‘Quit Facebook Day’ Calls For Mass Deletion Over New Privacy Issues
May 16, 2010
(ChattahB0x) – I have spoken continuously in the last few weeks about my dissatisfaction with Facebook and their apparent attempt to become the Galactic Empire of the Internet. It would appear that I am not the only one that wants to beat my head into a wall, however, as Quit Facebook Day works to find pledges to end the madness.
Quit Facebook Day is officially set for May 31, and there are calls all over the web to do so. The latest of a long line of privacy and network changes, data policies, and the introduction of ‘like’ buttons all over the Internet are some of the factors in this decision.
According to the website’s mission statement:
“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.”
So far, 2,847 people have signed up with a pledge to delete on May 31.