[racket] PLT Racket facebook page created

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Mon Oct 25 16:49:01 EDT 2010

Facebook might be a necessary evil for advertising, but don't use it 
more than necessary.

One of my side projects has involved analyzing Web sites for several 
years, and lately there are effective Facebook tracking bugs in the vast 
majority of popular Web sites.  Which means that Facebook not only knows 
who you are, but most of each Web page you visit.

(Google also knows who you are and most of the pages you visit, plus 
probably knows much of your email from one or both ends, and might even 
know your physical movements around town.  But we might reasonably give 
Google some benefit of the doubt, whereas Facebook has been known from 
the start to be corrupt.)

On an individual level, the insidiousness of Facebook almost certainly 
doesn't matter, but on a societal level, it's a dangerous situation to 
be putting ourselves in.  So I would discourage most uses of Facebook.  
And Twitter, which is trying to do a similar thing with cross-site tracking.


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