Facebook Home could be a privacy risk

5 April 2013

Facebook's new Home software, which was displayed to the world yesterday like a magic digital unicorn, was immediately criticised by industry analysts for compromising privacy.


Facebook Home works as a kind of home screen 'wrapper' which does away with the traditional app based interface and replaces it with er, well, Facebook.

Instead of giving you the option to open apps, there will be a live feed as soon as your phone screen is unlocked, containing pictures of kittens and the latest news and details about your boring friends. It basically represents the 'Facebookification' of everything, and no doubt there'll also be enormous sponsored ads for crap you didn't ask for.

After its official unveiling, during which Mark Zuckerberg failed to appear wearing a blue cape and holding a foam thumbs up 'like' hand, critics said the 'always on' nature of Facebook Home will 'destroy privacy.'

There's been something of a collective eye roll from industry experts about it, but privacy issues aside, Charles Golvin, an analyst at Forrester Research, perhaps put it best.

'Facebook thinks it's more important to people than it actually is,' he told Reuters. 'For the vast majority of people, Facebook just isn't the be-all and end-all of their mobile experience. It's just one part.'

Yeah. Hit 'Like' if you like what he just said. If he gets a million likes his mum will buy him a puppy lol.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Social Media

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