imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Facebook kills app that would let Facebook stalkers become real life stalkers

by Philip Albert Friday, Jun. 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM

While a fair corner of the internet was in angry mob mode because Facebook changed users’ default emails to unsuspectingvictim@facebook.com, several others were aware of another Facebook dealing that seemed even more nefarious. This past Monday, Facebook quietly unleashed the “Find Friends Nearby” feature, a mobile app that would allow users to see which other users were in proximity.

While a fair corner of the internet was in angry mob mode because Facebook changed users’ default emails to unsuspectingvictim@facebook.com, several others were aware of another Facebook dealing that seemed even more nefarious. This past Monday, Facebook quietly unleashed the “Find Friends Nearby” feature, a mobile app that would allow users to see which other users were in proximity.

The folks at Facebook underestimated the web’s skill at seeing the worst in everything. It took just a few hours for bloggers to proclaim “Friends Nearby” the "stalker app." With just a mobile phone, they claimed, Facebook stalkers could easily graduate to real life stalkers with the push of a button.

By Tuesday, the feature was gone, another ghost in Facebook’s haunted house of ideas everyone hated.

On it’s face, “Find Friends Nearby” doesn’t seem so bad. It almost seems useful (as useful as any Facebook app can hope to be, anyway). The test version that was rolled out was similar to other GPS-utilizing apps like Highlight. Users who opted into the feature could see other users who had also opted in and were close by. That is, if you didn’t opt in, no one would see you on the feature.

Ryan Patterson, the father of the feature, claimed it would be a really easy way for people that were already meeting in person to share information. Basically, you could be networking at a bar with someone and easily become Facebook friends via the app, almost like exchanging business cards.

However, some wondered, what if the app was less “Friends Nearby” and more “Sexual Predators/Potential Prey Nearby”?

Hypothetically, the feature would let an ex know if you were in his or her proximity (assuming you have both opted into the app). It could also possibly reveal a few personal details, like your name/favorite Beatles album, to random creeps in the area (again, assuming you are all opted in).

Fortunately, those would-be stalkers will have to stay chained to their keyboards for now. Facebook quickly shut down the feature (which was never officially released), calling the whole rollout simply a test. Considering the backlash, it’s probably safe to assume the test failed.

Would knowing the names of nearby people actually lead to an uptick of assaults? No one can say.

While there are many out there labeling Facebook the new Big Brother right now, let’s not forget that we aren’t legally required to have a Facebook profile. The company’s policy of begging forgiveness instead of asking permission may not be the most advisable, but we are a far way away from a dystopia ruled by Comrade Zuckerberg.

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Facebook Networks Cynic Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Local News

Segregation in the City of Angels: A 1939 Map of Housing Inequality in L.A. A15 7:44PM

Justice Dept. seeking info, IDs on 1.3M visitors to protest website DisruptJ20.org A15 1:04PM

San Francisco Rally Protests Hate Crimes in Charlottesville A14 5:38PM

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites A02 1:52PM

Tracking Twenty Years of Stockton Killings by Law Enforcement A02 1:27PM

Garcetti Cronyism - Why and How to Ignore Your LA Dog License A01 5:05PM

Nation's Worst Meltdown Was In LA J31 4:54PM

As RV towing resumes in LA, officials say program won't 'target homeless' J31 1:15PM

Class War on the Waterfront: Longshore Workers Under Attack J21 10:18AM

Limits to Growth Published Forty Years Ago J18 5:15AM

KPFK's Indy Media on Air Now on Wednesdays J25 9:13AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Ni patrie, ni frontière, ni nation, ni région N19 7:17AM

Statement on the Trump Visit to the Philippines N18 7:45PM

Capitalisation de l'egogestion egogérée N18 5:30AM

Three reading samples on George Orwell's "1984" N17 3:55AM

Syllogomanie N17 12:28AM

The Shortwave Report 11/17/17 Listen Globally! N16 5:05PM

Paraphysique de la collaboration N15 10:11PM

October 2017 Honduras Coup Update N15 9:23PM

National US Gov as wellas EPA slow to act on Abandoned uranium Mines Cleanup in Southwest N15 10:50AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Comedy Fundraiser N14 10:47AM

Republicans against the Poor and the Sick N14 4:16AM

Paraphysique du conformisme N13 11:25PM

Global Warming / Climate Change has Become a New Religion - What's it all About? N13 11:20AM

Crétinisme et jobarderie psychophysiologiques N13 8:21AM

Crétinisme et jobarderie psychophysiologiques N12 10:08PM

"The Public Trust Doctrine," Wealth Inequality, and Iraq N11 12:08PM

Anthologie de la subversion carabinée N11 1:20AM

US Executions Violate The 14th, 8th, and 1st Amendments To The Constitution N10 10:51PM

BUSTED: Watch LAPD cops plant drugs in black suspect’s wallet – unaware body cams were on N10 5:32PM

FBI suppressed exculpatory evidence in Leonard Peltier's trial N09 5:16PM

The Shortwave Report 11/10/17 Listen Globally! N09 4:19PM

Slavery as a Human Right N09 8:46AM

Fbi are human monsters who must be put out of business N09 5:51AM

Entropie ou l'anarchie inversée N08 11:11PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” with Voice Artist Rob Paulsen, Fri., Dec. 8 at The Tower Theatre N08 12:36PM

Free Updates on Hurricane Help and Recovery Efforts 1 800 665 2843 N08 11:08AM

Benjamin Tucker American Mutualist: Mutual Banking Part 3 and Final Conclusion Part 4 N08 10:06AM

lapd shootings 1998 - 2015 N06 11:21PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy