Privacy groups ask FTC to block Facebook-Whatsapp deal

By Himanshu Arora ยท 7 replies
Mar 7, 2014
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  1. Last month, Facebook acquired the world's most popular instant messaging service. And it seems not everyone is delighted with the move. Fearing that the social networking giant might use Whatsapp's user data for advertising purposes, two consumer privacy groups on Thursday...

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I have three words to say to EPIC and CDD: Switch to Line.

    Or whichever of the lot of different messaging apps there are, encrypted, non encrypted, whatever they like.
  3. Seriously I don't beliieve Facebook at all. I believe that they are lying about it. It's too impossible to buy Whatsapp for no reason and opreation seperate. It doesn't make any sense for them to waste billons to do nothing. Facebook think that we are stupid.
  4. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Really people, do you think you are going to just get free services without out some kind of give back?

    My privacy concerns with Facebook are not based on serving of adds... We should be more concerned over how they store your information, you control over removing it for good, and their lack of transparency regarding how long the retain information, what is being captured, and who it gets shared with, especially when it is not anonymized. I would be supportive of scanning the contents of my conversations - that kind of goes too far. Instant messages, and texts have an expected level of privacy associated with their use, although some implementations could be open to external monitoring. Nevertheless, implicit storing, duplication our side of the context of user case, and scanning private conversations is where I draw a line. With all that said... I don't think this transaction will be blocked on those grounds only. I people don't like something seriously quit complaining and use something else... the fall of a titian leaves ample room for alternative. It's not like you don't have options people. Maybe not better at the moment, but what is more important to you will speak volumes with you actions... not just your yapping.
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Privacy groups want to block it because they are jelly at not investing in whatsapp for a share of that $19billion.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I don't understand how people can expect to receive something as useful as Facebook for free. What do these privacy groups expect, just for FB to show untargeted ads? Untargeted ads are nearly worthless and aren't used anywhere ever. Having your ads be useful to you is such a small price to pay for FB it's hardly measurable. I don't even know why people would be against it, I'd rather see ads about new smartphones than women's shoes.
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Imagine if google licensed their tech to facebook... DAMN ads that matter which will also increase profit for FB as advertisers will need to pay more and ads will get clicked more, plus google will earn a bit of extra profit as well :)
  8. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Google and Facebook are competing for social network ad revenue. No matter what, the current business model for free and even paid services include ads. The advertising dollars help fund just about everything. It funds TV and Movies with commercials and product placement... it is the cycle of life.

    Moreover, these activist groups get publicity when they chime in with big stories that are relevant to their cause. Wasn't PETA somewhere near by when the Call of Duty franchise started to use dogs in the latest Ghost title? This is how these groups let us know they exist; IMHO I think it is simple as that.

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