31 Mar Former SysAdmin Suggests “Poisoning” Facebook Data Instead of Deleting One’s Account
Facebook’s recently privacy scandal has prompted an increasing number of users to delete their accounts, using the hashtag #DeleteFacebook. However, a former systems administrator named Kevin Matthew suggested that a better alternative would be to “poison” the data in one’s account to make it difficult for the social network to collect useful data.
As a proof-of-concept, Matthew created a script which adds random texts to post. He said that this contributes a bit of obfuscation which makes it difficult for Facebook to pull data used to profile users.
Matthew added that it may be possible to build something to “poison” the rest of one’s Facebook data, such as the log of one’s websites history and activity by having a script visit thousands of random sites. However, he said that the script may be in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service.