Matt Lee and John Sullivan of the Free Software Foundation are not impressed that Mark Zuckerberg was praised by TIME magazine as the man who created a system that has connected people around the world with each other.
Unfortunately, the terms under which he claims to have done this set a terrible precedent for our future -- for our control over the software we use to interact with each other, for control over our data, and for our privacy. The damage is not limited to Facebook users. Because so many sites -- including TIME -- use Facebook's user-tracking "Like" button, Zuckerberg is able to collect information about people who aren't even users of his site. These are precedents which hurt our ability to freely connect with each other. He has created a network that is first and foremost a gold mine for government surveillance and advertisers.
Matt and John are encouraging users not to use Facebook and to, instead, by putting the above banner on your web site, link with others via services where both the communication-handling code and the communication data will be in the hands of the people doing the communicating.
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