Mixed Feelings After My Conversation With Facebook.(updated)

Warning: According to Facebook you are not allowed to read this post, so beware.

Perhaps you know that a few days ago I bought information about 1 million FB users from a website for the meager amount of 5 US dollars.

Anyway, I received a strange message that FB wanted to talk to me – someone from a deprtment called “Policy” which in my opinion was an euphemism for “Police” and unfortuntely it turned out to be so.

Our conversation began exatly on the agreed minute and with the warning that it “is being recorded”. The part where they usually say that it is for the purpose of “improving the service” was spared.

They thanked me for what I have done but they also asked me that I did not share the information about our talk in my profile (?!?) and my blog.

“Now we would like you to send us this file, delete it, tell us if you have given a copy of it to someone, give us the website from which you bought it including all transactions with it and the payment system and remove a couple of things from your blog. Oh and by the way, you are not allowed to disclose any part of this conversation; it is a secret that we are even having this conversation”.

I agreed to send them the data and the website of course, for that was my purpose. I tried to ask what they would do next but they said it would be an internal legal investigation.

I asked if it was possible to tell what the problem was, after they finished the investigation, so that the users could protect themselves, but they they emphasized that it would be an internal investigation and they would not share any information with third parties. And they mentioned again that I must not tell about it to nobody, because…

The overall tone of the conversation was very imperative, it is Facebook after all.
Warning: According to Facebook you are not allowed to read this post, so beware.

(Update): No, Facebook, I don’t want my 5$ back, but I want something from (for) you.

  141 comments for “Mixed Feelings After My Conversation With Facebook.(updated)

  1. ABel
    October 30, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Fuck the policy!! haha

  2. Bums
    October 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Fuck Facebook.

  3. October 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    That’s why I always use fake emails for everything round Facebook.

    Thanks for the info, Bogomil.

  4. martin jones
    October 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    >>”I asked if it was possible to tell what the problem was”

    it seems clear to me from your blog post, that the seller obtained the email address via Facebook applications that they have developed.

    When you add a Facebook application to your account, some applications ask you for permission to obtain your email address, though the way facebook has designed the permission request dialog box, its easy to miss the part where it says you are going to let the application have your email address.

    It seems obvious to me, that the person you bought the user details from, had apps that were collecting user details including their email addresses, and thought they could make extra money by selling those details on to third parties.

    In the past i have added a facebook application without reading the permissions request page, and after i added it i realised i had accidentally given permission to the app to access my email address. Not long after that, the email spam started arriving from the application.

    I think facebook should make it much harder if not impossible for apps to access user’s email addresses, and the permission request page should highlight very clearly when the app is requesting permission to access that users email address.

    I have recently found a browser extension called “FB Purity” that will actually do this, it also adds a “Block application” button to facebook application permission request pages, so if you dont like the look of the app, and dont want the app to get any of your user information, you can block the application then and there. It also highlights any permissions such as requesting email addresses, or the ability to post to the users wall. It works quite well, you can get it here, if you are interested: http://fbpurity.com

  5. mohammad
    November 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    fuck facebook…the addictive social network….disables us…spy on us…and then what….wen should suck their cock too…mother fuckers

  6. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    typo: ‘someone from a deprtment called “Policy”’

  7. susi linux
    November 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Why didn’t you SELL the data to FB? I’d say it can be worth some thousends of dollars…

  8. Martin
    November 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    lol, nicely done :D

  9. Adam
    January 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Man, you just got yourself on US Defence Department’s list as a potencial terrorist. Do you even realize who those people are? It’s like messing up with mafia. Should anything happen, you will be one of the first they will deal with. Is your personal integrity and the opinion of anonymous Internet users really more important than your and your family’s life? Pick only those battles you can win. If I were you, I would delete those posts, contact them again and send them all the information they require together with apologizing for your rebellious and irrational attitude. And I suggest this as a bystander, with best intentions. Good luck.

  10. February 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This next chart just shows the gun ownership per capita rate for the “developed” countries, or the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). That basically means the world’s rich countries. Some of them, such as Switzerland and Finland, are actually among the highest-ranking countries in the world by gun ownership rates. But the U.S. is still way, way ahead. Keep this chart in mind the next time someone compares U.S. gun ownership to Switzerland or to Israel.

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