JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A BRIEF SUMMARY OF FACEBOOK’S CREEPINESS – WHY DO PEOPLE EVEN USE IT? – MAYBE IT IS LIKE ASKING WHY DO PEOPLE STILL SMOKE CIGARETTES   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

Facebook’s war on free will

You forgot Facebook’s war on intelligence and decency.

What a horrible site it is, manipulating and cheating its users every step of the way.

Packed with snares to extract information every time you click anything. The questions popping up in boxes are so clearly calculated not to let people answer the way they might want to, to force them into unwanted choices.

The site also has been caught cheating numerous times, as with phony trending news stories and phony, purchased “likes.”

And the truth is, it is just an ugly thing.

I do not understand why people use it, except they want “one stop shopping,” so to speak.

There are so many ways to do things on the Internet, Facebook is just a waste.

A good example is when looking for a new restaurant. If a restaurant has its own little site, you will be able to find it quickly with a search engine and the owners will have a showcase, often quite attractive, to give you a quick idea of what to expect, as a few photos and a menu.

Restaurants which only use Facebook unwittingly create an unpleasant experience for would-be customers. First, many will be greeted by one of Facebook’s snares before they are even able to look. Very off-putting.

Second, the actual structure of Facebook sites is ugly and inflexible (compared to your own site).

I think people only turn to it out of laziness since it is a kind of internet within the Internet, a single site whose name has become a household word.

There’s a lot more that’s unpleasant about Facebook, including its connections with the CIA, its sale of user information, its constant effort to create new ways of extracting information from users, and the insufferable smugness and pronouncements of its founder.

Posted September 21, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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