Facebook deleted my account—and why this matters to you
Facebook permanently disabled my account without first warning me, so I will not be able to access that site again—nor would I want to, considering they had no justification for deleting my account. Facebook deleted the accounts of some of my friends (and many others) without warning or justification, leaving them mystified about why their accounts were disabled. If there were an infraction, their draconian punishment was far worse than the “crime.”
I bent over backwards to be nice and respectful to other Facebook users—even the two nuts I encountered—yet they still deleted my account. Don't think it will happen to you? Don't be surprised if you log on some time and see the following:
. . . leaving you scratching your head in befuddlement about what you could have possibly done to warrant a sudden and permanent account deletion with no way to appeal their inscrutable decision.
Facebook threatens to disable the accounts of people who abuse the reporting feature:
. . . but exactly what is abuse? Reporting more than ten people per month? Per week? Per day? As I explained in another article, one mentally ill person harassed me and another gloated about how blocking him would do no good because he could create an endless number of fake accounts to continue his assault, in addition to the dozen accounts he created daily to spam others on behalf of his employer, which he said was Ralph Lauren.
The fact that he could do that manifests how Facebook users can be victimized by the incompetence and/or apathy of Facebook programmers, who could easily block such abusive people—but they don't, leaving me wondering why they do not avail themselves of such a simple solution known even to beginning programmers.
Facebook is fond of pointlessly threatening users, as I discussed in an article: Tired of threatening messages from Facebook when sending friend requests? What's especially exasperating about those threats is that they could be eliminated if Facebook programmers had enough brains to solve problems logically.
In medical school, we were taught to treat patients as if they were a family member, which is good advice for everyone. Facebook fails this test miserably, just as it strikes out in so many other ways that one could write a book on what's wrong with Facebook. Their glaring conceptual errors are evident to logical people, and their software coding errors are obvious to programmers.
Kicking the Facebook habit
I announced a few months ago that I was planning to delete my Facebook account, so while I am puzzled by Facebook's capricious decision, I am not upset by it. In fact, I am smiling now, grateful to them for helping me kick the Facebook habit. As I will explain in an upcoming article, Facebook is an enemy masquerading as a friend. You don't think so? Wait until you read that article.
Was I kicked off Facebook for criticizing them?
My prior articles on Facebook flaws may have angered them, prompting a wayward employee to retaliate. If so, the thin-skinned Facebook brass needs to listen to the advice given by a wise businessman who genuinely appreciated criticism of their products because it gave him a chance to improve. He viewed them as his best customers; the worst were the ones too apathetic to complain.
It takes maturity to value people complaining about a product or service. Does Facebook have that maturity? You decide.
When people complain about something, they usually have reason to gripe. That's certainly true in the case of Facebook, which is screwing you in ways you would never suspect.
Facebook: the most hated company in America
Facebook was #1 on the list of most hated companies in America, with good reason. They have a long history of violating the privacy of users in ways that would outrage anyone with common sense. When their sneaky tricks are exposed, Facebook typically backs off, professes that they value user privacy, waits a bit, then resumes screwing users in old ways while dreaming up new privacy nightmares. This cycle has been repeated so many times it is utterly obvious they do not value user privacy! It's no wonder that Facebook has been called a “massive spying machine.” Facebook “settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it exposed details about people's private lives without getting legally required consent.”
Was I kicked off Facebook for receiving inside info on Giffords' special treatment?
As I detailed in another article, one of my Facebook friends sent a private message to me indicating that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received special treatment. That comes at a politically sensitive time, now that President Obama wants us to think the elite won't receive better care than the rest of us.
Are you next?
Have you ever heard this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller showing the indifference of German intellectuals after Nazis began purging selected targets, one by one?
In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
And then Facebook came for Kevin the doctor . . . .
Will you be the next one to be booted off Facebook? Perhaps. After I heard about friends being kicked off Facebook for trivial or nonexistent reasons, I redoubled my efforts to not say anything too contentious. That's exactly what they want: to suppress free speech. To do that, people in power don't need to muzzle everyone; they need only whack a few people, knowing the message will get around that if you dare speak out in an effective way, you will be silenced. If not now, then perhaps six months from now. Once people begin self-censoring their political speech, our right to free speech is being infringed. They want us cowering in fear that if we say too much too well, we will be silenced, so we'd better shut up and let the tyrants in Washington continue to revoke our liberties. The Facebook leaders with more money than brains enjoy deciding who has the right to free speech.
If you analyze people who were booted off Facebook without justification, there is a chilling common denominator: they spoke out in ways that effectively opposed the agenda of our irresponsible government. I did that so well that I was one of the few private citizens targeted by a major liberal media character assassination organization that pays people to smear their political opponents. They are very good at what they do—explaining why their bloggers can earn six-figure salaries for smearing Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, and Monica Crowley. Adding me to that list seems like a non sequitur, yet day after day in 2010, I was #1 on the big lib smear machine website, displacing those well-known stars.
