The Irony of Facebook's Secret PR War Against Google

The Atlantic Wire's Adam Clark Estes explains why Facebook's "obnoxiously obvious campaign to smear Google in the press," a story that broke Wednesday evening, is such a fiasco. 

Facebook finally fessed up last night, and the timing couldn't have been worse. News also broke on Wednesday night that a "security flaw" has actually been giving away people's personal information for years. The company attempted to stand behind its PR campaign first in the name of users' best interest and second in the name of Facebook's best interest. Google's new social initiative, Social Circle, invaded people's privacy without their consent, and in doing so, the search company was scraping Facebook data in a way that violated the social network's terms and conditions. It almost hurts to hear that the company founded and chiefed by Mark Zuckerberg, a next generation guy who famously doesn't believe in privacy, is suddenly worried about protecting people's personal data. Facebook's own list of privacy violations runs from abandoned attempts to sell user information to advertisers to a scuffle earlier this year over Facebook sharing users' home addresses with third party applications without proper consent. This latest scandal certainly doesn't look good vis-a-vis that Facebook's latest PR challenge: convincing people that censorship is okay too.

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