An unpoliced Internet with guaranteed, uncensored freedom of speech is an essential requirement for the modern age. I know that people who approve of this kind of autocratic interference in ordinary people’s lives are fond of saying, “If you’re not doing anything wrong you have nothing to fear.” But that’s not the point. If someone is watching everything you do, you become nervous and irrational, and in no time at all, people are being accused of ‘thought crimes’. In other words, they are arrested for ‘behaving suspiciously’. Facebook groups and friends are put under surveillance on the ‘guilt by association’ or ‘birds of a feather’ principle. This kind of tracking presumes that people are guilty until proven innocent. An unmonitored Internet presumes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, as is normal in our English judicial system. For this reason, I strongly believe that Facebook should refrain from tracking posts. But in any case, if Facebook continues in these practices, they can expect a mass abandonment by users. Already many people are opting out of Facebook and closing their accounts. I am seriously considering this myself. Can Facebook take such a risk? Wouldn’t it be better if Facebook concentrated on what they do best, rather than going into the shady and squalid spy business?
There is a petition you can sign here http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/4119?r=2337995.nP28nS