This matters because creating a new email account for recruiting is trivial, yet creating a new phone number for recruiting is not. Most phones are not dual sim, and you want to have a phone on you in case the recruiter or future employer calls. Hence the account id rate using a phone number should be much higher and makes it dramatically easier to find somebody.
The nasty part is even if you rename your account to your "first-name middle-name" or an alias, you could be found out via phone number search. So simply renaming your account no longer ensures random recruiters can't just find your profile. Your FB name could be "giant blue monkey" which prevents a regular name search but would still be identifiable via phone number search.
Apparently when a woman uses a pseudonym on facebook, it is not unlikely that it is because of a nasty/stalkerish ex that she would rather get away from.
I am actually in favor of a transparent society (a la david brin) , but we have to grown up a lot and handle such cases before the advantages that come with it can even be contemplated.
I suggest you read The Transparent Society by Byung-Chul Han. It’s a brutal 50-page indictment of the hypercult of transparency and its effects on the human soul, on the political discourse, and on traditional values like truth and beauty. Might change your view on the costs of transparency.
Speaking of homeomorphic encryption and Facebook:
- first of all, Three Body seems like the most boring videogame ever developed, not sure how people could actually be believably playing that.
- the characters are pretty much caricatures of stereotypes (the cop), or just plain uninteresting.
- the massive exposure/infodump chapters killed the immersion from me, especially the ones written from the point of view of the other side of the conflict: it really felt like the author was getting towards the end and wanted to Explain All The Things, but couldn't find a subtle way to do so within the narrative, therefore decided to just vomit it all in a single spurt.
I was really looking forward to it but found it disappointing, won't read any more from this author.
I would argue that the next generation coming up will have little to no _need_ for privacy. When you grow up with nanny cams in your bedroom, privacy per se isn't even valued, let alone met with an expectation.
IMO it doesn't sufficiently deal with the problems of the "full transparancy" ideal that Han points out though.
Also men do this...
True story. A stalker found my blog via my Instagram account and commented some far-out there shit on it, inferring a conversation that we never even had, "Told you that you weren't dead." WTF!?
Now, it's pseudonyms, pseudonyms everywhere; except, of course, where it serves a necessity to have your actual name being used, such as on LinkedIn, but even those will be discarded, as soon as it's no longer necessary. (Necessity, here, meaning seeking gainful employment.)
That being said I did once call my male first grade teacher "mom" so maybe I'm not a good example
We do this all the time for students that can't/won't use their legal names in school for a number of reasons.
There are quite a few lines of work where this might not be a bad idea. E.g. also Police and government employees in general.
The "Growing up" reminded me of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ja-mHeYAKM
IMHO, it doesn’t make sense to blame “society” for being pre schoolers, any more than it makes sense to blame individual humans for becoming mentally ill. Both are just failure modes of our mental hardware (our tribal-status instincts in the societal case.) The only solution to either that would “stick”—what I would interpret “growing up” to mean—is to remake ourselves without those failure modes.
Anything less might help individual humans who get some sort of maintenance treatment for their failure modes; but our society as a whole will still be a function of interactions between both people who have treated those failure modes in themselves, and those who have not yet (because e.g. they aren’t aware yet that they have a problem; or don’t see it as a problem; etc.)
Mind that when I mentioned society as a whole, this is inclusive to its individual parts: There is no society without individuals and as such any judgment on a society is a judgement on its parts. That being said, I know it is a naive view, as no one can condemn a society completely.
As for the bio engineering to try and weed out the "bad wiring", I am not even sure we are close to identify them clearly, as seems to indicate the science articles about the brain and other nervous system in recent years.
In Sweden, you can request a pre-paid SIM be sent to you in the mail.
To be fair, it's not entirely a "burner" SIM, as it's associated with your personnummer but it's a lot more convenient than queuing in a shop (if that's not your thing).
Maybe your country has a carrier that does the equivalent? :)
 - https://webbutik.comviq.se/kontantkort/checkout/comviqcart/p...
"Google Voice is only available in the United States. To use Google Voice, sign up with a US-based phone number."
I keep blocking spammy numbers, and they keep creating new ones.
also compassion with domain is not exactly fair in this case,
it would make more sense to compare it to ip address.
