Tag Archives: Criticism of Facebook

The Unfriending Wind of Unfriending

By | October 29, 2010

By Jeremy Wagstaff (this is my weekly syndicated column, hence lack of links. BBC podcast is here.) It’s an odd world where a word like “unfriending” becomes so common that we all know what it means. And we’re not thinking of unfriending in the old sense of hostile where Walter de la Mare would say Sighed not the… Read More »

AboutFacebook

By | June 1, 2010

This is a copy of my weekly Loose Wire Service column for newspapers, hence the lack of links. By Jeremy Wagstaff A few weeks ago I talked about Facebook’s brave new world of connecting your profile to all the other bits and pieces you leave on websites. I erred, and I apologize. I thought that people wouldn’t mind… Read More »

Facebook’s Internet of Sharing

By | April 26, 2010

(This is a copy of my Loose Wire Sevice column, produced for newspapers and other print publications.) By Jeremy Wagstaff Get ready for a world where everything is shared. Readers of this column will already know that our notions of privacy have changed a lot in the past couple of years. That has made it possible for Facebook… Read More »

Hundreds of Facebook Groups Hacked

By | November 10, 2009

  (Update UTC 2100: I’ve received a reply from Erik Hjort af Ornäs, the registrar of the site itself, and have included his statement below and in the comments, as well as that of Facebook. Both deny any hacking took place) A hacker, or group of hackers, has found a back door into taking over Facebook groups, and… Read More »

Another Facebook Hole?

By | January 16, 2009

(Update: Facebook have confirmed the flaw—although it’s not as serious as it looks—and have fixed it. See comments.) The complexity of Facebook makes it likely there are holes in its privacy. But this one, if I’m right, seems to suggest that it’s possible to access someone’s private data by a social engineering trick outside Facebook. Today I received… Read More »