Facebook: Do Evil

Where Google states in their philosophy to “do no evil“, we believe them, and they had given us little reason to believe otherwise. Facebook on the other hand chooses to hide their philosophy of “do evil” with a long and confusing terms of service page.

According to their website, here’s what Facebook users sign away:

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant… to the Company, and irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof.

People, myself included, blindly are lured into this social networking site, later to discover that all along, Facebook has been collecting personal data about them and is using it for their own financial gain. Information from it’s 23 million users gives a pretty good idea of what sort of things people these days are doing – and other companies out there are willing to pay huge bucks to reap the benefits of what Facebook is mining.

OK, so you had a change of heart about that photo you posted and you want it off your Facebook site. No biggie – just delete it, right? Unfortunately most people also do not realize that even when you delete posts, photos, or even your account, your information is still stored in archives, and can still remain available on the web. Most of what’s on the internet can be archived.

I won’t elaborate any further because I’m certain you have heard it from a few different people already. The reality is that it’s all true – and when it comes to your privacy, one must draw the line somewhere. I choose that Facebook does evil when it comes to handling your private data, and I simply will no longer to be a part of it.

Below are facts on Facebook taken from the Vancouver daily newspaper, 24 hours.
  • # of Users: 23 million
  • # of networks: 47,000
  • # of user photos: 1.7 billion
  • Facebook is the sixth most trafficked site in the U.S. and the No. 1 photo-sharing site.
  • Largest Network: Boronto with more than 500,000 Facebook users
  • Vancouver Network: 230,000

THE BRAINS BEHIND FACEBOOK:

  • Mark Zuckerberg, 22: Founder and CEO
  • Dustin Moskovitz, 22: Co-founder and VP of engineering
  • Adam D’Angelo, 23: Chief technology officer

Before creating Facebook.com, CEO Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s student records and created Facesmash.com, a site where students could compare undergraduates’ photos and judge “who’s hotter.” The site was live for about four hours before administrators stepped in. Zuckerberg later created Facebook and dropped out of school.

GIVE A GIFT
Facebook’s gift service lets users give gifts. Below is a list of he most popular:

  • can of whoop ass
  • sausage on a fork
  • balloon animal
  • flaming bag of dog feces


TECH SPECS

  • Page views: 30 billion per month
  • Searches: 600 million per month
  • RAM in cache: Two terabytes
  • Search index size: 200 GB

2 Responses to “Facebook: Do Evil”

  1. Nate Says:

    Argh, thats not good…somewhat dis wades me from its use…but I’m so engrossed already….has proven to be the best way to keep in touch with so many people back home…what to do…

  2. Sean Hagen Says:

    I was going to write a big long comment, but it got er…long, so I blogged it instead. You should really turn on backlinks for your blog.