mark zuckerberg, ceo of facebook is on the ropes. having out lasted myspace and friendster, the anti-social network beloved by the kremlin and ex members of the kgb, is now heading down the path to irrelevance a bit like AOL and Yahoo. now that users realize that they are the product and FB uses their data to sell to marketing companies is it not time for these users to ask for compensation? and what about the ethical implications? think about a person who has never opened a facebook account but is sure that someone has uploaded a foto of them on the site *as it is really only a frickin website* and tagged it with their name. but nobody has ever asked this dude for permission to do this. arguably this violates his right to privacy in multiple countries.
and, arguably facebook has contributed to the breakdown of civil society and made previously ok people rude and uncivilized. a friend recently arranged to meet a person from their childhood in finland who has emailed or tweeted or skyped this person daily for years. they live in different countries. the 2 times in the last 3 years that they have arranged to meet face2face, one person has not turned up. it is always the same person who does not. the last excuse was ‘i could not find the cafe. google doesn’t work well in finland.’ which of course was untrue. but in this person’s head (who lives their life on FakeBook) not meeting up in person did not matter. the comrade who always turns up does not use social networks as she is a libertarian and bitcoin enthusiasts who would never hand over her personal data to a dude with a lisp, a hoodie, a questionable haircut and a highschool diploma.