I will never go back to facebook - I used to have a profile there but deleted it a couple of years ago.
Even if they would stick to their own policies, the aggregation of data facebook generates on its users is imho pretty dangerous, especially confronting an organization like OSA.
Shifting the discussion to facebook may look like a good strategy to reach a wider audience,
also to force people who post pro-Scientology to reveal their real identities.
But for anyone who prefers to stay anonymous for one reason or another and wants to keep their friends and families out of their own activities, facebook's waylaying strategy to aggregate the most personal, private and intimate information not only of themselves but also their friends and loved ones is somewhat problematic to say the least - it will naturally keep away a lot of people.
I really don't like to pay for my right to free speech by telling everybody my own real name, telephone number and address, who my friends and relatives are, how they look (photos), how old they are, where they live and work, where they are right now, et cetera.
The facebook platform has so many strategies to subvert the privacy settings of its users and tricky methods to fill in the blanks one leaves on one's own personal profile -
The incident that prompted me to leave was a moment when all the things I had set to "visible only to myself" all of a sudden were made visible to all of my friends without notice... how can that just happen overnight?
Facebook then has this app interface that allows developers to access, aggregate and store the data of its users, to use it for whatever they want. What looks like a game or a funny little multiple-choice personality test might in fact be a harvesting scheme for personal data - by whomever!
Then there are intricate ways of social cross-referencing that link your data to what others say about you - image tagging, "how do you know xyz" - recently I read in the news that people even have been asked to check whether one of their facebook friends was using a "fake name" - and what their real name was.
I bet they also cross-correlate the IP addresses of the computers one connects from - I couldn't explain some of the spooky ads they were targeting towards me otherwise.
To make the long ramble shorter: Controlling who gets to know what about you and your personal/private life on facebook is worse than herding flee.
It would be really a big plus if we could encourage the use of a platform that does not have "transparent users" as the product
that it sells.
P.S. this all being said... I'm really looking forward to the interview!