Them’s the Facts

Today, I want to take a little break and discuss a special topic. Facebook.

We all use Facebook, you know what it’s all about. Or don’t you? Recently, I happened across a post where folks were discussing, more or less, Facebook’s intrusive ability/inability to trace, track, and monitor you – wherever you may go. Let’s set the record straight, shall we?

Facebook – (here on in to be referred to as Pig Fucker – ahem, I mean “FB”) – openly admits to tracking everything you do. Openly. That means, they make no secret about it. I know, I know… their techie-complicated-confusing legal terms are hard to follow such as: We receive data about you whenever you interact with Facebook, We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Facebook, We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses Facebook Platform or visit a site with a Facebook feature (such as a social plugin), sometimes through cookies… and so on and so on. You don’t believe me? I’m certainly not going to copy and paste the whole thing for you. Read it for yourself – RIGHT HERE – on Facebook’s very own butt-rape Data Use Policy.

You’re still having doubts about the extent of FB’s ability to information-fuck you, AHEM, I mean, collect information about you? Read their Terms of Service to discover how unlubricated their shaft really is.

Do you think this is a rude blog post? Are you un-following as you read? I’m not the one collecting endless piles of information on you, your family, or your friends. I’m not the one monitoring your bank account because you decided to “Pay to Promote,” and I’m certainly not the one emailing the President of the United States a list of the controversial porn sites you visited last week.

Now, don’t go getting upset when your lovely family photo by the lake shows up on an ad for diarrhea medicine. Okay? You gave Facebook the right to use it, as outlined here: For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
(By the way, I copy and pasted that directly from their Legal Terms of Service.)

Please. I beg of you… before you decide to get involved in a dispute on Facebook, know what you’re disputing. To deny that they’re monitoring you is naive, and Facebook themselves would argue with you – and they are – right there on their policies page.

I cannot stress to you the importance of your personal information. Knowledge is power, right? Hell, how many people are immediately switching over to MySpace or Google+ right now? None. I don’t expect anyone to quit Facebook. All I’m saying is, Know the Facts.

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