A short story about 'dark patterns' and Instagram from when I wanted to check on a post made by a friend of mine. Inspired by another blogpost that exploded on HN.
So, you've got a link to a shiny new post from a friend of yours on Instagram. You go there because the alternative is to hassle them for a copy, and it can't be that bad you say to yourself.
Defeated, you click on agree.
Since they made it a hassle, let's make it a bit of a hassle for them in return and ask for the data to be deleted. So you collect the identifiers from local storage and start looking for the DPO contact, at least that should be easy to find. But oh no.
When you finally find the link to the form, which is on facebook.com you're once more presented with a new cookie modal...with the same behavior. Yet, you don't allow yourself to be defeated so easily. Forcibly agreeing once more to the data collection, you proceed and send them an angry message.
Some time passes.
Ding. Thunderbird has a new message from the Facebook DPO. It looks suspicously short - it's a link back to where you started your journey.