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Don't get me wrong; I generally find Facebook very useful in the campaign to Flush Rush Limbaugh (Facebook link).

Mindful of the extraordinary role that Facebook (and Twitter) played in the "Arab Spring" uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and in the international spread of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it is difficult to underestimate the impact of the social media forum in any effort to organize. Unfortunately, Facebook creates significant pitfalls for any organizer. Indeed, Facebook regularly makes a practice of punishing, even knee-capping, any attempt to use Facebook to organize on a non-hierarchical basis.

Now, Talking Points Memo has discovered that Facebook has, for months, been attempting to turn Facebook users into snitches in an effort to root out accounts that do not conform to the company's rather stringent terms of service.

Facebook has confirmed to TPM that for the past several months, it has been surveying users about their Friends’ usernames, asking if the usernames are “your friend’s real name” or not.

“This system has been in a few different incarnations over the past couple months,” a Facebook spokesperon confirmed to TPM in a statement. “It changes depending on what’s being asked.

TPM first encountered the new Facebook “real names” survey prompt after a screenshot was posted on Twitter on Thursday.

  — Talking Points Memo

Facebook increasingly seems to be that notorious corporation with a friendly face and an entire collection of nefarious practices. Read the rest of the story here.


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  •  Thank you, Richard... (13+ / 0-)

    ...for giving me yet another reason to put a parsec between myself and Facebook.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:49:46 PM PDT

    •  and notice this about "real" names: (5+ / 0-)

      Now they want the names to link to the faces in their dossier-compiling system.

      NSA tech + "shiny" consumer wrapper = total acquiescence.

      We are rapidly becoming a total surveillance society, which is the first step toward a total control society, and fighting back starts with refusing to grab for the shiny objects.

      That also goes for Gmail and Gvoice: more evil pervasive surveillance tech disguised as "oooh, shiny!"

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 02:21:22 AM PDT

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      •  What's wrong with Gmail? (1+ / 0-)
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        My brother uses it and likes it.  

        Renewable energy brings national global security.     

        by Calamity Jean on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:51:55 AM PDT

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        •  "free" isn't "free" if you value being free. (0+ / 0-)

          Google has become such a huge and capable surveillance machine that NSA copied the design of a Google database for one of their own databases in their new Utah complex.  

          NSA's version has, if anything, more safeguards for freedom & privacy, in the form of better compartmentalization to prevent its own employees from going on fishing expeditions.

          And for maximum creepy, check out Google Voice's "feature" whereby it transcribes Google Voice voicemail messages for you, and sends you the text in email.  That level of speaker-independent voice recognition was originally NSA tech from the 1980s - 1990s.  If they can do it to voicemail messages, they can do it to any other traffic that passes through Google Voice telephone numbers.  

          And Google, unlike NSA, is not prohibited from selling your personal information to your employer or prospective employers, landlords, mortgage lenders, etc.  

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:58:37 PM PDT

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  •  Venues like Facebook just don't work for the (7+ / 0-)

    sorts of interaction that I enjoy on the internet, though it and Twitter have had some great successes politically and socially and are now a force to be reckoned with.  Which I think is the reason that government pressure and legislation is going to be continually attempted to control it.
    They will also filter downward to include all activist sites such as Dkos and smaller ones that have a larger readership.

    One of the most challenging "attacks" to our freedom is going to be killing all the legislation will continue like PIPA, et al, and hidden restrictions in seemingly unrelated legislation.

    That all mainstream conventional or traditional media, whatever we call it today, can be fairly easily controlled is no longer in question.  Even the marginally aware have to
    know that if Romney's campaign speech hadn't been released and gained momentum online, it would have never seen the light of day, or even if it were decided to give it brief exposure, it would only have been in order to
    destroy it as a credible force.

    That Facebook is surreptiously investigating identifies speaks to how important controlling the internet is to the plutocracy.  This behavior should be shouted across the nation while it's still possible to do so.

    Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.

    by blueoasis on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:17:23 PM PDT

  •  While I monitor my Faceplant account (3+ / 0-)
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    I no longer have any activity at all there - no posts, no likes, no further friend requests or acceptances.  I do remain tempted to try my Facebook Algorithm Challenge, whose objective is to populate the advertising panel with local ads from a place I've never visited, but I resist even that.

    Romney: The guy that laid off your father. Ryan: The guy that thinks your father should starve because he couldn't keep a job.

    by Liberal Protestant on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:21:35 PM PDT

  •  you're sposed to use your (1+ / 0-)
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    real name, right?  

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