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Old 08-17-2017, 12:27 PM
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Facebook is scaring me

I sent a message to my friend last night using Facebook messenger. This morning he replied and I viewed the chat on my phone. I didn't know today is his birthday.

I began to reply and "Happy Birthday" was loaded in the text box. I accidentally sent the message then started typing a follow up message to say it was a mistake. Seconds later, my friend said "thank you!" Yes today is his birthday. Facebook put the message in the text box for me.

Usually I get a reminder on Facebook mentioning a friend's birthday. This time Facebook put the birthday greeting in my message. What's next?

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Old 08-17-2017, 12:33 PM
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How about reams of spam posts, videos and links that bloat our timelines. I'm sick that I can't turn this crap off. It seems like it's every 3 or 4 posts, then a spam post. 3 or 4 posts - then another spam post. It just keeps going on and on.

Some of this spam is disguised to look like a compelling "story", but it ends up just being a fake news story that is really an advert.

I can't stand it much more. Spam is everywhere.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:53 PM
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I usually don't click a link that goes to another website for that reason.
 
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:32 PM
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Guys, it is just a website. You can stop using it if you don't like it.
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If you think that's scary - a friend of mine just talked about a trip to Thailand while his phone was around. Next day he was swamped with Thailand holiday ads on Facebook. The worst is already here. I deleted the Facebook app from my phone 2 years ago. It's stayed deleted since then.
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Creepy. Your friend must have done a search though for Thailiand even if it wasn't a lot?
 
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I would stay away from Facebook. They love spying on people, and selling your data to big corporations.
 
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Creepy. Your friend must have done a search though for Thailiand even if it wasn't a lot?
Not in this particular case. In this instance he'd just thought of it so he hadn't searched for anything.
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Usually I get a reminder on Facebook mentioning a friend's birthday. This time Facebook put the birthday greeting in my message. What's next?
And welcome to their business strategy. Analyze what you and your friends are doing/saying/typed/stored and then use that to market you with ads that you might click. In this case it was benign by reading all of your friends DOB profile and then filling in a pre-made msg for you to type. This is all expected and very easy to do.
 
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Sometimes getting related ads is actually useful. Let's say a website is promoting some blog post about SEO. It was shown to you because you follow SEO related pages on Facebook.

You don't have to go and buy something. Many times you will be able to find very useful content and new awesome websites this way.
 
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Guys, it is just a website. You can stop using it if you don't like it.
I use it less and less every day mostly because of the junk and advertising disguised as news, which is fake BTW.
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It's not just Facebook though, the governments are heavily in to tracking what we do. I think they probably fund a lot of the R&D for facial recognition software/hardware. Through CCTV they know where we all are when in major cities etc.

It's crazy how good facial recognition software is now. Facebook auto tags your friends in images, even if just a small obscured part of their face is visible.
 
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