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(Gizmodo)   Facebook thinks you might want to use your friends and family account to be friends with clients from your secret life as a sex worker   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2017-10-12 08:50:07 AM  
I wonder how they're doing it.
 
2017-10-12 08:54:55 AM  
My people you may know feed is always filled with large women from Chicago and Atlanta. Turns out, someone out there uses my name and gives out my phone number to these women, because periodically I get texts that I really, really do not want and I assume the recommendations are from people looking at my profile and realizing I'm the wrong person.
 
2017-10-12 09:19:15 AM  
This is exactly why I am not on Facebook. OK, maybe not EXACTLY (ain't no one paying me for sex) but I pretty much see Zuckerberg as evil incarnate. I wouldn't trust him with my dirty underwear, why would I trust him with all my personal information?
 
2017-10-12 09:21:15 AM  
A cousin of mine, who is an actress and model, tried to have two Facebook accounts. She wanted to keep private and public separate but it just didn't work. After a while, she seems to have just let the professional one go because FB kept trying to morph it into a personal life version.
 
2017-10-12 09:49:25 AM  
I've had Facebook recommend people who I've only contacted through Gmail for business purposes. Government agents - no joke.

Facebook says they don't comb your email for info. Bullshiat.
 
2017-10-12 09:51:07 AM  
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And that's why you stop using Facebook.
 
2017-10-12 09:53:02 AM  
I know they look at google contacts.  People I add to contacts in Google will show up as suggested friends within a day.  Also, I suspect they use IP addresses.  If you use the same phone to access the two different accounts, they say "Hey!  They must know each other!"
 
2017-10-12 09:55:00 AM  
"The worst nightmare of sex workers is to have your real name out there, and Facebook connecting people like this is the harbinger of that nightmare," she said.

I always thought the worse nightmare of sex workers was being beaten by a trucker and hung under the trailer to slowly die from being dragged.
 
2017-10-12 09:56:20 AM  
How convenient of Matt and trey, last night. 
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2017-10-12 09:56:45 AM  
"People You May Know suggestions are not informed by your smartphone's Location Services."

Person:Hey, Facebook.  How do you figure out who else I might know?
Facebook:  It's not by location!  That's for sure!  What are you accusing me of?!
 
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2017-10-12 09:57:32 AM  
I've had LinkedIn suggest I connect to a Farkette I've never contacted. I did not give LinkedIn my email password or contact list. I'm not sure how it made the connection. Maybe somebody who has my LinkedIn-associated email also has hers, and that person did give LinkedIn a password to mine personal data.
 
2017-10-12 09:57:44 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: "The worst nightmare of sex workers is to have your real name out there, and Facebook connecting people like this is the harbinger of that nightmare," she said.

I always thought the worse nightmare of sex workers was being beaten by a trucker and hung under the trailer to slowly die from being dragged.


At least they know the sweet release of death is coming soon with the second one.
 
2017-10-12 10:00:37 AM  

ArthurVandelay: [img.fark.net image 670x377]

And that's why you stop using Facebook.


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2017-10-12 10:02:10 AM  

ZAZ: I've had LinkedIn suggest I connect to a Farkette I've never contacted. I did not give LinkedIn my email password or contact list. I'm not sure how it made the connection. Maybe somebody who has my LinkedIn-associated email also has hers, and that person did give LinkedIn a password to mine personal data


Web pages can 'check in' on other browser tabs besides they one they are living on.  At one point in time linkedin would crawl through your gmail contacts if that tab was open.

/linkedin is a virus
 
2017-10-12 10:04:54 AM  

Xarian0: I've had Facebook recommend people who I've only contacted through Gmail for business purposes. Government agents - no joke.

Facebook says they don't comb your email for info. Bullshiat.


Other people probably gave their google contacts to Facebook.

It used to be the default. When you opened a Facebook account your email address AND its password were two fields to fill in.

I can clicked Cancel when I saw that and never went back.
 
2017-10-12 10:06:15 AM  

Xarian0: I've had Facebook recommend people who I've only contacted through Gmail for business purposes. Government agents - no joke.

Facebook says they don't comb your email for info. Bullshiat.


They don't comb through your emails, they do comb through your phones contact list for phone numbers and emails and suggest anyone who shows up in them. Likely these workers used the same phone for both purposes at one point accidentally.
 
2017-10-12 10:06:15 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: "The worst nightmare of sex workers is to have your real name out there, and Facebook connecting people like this is the harbinger of that nightmare," she said.

I always thought the worse nightmare of sex workers was being beaten by a trucker and hung under the trailer to slowly die from being dragged.


Well, it probably is now...
 
2017-10-12 10:07:46 AM  

BafflerMeal: ZAZ: I've had LinkedIn suggest I connect to a Farkette I've never contacted. I did not give LinkedIn my email password or contact list. I'm not sure how it made the connection. Maybe somebody who has my LinkedIn-associated email also has hers, and that person did give LinkedIn a password to mine personal data

Web pages can 'check in' on other browser tabs besides they one they are living on.  At one point in time linkedin would crawl through your gmail contacts if that tab was open.


