Facebook Groups for birding - time for a rethink?

Subject: Facebook Groups for birding - time for a rethink?
From: Jason Polak <>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:58:17 +1100
Dear All,

I'd like to share that I remember when Facebook first came out as a
company to the general public (as opposed to only being available to
certain universities).

At the time I was an undergraduate. Curious I checked it out, and read
their privacy policy. It was pretty bad, and it was clear that they
didn't respect privacy, so I never signed up. To this day I've refused
to use their services.

With Facebook, you are the product. Persona data misuse is not confined
to the most recent scandal with Cambridge Analytica/Trump. Your data is
constantly misused and sold. Privacy settings frequently change randomly
and with little notice.

Also, if you use Firefox I recommend Ghostery and Privacy Badger to
block Facebook trackers on other websites from tracking you. And they do
track you, even when you're not signed in.


On 2018-03-21 09:07 AM, Steve Clark wrote:
> G'day all
> Is it time the managers of the various Facebook birding groups sought
> alternatives?  I've never been comfortable with a Facebook account and only
> have one because of the need to be in touch via the birding groups.  With
> the recent scandal indicating high-level personal data misuse and targeted
> fake news I think Facebook is really on the nose.

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