If you thought the only embarrassing photos you needed to worry about getting leaked were from Snapchat, get ready to have a shocking, and possibly unpleasant, blast from your past.
Remember MySpace? ‘Member, you ‘member?
You’ve probably forgotten you even had an account and those login infos are gone forever along with the profile, right? Wrong!
The social network is emailing users old photos of themselves in hopes of enticing/entrapping them to return to Myspace. The emails include one or two old photos and a line that reads, “The good, the rad and the what were you thinking…” along with a link that takes users to their profile.
As a means of getting you to sign back onto your old account this plan is genius. What else about the outdated social network site would prompt you to visit it again besides the fact that they have your embarrassing pictures from middle school wearing God knows what — because, hey, everyone had their hair like that!
Will this strategy work? Who knows, it sounds like the case of a crazed clingy ex threatening you, ‘I’ve still got your nudes.’
Let’s look at the leverage that large tech companies have over its users.
Myspace has 15 billion user photos in its database, and still appears to be popular among music lovers. Facebook, in comparison, announced in September that it has 250 billion photos in its database.
By that same comparison, the NSA has huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs.
It intercepts “millions of images per day” — including about 55,000 “facial recognition quality images.”
So moral of the story: stop posting pictures that you know you’re going to regret!
The pictures are out there and MySpace is getting desperate. They know ALL your dirty little secrets. Are you scared yet?
Credit: Jonathan Muñoz