Are you quitting Facebook?

More than 26,000 people have decided to quit Facebook over privacy concerns

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  May 31, 2010

Today is 'Quit Facebook Day' with nearly 27,000 people promising to delete their profiles off the social networking site because of its seemingly arrogant attitude towards user privacy.

QuitFacebookDay.com, set up by Toronto-based tech enthusiasts Joseph Dee and Matthew Milan, insists Facebook doesn't have the user's best intentions at heart or offer fair choices.

"We also don't think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future," the site adds. In other words, they think Facebook is a company that is out to make a buck or two billion using less than stellar methods. Very unheard of in today's corporate world...

I doubt Zuckerberg will be losing any sleep over Quit Facebook Day. When you've got more than 400 million active 'customers', the odd 25,000 or so leaving your store in a huff really isn't a big deal, right? To a certain extent, yes. But this group of people won't be taking that stand completely in vain because the movement has single-handedly managed to generate debate, increasing awareness about privacy and social networking.

While I'm all for privacy online and agree that it's getting increasingly harder to hide those embarrassing moments from surfacing on the WWW, I think we need to judge ourselves and Facebook with equal measure.

Facebook will keep revising its privacy policies - that's a given in my eyes. Its latest effort is doing little to placate angry users because it basically just organises and presents privacy controls more effectively, but still doesn't address the messy default option that sees user information shared with third-party websites and applications for that 'instant personalization' effect. It should be opt-out by default, not the other way round.

Is it enough to stop me from using Facebook though? Nope. I just went in there and changed the settings to what I was comfortable with. If online privacy is that important, let's aim to stay two steps ahead. It's easy to blame Facebook but it's not the only corporate apple with a worm we'll ever come across. How many times have you found random newsletters in your e-mail from a site you visited months ago and care nothing about? Or how about the personal details you shared as part of that amazing online competition to travel around Europe?

You have every right to stop using Facebook. But if the only reason you're doing so is because you value your privacy and don't want to be monetised, I think you're being hasty. Do you really believe all your other online experiences are not tainted by the same sword?

Facebook is being sneaky by tuning all its users to automatically agree to its instant personalisation feature unless they go into their settings and choose to have nothing to do with it. So let's do that. If even a million people keep rejecting every unwelcome decision forced on us - whether by Facebook or some other service online - it will drive change over time in a far more influential way.

The new world order online will see us making a choice...or having someone else make it for us.

2716 days ago
Rama

Facebook has not observed its own rules of privacy, & freedom, attacking others emotions is one way of restriction. My freedom ends where my peer's nose start. So facebook is disrespectful in this regard

2731 days ago
Carl Barron

Commit to Quit Facebook is ridiculous. There are these main points to abide by when using any social Media Network. 1 Never give true Date of Birth. 2 Never give your full name first and last names only. 3 Never give current up to date photos. 4 Never give true movement times off shopping time 11.am sample. 5 Never give phone numbers for all to see. 6 Never give out personal information of any type you don’t want the World to know about. Remember these rules and you should be safe. True Date of Birth and a current photo are the main keys to stealing your identity. Signed Carl Barron Chairman of agpcuk

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