Facebook is about selling advertising, not the Fourth Amendment

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If you thought you would be able to use a free social networking site with all your privacy intact, think again. Facebook definitely has interests in making that privacy less ... well, private.

Mark Zuckerberg said some more controversial things about privacy over the weekend, including how Internet privacy is no longer a social norm, and by using that same norm -- it would now begin operating Facebook like that. Critics say the whole idea that Facebook is a follower is ludicrous.


In essence, Facebook is the vanguard of social media and creating those norms rather than objectively observing them, Kevin Bankston, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Computerworld.

Last month, Facebook changed its privacy policy and seemed to encourage users to put more of their personal information on public view. The Facebook board also seemed to believe the growth of its users would mean revenue upwards of $1 billion.

While there has been a major outcry about loss of privacy and the Fourth Amendment, which many interpret as regarding privacy of the home and possessions, I'm not sure I believe it. Part of me (full disclosure: I use Facebook) realizes the reason Facebook has allowed all these people to get on board and use it ls to have a huge market available to advertisers, how Facebook makes its money. It's a business, it's not the U.S. government nor is it a nonprofit looking out for anyone's best interests but their own.

Zuckerberg has said it publicly. If you want to keep your information private, stay off of the Internet -- and Facebook.

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