7 Reasons Why We Hate Facebook Even More

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7 Reasons Why We Hate Facebook Even More

In recent months, Facebook has been labeled in many domains as a shockingly duplicitous site. Its scandalous tactics have hardly been tattered by the badgering of the press. The sheer ignorance of those who own the site is famished and leads many to wonder; are these fanatical measures necessary for a site which promotes the concept of a global village? The days where such infuriation was left unnoticed, are a story of the past, today is an age where communities understand their rights and inculcate a sense of belonging to their service providers. Hence, the wrath of these communities is anything but lenient once they are introduced to hypocrisy. Facebook has made more than a few blunders in its recent history; these need a mention to enlighten all those who use the site that the illusion of rights and privacy are on certain occasion's privy to deceit. Surely, Facebook has not made a name for itself on these pretences. It has a very large number of people using it which would only applaud its success; however, there are a few areas where it seems that our beloved Facebook has played a fast one on us only to earn the extra dollar. Here is a humble yet factual illumination on a few of those issues.

1.  

Facebook made an agreement with the biggest crooks ever (Zynga)

Facebook made an agreement with the biggest crooks ever Zynga

Anyone who has ever used Facebook, and other social networking sites, knows of Zynga. However, not many know that Zynga is a company that is made up of greedy little black hearts. The profits of Zynga mushroomed excessively behind the crazily popular social-network games like Farm Ville, Fish Ville and Mafia Wars, sadly, so did the scrutiny. In the fall of last year, TechCrunch ran various exposés that were entitled as “Scam Ville”.  They accused Zynga of making profits from fraudulent advertising schemes. Three weeks later a lawsuit was filed against Zynga. Tech Blogosphere ended up getting its hands on a video of Zynga’s owner, Mark Pincus. Consequently, after the release of the video, comment-boards went on fire. Mark Pincus is now prominently the villain of Web 3.0.

 

The question now is that, why would we despise Facebook for what Zynga does? Well, put in simple words, it is because Facebook has made an agreement with a company like Zynga. Can anyone comment on how it is in the best interest of its users? It has been co-working with Zynga to immense malicious extents and Facebook users are scarcely aware of these malpractices. In making agreements with Zynga, one cannot help but doubt the intentions of those who own Facebook. Cheating is not judged by the amount but only by the intent. What then, is Facebook all about?

 

Apparently, there have been some rising frustrations and tensions between Facebook and Zynga. Peculiarly enough, the brewing apprehensions between the two companies are not over Zynga’s illegitimate policies, but over money related issues. Zynga is pillaging Facebook, and Facebook cannot seem to function without Zynga. Facebook has approximately 24 million users signing in website daily for playing Farm Ville alone. One can only make an approximation on how many more would be signing in to play other games by Zynga on Facebook!

 

To cut a long story short, working with a bunch of money minded, voracious robbers, Facebook is in fact losing its ethical values in the eyes of many users.

2.  

Facebook started sharing user’s data with almost anyone

Facebook started sharing user s data with almost anyone
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Facebook has been hounded candidly in relation to not providing sufficient privacy features to its users. It has been noticed that Facebook has gone a little too far with the issue of sharing its users’ data with almost anyone. Whenever a user clicks on the advertisements that are featured on the site, automatically the advertiser is able to access all the information of the user’s profile. Harvard Business School professor, Ben Edelman informed the Journal, “If you are looking at your profile page and you click on an ad, you are telling the advertiser who you are.”

 

Facebook has consistently nipped its very own privacy policy right from the beginning when the site commenced in 2004. When a user creates an account with Facebook, there is a page for terms and conditions that the user has to agree upon, to have his or her account created. On that very page, Facebook also informs the user about providing privacy controls to the user. However, the right of privacy and privacy controls has been breached consistently by Facebook, causing much awkwardness amongst its fervent users.

