Facebook’s arrogance

UPDATE:

Robert Scoble, author and well-known blogger, reports that Facebook is now deleting Facebook posts that are critical of the company or suggest ways for users to delete their accounts. 

Facebook has been in the news for opening up much of the
information on their members' personal accounts to a much broader audience. It's not just that they've made this move, they also made it difficult if not impossible for users to protect themselves.   In order to opt out,
you are forced  to go to 50
settings with more than 170 options. (They say it's to give their users more
precise control, but I believe that it's really to confuse and deceive their
users.)

What they've done is to compromise your privacy beyond what
any other popular sites have ever done. Your personal information and even
photos can now be seen by strangers. So understand this clearly. They've enticed hundreds of millions to join under a policy that protected users' privacy. Then after they've gotten us hooked, they open up everyone's information, without offering the opportunity to accept or reject the changes. Sounds like bait and switch to me.

Even deleting your account won't protect you. According to
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook is trying to trick their users
into allowing them to keep their data even after they've "deleted"
their account. But if you just delete your account, they still will retain your
data and make it accessible to their commercial clients.

If you're a Facebook user my advice is to opt out if the
company has not rescinded these policies by the time this column is published. But
do take the time to remove your information first. That's what I'm doing, and
that's what noted tech bloggers and reporters such as Corey Doctorow
(BoingBoing.com) and Leo LaPorte (twit.tv) are doing.

The company has committed a serious breech of its users
information for their own commercial benefit, and if there's justice in this
world, they will see their usage and popularity plummet. That would be a good
example for others who think they are too big and important to have
consideration for their customers. A company that lives by the Web may find out
what it's like to suffer from the Web, as well.