I left you a few months ago and it was kinda tough. I mean, many people I know run their lives through you. Many groups I desire to be connected with are managed through you. To be connected to these people and these groups requires me to have a Facebook account.
But, Facebook, you are not trustworthy as is evidenced by the numerous reports and inquiries by governments into your activities. You profited substantially from the overthrow of the democratic process of the United State of America. We also know that all the incentives of our government and economic system point towards you doing as little as possible (and possibly nothing at all) to curb the abuses of your users (also known as the product you sell to advertisers).
But, I needed to be connected to some things I really valued. So, I created a new account with a fake name. This is, of course, against your Terms of Service. It’s probably the only thing that most users know is in the Terms of Service, that you have to use ‘the name you go by in everyday life.’ My thought is that you can know a few things about someone with an odd name and as long as they don’t know about ME. I’d have a few of my actual friends and be member of a few groups and all would be well. My critical connections would be maintained. But, you wants to know about ME. You want to connect what it learns about my everyday activities and what I like and dislike on pages to other public information about me: salary, home value, car purchases, whatever you can find by trolling the vast stores of data. You wants to create a detailed snapshot to sell to advertisers so they can target ads. So far, so OK. You serve to me creepily prescient advertisements, but I have the great value of connection to friends ranging back to elementary school.
But, you also sells this data to organizations that actively use it to guide your automated systems to sway opinion, encourage, and discourage voting… the net effect was you are profiting off the active undermining of our electoral system by a foreign power, all while creating a system that enabled others to nefariously use data that was never actually given for their their use.
Facebook, you can’t be trusted with the Real Me.
You said that someone complained about my name, thinking I was a fake user. (I’m confident it was your automated systems that decided it was fake, whatever.) I’m not fake, but my account is intended to protect my identity. You implied it was OK to have a fake name if my account name was intended to protect me from abuse. I said that was the reason. Maybe I should have said exactly what the abuse was about: Your selling of data about me and ruining the institutions of the United States of America. But, I didn’t and now you’ve decided I’m not real. I’m real, but I’m also taking care of myself.
Anyway, you’ve locked me out now unless I produce a bill or ID with my faked name on it. That ain’t gonna happen. So, I guess our relationship is coming to a conclusive end.
I’m hoping you now goes the way of MySpace.