What do you think about Facebook's freedom to change your email/privacy settings

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  1. alphagirl profile image71
    alphagirlposted 11 years ago

    What do you think about Facebook's freedom to change your email/privacy settings without consent?

    I am beginning to HATE Facebook, due to their lack of respect for users. We are just pawns for advertising. We have no control over our own information. I hardly post anything personal, yet people post everything, literally. I have a hard enough time tracking my kids whereabouts online as a parent. What are you doing to safeguard yourselves?

  2. lovesleftovers profile image65
    lovesleftoversposted 11 years ago

    Great question! I agree with everything you've said about Facebook. What was once intended as a means of keeping in touch with friends and family has now become a way to follow every move of their members and to use personal information to their advantage. Facebook users are being manipulated and they're doing it willingly without much thought to the consequences. The only way to stop this is to delete Facebook accounts and not participate again in the future. But so many people are addicted to Facebook that I don't see that happening. I think if we, as writers, continue to publish articles and share information maybe we can help educate the public. Information is power - something that Facebook is greedily capitalizing on.

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I thought about deleting! I did delete my primary email I use ! Subbed it with my 2nd email  I use for generic purpose! Thanks

  3. BestCrispAir profile image82
    BestCrispAirposted 11 years ago

    What changes to Facebook mean to users. The issue of Facebook adding an email address to accounts. What options there are for Facebook users. Making Facebook accounts safe, secure and private. read more

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      you can delete your primary email and use another email in replace of it or hide your info. But I think they can still unlock anyy thinh on there because you agree to be on the site. So your choice is to censor what you write.

  4. Debby Bruck profile image68
    Debby Bruckposted 11 years ago

    Hi Alpha. I've written about this on my Hubpages and provided instructions how to repair your email settings. http://debbybruck.hubpages.com/hub/Face … k-With-You

    1. lovesleftovers profile image65
      lovesleftoversposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good call Debby! I've done this myself and neglected to mention this in my answer. We just need to keep one step ahead of Facebook at all times :-)

    2. Debby Bruck profile image68
      Debby Bruckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      They do not inform us of any actions. One day we wake up and find out about changes. OR, worse, they do not tell us what has been done in 'hidden' sections of the network, so we never find out unless a friend tells us.

  5. Rock_nj profile image90
    Rock_njposted 11 years ago

    Stupid and arrogant.  Why can't they at least let people know about it and let them opt out?  They are obviously trying to force people to use a new Facebook email to communicate with others as part of business expansion plans.  Yahoo set up an email for me too without my consent, so other Internet companies yse the same strong arm tactics to try to get more business from users. 

    I actually found out about this forced email change at Facebook before it became major news because I was looking at my account settings last week and saw this strange Facebook email there instead of my usual one.   I changed it right back.  I would never know that someone had emailed me if they used the Facebook email address.

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I don't trust fb! And I think anyone with kids will agree! Yes give your audience a choice is democratic but they are a business looking to add money to their pockets

    2. Debby Bruck profile image68
      Debby Bruckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      They do not like the "opt out" concept, but prefer the automatic robotic across the board administrative decisions to opt everyone in. Thus, each individual must take an action to protect their privacy. How many of the 350 millions of users will act?

  6. kayecandles profile image59
    kayecandlesposted 11 years ago

    it is wrong-it is also kind of scary, because if they have the freedom to do tha, what else will they change? or use?

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      why do they have the right to censor us... they control all the information about us...I think there needs to be a facebook revolt. Yes, it is a choice to join, but they have changed their mission and that is to market us to death. Is that legal?

  7. livelonger profile image89
    livelongerposted 11 years ago

    Call me crazy, but switching my displayed email address to a @facebook.com one doesn't seem like a big deal to me. I *prefer* that people landing on my FB about page contact me via Facebook, not my personal email address. And it's not difficult at all to add or replace it with my personal email address if I wanted to (I don't).

    1. Rock_nj profile image90
      Rock_njposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That's great if it works for you and if that's how you prefer Facebook users to contact you, but why does Facebook have to change everyone's email to the ones they made up, and do it without consent or notification?

  8. prospectboy profile image85
    prospectboyposted 11 years ago

    I've grown to dislike Facebook also. I seldom post anything personal on there. I mainly just use it for sharing links etc. I think it's totally wrong that they can change our settings without our consent. There is just no privacy on there.

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I concurr!

  9. Diane Woodson profile image59
    Diane Woodsonposted 11 years ago

    Within the last 3 weeks, I was ill, and that usually allows a person less alertness, to make it shorter, I was locked out of my fb, google, amd local acct, because I was too sick to remember pw'..I finally am on again,  and changed my primary email to a new carrier, with fb, and well I am keeping google because its good for traffic results for my hubpages acct. Facebook would lock me out everytime i tried to changed the password over and over it happened., I could not make a new security question or change my phone to another one....This caused more stress than I was already undergoing and had my husband quite worried and to say the least, If I didn't have Facebook for my groups on Hubpages that I engage in comments and post, well I would be trying to figure out how to delete it. Facebook has too many weird rules, that most people who sign up, know not one thing about.

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      yes they have strange rules

  10. SportsBetter profile image65
    SportsBetterposted 11 years ago

    Yeah pretty messed up.  They do own the website and you accept their terms of use.  You have a choice to cancel your services with them. 

    Me personally, I don't post personal information on FB, but I do post a lot of things about government inefficiency, so I assuming they are watching me anyway.

    I am pretty sure the government passed a law that says they can get information on anyone from websites you visit.  Not too sure of the details on it. 

    Technology is great, but they use it to extract as much information from us as possible. 

    I don't have much advice on what to do but, just be careful.

    1. lovesleftovers profile image65
      lovesleftoversposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You and me both, SportsBetter! Despite promising myself I'm going to quit it, I've been known to be pretty vocal on FB when it comes to our Prez and Gov. I'm sure I'm on their "watchlist" by now smile

  11. junkseller profile image78
    junksellerposted 11 years ago

    I honestly think that Zuckerberg is psychotic. I really suspect that he won't ever be happy until every single human being knows everything about everyone. I have my Facebook set as private as it can go. I never log in with it anywhere. I never use any apps. They don't have any phone or address information for me, my email address I have locked to be only visible to me, and I don't ever confirm relationships with people. It is too bad because it can be a really useful tool. Max privacy should be the default and people can choose as they go along to open it up, but they do it the opposite. Max non-privacy is default and it's a constant battle to increase or maintain privacy. As it becomes more commercial I imagine it will only get worse.

    1. alphagirl profile image71
      alphagirlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, 3 years ago i got creeped out by what they were doing. So I stopped logging in as often. I also stopped putting any pictures on there. Zuckerberg, is a a huge voyeur who wants a bit of everyone in his life in a weird way.

    2. Debby Bruck profile image68
      Debby Bruckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Like you, I don't use the apps either. All those who play Farmville, or birthdays, or gifts, etc. They will simply gather more data about you.


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