The people over at gizmodo.com created a top 10, pretty convincing, of reasons why you should close your Facebook account, the most popular social network in the world. Most of the reasons are because Facebook is accused many times to be unprofessional and unethical, but also because they are using the users personal data for commercial purposes. In any case, here are the top 10 reasons for which you should close your account on Facebook.
10. The terms and conditions of Facebook are ” a one way street”.
Let’s start wit the beginning. According to section 2.1 of the Facebook Terms and conditions, Facebook not only owns your personal data, but if it happens to not update them or if they are not correct then your account will be closed. You might argue that the terms are only to protect Facebook and that they are not actually enforced, but in the context of their activity, this defense is pretty weak.
9. The CEO of Facebook is known for his unethical activities
The ethics of Mark Zuckerberg was under question even since the beginning of Facebook. According to BusinessInsider.com he used the personal data of users to guess their email passwords and use their private messages in order to discredit their rivals. These affirmations, even if they are not proved, raises some questions regarding the ethics of the CEO of the biggest social network in the world. Keeping in mind that Facebook choose to “lose” 65 million dollars to solve a law suit about the fact that Zuckerberg stole the Facebook idea from someone else, we can say that the unproved allegations are pretty believable.
8. Facebook declared WAR on confidentiality
7. Facebook uses bait and switch
What is bait and switch ? Well it’s a fraudulent sales tactic used to advertise a product or service that can only be obtained under specific conditions. Once you walk in a store, or web site, the buyer finds out that that specific product, the one that was advertised, is no longer available, but the store owner offers an alternative. Most of the times, the product is more expensive and not of the same quality as the product that was advertised.
Facebook tells developers how to get access to your personal data with their API system, but in the same time they are This very comfortable and they are not going to be bothered to explain to you, as a user, which are the possible consequences. To be short, Facebook makes you release all the details that you normally would not release, after which they make these information public. Out of this, the user is the only one who is going to lose, and Facebook wins, because they offer your personal information to advertising agencies.
6. Facebook is a “bully”
When Pete Warden proved how the bait and switch method works, Facebook immediately reacted and sued him. This happened right after Facebook announced the release of the Open Graph API system – a platform that allows web sites and applications to share information about users to offer services, options and personalized offers based on their tastes and interests – even if these users have never visited those web sites.
So why sue an independent software developer because he released the details to the public, when you are planning to do the exact same thing ? The job is pretty simple: Facebook does not want users to know how much information is really available. To talk to developers about how well the job is going to work is one thing, to see what this actually means by creating some files that anyone can upload or download is another.
5. Even your personal data is visible
Right now, all your personal information is shared with the applications that you install. This means that you are going to extend your “trust” with not only Facebook, but also with the developers. Some of them might even be more “ethical” than Facebook. Basically, this means that all your personal data are considered public information, except the case in which they are never used.
4. Facebook is not technically trust worthy
For example, the recent introduction of the “Like” button makes spammers job a lot easier to gain feed access and fill your account with spam. This is just one out of dozens, maybe hundreds of mistakes like the “western” display of users personal data or cross-site scripting ( one of the most common vulnerabilities in web applications ) that lasted two weeks to be solved.
3. Closing your Facebook account is very difficult
It’s easy to release public information or to mislead users, but here is where the line is really drawn. Once you decided that you no longer want you Facebook account, it’s very complicated to delete it. The deletion of your personal information is not guaranteed, and every application that you used can be kept. The most serious aspect is that the account deletion process is a very intentionally complicated and confusing task.
When you receive your account settings, you have to option to disable it. Well, this option is not the same as the deletion of the account. To disable your Facebook account means that you can still be tagged on photos and receive spam from Facebook. Eventually, when you log in again on the site it will be like nothing happened. To actually delete the account, you have to find a “buried” link on the Help page. Practically, Facebook tries to tricks users to leave their personal data and information even after the so called “deletion of the account”.
2. Facebook is not actually an Open Web Supporter
The so called Open Graph Api is named like this to mask it’s fundamental type. The idea, which is pretty serious, is that we all make Facebook’s job to collect as much information about users as possible. It’s pretty serious because most of us do not have any idea about the fact that these data are made public.
It’s pretty bad that their claim to hold these data is that Facebook is all about being an access source to them. But, then, it’s unfair to say “open” when actually the data are Facebook’s property. A real open implementation might work with any social network we want and will look like OpenLike. Similarly, Facebook makes you believe that they support and use the OpenID method, in the same time promoting an own alternative, named Facebook Connect.
1. The Facebook application is useless!
Between farms and mob wars, “top” news ( that are always wrong ), confidentiality settings, countless annoying ads and thousands of meaningless applications, Facebook is almost useless and no much better than other social networks. Yes, probably the personalization is a pretty strong suit, but the navigation is awful. Let’s not even begin to talk about the feed and how long it takes for it to load.