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May 17, 2010

Group sets May 31 as 'Quit Facebook Day'

Posted: 11:27 AM ET

Frustrated by Facebook's recent privacy changes, a group is urging users to delete their Facebook accounts en masse on May 31.

The campaign comes amid complaints that the social-networking juggernaut is diminishing users' privacy with its "open graph" model that adds Facebook connections on other sites across the internet. A handful of glitches during the rollout of the changes have, in fact, put some personal info at risk, if only briefly.

It's clear that some folks are leaving the popular site.

But the organized effort to get people to abandon their Facebook accounts doesn't appear to have gained much traction so far among the site's 400 million-plus users.

More than 2,700 people had pledged to quit Facebook on the group's website Monday morning. The Quit Facebook Day site asks, "Sick of Facebook's lack of respect for your data?" and calls on users to quit the site all at once on May 31.

And about 1,090 people had "liked" the site's Quit Facebook Day page - which, ironically, is on Facebook - as of Monday morning.

By contrast, more than seven times that many people are fans of former "Top Chef" contestant Kevin Gillespie's beard. A fairly random user-created page called "I Love Facebook" had roughly the same number of members as the "Quit Facebook" page.

On Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Business Insider blog poked fun at the effort, albeit when the fledgling site had only a couple hundred people signed up. The post's title? "Uh-Oh, 0.00000068% Of Facebook Users Promise To Quit On May 31."

Facebook doesn't provide the number of people who delete their accounts. But the overall numbers are clearly going the other way. A spokeswoman told last week that Facebook had added 10 million active users since late April.

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Grant   May 17th, 2010 11:45 am ET

I don't understand why people post personal info on the web, this shouldn't be a huge debate. Since you're dumb enough to put something up that you don't want others to see, there's always a big brother.

Feel free to flame this post. I don't care.

Mark   May 17th, 2010 11:48 am ET

Why is this news?

Stefon   May 17th, 2010 11:49 am ET


Emanuel Sferios   May 17th, 2010 11:51 am ET

Facebook used to be a private service. People got used to that. Then they started changing, yet people still want complete privacy. As for me, I happen to like their new social plugins and the experience it provides when surfing the web. But I also understand the perspective of those who want a private service to socialize with only their friends. The thing is, you can still do this on Facebook by setting your privacy settings correctly. It's just that Facebook rolled out these changing pretty fast and people don't understand how to do it.

epandroid24   May 17th, 2010 11:51 am ET

@Grant totally agree! personal communication should be kept through email, pictures should be discretion of the user and people know anyone can log in and see their things. Otherwise some of the site settings let you block what you need blocked (phone number, email). Just dont befriend people you dont know, keep your profile private and thats it!

So if they quit facebook what? they'll go to myspace?

Bum Rush   May 17th, 2010 11:51 am ET

This is the dumbest thing I've seen...

If you're stupid enough to think that your information is safe ANYWHERE on the internet, then you deserve to get burned on it. Don't make a huge stink out of facebook when there are hundreds of other sites that store your information and it's easily accessable to anyone with 1/2 a brain.

janet   May 17th, 2010 11:51 am ET

I agree with Grant.

Rodger   May 17th, 2010 11:53 am ET


Larry   May 17th, 2010 11:54 am ET

Give me a break. If you're so FREAKIN' worried about privacy, don't post anything "juicy.' I use FB, but I would NEVER send anything, post anything or provide anything to them that I wouldn't want on a billboard in Times Square.

Sam   May 17th, 2010 11:55 am ET

Why do they need to wait to quit on May 31? If you don't like Facebook, quit now. What's the difference? Or is it they really don't want to quit and hope that FB will change something for them before then. Good luck with that!

Kadie   May 17th, 2010 11:56 am ET

I agree with Grant. Why are you putting personal information on the web if you want it to remain private? It's about as bright as not wanting people to have your phone number and not requesting it to be unpublished. People need to start thinking about how to protect their own data and stop depending on sites like FB to do it for them.

Wesley Pittman   May 17th, 2010 11:56 am ET

Why should people quit Facebook? It is still the great social networking site on the Internet. I am quite thankful for Facebook.

life does not depend on FB   May 17th, 2010 11:57 am ET

so what? whoever wants to quit can quit. FB does not care.

Kirsti   May 17th, 2010 11:57 am ET

I already deleted mine about 3 weeks ago. I hope FB goes under! What used to be something fun turned into yet another scheme to use people. It wouldn't surprise me if the founder had this planned all along....

