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(Gizmodo)   A look back at the ten year history of Facebook's most scandalous feature: "People You May Know"   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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1440 clicks; posted to Geek » on 10 Aug 2018 at 12:54 AM (9 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2018-08-09 04:33:33 PM  
I definitely had multiple bad experiences with this feature until I installed FB Purity.

On 3 occasions PYMK suggested what appeared to be cam girls, with one of them using a very graphic image for her cover photo. The latter appeared to be a still or screenshot from a porn movie.

I reported all 3 and was told in each case that they weren't in violation of community standards. Mind you, this is the same FB who has a record of taking down pictures mothers have posted on their pages of them breastfeeding their babies because that violated community standards. They have also censored paintings by such famous artists as Peter Paul Rubens and others, again because of nudity.
 
2018-08-09 05:47:32 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: I definitely had multiple bad experiences with this feature until I installed FB Purity.

On 3 occasions PYMK suggested what appeared to be cam girls, with one of them using a very graphic image for her cover photo. The latter appeared to be a still or screenshot from a porn movie.

I reported all 3 and was told in each case that they weren't in violation of community standards. Mind you, this is the same FB who has a record of taking down pictures mothers have posted on their pages of them breastfeeding their babies because that violated community standards. They have also censored paintings by such famous artists as Peter Paul Rubens and others, again because of nudity.


I didn't know of this extension.  Thank you for mentioning it!
 
2018-08-09 08:46:36 PM  

Breaker Moran: Bathia_Mapes: I definitely had multiple bad experiences with this feature until I installed FB Purity.

On 3 occasions PYMK suggested what appeared to be cam girls, with one of them using a very graphic image for her cover photo. The latter appeared to be a still or screenshot from a porn movie.

I reported all 3 and was told in each case that they weren't in violation of community standards. Mind you, this is the same FB who has a record of taking down pictures mothers have posted on their pages of them breastfeeding their babies because that violated community standards. They have also censored paintings by such famous artists as Peter Paul Rubens and others, again because of nudity.

I didn't know of this extension.  Thank you for mentioning it!


Facebook Purity is pretty darned great. :)
 
2018-08-09 10:15:16 PM  
I have a ton of "friends" on Facebook that I've never seen or spoken to before. I don't do anything about it because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by dropping them and I'm almost never on Facebook anyway.
 
2018-08-10 01:03:30 AM  
I used to like the memory feature that showed me dead dogs I've had and ex girlfriends.

fark Facebook.
 
2018-08-10 01:04:29 AM  
I'm only on FB because there are some groups there I participate in.
I have zero "friends".  I have zero background info and I don't post any personal info.
I don't get the PYMK on my desktop anymore and I don't use the app on my phone, but if I go to FB web page on my phone, I get hit with PYMK.
I delete them all as - I don't know why I would know any of them.
Next day, they are back.  Only on the phone.  Same group of 2 dozen or so.
Delete, repeat, ad nauseum.  Always the same.  And NONE of them are part of the groups I participate in.
 
2018-08-10 01:13:56 AM  
I created a Facebook account years ago that had nothing but fake information on it. I needed a Facebook account for something or other. Anyway, I started getting those messages featuring people I actually know, one of them being a sister, even though I never used it outside that one time and I never told anyone about it.

That's some bullshiat.
 
2018-08-10 01:14:19 AM  
*Rs TFA*

They left out the part where "PYMK" is sometimes more like a list of "People you're avoiding." I don't want them to see my name on their list, either.
 
2018-08-10 01:33:59 AM  

omg bbq: I used to like the memory feature that showed me dead dogs I've had and ex girlfriends.

fark Facebook.


This.
Found a way to turn it off, and they turned it back on and removed the option used.
 
2018-08-10 01:38:12 AM  
If you don't remove anyone from it it seems like the list remains the same forever? So don't scratch the itch of deleting or acknowledgement?
 
2018-08-10 01:45:06 AM  
I complained to FB because I kept getting recommendations to connect to teenagers from the local high school. At first I thought it was because they were friends of my niece and nephew - they weren't. We had no mutual friends. Creepy shyt.
 
2018-08-10 01:49:45 AM  

omg bbq: I used to like the memory feature that showed me dead dogs I've had and ex girlfriends.

fark Facebook.


I didn't know it at the time, but I took the last photos of Mister Sweet Thing (not his real dog-name) just a few days before he died because he was suddenly acting lethargic. They're not happy photos. Now I'm really glad those didn't go on facebook.
 
2018-08-10 02:00:32 AM  
I have a friend who became a swinger after she left her abusive husband. She created a fake profile to arrange meets with her partners. Completely anonymous. People who friended her got her real profile in the PYMK.

That was Not cool.
 
2018-08-10 03:42:50 AM  

padraig: I have a friend who became a swinger after she left her abusive husband. She created a fake profile to arrange meets with her partners. Completely anonymous. People who friended her got her real profile in the PYMK.

That was Not cool.


PYMK is very creepy. I heard from someone that a mutual acquaintance had passed away.
I Googled his name to read his obituary. He had been in so much trouble with the law, women, debt collectors, lawsuits--you name it--that he had actually gone to court and changed his name, to something quite unusual. When I Googled him, I found two guys with this uncommon name in North America. The other is Canadian.
The next day, Guess who showed up in my PYMK? The OTHER guy with that name, the Canadian.
Facebook and Google have this unholy alliance with this "PYMK" stuff.
I immediately called the domestic violence shelter I work with and told them about this. Every woman who comes in is taught about how to clean out her social media settings to erase her tracks/make it harder for her abuser to find her, but none of us knew that if a woman Googled her ex to keep tabs on his whereabouts, he'd pop up in her PYMK and have the unwanted, possibly dangerous opportunity to reconnect.
 
