10 Reasons to Quit Using Facebook

There are many reasons arising as to why one should stop using their Facebook account. The company started on an unethical playing field but has begun to worsen over the past few years, adding to the number of reasons users should stop and delete their account and quit using Facebook forever.

#1: The Terms of Service Only Favor Facebook

The Terms of Service for Facebook state in section 2.1 that they have ownership over your data. If your information is not kept up to date, they have the right to delete your account, as stated in section 14. While one might say this is only an attempt to protect the interest of the company, it quickly becomes apparent that users are only viewed as unpaid employees who can be targeted for ads and crowd-sourcing.

#2: The CEO Has Demonstrated Unethical Behavior

According to BusinessInsider.com, Zuckerberg discredited his rivals by using Facebook data to read their private emails. While unproven, the allegations nonetheless raise questions about his ethics especially given the fact that he paid a settlement of $65 million to rivals claiming he had stolen their idea.

#3: Facebook is Against Privacy

The founder of Facebook has stated that sharing everything has become socially acceptable and the Open Graph API introduced by Facebook makes social, public information the default setting.

#4: Facebook is Setting a Trap

It appears that Facebook’s developers are using new APIs to access your information while not explaining the implications this will have to its users. This means that Facebook is gathering information from you which you might not otherwise share and then making it publically available. This is bad because Facebook uses this information to make money through advertising.

#5: Facebook is Nothing More Than a Bully

When a private entrepreneur began crawling the data regarding the privacy settings and making them public, Facebook sued him. They sued him just before they publically announced the changes to the privacy setting he was revealing. This leads users to the conclusion that there is really not a lot of data available about the new privacy plan and Facebook wants to keep it that way.

#6: Your Private Data is Shared through Applications

When you install new applications on your Facebook it means that your private data is shared to the application developers. Some of these might be safe, but others might not. Often they are too small to truly have to care about keeping data secure.

#7: Facebook Has Limited Technical Competence

Facebook has proven that on top of its lack of ethics, they are using things such as the “like” button which has made it easier for spammers to gain access to social network profiles and harvest profile data. There have been many recent mistakes including making profiles completely public on accident or taking far too long to fix cross-site scripting. This leaves users with no other conclusion save for their engineers are clearly not as competent as they ought to be.

#8: It is Challenging to Delete Your Account

Many users who try and delete their account think that they have succeeded, but in reality they only deactivated it. This can be confusing because when you search to delete the account you can deactivate it and stop receiving emails. Both of these lead you to believe your account is gone, but it is still there, the information on it still open to spammers and hackers. If you should ever return to Facebook your account would still be there, the same as it was when you left it.

#9: Facebook is Not Supportive of the Open Web

With the new Open Graph API, many users believe it is just that: open. However, it is not. It is only proprietary to Facebook and you cannot access it unless you use Facebook.

#10: Facebook is Not User-Friendly

The new application is frustration between the mafia wars, farms, annoying ads, “top news”, and privacy settings. It is almost entirely useless as a social network at this point. Facebook has proven itself a mere annoyance above all else.

As of right now, Facebook has actively sought to add every feature found on any other social network in an attempt to control the web. Facebook is free to do anything within the bounds of the law but that does not mean users should put up with the additional hassle and lack of privacy.