Have a link for that?  I vaguely remember a LinkedId ad campaign where they requested you route all your email through their servers so that they could harvest names but I wasn't aware that they were trolling other tabs for information.  Seems like that would violate all sorts of privacy laws.
 
2017-10-12 10:09:19 AM  

Kouta: I wonder how they're doing it.


My guess is they are using facial recognition on your Facebook profile pic, or other pics, to associate your account with other ones.

One of the reasons, I don't have a profile pic on any of my social media accounts.

/Social media is too intrusive into your personal life
 
2017-10-12 10:10:46 AM  
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2017-10-12 10:11:20 AM  

naughtyrev: My people you may know feed is always filled with large women from Chicago and Atlanta. Turns out, someone out there uses my name and gives out my phone number to these women, because periodically I get texts that I really, really do not want and I assume the recommendations are from people looking at my profile and realizing I'm the wrong person.


Sure that's the reason.
 
2017-10-12 10:11:43 AM  
I don't want my friends and family to know what I do for a living.

Solution: Put it on Facebook?

Logic fail.
 
2017-10-12 10:14:18 AM  
Twenty years later, they're still trying to recommend my evil ex as a friend.  Vermin.
 
2017-10-12 10:14:46 AM  
I'm glad I never got on Facebook. So very glad. Twitter is enough for me, thanks.
 
2017-10-12 10:17:01 AM  

Kouta: I wonder how they're doing it.


Face recognition software?
 
2017-10-12 10:18:06 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Twenty years later, they're still trying to recommend my evil ex as a friend.  Vermin.


You could probably block her... I blocked mine and she's never been recommended.
 
2017-10-12 10:18:42 AM  

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2017-10-12 10:18:48 AM  
I've had LinkedIn suggest people that I don't have in my contacts (phone or email) but I know. I would imagine that the suggested person looked me up previously. Or maybe they have me in their contacts and have allowed LinkedIn or other services to search through their phones?
 
2017-10-12 10:19:35 AM  
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2017-10-12 10:19:44 AM  
Why do I get the feeling the PYMK algorithm will never do this when the information night actually do sonething other than embarrass people or ruin lives?

I suspect politicians and hacks will never be linked to their FSB contacts or white slavers.
 
2017-10-12 10:20:32 AM  
Nevermind.  cookies.  duh.

I guess I'm too hungry this morning I never thought of the digital kind.
My head was full of "...too much frosting..." "I wonder if there's milk in the fridge."
 
2017-10-12 10:20:53 AM  
Does Tinder have that feature where you can create an account using your facebook or google login?
 
2017-10-12 10:21:04 AM  

SwiftFox: [img.fark.net image 500x375]


Thread over.

Web cookies, folks.  You may keep separate emails, names, the whole nine yards apart from your "other" identity, but use the same computer and browse the web using both personas, and it won't take long for any data company worth its salt to tie them together.  This isn't new technology, and it's not just FB that does it, nor are they even a leader in this technology.  They just use it in scary ways.  :)

If you're want to keep your superhero identity secret, you need to get far smarter about how your data is shared over the web.
 
2017-10-12 10:21:52 AM  
That's how I build my client base!


/Referrals are gold, like my showers.
 
2017-10-12 10:23:57 AM  
If you want to keep something secret don't publish it on farking Facebook. Are people really this stupid? Seriously.
 
2017-10-12 10:26:49 AM  
My "suggested friends" list is filled with girls attending Boston University.  As far as I know, I don't even know anyone who attended BU. I've never been to Boston.  It's weird, but if I scroll down the list, just about any recommendation that doesn't have any friends in common will be a girl at BU.

I'm not complaining; from what I can tell, BU recruits based on looks...
 
2017-10-12 10:28:50 AM  
Facebook, Linkedin et al use search terms, cookies and n-degrees-of-separation algorithms to populate their recommendations.

If you search someone's name on their site you might as well assume you're now partially associated with that person. If you use the same computer with two FB accounts you may as well assume they're going to be partially associated. If someone searches on one half of this partial association they might well get results to other. If you use the mobile app and share contacts you might get linked by that too.

About the only way you can stop this is extreme dilligence. Use a separate browser, preferably from a different IP address for one account than the other. Don't share contacts. And under no circumstances search from one to the other.

E.g. if academic / call girl person should use her phone exclusively for one persona and her computer for the other. The nuclear option might be to delete one account, e.g. call girl's and just recreate it.
 
2017-10-12 10:31:59 AM  

DragonIV: SwiftFox: [img.fark.net image 500x375]

Thread over.

Web cookies, folks.  You may keep separate emails, names, the whole nine yards apart from your "other" identity, but use the same computer and browse the web using both personas, and it won't take long for any data company worth its salt to tie them together.  This isn't new technology, and it's not just FB that does it, nor are they even a leader in this technology.  They just use it in scary ways.  :)

If you're want to keep your superhero identity secret, you need to get far smarter about how your data is shared over the web.