Why target me when many millions of others are also blogging with passion to oppose Obama's policies? Clearly, they fear me. Years ago, a television producer contacted me after reading my first book. To quote him, “Dr. Pezzi, there are thousands of books on health, but no one writes like you.” He was so impressed that he paid his secretary a bonus to find me after he struck out. I've had enough similar offers to make me think that intelligent people are drawn like honey to my words, which also repel simpletons as effectively as Off!® repels mosquitoes.
As an example of their irresponsible allegations, the far-left liberal smear machine suggested in 2008 that even Bill Clinton was a racist! He responded, “You have mischaracterized [what I said] to get another cheap story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues before us . . .”
Bill Clinton—the so-called first black President—he is a racist? That's about as plausible as claiming that Barack Obama belongs to the Tea Party, yet that was the reckless allegation Clinton faced.
The Obama smear machine will viciously smear other liberals, as lifelong Democrat Kevin DuJan documented, so it isn't surprising they smeared me even though I don't agree with conservatives on every issue, nor do I like Fox News—in fact, I pillory them for good reasons (my political philosophy is an amalgamation of conservative, libertarian, and liberal principles). The Obama smear machine assigned a large group of writers to dig through my extensive writings and take a few selected items out of context to paint a very misleading picture of me. I will later tell the rest of that story. When you read it, you will realize that the smear merchants were so desperate to discredit me that they blatantly lied about what I said.
Want an example? They claimed that I try to sucker people into buying my anti-spam software. Just one big problem: I don't sell anti-spam software, and I never did. Several years ago, I developed a FREE site (MySpamSponge) that anyone can use to eliminate spam. I never charged for it, and I never will. After waiting years for Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and other geniuses to solve the spam problem, I was so disappointed by their amateurish efforts that I learned to program and created that free site. Offering a useful free site like that is a night-and-day difference from what the smear merchants alleged.
Bill O'Reilly . . . bigoted?
Or is the far left just jumping the shark?
Bill Maher and a guest branded O'Reilly as bigoted for asking Obama about football during his Super Bowl Sunday interview. Bernard Goldberg termed this flimsy allegation “irrational” and “almost clinical insanity. [...] You have to be out of your mind to find racism in that interview.”
The far-left liberals are clearly using a divide-and-conquer strategy, pitting liberal versus liberal, and conservative faction versus conservative faction, with Obama coming out on top. Don't fall for this. They think we are too stupid to see what they are doing.
UPDATE: A couple years after I wrote this article, I received a nastygram in response from an Obama supporter who appears to be liberal and bigoted.
bigot (noun): (1) a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing opinion, belief, or creed; (2) a person who is obstinately intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on politics or religion, and has animosity toward those of differing beliefs.
I've angered some conservatives, including conservative friends, by sincerely listening to liberals and agreeing with them on some points—in contrast to most people who listen to opponents just to gather ammunition for a subsequent attack. Any fair-minded (that is, not prejudiced) person who reads everything I've written—not isolated bits of it—will see that I am very open-minded: receptive to new or different ideas and the opinions of others. Open-mindedness is the polar opposite of bigotry.
Once a bigot's small mind jumps to a premature conclusion, he or she basks in perverse small-mindedness, forever patting himself or herself on the back for their pettiness. In contrast, open-minded people like me are willing to change our opinions when there is good reason for that. In my articles in which I side with liberals, fair-minded conservatives would agree that even if they disagree with my conclusions, they could not fault my logic and warmheartedness that led to them.
While I will likely never be a fan of Obama, I went from a reflexive dislike of his policies (virtually all of them) to agreeing with him on various issues, and even defending him and his wife. In my Fox News article, for example, I presented evidence that they are not as “fair and balanced” as they claim. Fox News and their allied partisan hitmen (and women) criticized President Obama and his wife for their normal human flaws, but they turned a blind eye to unquestionably worse actions committed by one of their conservative darlings. That's not fair and balanced, so after years of being a Fox News fan, their ideological intolerance grated on me to the point I became a fed-up foe.
While my political opinions have changed more than I ever thought possible, I still loathe Facebook for very good reasons. People who love or defend that site are oblivious to its many flaws that could be corrected, but aren't, and thus are inexcusable. Wise people will wonder why they are not corrected; wise and smart people will wonder the same but know why.
Spreading the word
I cannot let my Facebook friends know why I suddenly vanished, so I would appreciate it if you would spread the word about what happened to me.
