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Rumours: Facebook brings back Messenger to App

FastCompany recently posted some rumours on possible integration of FB Messenger back to Facebook app:

Until 2014, Facebook users were able to send and receive Facebook messages in the primary app. But then Facebook decided to remove the messaging feature from the app and forced users to use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app to send and receive Facebook messages.

Wong speculates that the reversal of this policy is in preparation of Facebook integrating its messaging services across all its apps: Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram..

FastCompany

Seems that, a number of people who removed FB app from mobiles, is larger than presented on the media. It’s quiet some time since I removed FB app from my mobile, due to its constant irrelevant notifications. Less than a month ago, I gave Facebook another try. It lasted few days till I deleted it again.

I still occasionally use it through the browser, but not the app:

  • UI/UX got overwhelmed with stuff I don’t use
  • Content level reduced drastically
  • All the data leaks didn’t help bringing the trust to the brand

Most of the valuable content slowly migrated to messengers, some of which belong to Facebook, but yet again, if FB will bring Messenger back to its mobile app, it’d be easier to cross this app out as well, and move to WhatsApp/Telegram alternatives.

#delete campaigns: social solidarity vs privacy

Uber: Travel ban

January 2017, we witnessed #deleteuber social media campaign. The movement erupted after Trump’s ban on travel ban from Muslim-majority countries, when NYC taxi drivers went on strike. At the very same moment Uber announced “surged pricing on JFK airport” being turned off.

February 2017 benchmarks shown 200,000 accounts being deleted as an act of solidarity against US President decision.

Cambridge Analytica: Elections

March 2018, Christopher Wylie, whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica (has nothing to do with famous university), gives an interview to Guardian on how the company was collecting Facebook user profiles and presumably helped targeting elections campaign for Republican Party to win the elections.

The whole social media just went nuts on the subject. A chance of your social profile being harvested for micro-targeting to form your opinion on any sociopolitical matter, launched yet another delete campaign – #deletefacebook. Today, it’s been reported on 87m profiles may’ve been leaked to Cambridge Analytica, which is said to be a part of SCL Group.

Some details on who these folks are:

SCL’s involvement in the political world has been primarily in the developing world where it has been used by the military and politicians to study and manipulate public opinion and political will. It uses what have been called “psy ops” to provide insight into the thinking of the target audience. According to its website, SCL has influenced elections in Italy, Latvia, Ukraine, Albania, Romania, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, India, Indonesia, The Philippines…(c) Wikipedia

What’s quiet interesting about this whole story, that it’s emphasised the privacy leak at first place. Next week it twisted into yet-another-Trump fault, and all the hell broke loose in social networks.

Frankly speaking, this Trump for/against campaign is not my thing, I’m not  a US citizen. I didn’t vote. Thus, I don’t care. American elections is solely the matter of US people.

Technically speaking, as a person who reads and does some IT things, it breaks down to the subject of privacy, and the medium that we use in day-to-day routines.

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product

Whenever you use any social medium, you share your private information. Those crazy useless quizzes, asking for your locations, ads rotation, bounce rates. It was just the matter of time, when some company will appear on the horizon and start crunching your data for its own purposes. Marketing tools in combination with psychology and IT, might give you a proper railgun in social science and opinion forming.

It’s your decision to support or ignore #deletefacebook movement. Edward Snowden gave an interview on the matter, that has some insights on your data privacy and the state control. He might be right, that it’s us – our generation – that will impose the control of our personal data, or it’s too late.