Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg defended the new terms in the official blog of Facebook. I wrote a comment to counter his poor arguments and was surprised to find that my comment was not published. I just received a message thanking me for my comment. Thankfully, I saved my comment before sending it, so I can now publish it here:
If you need a license to show our data to the other people we’ve asked you to share it with, why don’t you ask us to give you exactly that license?
Why do you require us to accept a license that grants you an irrevocable universal right to our data that never expires?
If I want to delete (not deactivate!) my account and all my data, I also want you to delete my messages from the inbox of my friends. What is the problem with this?
If you think that is not the way Facebook should work, why don’t you give us both options? Make it possible to deactivate AND delete our accounts.
You give email as an example. But Facebook is not email. If I send an email to a friend, my friend may keep the message forever, but neither he nor some private company has an unlimited right to my message. The message might not even be stored on a computer under the control of some company as it is the case with Facebook.
I would be glad to have answers to my question.
Let’s see if there will be any response. I doubt it. The sole fact that they don’t allow public comments on their blog clearly shows how they treat their users. A blog without the possibility to comment is not a blog. They essentially suppress free speech and public discussion in the medium they control.
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