And it's official. My FB account is now permanently gone, and I am permanently gone from FB as well; I actually did try setting up a new account, and after that bullshit, I will say that I am NEVER going to go back to that fucking site ever again.
One of my biggest beefs with FB is the company itself; they ask for an collect WAY too much from their users. They want EVERYTHING you can give them, and they make it difficult, if not impossible, to take it back. For example, like I already said, they don't let you clear your 'likes' or 'interests' without going to each and every page individually and 'unliking' them.
But I was thinking that FB almost feels like a necessary evil these days; it's hard to self promote, or stay in the loop without an account there. There are a ton of people I will probably never connect with again because of my lack of FB. So I had decided to try making an account that would not really be 'me', just a persona, a very 'lite' version of myself. No 'likes', no 'interests', no personal data of any kind, just to stay connected with people.
However, FB does NOT want anyone to have a 'lite' version of themselves on that site. I created an account, entered a valid email (it asks for either an email address or a mobile number, so I chose email thinking I'd be safe there) and put a different version of my name in. The validation email came through and I gave the code or whatever and all seemed fine.
I locked it all down; put all permissions VERY strict; if something could be private, it was private. Otherwise, most other options were set to friends only (if private wasn't available). I logged out to do some stuff, and then a little bit later I logged back in; or at least, I tried to....
It was at this point that all hell broke loose, and FB basically told me they didn't want my kind there. As soon as I tried logging back in, it told me there was a problem with my account, and that I would NEED to secure it with a mobile phone number. THIS WAS A REQUIREMENT! I will NOT give that jackass of a company my personal cell number, and honestly, I can't understand why anyone else would either.
So just to see, I simply tried logging back in to see if I could avoid this, but no. It once again brought me to a screen to give out my personal cell number to this soulless company with no other options, except for one; there was a 'Report A Problem' link! Salvation! I figured I could click that link, and maybe fill out a form or something and explain that I don't have a mobile number and seek out an alternative.
Clicking that link simply brought up a pop up window telling me I needed to login first. I NEEDED TO LOG IN FIRST! This is EXACTLY what the site was preventing me from doing you jackass!! It was an endless loop; try and login, get this screen forcing me to give my PERSONAL PHONE NUMBER. Click the 'Report' link, be told to login, then get sent BACK TO THE PERSONAL DATA STEALING SCREEN!
At this point I looked around the site, hoping to find a form or an email address or something, to try and contact someone and appeal this breach of privacy (yes, in my opinion, a company that sells personal data forcing you to add your personal cell number is a breach of privacy). But, there was nothing. At all.
Then I remembered that there was a link in the email sent to me, saying to click it if I did not try and setup that account. This wasn't true, but I figured at this point it didn't really matter; I was never going to give a phone number of any kind, so I was never going to be able to login, so what was the point? And maybe, just maybe, at the end of that link would be a form where I could enter some text?
Clicking that link sent me to a page that said that it wasn't a valid link!!!
Well, I said it before, and I'll say it again. FUCK FACEBOOK.
And to all you sheep just blindly giving over your personal data to an immoral company, you may want to rethink this behavior. Facebook is only in it for the money, a company started by a guy who HATES PEOPLE. They will sell anything and everything you put on their site without a second thought to anyone's well being other than their own pockets. Facebook is a cancer and walking away is the only cure.
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