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- The Hidden World of Facebook "Like Farms"
- Snapchat CEO Predicts Facebook Will Violently Implode The Same Way Yahoo Did
- What Happens When You Break Up With Facebook: Nothing
- Eat24's Hilarious Dear John Letter To Facebook
Excerpt: “The letter goes on to cite this Veritasium video asserting that Facebook's paid programs to help businesses earn more fans employ click farms that generate fake or irrelevant "Likes" from international locations Eat24 doesn't serve.”
- Internet Advertising: Paid Search Ads Don't Always Pay Off, Study Finds
Excerpt: “… advertisers may not be getting their money's worth.”
- Fighting Facebook, a Campaign for a People's Terms of Service: “Social media companies say consumers’ loss of privacy is just the cost of doing business. But what would happen if they actually had to bargain with users on equal footing?”
- Facebook devolves into dark web of anonymous hate speech
- Why Facebook is Not Secure
- Facebook is a massive spying machine, says Assange
- Top 10 Reason Everyone Should Destroy Their Facebook Account (One reason: “Facebook is not technically competent enough to be trusted.” That's true. Want proof? One of the many Facebook mistakes allowed people to access Zuckerberg's personal information, which revealed that his latest hobby is slashing the throats of animals. If Facebook can't protect Zuckerberg's privacy, can they protect yours?)
- On Facebook? New Algorithm Can Guess Your SSN (and hence lead to identity theft, which can destroy your life. It's not wise to trust your privacy to a man, Zuckerberg, who thinks nothing of it, and in fact tricks you into revealing data that can give you endless nightmares.)
- On Second Thought: Facebook wants to know why you didn't publish that status update you started writing.
Excerpt: “The same code Facebook uses to check for self-censorship can tell the company what you typed, so the technology exists to collect that data it wants right now.”
- On Facebook, ‘Likes’ Become Ads
- On Facebook, Your Privacy Is Your Friends' Privacy
- Using Facebook Gives You No Privacy, Not Really
Comment: Excellent analysis. Conclusion? It isn't wise to use Facebook, which is a minefield of potential risks.
- How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You
Excerpt: “Most people don't realize that Facebook can continue to monitor their internet activity, even if they are no longer logged into the site.”
- This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity
- Privacy Attacks in Social Media Using Photo Tagging Networks: A Case Study with Facebook
- 3 Ways Facebook Plans to Exploit Users
- Using Facebook seems to make people more miserable
- The Disruptive Technology That Will Replace Facebook
- Meet The Facebook Conscientious Objectors
Take-home message: Facebook's violations of user privacy will only get worse.
- Survey: 1 in 3 Facebook users getting bored with the social network
- Leaving Facebookistan
- Facebook is People!: Why I Quit Mark Zuckerberg’s Online Collective Data Farm
- [Facebook IPO] Status: Liberated—Breaking up with Facebook is hard, but the right thing to do
- More Facebook Friends Means More Stress, Says Report
- U.S. Federal Trade Commission: Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers By Failing To Keep Privacy Promises
Excerpt: “The social networking service Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. … The FTC complaint lists a number of instances in which Facebook allegedly made promises that it did not keep.”
Comment: Facebook doesn't just lie, but through their teeth, and repeatedly.
- Facebook settles sponsored stories suit for $10M
- Facebook and Your Privacy by Consumer Reports Staff: Shocking ways that Facebook spies on you even when you're not on Facebook, and even if you're not a Facebook user.
- Is Facebook's 'Like' button spying on you? The Facebook "Like" and Twitter "Tweet" buttons that appear on so many websites do a lot more than just help you share content with friends
- Facebook: The Spy Who Liked Me
- 'Like' Button Follows Web Users
- Germany’s Campaign Against Facebook’s Like Button: Just the First Blow Aimed at the ‘Spy Machine’?
- Security Protocol for Online Banking and Facebook Has ‘serious Weaknesses,’ Say Researchers
- Instagram furor triggers first class action lawsuit
Comment: The Zuckerberg cancer is spreading.
- Federal Law Needed to Safeguard 'Digital Afterlives', Expert Argues
- As Facebook grows, millions say, 'no, thanks'
- Why (and How) to Turn Off Socialcam on Facebook (yet another sleazy Facebook app that could give you nightmares—or worse)
- Nine Major Ways Criminals Use Facebook
- How Facebook Helped Screw Up P&G's Ad Budget
Comment: Facebook is highly overrated, and so is the value of advertising on it.
- Facebook IPO: Buy or Beware? Beware! The comments following that article demonstrate that Zuckerberg may be smart enough to fool investors whose greed overshadows their common sense, but he can't fool average men and women. Despite all of its flaws, Google helps people in many ways and hence provides valuable services that give investors reason to think that company has genuine, enduring value. In contrast, almost everyone I know is fed up with Facebook's endless privacy violations and exasperating user interface, making users eager to jump ship when a better alternative appears. Remember MySpace? It once was King of the Social Networking Hill, and now it's a pathetic has-been on the market for a fire-sale price. Its users tired of its flaws and moved on. Users will migrate away from Facebook, too.
