Facebook revoked internship for student who made ‘Marauder’s Map’

Facebook revoked an internship offer to a Harvard student after he launched a controversial Chrome extension that showed your Facebook friends’ location down to the nearest meter.
Marauder’s Map, named after a magical location-tracking map in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, highlighted where your friends were, provided those friends also used Messenger on their phones. At that point, Messenger automatically shared users’ locations with anyone they messaged.For the few days in May when it worked, Marauder’s Map was a Facebook stalker’s dream. When I used it, I could track a friend who was in Palo Alto for meetings down to the exact building.

Facebook, apparently, was less amused.

Aran Khanna told Boston.com that Facebook withdrew its summer internship offer three days after Marauder’s Map launched — because he violated the Facebook user agreement when he scraped the site for data, and also offered an unofficial workaround to use Marauder’s Map.

Khanna also said that Facebook’s head of global human resources and recruiting dinged him because his accompanying Medium post described the way Facebook collected and shared user data — an approach that seemed to violate the social network’s “high ethical standards” for interns.

Marauder's Map
Harvard student Aran Khanna’s Marauder’s Map could accurately track a Facebook friend’s movements down to a meter.


“I decided to write this extension because we are constantly being told how we are losing privacy with the increasing digitization of our lives,” Khanna wrote in the post. “However, the consequences never seem tangible … with this code you can see for yourself the potentially invasive usage of the information you share, and decide for yourself if this is something you should worry about.”

A week later, Facebook rolled out a location-based update to Messenger. The update removed the always-on location-sharing feature that enabled the Marauder’s Map’s stalking abilities.

A Facebook spokesperson disputed Khanna’s series of events to Mashable, calling his story revisionist history” that omits several points.

“First, we began developing improvements to location sharing months ago, based on input from people who use Messenger,” the spokesperson told Mashable. “Second, this mapping tool scraped Facebook data in a way that violated our terms, and those terms exist to protect people’s privacy and safety.

“Despite being asked repeatedly to remove the code, the creator of this tool left it up. This is wrong and it’s inconsistent with how we think about serving our community.”

As for that internship offer? Facebook told Mashable it was rescinded because Khanna misused user data and put people at risk. Khanna has disputed this, pointing out that Messenger data was technically already available to coders.

It didn’t help Khanna’s case when, after he officially deactivated Marauder’s Map, he then made his code available on Github.


sources :http://mashable.com/2015/08/13/facebook-intern-marauders-map/

Twitter Is Now Keeping Track Of What Apps You Use, But Don’t Worry, You Can Opt Out

A new change to Twitter’s mobile app will see it collect information about the other apps installed on your phone for the purposes of delivering “tailored content that you might be interested in.”

Twitter points out that they’re only collecting a list of apps you have installed, it’s not collecting any data about what you do within the apps.

The company is calling this initiative an “app graph”, and intends to use the data to create a more personalized experience. Some of the things it may do with the data collected about your apps include:

  • Improving “who to follow” by suggesting other other people with similar interests.
  • Including content in your timeline that Twitter believes you’ll find interesting, such as tweets, accounts, or other content.
  • Showing you more relevant promoted content.

This may not sound like the worst thing in the world, but it’s understandable that you may not want Twitter to collect unnecessary data about you. You’ll know when this feature is activated because you’ll be promoted with a message notifying you: “to help tailor your experience, Twitter uses the apps on your device.”

If you have not seen this prompt it’s safe to assume the feature is turned off. If you do see the prompt, you can manually shut off the feature by following these steps:

On Android:

  • Tap the overflow icon
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  • Under Other, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Using Twitter for iOS:

  • From the Me tab, tap the gear icon
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  • Under Privacy, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Another way to prevent Twitter from collecting data about you, and displaying unwanted content in your feed, is to use a third party app as those features are only included on Twitter’s official app. Some of my personal favorites include Tweetbot for iOS and Talon for Android.

Original Posted Date at http://www.searchenginejournal.com: Nov 26, 2014 Posted by Matt Southern

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