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    Facebook Outs Sex Workers

    Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed to know about one of them.

    Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma, arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse).

    Her “real identity”—the public one, who lives in California, uses an academic email address, and posts about politics—joined Facebook in 2011. Her sex-work identity is not on the social network at all; for it, she uses a different email address, a different phone number, and a different name. Yet earlier this year, looking at Facebook’s “People You May Know” recommendations, Leila (a name I’m using using in place of either of the names she uses) was shocked to see some of her regular sex-work clients.
    Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her real-world connection to these people—and, even more horrifyingly, her account was potentially being presented to them as a friend suggestion too, outing her regular identity to them.
    Because Facebook insists on concealing the methods and data it uses to link one user to another, Leila is not able to find out how the network exposed her or take steps to prevent it from happening again.

    When Leila queried secret support groups for sex workers, others said it had happened to them too.
    The worst nightmare of sex workers is to have your real name out there, and Facebook connecting people like this is the harbinger of that nightmare,” she said. “With all the precautions we take and the different phone numbers we use, why the fuck are they showing up? How is this happening?” (...)
    https://gizmodo.com/how-facebook-out...ers-1818861596
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    some solutions:
    - stop using facebook
    - stop your shameful or secret activity
    - full disclosure
    - campaign for low-profile accounts on facebook that aren't included in recommendation queries


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    She likely used both accounts with the same IP, phone or browser cookies - or did so at least once - and they built a profile from that activity.

    There should at least be an opt-out, but for Facebook you are a product and your data is too tasty to let go of.

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