My relationship with Facebook has always been fraught to say the least.
I find the site annoyingly clunky, slow loading and just too bloated with useless “apps” and fly-by-night user groups who constantly paw at me wanting my cyber attention when in truth I’m rarely in the mood to give it.
The facility I use most on Facebook is the “ignore” button and I do apologize if you have been on the wrong end of it. It’s nothing personal.
Why be on Facebook in the first place then?
Well. I was curious. It was recommended to me by a friend (a real one). And I thought “why not?”
And once you’re on there it’s damned hard to get yourself off.
Facebook, you see, doesn’t like to let go.
Facebook has ownership issues.
Facebook is something of a smug, grasping, bully that doesn’t like to let anyone of anything out of its mucky clutches.
Facebook has now decided to grant itself rights to users’ photos, wall posts and just about every conceivable bit of information that people are naïve enough to post on its site. Forever.
Even if you manage to delete your account all your photos and information will be archived somewhere and available for use by the Facebook bigwigs for what has been quoted in the Metro as “public performances”
Has Facebook not heard of the data protection act or are they somehow exempt?
Here’s another quote for the Metro (only the best sources for me):
“Yesterday, the site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg attempted to defuse the row, insisting in his blog, ‘In reality, we wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want.’”
In a way I wouldn’t want.
So that’ll be not at all then.
So what’s the point of Facebook hanging onto such information and private (can you read that, Zuckerberg: P – R – I – V – A – T – E ) photos in the first place?
Or is Facebook hoping that at some point in the future I will be quite content to let my personal information be used in some viral advertising campaign or pasted over a Beatles soundtrack to sell an updated version of their shitty little web site to invading Martians? Or even enable Wal-Mart to target me with useless white goods that they think I desperately need and must absolutely buy?
Dream on, Facebook.
Keeping my information without my express permission is theft. Holding my photos – my intellectual property – for a future use that I cannot control or opt out from, no mater how innocuous, is an infringement of my basic human rights.
Facebook, it’s time you were de-faced.