Josh Constine, writing for TechCrunch:
Facebook is about to start pushing European users to speed through
giving consent for its new GDPR privacy law compliance changes. It
will ask people to review how Facebook applies data from the web
to target them with ads, and surface the sensitive profile info
they share. Facebook will also allow European and Canadian users
to turn on facial recognition after six years of the feature being
blocked there. But with a design that encourages rapidly hitting
the “Agree” button, a lack of granular controls, a laughably
cheatable parental consent request for teens and an aesthetic
overhaul of Download Your Information that doesn’t make it any
easier to switch social networks, Facebook shows it’s still hungry
for your data.
A good example of the dark patterns they’re employing:
But the fact that the button to reject the new Terms of Service
isn’t even a button, it’s a tiny “see your options” hyperlink,
shows how badly Facebook wants to avoid you closing your account.
When Facebook’s product designer for the GDPR flow was asked if
she thought this hyperlink was the best way to present the
alternative to the big “I Accept” button, she disingenuously said
yes, eliciting scoffs from the room of reporters. It seems obvious
that Facebook is trying to minimize the visibility of the path to
account deletion rather than making it an obvious course of action
if you don’t agree to its terms.
Not only is it a tiny hyperlink instead of a button, the link is just a few pixels above the big “I ACCEPT” button.
★ Thursday, 19 April 2018