On May 31, 2010 some Facebook users are going to celebrate Quit Facebook Day. The last day of the May month has set to quit Facebook as the day everyone keen to leave the social network should finally take the thrust and hit the Delete key.
According to Quit Facebook Today website, more than 25,000 people of the over 450 million Facebook members have already registered as “Committed Facebook Quitters“. The world’s number one social networking site is kicked by numerous high profile technology pundits and celebs to the curb. The site asks that, “if you agree that Facebook doesn’t respect you, your personal data or the future of the Web” then you may want to connect in quitting Facebook on May 31, the date it has announced as the official “Quit Facebook Day“.
The viaduct too far has been Facebook’s recent introduction of a platform that, by default, gives third-party companies access to users’ names, friend lists and hobbies to “personalize” their surfing experience. The content displayed is shaped by their own interests as well as the activities of their Facebook friends when a member logs onto a partner site, such as Yelp or Pandora. A manual opt-out is required to disable this feature.
According to the site: “For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn’t do a good job in either department. Facebook gives you choices about how to manage your data, but they aren’t fair choices, and while the onus is on the individual to manage these choices, Facebook makes it damn difficult for the average user to understand or manage this. We also don’t think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future.
For a lot of people, quitting Facebook revolves around privacy. This is a legitimate concern, but we also think the privacy issue is just the symptom of a larger set of issues. The cumulative effects of what Facebook does now will not play out well in the future, and we care deeply about the future of the web as an open, safe and human place. We just can’t see Facebook’s current direction being aligned with any positive future for the web, so we’re leaving.”
As per security expert website, Facebook users unwittingly expose themselves to five dangers that might be not in their control: (1) their information is shared with third parties; (2) their privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign; (3) malware from Facebook advertisements; (4) fake profiles from scammers; and (5) real friends who unknowingly make them vulnerable. Google Canada reports that the fastest-rising related query is “deactivate Facebook account,” up 40 per cent over the past 90 days while the top online search related to “Facebook account” is“delete Facebook.
At technology conference, Facebook creator and chief executive officer, Mr. Zuckerberg said, “When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was ‘why would I want to put any information on the Internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?”, “And then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way and all these different services that have people sharing all this information. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”
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