Not really rocket science, but the VOIP industry is stuck in the 1990s when it comes to security practices related to their core offering. Its a terrible state of affairs!
Public social networks are poison, they’re inimical to privacy, and we need to get off of any that harvest personal information. Telling people to “quit FB (and other similar services)” may come off wrong, but for a long time so did “quit smoking.” I get it, I’d love to have cigarettes that are healthy and delicious, but until then... quit smoking. Maybe someday public social media will be safe and sane, but until then... quit.
I don't think it's an unhelpful answer to a complex problem. I think it's the right answer.
"Only" oversells the option. There's also:
* mix fake/mining-hostile data in with real data as needed for social media profiles
* use public institutions to enact consumer protection policies
Both of these have their own difficulties and limits, of course, but so does ditching social media entirely.
Phone numbers change. This is less frequent now that we have mobile numbers, but they still change. Email addresses can also change as people move through different phases of life. Hell, email seems to be becoming unreliable as calling since unsubscribing from mailing lists you never joined doesn't seem to work any more.
I get it. Facebook is evil.
By the way: I haven't actually used facebook since 2012...
The random "How are you are you single wanna talk about sex with me?!!???" messages are bad enough. I certainly don't want those as phone calls.
Those on the list that are actual Friends might have my phone number. Might not, though, since there is no point (I moved countries). In any case, they know not to freaking call me unless it is important or you have reason or you want me to answer my door.
That's only true for you if you choose it to be true for you.
Not all of these groups would have my phone number, but facebook isn't exactly a telephone service at its core.
I could include folks I've been to school with, folks I met in language class, a few folks I've worked with, and so on. I don't want all of these folks to call me, though, and I*d rather some didn't have my number. I also don't fully dislike these folks.
More seriously, though, it would keep my social circle smaller. I met my spouse online around 10 years ago, and this sort of caution you ask about would mean I wouldn't have my life.
Right out of "Myths programmers believe about phone numbers" which was on the HN front page a week back. Has everyone forgotten about landlines? Even cell numbers are not permanently assigned to a single person: especially in jurisdictions where pay-as-you-go accounts are the majority.
And I don't put my Mobile number on FB at all.
Actually it's really straightforward with Twilio and you can set it to forward to a regular number. Works in most countries/regions.
I used it to give my wife a US number for clients (she's a freelancer).
(They could have always searched you by name, if you're worried about your identity then it makes sense to not connect your phone number to FB)
OT, but I had a not-so-nice experience with that. Some years ago I got myself a data-only phone number/SIM card for my 3G dongle.
It turned out that the number was reused, and the previous owner of that number had subscribed to a pay-for message service for upcoming events (concerts, movies, etc). And they kept arriving to my data-only dongle, and I didn't notice for a while. Had to pay for it, though.
I don't remember how I eventually managed to turn that off (the software for accessing/manipulating that part of the dongle was Windows only).
I create (and destroy) new phone numbers all the time. Via the command line. I can route and forward and block them any way I like, to and from my existing phone (which is single SIM) or to ... nowhere.
 I have a "ring forever" TwiML bin that I like to use.
Doesn't Google Voice solve this problem? Or perhaps there are restrictions I don't know about. Of course, you still have to remember to create a burner phone number before giving out your contact info...
Only sort of. I wouldn't be surprised if Facebook rejects Google Voices numbers and will only accept a real-live carrier numbers. It seems pretty easy to do, given how often my GV is rejected by sleezy services I'd like to give a throwaway (e.g. peoplesearch opt-outs).
However, I'm not going to personally test this theory by attempting to give a panopticon like Facebook even my semi-throwaway GV number.
That would solve the issue voiced by OP
If it never occurred to you that this could happen, you would not take steps to prevent it.
Data hygiene is both the responsibility of users & social media cooperations.
I still wonder why people rely on the kindness of strangers (the people that run the social networks) trying to make money off them. & then start crying foul when they are treated like garbage.
- Submit data you find sensitive.
- Use bonus credentials where feasible
- Deny app access to your mic, location, contacts, camera & calendar
- Delete your account if you have substitutes for the features Facebook offers