January 21, 2022

“New Tumblr Blog Raises Privacy Concerns Over Facebook Graph Search”

From Matt McGee at Search Engine Land:

That didn’t take long, did it? Tom Scott, one of the current users of Facebook Graph Search, has started a Tumblr blog — actualfacebookgraphsearches.tumblr.com — to document its potential privacy train wrecks.

His blog offers examples of searches that are a mix of comedy and creepiness, in my opinion. He has things like “Single women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like Getting Drunk,” “Mothers of Jews who like Bacon” and this one below, “Married people who like Prostitutes … these people’s spouses.”

The article continues and mentions how Facebook has worked to improve privacy tools over the past few years but how many users don’t know they’re available and/or how to use them.

Again, the importance of digital literacy education.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.