you're wondering, I do not use FuckFaceBook.  It's just that the information I need to do INTERESTING computer work coincides with what any decent programmer should know anyway which coincides with what you need to know to, say for example, write your own "Facebook".  You bought a computer?  You know what that means?  You bought a Ferrari.  You don't know how to program it?  You know what that means?  Your Ferrari is rev-limited to 5 rpm above idle and a chauffeur uses it to take you to the corner deli and NOWHERE ELSE.  TOTAL FUCKING WASTE.

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mkkby Richard Chesler Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:23 Permalink

Nobody seems to notice THE OBVIOUS.  They made this *change* in a few days???

Even if it's real (no, it's not) the data is already copied to every gov't and advertising firm that bought it.  No way of backing that out.  If you gave up your privacy, it's lost forever.  Stupid fucks.  Enjoy your shitty life making $12 an hour.  I hope it was worth it to virtue signal to those *friends* you never met, LOL.

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DeadFred Adolph.H. Wed, 03/28/2018 - 08:40 Permalink

We absolutely must trust that FB will actually delete the data from all their storage centers because we push that 'delete' button. For sure they will. You betcha.

<I wonder how they will scrub it from that big place in Utah?>

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Akzed wildbad Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:12 Permalink

...WHY DID GOOG VISIT N KOREA? WHY WOULD THE FORMER CHAIRMAN & CEO [HIMSELF] OF GOOG/ALPHABET PERSONALLY ATTEND? Who is Sergey Brin? Where was Sergey born? Track the 'FAMILY' - IMPORTANT. Think COLD WAR. Think KGB. US, China, N Korea [3]. FACEBOOK data dump? Who made it public? Who sold shares -30 days from announcement? You can't imagine the magnitude of this. Constitutional CRISIS. Twitter coming soon. GOOG coming soon. AMAZON coming soon. MICROSOFT coming soon. +12 Current censorship all relates to push for power [mid-terms]. LAST STAND. Election FRAUD cases OPEN - DOJ [many]... Q

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css1971 ZENDOG Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:52 Permalink

Say you have some data in a computer:

data-name: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah


This is how computers "delete" said data:

data-name (deleted 28-3-18): blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah


If you want it gone for real, YOU have to overwrite it with nonsense:

data-name: lajsdlkj lkjas dklja däüpdo qnwlna lkdfjslölkjas ljsqßükl,nfl al ölajs lkjasdp ljawl kjpp aldj asdöl jöljasd kj lkjas dklja däüpdo qnwlna lkdfjslölkjas ljsqßükl,nfl al ölajs lkjasdp ljawl kjpp aldj asdöl jölj


If you want to simultaneously fuck with them, then find a good source of nonsense to paste over the content you want deleted:

e.g. https://lipsum.com/

data-name: Cras pretium porttitor elit vitae sodales. Donec fringilla vel purus sit amet viverra. Vestibulum lacus velit, finibus sed libero eget, pellentesque blandit arcu. Etiam imperdiet ex sit amet leo porta mattis.

This will begin generating spurious correlations for their AI systems; garbage in, garbage out.


And, if you want to really fuck with them, then you use nearly undetectable nonsense.

e.g. http://stupidstuff.org/main/nonsense.htm

data-name: If a slovenly marzipan boogies the bonbon about the maestro, then another omphalos from an omphalos feels nagging remorse. Timosha, the friend of Toscanini and Lila, leaves with a shadow near a waif.


In fact, if we're manipulating them, then pick a target you want to use to load their AI routines with and copy/paste over the top.

e.g. any Social Science SJW paper.



In short. Don't delete. Corrupt.


Deletion is recoverable, they can easily fix it, get the data back. Corruption, is often unrecoverable.

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Endgame Napoleon css1971 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 08:11 Permalink

I did not know that was how they did it. To avoid hiring a human programmer to overwrite it, they probably construct a bot to do the overwriting.

One day, those catty and absentee mommas in insurance underwriting, a totally different field, will be displaced by underwriting bots designed by software engineers.

I feel sorrier for the programmers who get displaced by bots, even though people in their field are creating the bot replacements and cheering it on.

Can you imagine if you were told not to train your non-citizen replacement, but to design the bot that would displace you from a job?

This is the future.  

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Arrow4Truth Timmay Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

Back when I was a "human resource" I was asked a few times to provide insight into what was happening "on the ground" so that "they" could develop "efficiency improvements" or some such nonsense. Right. Efficiency was my specialty. Help you fucks so you can automate to eliminate "human resources". Screw you guys, I'm going home.

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DeadFred css1971 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 08:49 Permalink

But what you will end up with is:

data-name: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Cras pretium porttitor elit vitae sodales. Donec fringilla vel purus sit amet viverra. Vestibulum lacus velit, finibus sed libero eget, pellentesque blandit arcu. Etiam imperdiet ex sit amet leo porta mattis.

Unless you have access to their data storage.

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css1971 DeadFred Wed, 03/28/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Some do keep all versions but even there the effect is the same. They now have 2 or more versions of a data set, one real, and others which are corrupt and they don't know which are which.

The more subtle the corruption, the more difficult to detect and fix and the longer it goes on, the more difficult it is to recover from.

For example. Imagine a virus going through word documents containing contract terms, and randomly flipping a couple of words here and there.

  • should -> should not
  • must -> must not
  • numbers -> some other number in the same ballpark.

If you ran something like that over a company's records, a few times every month, over an extended period, it would fuck them completely and be unrecoverable.

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PT css1971 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:47 Permalink

You need to set up all computers so they post random characters when not doing anything else, so the spies think it is encrypted and try to decrypt it.  Down-side?  They'll just say it says what they want it to say and then provide the courts with what they "believe" is the "private key" back-coded from their intended message.

When the Zombie Apolcalypse occurs it will be because the "Zombies" truly will have no other choice but to advance like an army of Argentine Ants.  That is all they will have left.

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