 

As if this was not disturbing enough, Facebook has recently opened up more user information to the public, an act of theirs that has drawn immense condemnation and FTC complaints. Additionally, of late, Facebook users have been having an increasingly tough time in steering the site’s often-convoluted privacy controls. With all these new disclosures about Facebook conveniently disregarding industry standards; not to forget it’s very own privacy policies, it might as well turn into a torrent of unrest and discomfort for its keen users!

3.  

Facebook makes another impolite move by hiring a team of lobbyists

Facebook makes another impolite move by hiring a team of lobbyists

In 2009, Facebook saw an unbelievable expansion. It went from 50 million users all over the globe in January, to nearly 400 million in just under 12 months. That very year, Facebook was reported to have spent a whopping $9.5 million (£5.9 million) while settling a lawsuit over its evident and disturbing advertising structure (launched in 2007). In November 2009, Facebook made a series of changes that exposed millions of its users’ private data to the world. These astonishing changes infuriated the privacy advocates and finally resulted in a petition being sent to the US regulator. Once Facebook saw this as a threat, it took no time in hiring a team of lobbyists in Washington and Brussels to push its agendas with politicians.

 

By making a move of this nature, Facebook assured their users that it seriously did not care at all about their users’ privacy issues and their basic concerns. The point which is particularly arcane is that why could Facebook not hire ‘a team of privacy specialists’ to improve its privacy issues? Instead, we get news like ‘Facebook is expected to improve its privacy issues.’

4.  

Facebook was actually doing this in the past

Facebook was actually doing this in the past

As if tampering with the privacy policies was not enough, Facebook began with a new travesty. It upset page owners on the site, by implementing a new stipulation. The conditions that were to be met were for page owners to have a minimum of 10,000 fans otherwise pay at least $25,000 for advertising, in order to set application tabs as landing pages.

 

Previously Facebook had announced that it had removed restrictions for page owners.  However, they reverted back to their previous terms for page owners which ultimately followed an extensive dissent.

 

Why did Facebook include the landing page restrictions at first? Some speculations regarding the matter prove that such an act by the site was done so as to compel small page owners to pay for advertising.

 

The limitations set by Facebook authorities were meant to act as hurdles to prohibit spammers and scammers from establishing their own tabs that were filled with low grade or misleading content.

 

Ironically, the massive outcry of many page owners and page management companies has pinched a wrong nerve of the Facebook authorities and they have once again very reticently made a prompt reversion of the situation. Up until now, Facebook has not had much to say in relation to what has been going on.

 

Alternatively, the critical spectators viewing the marvels of Facebook are convinced that this act of theirs once again proves too much greediness and yet, too little care for its user. Facebook has been playing with its users’ privacy matter as of late, but it has caused much balk for its users in the past as well.

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  • Chaudrey

    Hats off to yet another master piece by Lavender. I think this one is the best. I have not seen a more comprehensive and elaborate critical analysis on facebook before this one. Lavender has done a great job, passing on very important matter of awareness to people. A very healthy amount of research is clearly visible behind this article, I think Lavender deserves a lot of credit for this great article.

    I have been reading Lavender's articles for past few months now, and I think all of them (the Top Tens) were extremely interesting and were not like those normal cliche type of work. I must say keep up the good work writer, and keep us getting enlightened with your awesome work!!!

  • Sohail

    No doubt facebook was made with the worst intentions... no doubt they are playing a cheap hand with its users who trust it to the extent that they spends hours of their precious lives to this... but no matter what they have tried to make or whatever measures they take to earn dough... it has to be said that in the end it is all in the hands of the users who are using a facility for free...

    its about how you use it. . . we can just look at it as a medium thru which you can share amazing things with millions of people across the world...

    obviously evil is prevailant in every walk of life its upto you how you avoid it or make your way around it and make good use of it...

  • Lavender
    @Chaudrey:

    Hey,

    Thanks a lot for the words of immense appreciation. I am truly flattered. Will try my best to provide great articles in the future also :)

    Cheers!

