Facebook is due to launch “Privacy Café’s” across the UK where users can get “help and advice on how to change your privacy settings”.
The Privacy Café’s will launch in London, Brighton, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh from August 28 to September 5.
Don't know whether to laugh or cry – Facebook is setting up cafes around Britain for a week to encourage Brits to run simple privacy check-ups.
Privacy?? Facebook?? Do they think we're stupid?? Ugh.
— Jasmine Birtles (@Jasmine) August 15, 2019
You’ve got the story right, but it’s only half of it: At these cafes, Facebook will allow you to confess YOUR privacy sins while recording the conversation for purposes of targeting ads, training its AI, and turning your outward self into a tokenized asset.
— Daniel Kaplan (@dankaplan) August 16, 2019
Shoppers will be able to walk into the pop-up coffee stores, receive free drinks from a “limited menu” and chat with an expert about their Facebook privacy settings and how they can change them.
“It’s normal to worry about who can see the things you share on social media, that’s why we have made customizing your privacy settings on Facebook quick and easy,” Facebook’s video president of Northern Europe Steve Hatch said.
“At our pop-up cafés you can get help and advice on how to change your privacy settings – and all in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee.”
The bizarre scheme has been condemned by many as a hollow attempt by Facebook to convince its users it looks after their data, after its reputation was severely damaged by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.