This is going to be a long post and sort of a rant perhaps? I guess well see where this goes… (I’ll organize this later)
I left Facebook (where I was working as a contractor for 3 years) right before the cambridge analytica scandal broke to the public. I was and still am pretty upset about it. At the time I was proud to work at the company and I just felt betrayed.
The long story short was that facebook had allowed CA (Cambridge Analytica) access to some API endpoints that were later abused to gather a ton of private data from the users who used the app and of their friends… millions of accounts were compromised and facebook was drug in front of congress and slapped on the wrist.
It really got me thinking, why has another platform not come along to replace facebook that was privacy focused and didn’t have the same privacy fuckups that facebook continues to demonstrate so well.
My biggest grips on the platform are the bots and limited privacy settings available to us to help protect ourselves when were using the platform.
When I was brainstorming of ways to limit the amount of bots on the platform I could only really come up with one solution, one that facebook already uses (DL verification)
Facebook would use DL verification if they believe you are a bot account or need to ‘verify’ your account. Though in my own testing, this system is flawed and I’m working to report the vulnerabilities once I have more data available. (sorry zuck)
I thought about using the same process except that would be required on signup. But I feel that this wouldn’t be received well from a privacy standpoint… even if I nailed everything else that bothered users.
By having users register via a DL I feel it would accomplish the following and I would love to get your thoughts on why this would or wouldn’t work…
Users couldn’t register for multiple accounts as they would need their DL which would have already been used.
Bots are currently created via many creative ways, after browsing some blackhat forums and reading up on various tactics bot’s wouldn’t be able to sign up as they would need a DL that would need to be verified. (Not sure how to deal with fake ID’s yet, but assuming I had a backend system to verify with the state that it is authentic might be something?)
Using the tactic above and eliminating most of the bot threats I feel that we could actually have a social platform without vote manipulation, and all the other bs that bots bring to facebook.
If there were a new social media platform created that gave you complete control over your data on the platform, didn’t have intrusive advertisements, and had no tracking abilities (you should see some of the webrtc shit on facebook’s website btw… scary stuff) is that something people would want even if they had to sign up using their drivers license?
I would love some honest feedback or even criticism of the DL idea. Additionally what issues does Facebook currently have that you would make the switch if it was made available on another platform?
Sorry for the long unorganized rant…