  • Peama

    I'm sorry, but when it comes down to it, facebook has become a company. And like a company, they will act according to what is best for them. And honestly, thats fine. Thats why people start companies. Not to "service their employees" regardless of what they say. You do a job because you want something out of it, personally, be it money, fame, self-satisfaction, power, it doesnt matter. If you dont like the way facebook runs things...get off of facebook. Go somewhere else. Just learn that its not a right, and it doesn't owe you anything.

  • oho

    great article....very informative and eye opening...thank u very much

  • Hoc

    ^^ hehehe and still: you can "share" this page on facebook and "like" it... xD

  • Lime

    So... what now?  What do you think the facebook users should do?

  • Kathy C

    This is a very interesting read and a very well written article, which raises some thought-provoking points. 

    Having said that, facebook is free in both the monetary and thought/expression senses, and long may this continue.  If one really hates facebook, whether because he/she was emotionally wounded by the 'Draw Mohammed Day' incarnation of freedom of expression or because he/she doesn't like how the owner rolls, one is free to leave facebook.  Any time. 

    Good job getting us all thinking, Lavendar.  Keep the articles coming!  :) 

  • Lavender
    @Kathy C:

    Thanks a lot Kathy C and oho. :)

    Cheers!

  • Pink Roses

    Very informative and extremely well written. Keep up the great job Lavender and keep bringing in your quirky, sarcastic, informative and fun articles.

    Thank you elistmania.com for giving us the chance to be enlightened. Thank you Lavender for your super cool writing!

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  • Sarah

    I really, really don't understand all this hullaballoo about facebook. 

    A few points:

    1.  If you don't want Zynga, or whoever else getting your info / advertising to you, don't play FarmVille / click on ads / etc.  This is basic Internet 101.  Just in case you don't understand that, if you add an application you get an explicit notification that ap's access your info. 

    2.  NOWHERE on the internet can you expect absolute privacy - the nature of digital media is that it's infinitely reproduceable, and once it's out there it's out there.  Why on earth would you expect facebook to be any different?? 

    3.  facebook is a company.  It was always a company.  Companies make money.  If they didn't, they wouldn't be companies. 

    4.  If you don't want ad's on your personal webpage, well, build yourself a personal webpage, not a facebook page.  Go buy

    5.  Who cares if Zuckerberg once called some Harvard kids Dumb Fºcks???  Once a long, long time ago?  In a conversation AS A COLLEGE KID, for Chrissakes?  (wouldn't most of us want to retract about half of what we thought and said in college??)  And besides, if the conversation ever did happen, it seems to me that he's got a point -- 'trusting' a perfect stranger with sensitive information is, well, naive at best. 

    6.  I use facebook.  A lot.  I have no problems with it.  I have no problems with the privacy settings. I've never had problems with the privacy settings, and I kind of suspect that most of the complaining is being done by people who don't even use the privacy controls. Nothing else about this makes sense.  I seriously don't understand what all the fuss is about.

    7.  Don't we have better things to worry about?  Aren't there, like, people being raped and murdered and starving to death as we speak?  Jeez.

  • Sarah

    oops - 5 should finish with "Go buy yourself an URL".

  • Jason

    "The issue regarding “Draw Muhammad Day”, sparked outrage across the Muslim community. The page was targeting people based on their religion."

    Are you referring to a page that encourages people to draw Mohammed? If so, I have no idea how this constitutes "targeting people based on their religion". The ban on artistic depictions of the prophet Mohammed applies to Muslims. Hence, not Muslim, no prohibition. The outrage of which you speak is a bunch of religious fundamentalists freaking the fuck out over the mere POSSIBILITY that someone could be saying something disrespectful about a man who died 1400 years ago.

     

    Leaving the page up is not gratuitously offensive. It is part of a broader political statement. If anyone is offended by cartoon depictions of Mohammed, I would suggest they not look at them.  

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    @Chaudrey:one way JESUS He's the only way!!!! nothing else!!!
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