Kamran wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:46 am
Thanks for sharing. Its an interesting video.
I think its important to get your users onto a platform that you control.
These fb, google, amazon, etc are good place to get traffic, but its a bad idea to be %100 dependent on them.
There are thousands of other reasons why they can shut you down.
And It doesn't have to be politically motivated, either.
One of the "etc" which worries me is something called NationBuilder - https://nationbuilder.com
It is sold as organisation-building software and, to any organisation using it, the back end of it is a powerful database which collects information about every member and potential member (e.g. people who have signed a petition or replied to a FB post) - contact information, engagement profile, known friends, enemies, political allegiance, religion ... heaps of stuff, some of which is unnecessary and potentially intrusive. The front end is a website and an email and newsletter package. It's American but here in Australia it is used by political parties and NGO's, amongst others.
The scary thing about it is that all that data is held on NationBuilder's servers, not the user's. Potentially, NationBuilder could be selling it all to third parties - from Amazon to political opponents. Or the intelligence service of your own country - or another - could be hacking NationBuilder. Or your friendly local Secret Police
could be leaning on NationBuilder to disgorge the data ...
Now, I'm not saying it happens.
And NationBuilder's security could be far better than anything a small NGO could realistically achieve.
But the fact that the scenarios are so plausible does worry me.