Facebook: Surveillance for profit fine, surveillance for social control not fine!


From the Guardian here:

Facebook and Instagram have banned developers from using their data for surveillance with a new privacy policy that civil rights activists have long sought to curb spying by law enforcement.

Following revelations last year that police departments had gained special access to the social networks to track protesters, Facebook, which owns Instagram, announced on Monday that it had updated its rules to state that developers could not “use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance”.

You could say that surveillance for profit and selling advertising is a form of social control but obviously Facebook is not reaching the same conclusion.

In other words what’s good for the bottom line is not good for the po po!

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