Cubes.  Blue for good girl.  Red for bad girl.
 
2017-10-12 10:32:21 AM  

Kouta: I wonder how they're doing it.


They're linking back other google service information.

I don't do social media myself (I have a pair of stalkers that took me years to ditch that I'm never giving an opening to again), but I had a buddy mentioning last week that he only has a facebook account to occupy the name, and only uses it to check out his wife's blog posts, yet he keeps getting ads or recommendations for things he's done searches on, or has gotten emails about.
 
2017-10-12 10:37:25 AM  
What I find really annoying/disturbing is Facebook is preloaded on my android phone and I cannot delete it without rooting my phone.

I disabled it... But I am not really convinced it is really disabled...
 
2017-10-12 10:38:38 AM  

Telos: Ker_Thwap: Twenty years later, they're still trying to recommend my evil ex as a friend.  Vermin.

You could probably block her... I blocked mine and she's never been recommended.


Done, thanks!
 
2017-10-12 10:39:44 AM  

Russ1642: If you want to keep something secret don't publish it on farking Facebook. Are people really this stupid? Seriously.


The problem with the sex worker is that she didn't put anything secret on Facebook.  She only used it to talk with friends and family, and Facebook started connecting her to her Johns.  She purposely used different email addresses and phone numbers with her sex work so that wouldn't happen.

My guess is that Facebook isn't doing anything nefarious like tracking her location. Her clients probably really are connected to people she knows in her vanilla life.  I live in a city of 150k people and it's amazing how few degrees of separation there are between everyone.
 
2017-10-12 10:40:10 AM  

GRCooper: My "suggested friends" list is filled with girls attending Boston University.  As far as I know, I don't even know anyone who attended BU. I've never been to Boston.  It's weird, but if I scroll down the list, just about any recommendation that doesn't have any friends in common will be a girl at BU.

I'm not complaining; from what I can tell, BU recruits based on looks...


Very unlikely.  I got into BU.

/did not attend
 
2017-10-12 10:43:59 AM  

Kouta: I wonder how they're doing it.


Probably just making assumptions based on you friends friends.
If she has 100 FB friends and each of those FB friends have 100 FB friends etc. etc. your suddenly talking about millions of people.

You know Jill, Jill knows Jeff, Jeff knows frank, therefore, you may know frank.
 
2017-10-12 10:45:25 AM  

chawco: What I find really annoying/disturbing is Facebook is preloaded on my android phone and I cannot delete it without rooting my phone.

I disabled it... But I am not really convinced it is really disabled...


Yeah, smart phones are starting to bug me out.  Gonna switch back to either a land line, or an old flip phone.

You farks want my data, try paying me for it.  Otherwise, mine (heh).
 
2017-10-12 10:47:24 AM  

Xythero: I live in a city of 150k people and it's amazing how few degrees of separation there are between everyone.

See you next Tuesday?  Same motel as usual?
 
2017-10-12 11:01:33 AM  
Annnd, you can blame we marketers for this.  The original problem stemmed from keeping up with people's changing mailing addresses.  They developed pretty decent algorithms for detecting changes and figuring out which one was the most recent--and it wasn't long before they said, "hey, we get records in with their name on various addresses, why not bring these all in together" so they did.

Emails, when they were fairly new, changed frequently as well, and were vexing to market to.  So, the marketing folks applied similar logic to email addresses, and the concept of making multiple different records collected together intelligently to make an "individual"--one having a best address and best email (and best phone), but we could also find any historical records of yours by using that change history.

Today, this process incorporates cookies, web registration data, store / web transactional data, and before long we'll probably incorporate leaks made available from database hacks.  I wish I was kidding, but I've been in this business long enough to see this coming a mile away.  :D

It's way harder to stay invisible than most people realize today. Way, way harder.
 
2017-10-12 11:07:22 AM  
Kinda like how PH thinks I might want to share videos on FB.
 
2017-10-12 11:12:05 AM  

DragonIV: SwiftFox: [img.fark.net image 500x375]

Thread over.

Web cookies, folks.  You may keep separate emails, names, the whole nine yards apart from your "other" identity, but use the same computer and browse the web using both personas, and it won't take long for any data company worth its salt to tie them together.  This isn't new technology, and it's not just FB that does it, nor are they even a leader in this technology.  They just use it in scary ways.  :)

If you're want to keep your superhero identity secret, you need to get far smarter about how your data is shared over the web.


Something tells me that people who give/take penis on camera for money don't have very good planning ahead skills.
 
2017-10-12 11:13:11 AM  

RabidRythmDivas: I know they look at google contacts.  People I add to contacts in Google will show up as suggested friends within a day.  Also, I suspect they use IP addresses.  If you use the same phone to access the two different accounts, they say "Hey!  They must know each other!"


Do you have your google account linked to your facebook account?
 
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