Facebook bug on the news

Update Tuesday Numerama:

The CNIL not convinced by Facebook’s explanations is investigating the social networking site.


“Interrogée par iTélé, la ministre déléguée à l’économie numérique a jugé que “la direction de Facebook est aujourd’hui incapable de nous donner la moindre explication sur ce qui s’est produit”. Et les hypothèses avancées dès lundi ? Elles ne sont pas crédibles pour Fleur Pellerin.”

“Aujourd’hui l’incertitude la plus totale règne, et les explications de Facebook ne sont pas très convaincantes. […] Si jamais il y a vraiment la certitude que des messages privés ont été rendus publics, et qu’il y a donc rupture des conditions de confidentialité qu’ils ont signés en ouvrant un compte sur Facebook, je leur conseillerais bien sûr de porter plainte. C’est inadmissible”.”

Fleur Pellerin reconnait les limites de l’applicabilite de la loi francaise a une entite non EU:

“Le problème c’est son application, notamment à des acteurs qui comme Facebook ne se soumettent pas forcément aux législations nationales ou qui sont difficiles à soumettre à la législation nationale”

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If you live in a bubble and had not yet heard about the Facebook controversial bug, I invite you to have a look at my curation of articles on the subject.

Briefly, it came out yesterday from the French magazines Metro and the serious Le Monde that Facebook would have published old private messages to public time lines (or wall) to anyone to read.
Facebook rapidly denied as published by Techcrunch. However many users, mostly in France but also in the UK, US, and Canada told me they had seen their private messages publicised.

The California-based social network said in an email response to an inquiry by Agence France-Presse.

“A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline,”
“Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages.”

The French Ministers of economy, Arnaud Montebourg and Fleur Pellerin have been discussing with FB authorities. Probably not fully convinced, they sought more answers from FB to provide “clear and transparent explanations be given as soon as possible” to clarify “the exact nature of the problem”.
Facebook is to meet with the CNIL (National Commission on Information and Freedom), the French data privacy authority on the 26th of this month.

Maybe this was a users’ mistake, the threat is there. I am not personally convinced with the argument that the two data base are kept separately. What about a human misconduct? the panic seems to have originated from since old data had appeared on Time Line. if these posts were public, it is interesting to see how users can be chocked by looking at them today, taken out of context, later on.

Facebook shares have gone down for more than 8 points during the night. Privacy, even on a Social Media exists and has to be protected. how impose a ‘free’ platform to protect the privacy of its ‘products’ that are FB users?

2 thoughts on “Facebook bug on the news

  1. They keep everything so opaque no one knows what they do. Strange for a company that encourages everyone to be transparent with their private lives.

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