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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future 218

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Facebook owns virtually all the aspects of the social experience—photos (Instagram), status updates (Facebook), location services (Places)—but now, Facebook is transitioning from a simple social network to a full-fledged technology company that rivals Google, moonshot for moonshot. Yet, it's Facebook's corporate control of traffic that leads many to distrust the company. In a sense, people are stuck. When the time comes for someone to abandon Facebook, whether over privacy concerns or frustration with the company, Facebook intentionally makes it hard to leave. Even if you delete your account, your ghost remains—even when you die, Facebook can still make money off you. And that's not behavior fit for a company that's poised to take over the future."
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

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  • Yes, because it is (Score:5, Informative)

    by brunes69 ( 86786 ) <slashdotNO@SPAMkeirstead.org> on Saturday April 05, 2014 @04:18PM (#46671917) Homepage

    - Google lets you export ALL OF YOUR DATA, 100%, in full, in open formats.

    - Google lets you close your account and delete it, leaving no traces. This includes Google Plus and all posts shared.

    - The majority of Google's services offer open APIs and follow open standards and allow third party integrations.

    - Heck, many of their products they fully open source and give to the whole community, including Chrome, ChromeOS, Android, GWT, etc

    Compare this to facebook. You can't export anything out of facebook in any kind of open format. You can not easily delete your account, even when you do your pictures and images remain on other people's accounts. Facebook offers very few open APIs to integrate with it, they want you to instead write apps that run ON the platform so they can control and monetize everything you create.

  • by brunes69 ( 86786 ) <slashdotNO@SPAMkeirstead.org> on Saturday April 05, 2014 @04:38PM (#46672027) Homepage

    Facebook explicitly says they do not allow you to delete your account. They simply DO NOT ALLOW IT. And all data you post on facebook is theirs, they claim ownership of it. So no wonder they don't allow you to delete it.

    Google allows you to delete your account and tells you exactly what happens when that occurs. http://www.pcworld.com/article... [pcworld.com] . And they claim ownership of nothing.

    The companies attitude toward privacy and accountability are so different it is not even in the same hemisphere.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian