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FaceBorg removes fig leaf of democratic governance...

... exposes giant corporate dick. From the PDF of the "red line" of proposed changes, which due to PDF's massive proprietary suckitude, I can neither link to nor even copy, but must type in, with strikethrough for deletion, and underline for insertion:

Opportunity to comment and vote

Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide is with comments on the change. After the comment period, if we adopt any changes, we will provide notice (for example, on the Facebook Site Governance Page or in this policy) of the effective date. if we receive more than 7000 comments concerning a particular change, we will put the change up for a vote. The vote will be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.

Wow, who knew. Corporations aren't about democracy.

As DCBlogger comments:

Facebook just sent out a notice on policy changes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Don't know what it says, but it must be pretty bad to send out today.


NOTE Below I have attached the PDF so you can see for yourself. Downloaded from here, although as usual FB's URLs are sloppy and unstable and useless. Here's the page that gave that link; here's the site governance page.

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Submitted by peterward on

Facebook exists to gather information about users. Anyone using Facebook is wise to take it for granted any posts or activities are being recorded indeterminately and available to whomever FB "partners" with.

Saying that, they're nowhere near Google which--apart from Facebook, which is a sort of black hole for them--knows everything you do on the internet, as well as your mobile device if you use Android.

At the moment the use of your profile complied in this way appears begin--hitting you with targeted ads. But unlike a credit report, which is publicly available, your internet profile is not and has the potential to become the basis for hiring decision and god knows what else.

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Submitted by goldberry on

I have an account but I have to beg and plead for people to NOT SEND ME MESSAGES THERE BECAUSE I DON'T USE FACEBOOK!!!!!

But it has occurred to me on more than one occasion that a lot of internet naive people and older people use Facebook a LOT because they seem to be stuck in an AOL mindset. To them, the internet is indistinguishable from Facebook and links come to them through the Facebook interface. They fail to see Facebook as just another entity on the web.

That's a shame because they don't know what they're missing. I'm not sure what to do about it but wouldn't be surprised if the money guys continue to find a way to exploit this.

As for me and millions of other non-Facebookers, this announcement of a change in their arrangements is not important to me. I don't give a flying fuck. Facebook is a private company doing its think on the internet. The sites that set up Facebook pages for commerce and interactivity surely know what they're getting into and if they don't like it, there are other options.

Submitted by jawbone on

Uh, how can they do that if I don't have an account? Have NEVER had an account?

Do they partner with other sites and get info that way? If there is an account, no matter how quiet, are they still collecting info from elsewhere on the web to sell about you?

Those people who want to friend me? I've never, ever heard of them.