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Facebook is concerned that you’re not nekkid “sharing” enough.”

In The Guardian, Anna Lauren Hoffmann reports that the Zuckerborg is blaming “context collapse” (that sounds to me like one of those terms that academicians coin to fool you into thinking they have come up with something new, rather than just demonstrating a flair for the obvious, but that’s another rant). Apparently, persons are “sharing” too many cat videos and not enough secrets. Here’s a snippet:

But by blaming an amorphous concept like “context collapse” for the recent downward trend in personal sharing Facebook ignores the fact that the social network is itself a kind of context: one that has long privileged the interests of companies, celebrities and brands at the expense of individual users and their privacy.

For users confronting collapsed contexts on Facebook, the withholding of personal anecdotes and information isn’t a problem – it is a solution.

For years, Facebook’s strategy has caused regular controversies around user privacy and ethics – blunders that got people exposed, outed and emotionally manipulated along the way. Users seem to have combated the problem by taking Facebook’s own advice, as shared by Facebook’s president of communications and public policy, Elliot Schrage, in 2010: “If you’re not comfortable sharing, don’t.”

In related news, Google seems to be in a snit.


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