"Consider what happens to text once you submit it to Facebook. Unless it’s a private message, it is likely both public and permanent. A message you posted five years ago, which felt like it was visible only to a small group of friends, still exists on your timelines, where it has become more, not less, visible over time. Facebook is now in the process of making that post searchable, making it more visible than ever and fundamentally changing what it is — not a post on a wall, or on a profile, but a field in a searchable database. Facebook’s effect on data is to make it permanent, to make it easy to find. Facebook memorializes everything you give it, including likes, comments, and reactions — an awkward layer that exists to assure you of engagement, which contrasts sharply with Snapchat’s characteristically ephemeral but deeply satisfying instant read receipts.
Snapchat’s effect on all data is to cause it to deteriorate… If you do nothing on Snapchat, you disappear from Snapchat. This is a profound difference: Facebook profiles stay public whether or not they’re current, and only change if you update or delete them. Snapchat profiles only exist when you ask them to, and they go away as soon as you stop thinking about them."
- Snapchat And The Soul Of The Facebook Backlash
Of Course Teens Think About Privacy, They Have Parents
More than 50% of teen app users have avoided downloading apps because of privacy concerns… Another 26% have deleted an app “because they found out it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share.” And 59% of teen girls have turned off location-tracking in apps.
"It’s Google, the social also-ran, that knows your real secrets. It knows the things you wouldn’t ask your friends. It knows things you can’t ask your spouse. It knows the things you haven’t asked your doctor yet. It knows things that you can’t ask anyone else and that might not have been asked at all before Google existed. Google’s servers are a repository of the developed world’s darkest and most heartbreaking secrets, a vast closet lined with millions of digital skeletons that, should they escape, would spare nobody."
- Why Google, Not Facebook, Knows Your Darkest Secrets - BuzzFeed Mobile (via futuristgerd)
Privacy Concerns Remain for Location-Based Service Users
Tellingly, almost one-quarter of respondents said their greatest privacy concern was having their information used for marketing purposes.
"The real problem that Honan has with Google isn’t that it has started to do stuff that bothers its users. It’s that Google has started to do stuff that bothers users in a way we aren’t used to—in a way that Don’t Be Evil falsely suggested it was above doing. By never claiming to be above evil, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon are free to act like normal companies whose efforts to optimize their own self-interest don’t arouse much suspicion."
- Why “Don’t Be Evil” is evil. And why Google isn’t so bad.
"We are becoming helpless collateral casualties in the war between Google and Facebook."
- John Perry Barlow, Co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation | Google’s Social Move Attracts Critics
"The privacy advocates at Electronic Privacy Information Center said [the Department of Homeland Security] is monitoring social networks, blogs and message boards for users saying terms like "human to animal," "collapse," "infection," "outbreak," and "illegal immigrants." If you use these words and phrases, the government might follow you, record your activity, and share information about you with local, state, federal, and foreign governments."