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Facebook, the new FBI?

Facebook privacy settings

For those of us who have a Facebook account we are used to the constant changes that the Facebook creative team keeps making every few months or so. While it is quite annoying to have to keep adapting to the changes, they haven’t been that major. A new layout here and there, a different news feed option, a compressed friends page, etc.

A recent change has not only caused concern among the general public but it has also PISSED ME OFF.

What is this change? Facebook is now releasing private information from members’ pages to outside sources, also known to many children as STRANGERS. Now, this can be changed in the settings section of Facebook but MANY people did not know of this change until countless media outlets informed them.

Now, why am I pissed off?

Because ever since I learned of this change and changed my settings I have been receiving COUNTLESS calls and text messages from telemarketers and robots about winning a free iPad, gift cards, and cash. Since my phone is a cell phone, I am listed as a DO NOT CALL on countless lists and my provider does not release my number to ANYONE. So I think it is safe to say that the recent information change in Facebook is connected to my recent accumulation of “winning” text messages and voicemails.

While I may be wrong about the Facebook and robot telemarketer connection, I have a hunch that they are related. Why is it that Facebook is becoming the new probe in people’s personal lives? The even better question to ask though, is how much probing will the general public allow Facebook to do before there are repercussions?

Yes, I am annoyed with this recent barely-informed-and-acknowledged “update” but I can change the settings, therefore I will still keep my Facebook account. But how many more robot telemarketers will I be willing to deal with when the next “update” comes around?

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg

I don’t understand why Facebook is thinking this new change is a beneficial one to anyone but themselves. Mark Zuckerberg, you are just continuing to piss off a lot of people and yes, I understand you are laughing all the way to the bank but do you really feel like a well-rounded human being while pissing off countless people?

You cannot complain Mr. Zuckerberg that The Social Network portrayed you in a negative light because it seems to me that their depiction was pretty damn accurate with you just thinking about how you can advance “The Facebook” and create more opportunities for yourself.

Let’s just say I will never “friend” you, sir.

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