Facebook, Here is Misinformation
Original PostToday Facebook announced new updates to Facebook Beacon, which you can read about here. However, the thing that struck me most was an answer from an interview by the New York Times with Facebook’s Chamath Palihapitiya, vice president of product marketing and operations at Facebook. Q. If I buy tickets on Fandango, and decline to publish the purchase to my friends on Facebook, does Facebook still receive the information about my purchase? A. “Absolutely not. One of the things we are still trying to do is dispel a lot of misinformation that is being propagated unnecessarily.” Now that… is not exactly true. And I tested it this morning.Using the Firefox Plugin, FireBug, you are able to look at all of the requests that your browser makes. It also shows you the data and response that is sent along with each request. So I went back onto Kongregate (sorry Jim), and opened up a game. After a few minutes the Facebook Toast popped-up (This is the little window that appears in the corner) letting me know it was sending the data to Facebook. I clicked ‘No Thanks’. So, by all means I ‘declined to publish my action on Kongregate’. Regardless of this, Facebook absolutely received data on my action. See for yourself, here is a list of all the requests that are made when Beacon fires up the Toast.
But what you have to look at is the data is sent with all of those requests. I’ll just show you one of the scripts. The bold name (such as ‘action_name’) is the name of the variable, and the text to the right of the variable is the data for each variable that was sent.