I do not use Facebook. I dislike the company and would never agree to their terms of service. There is a long-standing rule on the internet that, if it is free to you, you are the product. It is the same with broadcast television and radio, and if you think the paltry sum you pay for your newspaper subscription cover the cost of production, you are mistaken. Advertisers pay for our eyes and ears, they target our demographics, and blast us with adverts in hopes of selling us everything imaginable. That is the game.
Here is the bottom line. We need air to breath, food, water and shelter. We need energy. We need transportation, whether it is our two feet, a horse, a car, or a bus. We need reliable means of communication. Telephones and internet access are necessary in our society. These are all things we “need.” NO ONE NEEDS FACEBOOK.
Facebook serves no real need or purpose. It is a toy. It is an insidious toy, but it remains a toy. It is not a public utility, an investment bank, or a drug manufacturer. Facebook does not manufacturer anything. It is just a public forum where people voluntarily sign away the copyright of the their lives in what amounts to a very public Christmas letter they update every day. Deep down inside, every adult user knows what Facebook is, and they accept the terms of service in exchange for the fancy toy. If you are suddenly having a crisis of conscience, delete your account. You might go through withdrawal, but that just means you are an internet junkie. Zuck is not to blame. He is just running a business, and you agreed to the terms of service.