Texto del artículo:"Clear History"? Why not #DeleteFacebook instead
On Tuesday, at the Facebook developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg
once again asked the social media site's users for their trust, when
he announced a new privacy control for the site. Called "clear
history," Zuckerberg claims it will allow users to clear their
browsing history on Facebook, apparently including activity like which
Web sites one has visited.
This is an empty gesture. Facebook is clearly attempting to placate an
angry public and defend itself against scrutiny by the US government,
but it is still putting the impetus to protect user privacy on users,
rather than simply choosing not to collect information on Facebook
users in the first place.
It will surprise many people clicking this new button to learn that,
while Facebook says you will be able to clear your history, the
company will still have a copy of that activity -- it just won't be
associated with your account.
This is a symptom of a fundamental problem. When you interact with
Facebook, you are giving up control over your computing to a server
run by someone else -- it's Service as a Software Substitute. The
parts of it that do run on your local system are nonfree
Even if they did promise to delete your activity from their servers,
there is no way to verify that, because you cannot inspect either the
trust that the code only Facebook can read does what Facebook says it
does. No company can be trusted with that kind of power over users,
least of all one with Facebook's track record.
Though they want you to believe they care about protecting your
privacy, unless Facebook decides to completely overhaul itself using
exclusively free software and decentralize, allowing people to run
federated nodes of that software on their own computers, nobody should
expect to go untracked.
US Congress battered Zuckerberg with questions in a hearing following
the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, and though no
concrete action has come from those conversations so far, there are
ways in which governments could act to prevent covert mass data
collection online in the future. Even the nodes in a decentralized
free software social network could inappropriately collect data, and
quality regulation could prohibit the practice.
But regulation alone will not be enough. Technology itself must be
built in ways that respect users. We urge you to #DeleteFacebook and
try one of the decentralized social Web options discussed on the
Free Software Foundation's High Priority Projects list -- you may even
try self-hosting a node for others to use. Send us your first message
on Diaspora or GNU social (which can talk to Mastodon
Zuckerberg probably wishes he could "clear history" of the
Cambridge Analytica scandal that put Facebook under scrutiny in the
first place. We encourage him to #DeleteFacebook in favor of a
decentralized, free software-driven option, too.
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