Does Facebook really care about you? –

Does Facebook really care about you? –

Short answer: No.  Longer answer: At least, not unless enough people vote with their feet and permanently delete/deactivate their accounts to the point Facebook’s advertisers grow concerned enough to pull their ads/support/financing.

The question becomes: Do the benefits outweigh the costs?  Ok, not literally, since Facebook is free.  Free privacy invasion, involuntary monitoring, and anonymous stalking.  Oh, wait, I’ve been told the correct term for that is “creeping.”  By anybody who wants to see everything you do but doesn’t want you to know it.  Well, to be fair you post things on your page so people WILL see it, right?

Privacy rights groups have successfully forced Facebook to amend some of these invasions of privacy.  Bravo.  The point is, the privacy rights groups have more money and lawyers than the average Facebook user.  Splitting hairs?  Perhaps.

People hide behind the anonymity of Facebook to stalk, defame, and slander (or libel?) others who have no recourse but to slog through all the red tape of Facebook, hoping to actually get lucky enough to reach a live person and get anything other than a canned answer that says, in essence, “Sorry, you’re out of luck.”

“slander n. oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. Words spoken over the air on television or radio are treated as libel (written defamation) and not slander on the theory that broadcasting reaches a large audience as much if not more than printed publications.”

So why do we put up with it?  Are the games offered on Facebook actually better than any game available anywhere else?  No.  As a matter of fact, they’re probably lower quality than any number of free (or very cheap) games one can find at a host of other websites.  Oh, and another perk of non-Facebook games?  If you purchase a game, you purchase the game.  End of discussion.  You can play it to your heart’s content.  Facebook games constantly try to convince you to purchase credits for stupid things you never knew you needed or wanted until Facebook “suggested” them to you.  But that’s just my opinion.

The ease of finding old friends and colleagues with a few clicks of the mouse is valuable enough for millions of users to put up with all the inconveniences and “updates” and targeted advertising Facebook forces on them.  Is it valuable enough to continue using with additional inconveniences, privacy invasions, and character defamation?


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