It keeps happening:
“A massive data set that includes the personal information of 533 million global Facebook users has been leaked and is widely circulating online. The data, which includes user phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, account creation dates, relationship status, and more, was being freely traded in hacker forums over the weekend.
“…Facebook has been quick to downplay the leak; on Twitter, various Facebook executives have said that the data is from 2019 and is therefore “old.” What they don’t grapple with is the fact that phone numbers and email addresses don’t change that often.“
Yes, that’s a world wide-number, but in stark terms, that number is greater than the population of the United States, or as Vice puts it, “if the number of people affected by this breach were a country, it would be the third most populous in the world, behind China and India.”
But you know, no big deal, amirite?
While Facebook says the company fixed the vulnerability in 2019, the company didn’t inform its subscribers that the data was circulating in the wild. Security researchers also note that Facebook engaged in misleading behavior to gain access to subscriber phone numbers in the first place.
And in related Facebook news:
And boy, do they eff it up royally, like the Possum Hollar production of War of the Worlds:
The day after Thanksgiving 2019, residents of Chippewa Township, Pennsylvania, watched from their windows as state and local police combed through their backyards looking for Kyle Michael Jones.
Jones, 26, had a long rap sheet for offenses like reckless driving and disorderly conduct. He had responded to an officer’s attempted traffic stop by jumping out of his car and making a run for it.
Information about Jones wouldn’t be public for days, so as helicopters flew overhead and police dogs searched the surrounding woods, residents logged on to Facebook. And that’s when the fear, and the exaggerations, and the falsehoods begin to circulate and multiply.
“…The comments came in faster than the group’s administrator could moderate them – hundreds of them in an hour. Just as many panicked phone calls were placed to 911 operators and the local police precinct, according to police and the director of emergency management services.
And it cascades from there.
It’s more a tale of a moral failing than Facebook itself, but it illustrates what happens when two large societal changes converge: the death of local journalism and the rise of Facebook, and frankly those changes are related. I mean, where do most people get their (local) news now? Who killed local media by taking away the advertising?