Facebook is lying

Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and on Time’s list of the world’s most influential people, rattles his digital saber in a scathing review and call to arms called: Give Us Our Data, Facebook

Facebook’s statement today boiled down to this: The most important principle for Facebook is that every person owns and controls her information. Each person owns her friends list, but not her friends’ information. A person has no more right to mass export all of her friends’ private email addresses than she does to mass export all of her friends’ private photo albums.

That’s the same argument that they used two years ago with Scoble. But since then Facebook has been quite willing to allow “mass exports” of “friends’ private email addresses” if the terms are right. They did it with Microsoft, they’re doing it with Yahoo, and possibly other partners. Facebook violated their own privacy policy with the Microsoft relationship. The policy has since been updated.

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