Abe wrote to the mailing list email@example.com
I don't think we need to 'campaign for people not to use facebook', but it is certainly our role to educate members and other interested parties about the true nature of facebook as a giant spying machine for the forces of internet censorship that we are supposed to be standing up against.
Gaining support from a few clicktivist facebookers at the expense of maintaining credibility with our true support base would be a fatal mistake.
"Facebook, in particular, is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena – they have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.
Now, is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence?
No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them. And it’s costly for them to hand out records, one by one, so they have automated the process. Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States’ intelligence agencies, in building this database for them."
Watch Assange's statement here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp8rJVWC2a0&t=1m50s
...Europe versus Facebook
"It is almost impossible for the user to really know what happens to his or her personal data when using facebook. For example “removed” content is not really deleted by facebook and it is often unclear what facebook exactly does with our data. Users have to deal with vague and contradictory privacy policies and cannot fully estimate the consequences of using facebook."
All their legal complaints can be found here:http://www.europe-v-facebook.org/EN/Complaints/complaints.html
The complaints by "Europe versus Facebook" are also relevant to every user in New Zealand because they also have, on accepting Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, entered a contract with Facebook Ireland Limited:
"19. Other 1. If you are a resident of or have your principal place of business in the US or Canada, this Statement is an agreement between you and Facebook, Inc. Otherwise, this Statement is an agreement between you and Facebook Ireland Limited. References to “us,” “we,” and “our” mean either Facebook, Inc. or Facebook Ireland Limited, as appropriate."
Caution, link goes to Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms
"But how much information is really being collected about you? How is it being used? And could it fall into the wrong hands?"http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/06/facebook-your-privacy/index.htm
"Protect your privacy on Facebook - ... control what others see and know about you - Deactivate or delete your account"http://www.consumerreports.org/content/cro/en/electronics-computers/facebook-privacy-tips.html