UPDATE a few days after Facebook's IPO: As Facebook's Stock Struggles, Fingers Start Pointing. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Facebook stock will likely go up again as clueless investors concoct new reasons to delude themselves, but Facebook will ultimately flop.
UPDATE 5-29-2012: Facebook shares plumb new depths, valuation questioned Janet Tavakoli, president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, said “The valuation [of Facebook] is a complete bluff. There is still a long way to go down from here.” Excerpt: “General Motors announced it was pulling out of paid advertising on the social network, citing Facebook's unproven track record and echoing potential concerns about the lack of evidence that advertising on Facebook yielded strong returns on investment.” Comment: Wise move by GM. Facebook users are better at ignoring ads than viewing them and buying things as a result of them. There's a simple secret to maximizing the value of online ads, but “genius” Zuckerberg is too busy slicing the throats of animals to think of it. In early June 2012, an insightful commenter said, “Only an idiot would buy stock in Facebook (a.k.a., Flopbook) and expect to get rich. They got rich by scamming people from the start, so why would investors think anything has changed since then?”
UPDATE 7-17-2012: Facebook shares slide as user growth in question
UPDATE 7-27-2012: Facebook’s stock is tanking – did investors get played by big banks?
UPDATE 7-31-2012: Facebook sinks to record low as doubts grow
UPDATE 8-17-2012: Facebook shares clobbered again, down 50% from IPO
UPDATE 8-20-2012: Facebook director Thiel sold 20 million shares after lockup
Comment: What is the common denominator that limits the success of high-tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, PayPal, and even Google? They have a glaring lack of common sense (read about one way in which Google manifested their deficiency).
Following articles about Facebook, reader comments reveal pervasive loathing of that site, with good reason. It is technically inept and run by someone not only bereft of common sense, but seemingly bereft of decency. Mark Zuckerberg called his users “dumb fucks” for trusting him—something he has repeatedly proven by heinously violating that trust.
If people were wise and circumspect, they'd delete their Facebook accounts and instantly turn that site into what it should be: a cyberspace ghost town. Even if you don't know about Zuckerberg's affinity for slashing throats … well, let me put it this way: Being normal is overrated. Most people have quirks, and geniuses often have even more of them. Zuckerberg is reportedly a very bright guy, so I'm willing to give him some latitude for being odd, but his personal pathology has been translated into Facebook pathology. That's obvious to me as a doctor, and it is increasingly obvious to many Facebook users.
Here is a comment that should alarm Facebook investors:
Guess who? I suspect that one of the big free dating sites does this, too. Others think that Google does it.
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- Excerpt from The Social Media Bubble (aka The Facebook Bubble): “In the end, you can't help but note the overall frivolity of the social media phenomenon, especially in such grave economic times. Many aspects of the social media boom simply aren't genuinely useful to society, the way a boom in biotechnology or alternative energy would be.” Exactly!
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- 350 million people are suffering from Facebook Addiction Disorder
- Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative
- Facebook tracks your every move, even after logging out
- Facebook tracks you even after logging out
- Facebook Apps May Be Sharing More Personal Info Than Users Realize
- Privacy Paranoia: 5 companies you should think twice before trusting (this includes Facebook, #1 on their list, and Google)
- Facebook uses YOUR face to promote products to other users
- Don't believe in conspiracy theories? Read this about Facebook
- Facebook’s Got a Reputation Problem: Harris Poll (gee whiz, I wonder why?)
- Facebook Privacy Concerns: A Majority of Facebook Users Don’t Trust It (with good reason!)
- Facebook Now Takes Up About As Much Of Our Time As Grooming Or Chores
- AllFacebook.com, which bills itself as “The Unofficial Facebook Resource”
- A Google search for Facebook flaws currently returns over 9 million results.
- Will Facebook Destroy Your Job Search?
- Are You a Facebook Addict?
- Jake Reilly's 'Amish Project:' 90 Days Without a Cell Phone, Email and Social Media (I applaud him for having the wisdom to realize how these distractions harm our lives and the real relationships in them.)
- Facebook Users Ask, 'Where's Our Cut?' Comment: Some investors think Facebook is worth $50/user. Get real. I know one person who clicked on a Facebook ad, and none who bought anything as a result of it. Businesses will realize that they are wasting their money advertising on Facebook. When the ads dry up, so will Facebook, leaving Zuckerberg more free time to slash the throats of animals.
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- Facebook "defriending" led to double murder, police say
- Over 3 years later, "deleted" Facebook photos are still online
- Schneier: government, big data pose bigger 'Net threat than criminals
- Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes buys the [liberal] New Republic
- Unthink.com says it is the “anti-Facebook” and will give users complete control over their personal data.
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