Patrick   May 17th, 2010 11:58 am ET

I'll be sure to share this on facebook... lolololololol

Tom   May 17th, 2010 11:58 am ET

Don't you need to be signed in in order for these other sites to gather info from Facebook? If so, how about signing out first before you start going from site to site.

Ryan   May 17th, 2010 11:59 am ET

Obama sucks.

Robert   May 17th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

I understand and am equally frustrated by the lack of judgment by facebook at these latest updates. For anyone who doesn't develop, you can't really understand the gravity of what is occurring. They are giving out tons of data without the consent of facebook users. I don't plan on ditching my facebook account because my family is on there, but I have deleted 100% of my likes, posts, links, photos. Anything that can be shared out without my consent.

Zeke2112   May 17th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Attention Facebook users: your lives are not so interesting that people are spying on you. Kindly get over yourselves.

You are using Facebook for free and putting your information there, and are surprised when when Facebook utilizes that information to sell ads, which keep the site running? You fail at business and the internet in general.

Facebook's privacy settings are easy to use. If you can't figure them out and set them appropriately, you have no business putting anything personal on the internet.

kncjr   May 17th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

Who cares about the privacy issues. Betty White was right on the ball when she said "...I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say the people on it are losers, but that’s only because I’m polite." No one needs to know when you are going to walk your dog, go to work, go to the restroom, fix dinner and so on and on and on.

Meet friend, connect with old friends but enough with building a farm and posting you have a pimple. Who cares.

Mike   May 17th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

What makes people think that anyone cares about their personal information. Of all the billions of people in the world you aren't that important.

Robert   May 17th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

@Tom: It can be pulled without you being logged in. For evidence of this, login to facebook, then log out. Then visit cnn and the facebook panel exists with links to your friends.

kuate   May 17th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

Most Facebooks users were not aware of this until CNN posted.

Bushpig   May 17th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

Keep letting Mexicans in, that'll solve the problem!

Rex   May 17th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

Why is this on the front page of CNN? How can I exploit this story to blame Sarah Palin for the unmitigated disaster that is my life. Can we get back to the politics of personal destruction against Bush and Palin?

Lost Waste   May 17th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

The mass exodus of the cult known as 'Quit Facebook Day' will not be missed. Don't let the door hit you in the @$$ on your way out.

Jeffrey   May 17th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

"Sick of Facebook's lack of respect for your data?"

If it's personal enough for others not to see it, you shouldn't have submitted it to Facebook in the first place.

Jen   May 17th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

I deleted all of the photos of my child because I simply don't trust the privacy settings to work the way I intend them to on FB anymore. I'm planning to scrub my FB account as clean as I can of personally identifying info other than my name and pic and hope that the other stuff hasn't already been compromised. I miss the old days of Facebook when it was a tight little circle of friends and private info. FB is cannibalizing itself wuth these changes. Maybe the effects aren't as great now, but I predict they will be if they continue to operate fast and loose with people's info.

BURNT FUR   May 17th, 2010 12:05 pm ET

WHOO HOO, that's my birthday and what a great present. Facebook is evil tripe.

Paco   May 17th, 2010 12:05 pm ET

Why does anyone care what I think. I know I couldn't care less what YOU think.

Cleopaktra   May 17th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

@ Ryan

Did you graduate out of high school? The story is about Facebook.

Maryann - Orlando FL   May 17th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

For all those posting that 'this is not news' – get your own damn network and report only what YOU think is news, okay? Thx.

jon   May 17th, 2010 12:07 pm ET

@Mark and @Stefon,
I'm so glad we have the two of you to decide what is news. Is this the best you can come up with to get attention? To Click a story so you can complain about it. I'm sure by responding I'm giving you the validation you crave but it amuses me so much to tell you how pathetic you are.

Dan   May 17th, 2010 12:08 pm ET

Facebook has taken disseminating your personal information to third parties to a new level. It’s beyond posting things about yourself. If you are logged into Facebook then sites you are visiting and Facebook are collecting information about you. As for Facebook laughing this off, they aren’t. They declared an all-hand-on-deck privacy meeting the other day to address privacy concerns.

I’m thinking about deleting my account. The only thing that is stopping me is Facebook has become the median my friends use to share our pictures. If enough people leave that will change, but at the moment I would be missing out.

Norm   May 17th, 2010 12:08 pm ET

I for one will be deleting my facebook acount once diaspora is released. Much better option and safer.

Alicia   May 17th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

I don't see what the big deal is. They're not giving out your SSN, credit card #s or bank info. Other websites have been doing basically the same thing for years and selling your email address for marketing purposes. We all know what "cookies" are... It's really not that big of a deal and it seems like it's intended to add functionality, make you even more connected. I deleted my "likes" because I didn't want them all to be links. Irksome, but easily fixed...