2018-08-10 06:09:26 AM  
If you aren't using FB Purity, why even use Facebook? It's Facebook, but EXACTLY like you want it, customized to the minutest detail. It's the only reason I still have Facebook.
 
2018-08-10 08:10:06 AM  
From my experience they should rename the feature to "People You Probably Don't Know (and Don't Really Care to Know).
 
2018-08-10 08:32:29 AM  

Unscratchable_Itch: I complained to FB because I kept getting recommendations to connect to teenagers from the local high school. At first I thought it was because they were friends of my niece and nephew - they weren't. We had no mutual friends. Creepy shyt.


Same. No mutual friendship with my son, the only teen on my Facebook friends list.

Also had my landlord's daughter (not friends with him) pop up, guys I messaged through dating sites but with no exchange of phone numbers or any other personal info, as well as the husband of a long dead relative - he didn't even know I existed. The data mining and usage is definitely creepy.
 
2018-08-10 09:00:32 AM  

runwiz: From my experience they should rename the feature to "People You Probably Don't Know (and Don't Really Care to Know).


True, although I was only on FB for a couple months. I really don't care that you are going shopping, unless you are planning on giving me a new car.
 
2018-08-10 09:15:28 AM  

Optimus Primate: If you aren't using FB Purity, why even use Facebook? It's Facebook, but EXACTLY like you want it, customized to the minutest detail. It's the only reason I still have Facebook.


So, I just installed it and I have friends who have a nasty habit of posting lots of pictures. Thankfully, without Purity, they're all in one post. When I just installed it, they all turned into individual posts. How do I stop that?
 
2018-08-10 09:27:15 AM  
SpookyEyes:
Also had my landlord's daughter (not friends with him) pop up,

Obscure?
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2018-08-10 10:03:57 AM  
PYMK was extremely handy. Within 10 seconds of signing up it showed that Facebook was a rampant privacy invader. If it's mining emails for contacts then it'll stoop to any scummy tactics so might as well delete profile and never look back.
 
2018-08-10 10:35:24 AM  

Tergiversada: When I Googled him, I found two guys with this uncommon name in North America. The other is Canadian.
The next day, Guess who showed up in my PYMK? The OTHER guy with that name, the Canadian.


Same thing happens with FB search.  When my current gf looked up a former gf, they ended up on each other's PYMK lists.  Awkward.
 
2018-08-10 12:13:35 PM  

Tergiversada: none of us knew that if a woman Googled her ex to keep tabs on his whereabouts, he'd pop up in her PYMK and have the unwanted, possibly dangerous opportunity to reconnect.


While nowhere NEAR as dangerous and horrific as this risk, it is also alarming that FB inadvertently and without any kind of warning or disclosure reveals healthcare issues -- a doctor-friend never had, and never will have, a FB account... and yet her patients tell her they get "you may know this person!"-type suggestions of other patients they have never met.

On some levels, I get why FB is appealing (but never was to misanthropic, self-loathing, friendless me).  But the amount of shiat it does under the guise of "trying to help" is creepy, alarming, uninvestigated, undisclosed, etc etc etc.

And that's -before- we get into the impact on our politics.
 
2018-08-10 12:15:55 PM  
I think they've finally fixed the flaw in the PYMK algorithm that caused it to keep suggesting my ex.

"Did you know that you and [Cheaty Mcbiatchstick] have 71 friends in common?"

Yeah, Facebook.  I'm very, very aware.
 
2018-08-10 03:03:25 PM  
I think my creepiest was bringing in a new employee for hiring and paperwork, and the minute she left my office (I'm an addict, I freely admit), she was on my PYMK.
 
2018-08-10 03:24:54 PM  
In my case, that list usually ends up 'People that some guy you used to work with dated one time'.
 
2018-08-10 04:36:13 PM  

SFSailor: Tergiversada: none of us knew that if a woman Googled her ex to keep tabs on his whereabouts, he'd pop up in her PYMK and have the unwanted, possibly dangerous opportunity to reconnect.

While nowhere NEAR as dangerous and horrific as this risk, it is also alarming that FB inadvertently and without any kind of warning or disclosure reveals healthcare issues -- a doctor-friend never had, and never will have, a FB account... and yet her patients tell her they get "you may know this person!"-type suggestions of other patients they have never met.

On some levels, I get why FB is appealing (but never was to misanthropic, self-loathing, friendless me).  But the amount of shiat it does under the guise of "trying to help" is creepy, alarming, uninvestigated, undisclosed, etc etc etc.

And that's -before- we get into the impact on our politics.


It's location based. All the patients take their cell phones with the FB app to the same location.
 
2018-08-10 05:12:56 PM  
This week, Facebook listed a guy that I went to first grade with under 'People you may know'.
I did not list the school in my bio, we have no common friends, he lives in a different city, etc.
Whatever black magic they use is thorough.
 
2018-08-11 12:58:48 AM  
So FB Purity just hides the fact that you're participating unwillingly in PYMK? Out of sight, out of mind I guess.
 
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