Facebook Back To The Future

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Perhaps, more appropriate title for this post would have been, Facebook knows what you did not only the last summer, but all the summers as long as you have your account. Confused? Or, maybe worried? For all of you, who used to have Facebook as your best friend since you were a teenager – bad news.

Facebook already works on a new feature. It will enable you and your friends to go through your entire posts and likes history just like that. With a simple keyword you can travel back in the past. Just imagine a possibility to check on the posts and likes associated with you, which are more than a decade old.

This can be a nice thing to help you remember the dearest moment. On the other hand, it can create a living hell of your private life, if your current life partner finds out some intriguing facts about your love life, you thought you were lost or forgotten. So, what can we expect to get with this one?

Well, we are already fighting with Google over our right for the digital oblivion. Do we really need one more trouble called Facebook right to forget? Can Facebook claim the ownership over all of our posts and likes no matter how old they may be? Do we need one more lawsuit to solve this one, as well?

Twitter R.I.P. Policy

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The tragic death of one of the most popular actors of our time Robin Williams had one quite unusual and unexpected consequence with the potentially huge impact on social networks. As you probably know Robin’s daughter simply had no other choice than to close her Twitter’s account after his death.

This and similar unfortunate and embarrassing events made Twitter to change its policy about its deceased users and their loved ones or families. From now on, when Twitter gets an official request on behalf of the deceased user’s family the account in question can be terminated with all of its associated content.

However, there is a catch in this one. For what is worth, Twitter reserves its right to decline these requests in certain cases. What could be the justification for these exceptions of the so-called “RIP Policy” has not been yet specified by Twitter itself. Oh, this will create the new El Dorado for lawyers.

What will happen with dead people’s accounts on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter? Rest assured that this question will echo for a long time on the Internet and in the court rooms. Who has the right to own these accounts, Twitter or the family of the deceased? Not an easy one to answer, that’s for sure.

Twitter Video Ads

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You can run, but you cannot hide. The commercials will eventually find you. And, there is nothing we can do about that. Just when you thought that social networks have finally made enough profit there is a fresh disappointment to prove you all wrong. It is Twitter’s turn to stab you in the back.

Yes, believe it or not, Twitter will introduce the video ads. It is only a matter of time before your favorite blue bird tweet a commercial for the nice day regards. Do they really need something like this? The numbers work just fine for Twitter. However, they need to increase the incomes with this business move.

On the other hand, we have to ask one simple question. In the long run what is going to prevail, more profit or less users? The top social networks are really pushing the limits of both patience and trust of their users. Just talk Facebook as an example. In the middle of the privacy controversy, Facebook launches even more problematic Messenger.

You can rest assured that there is a quiet and modest newbie social network just waiting for the old school players to make all mistakes and ruin all the positive vibes among their users. You can do whatever you like, but not as long as you want. That is the lesson both Facebook and Twitter will eventually learn.

Facebook: The Satire Empire

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What is happening with Facebook? There are in the middle of a privacy related controversy. A serious cloud of a European lawsuit is over them. The new Messenger requires the completely different and extremely controversial set of rules and policies. And now, on the of all of this an additional gift to honor its users and their intelligence.

So, what happened? Well, from now on Facebook will clearly mark all content, which includes the satire note this way or another, partially or completely. Do we really need something like this feature? Are we going to include similar warnings for metaphors and other convenient writers’ tools? What is this supposed to mean in the first place?

Are Facebook users that dumb that you can conduct all kinds of social experiments without their knowledge and approval? In addition, do we really need some help to tell a difference between a satirical text and the one written in a let us call it normal tone? We suppose that there are more than enough people on Facebook, who can do just fine without this type of assistance.

This time Facebook has obviously gone too far. There is no other choice than to remind it about what means to respect and care for its users, with or without a lawsuit. This unfriendly attitude, which can be translated as you cannot live without Facebook, will have to go through some changes. We sure hope peacefully and without a satire, that is for sure.

The Messenger Works In Hidden Ways

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It seems that Facebook just can’t get enough of controversy, can it? The European lawsuit knocks on its door of compromised privacy, and Facebook recklessly challenges our nerves with the next one – the Messenger. The first obvious thing is a question that puts a finger in your eye you can’t avoid.

Why it has to be a separate app? The Facebook is merciless. If you want to communicate with your friends on your smartphone, you have no other choice than to install the Messenger. The catch is that this app has a completely different set of terms compared to the well-known Facebook legal docs.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that mobile phones are the unparalleled advertising Eldorado. Therefore, Facebook wants to play the same game of profit, but with the different rules. You can rest assured that the Messenger’s rules are nothing more than a wish list for Facebook itself.

For what is worth, you have been warned. As always, it is your choice and someone else’s voice. If you are a law student, you can prepare a lawsuit. However, you will first have to wait and see what will eventually happen in Austria. Can we set the limits for the Messenger in the first place?

Europe v Facebook

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What is happening with a law student’s lawsuit against Facebook? Well, so far 25,000 people from all over Europe has signed officially. The plan is to ask $500 for every single participant. If our math is accurate, that gives us $12,5 million in total. That is a statistical error, rather than a serious sum for Facebook.

On the other side, there is a huge question mark over Austria these days. What will the Austrian trade court do with this lawsuit, eventually? All eyes are now on Austria after the Irish court has refused to accept this lawsuit. The Ireland is the official European capital of Google. Therefore, we are not surprised.

This lawsuit will not Facebook to even blink in the whole matter. However, this will definitely make a turning point in the relation between the US IT giants and the oldest continent in the world also known as the Old Lady. So far, Google has had a chance to experience its sharp legal teeth first hand.

So, what is going to happen next? It is just like Europe wants to exercise some tough discipline on the US top IT players. What you can do back home is forbidden in Europe. Is this the message? How many lawsuits we need to deliver it successfully? Who is next? Apple or Microsoft. 

Facebook vs Facebook

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Facebook is eager, and let us say a little bit pushy, in order to make us to use its new FB Messenger app. If you are using your iPhone or Android smartphone, you will not be able to communicate with your friends as you used to unless you do not install the Messenger itself. The integrated FB app will not do its job anymore. Move to Messenger, that is the message.

On the other hand, if you prefer to use iPad, for example, then you can forget about the Messenger ultimatum for a moment. What is this much ado about nothing with the new Facebook Messenger thing? Well, Facebook wants to save both your time and nerves with a single app for a proper communication. Still not satisfied with this answer?

Maybe, Facebook is playing a dangerous game with its I-know-what-is-good-for-you attitude. Do not forget that not so long ago Facebook has been caught experimenting on us without our previous explicit approval or knowledge about it. Has Facebook become so powerful, or we cannot accept the fact to live without it even for a day?

Let us see who is who, and who or what is an absolute necessity? The Facebook as an app, or we as the users. What is happening with some of the most popular online brands in the world? Are they showing their ugly faces at the end of the rainbow? First Google, and now Facebook. Who is next? Once, they were so nice to us. What happened in the meantime?