Facebook is a popular online social networking service. Facebook has met with controversies. It has been blocked in several countries on different bases. For example, it was banned in many countries of the world on the basis of allowed content judged as anti-Islamic and containing religious discrimination. Recently, more and more people are finding reasons not to use it. The privacy of Facebook users has also been an issue. The number one reason for users to quit Facebook was privacy concerns (48%), being followed by a general dissatisfaction with Facebook (14%), negative aspects regarding Facebook friends (13%) and the feeling of getting addicted to Facebook (6%).
You can become a part of a marketing experiment. Just a few months ago, a web app started pulling data for people on social media sites, including Facebook. It crunches all of the information, highlights topics where people are most influential, and generates a score for everyone between 1 and 100. The higher the score, the more influential a person is. Marketers use these scores to target their ads to industry leaders, whether it is a mom who has pull in her town’s PTA, or a CEO running a big-name company.
Facebook avoiding taxes. Facebook paid only .3 percent tax on over $1b foreign profit using a tactic called the “Double Irish.” A number of companies (including Apple, Google, and Microsoft) do this. Sometimes you see it referred to as the “Double Dutch Irish”.
Why not to use Facebook for business? In 2007, it was reported that 43% of British office workers were blocked from accessing Facebook at work, due to concerns including reduced productivity and the potential for industrial espionage. German companies followed soon after.
Facebook can be dangerous. At least 2 people have been murdered for unfriending someone on Facebook. In July 2011, German authorities began to discuss the prohibition of events organized on Facebook. The decision is based on several cases of overcrowding by people not originally invited. In one instance, 1,600 “guests” attended the 16th birthday party for a Hamburg girl who accidentally posted the invitation for the event as public. After reports of overcrowding, more than a hundred police were deployed for crowd control. A policeman was injured and eleven participants were arrested for assault, property damage and resistance to authorities. In another unexpectedly overcrowded event, 41 young people were arrested and at least 16 injured.
Facebook and other social network websites spy on you. Facebook tracks (and records) the sites you visit while you’re logged in. Facebook have received direct and indirect funding from In-Q-Tel, the private investment arm of the CIA. Back in 2011, Julian Assange called Facebook the “most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented.” Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder/Chairman/CEO of Facebook called his first few thousand users as “dumb f****” for trusting him with their personal data.
Facebook likes are heavily manipulated to attract traffic to websites and promote merchandise and services. A lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles in 2010 claiming the Facebook should not allow minors to “like” advertising. Facebook said the suit was “completely without merit.” Hackers have used their computer skills to create and sell false endorsements – such as “likes” and “followers” – that purport to come from users of Facebook. These fake “likes” are sold in batches on forums and websites. People perceive importance on what is trending, sometimes wrongly.
You can get imprisoned for anything you say on Facebook. This information can and will be used against you in a Court Of Law. Cameron D’Ambrosio, an 18-year-old high school student in Methuen, Mass., has been arrested for terrorism charges because he scared people on Facebook with his rap music. A sarcastic Facebook comment during an argument about a video game was enough to land 19-year-old Justin Carter behind bars for months, facing the possibility of years in prison.
Facebook sucks time from your life. As far as I understand how the Internet works, Facebook is just an extra layer. There is still email – the best and relatively secure way to communicate on the Internet. And what about the phone? Usually it takes less time and is more productive to call your relatives and friends on the phone than to wait for a reply.
Most of Facebook friends aren’t actually friends, but some random people you’ve met on your life path. Some folks are getting buried in their virtual lives so far, that don’t realize a simple fact – virtual friends aren’t real friends. They are not enemies either, but the majority of them, won’t be around when you are really in need.
There are other (better) options for photo sharing, including email attachments, free image hosting services and Instagram.
Facebook makes us unhappy. A new study on college-aged adults found out that the more they used Facebook, the worse they felt. “When you’re on a site like Facebook, you get lots of posts about what people are doing. That sets up social comparison — you maybe feel your life is not as full and rich as those people you see on Facebook.” Get a life!
You can be denied a loan because you’re unpopular on Facebook. A San Francisco-based start-up LendUp checks the Facebook and Twitter profiles of potential borrowers to see how many friends they have and how often they interact; the company views an active social media life as an indicator of stability.
Facebook tries to make you feel guilty about deactivating your account. If you go to http://www.facebook.com/deactivate.php, it’ll show several people, saying “NAME will miss you!”, and a picture of you and that person. Such memories.
Just to add up, please read Tim Maurer’s article on this topic 7 Reasons I Dumped Facebook, David Rowan’s view on Facebook published in Wired magazine, Douglas Rushkoff, CNN describes his reasons for quitting Facebook and John C. Dvorak from PcMagazine says that “Facebook is basically AOL with a different layout and all the same retro problems” in his article.
Have you ever noticed how many things require your attention?