Quit Facebook Day Hopes to Raise Awareness of Privacy Concerns

Justin Kerr

Turn the clock back a couple of months and the only Facebook news you could find was sites trying to dissect its runaway success. With more than 400 million users, a growing ecosystem of interconnected platforms tied back to your profile, and no end to its potential in site Facebook seemed to have it all. Fast forward to the present day and you see a company struggling to explain eroding privacy controls , and a downright flippant attitude towards users who made the service popular under an expectation of privacy that they seem unwilling to defend.

Facebook may eventually turn its mistakes around and get back on track, but if you're tired of waiting and want to make a statement, you might want to check out quitfacebookday.com . Users who sign up at the website are agreeing to deactivate their Facebook accounts on May 31st in a single unified act of defiance to help bring awareness to the privacy issues that plague the site.

"For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn't do a good job in either department. Facebook gives you choices about how to manage your data, but they aren't fair choices, and while the onus is on the individual to manage these choices, Facebook makes it damn difficult for the average user to understand or manage this. We also don't think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future."

At the time this article was posted the headcount was up to 1,500, a bit shy of 400 million but a good start anyway.  Anyone else thinking of committing to the cause?

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