‘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.



13 Responses to “‘Quit Facebook Day’ Calls For Mass Deletion Over New Privacy Issues”

  1. Oscar on May 16th, 2010 6:03 pm

    1,5111 people, huh?

  2. BP on May 16th, 2010 6:37 pm

    “So far, 1, 5111 people have signed up with a pledge to delete on May 31.”

    Do you mean, “15,111” or “1,511” people? The current placement of the comma makes no sense–but makes a huge difference.

  3. Drill Palin Baby on May 16th, 2010 7:00 pm

    They had the comma in the right place as far as I can see.,

  4. Gorth on May 16th, 2010 7:12 pm

    Well I will be one person who will not be participating in Quit Facebook Day. I already did. Sorry.

  5. Steve Goltz on May 16th, 2010 8:01 pm

    I would join, but already quit about 1.5 years ago due to privacy concerns then. From what I’ve read, it’s only worsened.

  6. Pam on May 16th, 2010 10:34 pm

    I already did. I got tired of being targeted because of my age. It is depressing to look at ads for retirement homes, “last expenses”, Crestor, urinary incontinence items, wheel chairs, back remedies and so on. A day on Facebook and I’m ready to dig a grave and fall in. If I ever go back I’m going to lie about my age and say I am 21.

  7. john Donne on May 16th, 2010 10:52 pm

    Whether Facebook, email, snail mail, sms or telephone, I’m convinced that I’m open to surveillance. My option is to use them minimally, and keep my fingers crossed or avoid them altogether.
    Watch TV, read magazines and expose yourself to cocktails of truth, lies and propagandas, from government, and non-government organisations, all hell-bent on making suckers out of you. And squander your time, each moment of which is a part of your precious life, indulging in trivia. And let your hard-earned money go down the drain buying things most of which you don’t need. Meet many people, and make a monkey of yourself.
    I know what you are saying: here goes a misanthrope. I decided to be one to keep my peace, and do my heart’s desire.

  8. Jerry on May 16th, 2010 11:10 pm

    Whoever thinks they can trust anything on the internet should have their head examine. The internet is a great tool, but use it with caution.

  9. Hard Tymes on May 16th, 2010 11:28 pm

    This is what I posted on my wall.
    1st Part:Gawd! Everybody on the ol’net is
    goin stark ravin’ ape shit on this privacy idea! “They” want to get rid
    of National Prayer Day, same sex marriage is killing heterosexual
    marriage!?, & now the idiots are calling for a “Quit Facebook
    2ND PART!
    have no where else to go!}
    I’m quite happy right where I’m at! Thank You Very Much!
    Hard Tymes ~~ {dot com}

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  11. olivia on May 17th, 2010 11:40 am

    Hard Tymes – That was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read. Don’t worry about deleting anything. Nuts like you probably should be monitored. Especially if you think the Quit Facebook Day is some kind of Liberal conspiracy spanning National Prayer Day to gay marriage. Either you are that paranoid, or that much of an idiot.

  12. olivia on May 17th, 2010 11:43 am

    BP – Thanks for pointing out the typo. The correct figure is 1,511, but the number has since changed to 2,847.

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