Facebook accused of ‘tricking’ users into signing privacy agreement
If proved to be true, the tactic might be in violation of the newly enacted GDPR rules. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect last Friday in an effort to force companies to protect the privacy rights of consumers who reside in the EU.
Facebook actually put *fake red dots* to try and make you think you have messages even if you don't, so you agree to their tracking more hastily. Read full complaint against Facebook: https://t.co/uI5fYairtK - with tricks like that, sorry Facebook, you deserve to be hit hard. pic.twitter.com/inThjgPoov— Francis Irving (@frabcus) May 28, 2018
- By not making it clear to the Facebook user that they didn’t have to agree to the policy and could opt to delete their account. For example Facebook only gave a clearly visible “I AGREE” as the response to the new policy in its app, with other options hidden behind fine print.
- Finally, the complaint alleges that Facebook used tactics to force the user to agreeing to the new terms by blocking the user’s account if they did not consent by May 25, and using “tricks” like giving the impression they had messages and notifications waiting.
The plaintiffs argue that Facebook "used additional ‘tricks’ to pressure the users for consent” including “two fake red dots that indicated that the user has new messages and notifications, which he/she cannot access without consenting – even if the user did not have such notifications or messages in reality."
The revelation that the social network would enact such tactics to pressure or deceive the public in forgoing their privacy whilst in the midst of an international scandal involving the misuse of personal data of millions of its users is either shocking or completely unsurprising, depending on your level of skepticism.
From a professional point of view I'm super impressed they're doing this - I mean it's really clever. Just maybe the designers and engineers who did it could look themselves in the mirror a bit, and quit and use those elite skills for something that actually benefits their users?— Francis Irving (@frabcus) May 28, 2018
Wow. That's disgustingly devious. But brilliant, as idea, hands down. It's almost as that skill could've been put to better use...— ror6ax (@ror6ax1) May 29, 2018
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