Jan 28, 2011

With the launching of Facebook email and the newest browser, RockMelt—the latest social media browser—I wonder how much control I want to give to my Facebook Account? My answer: as little as possible. I can think of 10,000 reasons not to want anything attached to my Facebook, but the biggest reason came last week.

As I went to log-on to Facebook, I received a message that said “You’re account has been disable for violation of our privacy policy.” I started panicking immediately, who broke into my Facebook and what were they telling my friends and family? To make a long story short, I was one of the thousands of women who’s Facebook accounts were disabled in error. I received an apology message the next day and my Facebook account was reactivated.

However, before I learned of the error, I tried in vain to contact Facebook and have my account restore—or even find out why it was disabled in the first place. I followed the steps to appeal the decision and was told making fake accounts was a violation, and that the decision was final, I would not be allowed to have a Facebook account again. What was more infuriating is the lack of support from Facebook. There is no one to talk to or email or call. Not to mention there is nothing I can do if Facebook can shut down my account like that with no warning, no explanation and no problem.

Why would I ever give Facebook more power over me? Why would I use a browser that requires a Facebook log-in and allow a third party to access all of my information? Or worse, what if used Facebook e-mail? What happens next time my account is shut down? I am not willing to lose all of my e-mails, contacts and personal information.

Before you jump in head first to all the new developments with social media. Take sometime to read the privacy policy and the terms of use. Figure out what you’re willing to give up to use sites like Facebook.

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