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Facebook Divorce

Posted March 11, 2012 by jim young in Lifestyle

– jim young

The following is the contents of a letter to my family and friends that I just posted on Facebook.

No healthy relationship can survive without trust, for trust is an integral component of the relationship.

One might even argue that if there is no trust – there really is no relationship. Certainly not a lasting relationship of any value.

And if there are external forces that bind 2 entities together in spite of a lack of trust, those ties must be severed.

For that reason I am seeking a divorce.

Of course the breakdown of any relationship is rarely the fault of just one party and I openly admit that part of our problems are the result of my not completely understanding all that is going on.

If I could get over the lack of trust in this relationship, I would work harder on the understanding, but I truly believe without a foundation of trust – there is no point.

So as I stated before – I am seeking a divorce – from Facebook.

Rather than just suddenly disappear and leave you all wondering what happened, I have chosen to state my reasons and post my intent to Divorce Facebook effective as of April 22, 2012

If you see me here after that date – it will only serve to reinforce my lack of trust of Facebook was valid.

We have all heard the stories about deleted photos surviving on Facebook for up to 3 years. That, in itself – is not right and I do not understand why Facebook would allow this to happen.

But there is more.

Almost every day I see comments – many of which are of a personal nature, posted by people that I do not know.

As I read through the thread of comments I can usually find a link to this person in the nature of a mutual friend.

And while it may seem quite innocent enough that I can view personal comments made by a “friend of a friend,” it disturbs me that Facebook has allowed me access to those comments without the person’s permission or knowledge.

Whether or not this person cares that I can read their comments is not the point.

The point being, every Facebook user should be provided the opportunity to make a conscious decision to allow or disallow their comments to be made public.

Yes, I understand there are privacy settings that can be changed to protect one’s privacy. What I do NOT understand is why those privacy settings are not the default.

The default should allow any Facebook user to feel secure that their privacy is being respected and only made public once they have made a conscious decision to do so.

And this is but a drop in the bucket.

For more on some of the evils of Facebook read Kory French’s blogs on the Inhuman Ones

The Social Network 2 and Facebook and the OpenGraph

So long, farewell and I hope to see you all soon – in the real world.

If you are reading this after April 22, 2012 you will know that Facebook is stalking me after our divorce has been finalised.

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