The Twitter/Google/Facebook outrages

Twitter’s lie – I never did anything of the kind – don’t respond, it’s a scam

You know, I’m more outraged now than I was last evening about what Twitter did. They had no authorization whatever using my name and avatar because they knew this would possibly suck in my friends/colleagues/acquaintances into thinking it was me.

In fact, is it going too far to say they’ve probably crossed the line of legality? It’s one thing a former stalker passing himself off as me on a sockpuppet blog a few times – that’s illegal too but it’s not an organization doing it. Somehow when a richard cranium does it, it’s not as bad because those that knew him knew what he was like in the head.

This though is an organization purporting to be a worldwide social media site. What I suspect is they got my address book from Google and if they did, Google has also acted illegally. One of the people who got “my” invitation got it through his personal email which he and I use only for personal correspondence.

I’d like to ask a question. either gmail is hackable … or it is not. If it is, then it’s a rubbish email. If it’s not, then Google has invaded our privacy and sold on to another organization my address book. If this is so – and I never have and never would authorize anyone access to my address book – then this is actionable.

I have also never authorized either Google, Twitter, Facebook or any of these organizations to combine my accounts although Twitter tries to get you to the whole time. Once I had to go into Twitter and specifically click out of giving them permission. That is also actionable and there must have been others who’ve had this happen – or perhaps they’re not aware of it.

Google’s latest action is, once a week, to change its notice to me which they paste over the control buttons on the gmail, telling me to get a more modern browser. Last week they said that they didn’t support Firefox. The week before that they said that not all the features of gmail would work.

1. The features are working as I have a way to get behind their notices;
2. Firefox itself refuses to allow an upgrade for Mac;
3. I want them to leave me alone with the version I had which was working perfectly well.

They are, in fact, coming the hard sell and I don’t wish to buy.

6 comments for “The Twitter/Google/Facebook outrages

  1. September 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    It was the recent Facebook changing of email addresses that really annoyed me, I have no interest in a facebook email address I use my own domain for anything that is important. I am also rapidly withdrawing from anything Google controlled and I don’t believe their search results are genuine or uncensored nowadays either. As for Twitter, If I could fit my thoughts into 140 characters I would be as shallow as most of the twitterati – and they are forever sending ‘invitations’ from friends who haven’t invited me.

  2. September 23, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I begin my withdrawal from all these things today.

  3. Greg Tingey
    September 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

    ALL E-mail is hackable, if someone really wants to, and they have a good enough programmer(s).
    You just have to accept whatever level of risk you are prepared to accede to, or leave the Web entirely – & the latter isn’t an option, really.
    So, someone has committed fraud.

    I trust you HAVE reported this to plod?
    Not that it’ll do any good of course, unless you are prepared to keep grinding away at them, & in the press, etc, until they are forced to take notice.
    Notify your MP as well ….

  4. September 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I received one of these and deleted it. I have no desire to engage with Twatter and don’t want an account.

  5. September 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I got one to, but as I don’t tweet and have no intentions of going down that route, simply ignored it.

  6. Andrew Duffin
    September 24, 2012 at 11:45 am


    It may well be – in certain jurisdictions.

    Good luck trying.

    Just stop using Google instead.

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