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How To Get Off Facebook

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Facebook has a business model of “you are learning about me and taking me and my relationships apart to monetize that.” It's a trojan horse for something sinister. Facebook has said we want your emotional and social attachments in one place and we will control it for you. They are openly asking you to give that power to them and it seems like a dangerous combination.

Social media is destroying human relationships by turning our fundamental emotional connections into commodities.


While your Facebook page is visible, copy and paste this link into your Web address bar:

Contact Facebook's Intellectual Property Team email:,,,

Explain to them that you want the account to be deleted and why. They will ask you for proof that the intellectual property is actually yours, though.

Deactivating your Facebook account is not the same thing as deleting it. While deactivating your profile makes it unavailable for searches or public viewing, Facebook still keeps all of your information in the hopes that you'll reactivate — a process that's instantaneous when you log back on.

If you want to make sure you don't inadvertently rejoin Facebook, make sure you delete any site-related cookies and Web browser history. Also, don't click on any Facebook links while you're visiting other sites until the 14-day waiting period is past.

Everyone stop uploading photos of people to Facebook RIGHT NOW.

The only winning move is not to play. ---
, still not on FB

Facebook created a huge, photo-searchable database of its users. And yes, it's terrifying. It will be implementing facial recognition technology for all users starting 7/11, semi-automating the photo-tagging process. You can "opt-out" of the service, but it's a pretty weak consolation. After all, opting out won't keep Facebook from gathering data and recognizing your face--it'll just keep people from tagging you automatically.
Facial recognition technology will ultimately culminate in the ability to search for people using just a picture. And that will be the end of privacy as we know it--imagine, a world in which someone can simply take a photo of you on the street, in a crowd, or with a telephoto lens, and discover everything about you on the internet.

So not only should you opt out of Facebook's facial recognition technology by going to
Account > Account Settings > Privacy > Customize Settings > and disabling Things Others Share "Suggest photos of me to friends"

You should also upload random pictures of trees and animals and stuffed toys and tag them as yourself.


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BEWARE: Employers ask job seekers for Facebook passwords
Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publically available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates Some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around. "It's akin to requiring someone's house keys," said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it "an egregious privacy violation." Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is also the focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks. Companies that don't ask for passwords have taken other steps such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Once employed, some workers have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer on social media.

"You will not share your password, (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.

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Both Maryland and Illinois are considering laws that would prohibit public agencies from asking job seekers for social media passwords.


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