Mike T   May 17th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

Boy I am sure the CIA is collecting all the information on how many Cherrios people eat. Here is a hint people, keep your party photos to yourself, don't put anything on the internet you wouldn't be comfortable reading on page one of a major newspaper. I am not sure what privacy people are worried about, it only keeps, aqcuires, disseminates information that people put on the site. If you are worried that your spring break photos in Cancun will make you look like a partying dork years down the road when an employer looks you up, then keep them off the net. If you are worried the CIA or MI5 are collecting information as to how many donuts you can eat or what your favorite book/movie is, then you indeed are paranoid! Basically FB, is a highschool page where you see boring stuff from people you havent seen in twenty years. HAHAHA

Stacy   May 17th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

This is a free site. They don't charge anything for usage. Why are people griping and complaining about privacy on a FREE SITE??????????? If we were paying for FB, and if they warranted that all info would stay private, fine – go ahead and gripe. But come on?! Everyone sets their own privacy settings. If you just go with the defaults, you have nothing to complain about. I think boycotting FB is one of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard of. If you don't like FB, then don't join. It's pretty simple. But leave the rest of us, who love FB, ALONE!!!

RC   May 17th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

I think some are missing the point.... while my favorite bands, movies, religious and political views are something I want friends to see, I don't want everyone else on the internet to see either. Yes of course one shouldn't post highly personal items on facebook but there is a lot of gray area. Facebook has also gotten rid of some other features, such as giving more control as to what goes on the newsfeed. They should restore those features.

Logan   May 17th, 2010 12:15 pm ET


Doug Slaughter   May 17th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

Oh dear god...what on earth is going to happen when people abandon their profiles!? How many will die!????

Tom   May 17th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

@Robert: I did that and there is nothing here about Facebook or my friends.

Oh wait, I actually have a brain and know how to go into the Facebook settings and shut that feature off. Maybe if people actually grew a brain and figured out how to work the privacy settings, this wouldn't be a big deal.

Eliz   May 17th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

I'm not quitting facebook because I post stupid stuff on the website. I'm quitting facebook because they are now going to be able to sell our pics to advertisers and we won't see a buck. Those pictures are meant for friends and family to see and if they are going to be sold, we should get a profit. Also, the government can now bypass subpoenas and check out our pages, even if they are set to private. Of course, they could look at them before, but now they can use whatever they want as evidence if need be.

Asemota Osaro   May 17th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

I am so used to face book these days. I dont see myself quitting anytime soon...

Ann   May 17th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

@cleopaktra...but, Obama does suck. Doesn't really matter what the topic started out to be...does it?

Pete   May 17th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

Is there a page for this group on facebook? I'd like to know more.

Mark in IA   May 17th, 2010 12:19 pm ET

Facebook has been great to allow reconnecting with old friends. Granted, I could do without most of the lame posting I see friends (& myself) do. Never went for any of the games though.
Consider your personal information you've provided to be public domain once you hit the enter key though. Don't like it? I'm sure the folks at Facebook will gladly refund your membership purchase price.....

Mark   May 17th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

I despise not being able to hide from people. Have most Facebook users never dated people they'd rather forget? Why would I want to be in touch with everyone from my middle school when I was a nerd and hated most of the people. "Connecting" with everyone I went to college with–yeah, sounds fun, if I didn't drunkenly hook up with about 20 girls whom I'm sure have no more interest in seeing me than I do them.

I don't get Facebook any more. Who wants to "keep in touch" with everyone they ever knew. Back when you could totally block people from even asking to be your friend, I liked it.

Stacy   May 17th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

Elizabeth, They are only going to give info to advertisers if YOU LET THEM. Please pay attention. Go to your privacy settings and turn that off. You can opt out of EVERYTHING regarding FB stuff. I happen to like their targeted ads. I think they are brilliant.

Your info is not out there for everyone to see. You can even have a setting that won't let you or your profile even come in searches. So read the instructions, figure out or ask for help on how to set your account to your liking, and quit posting generalities that make it look like your statements came down on stone tablets.

If you are this paranoid, and big headed that you think the rest of us out here are dying to know every detail of your life including what you and your family and friends look like, please seek help. Only your friends and family care.

The rest of us couldn't care less.

Liz S.   May 17th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

Have to say – LOVE the new privacy features!! Why are people complaining?! I wouldn't put pictures of my kids up there because everyone could see my photos – friends of friends of friends of friends of people I've never even heard of. Hello!! There are creeps and freaks out there and I used to have not a single thing on my face book I just used it to stay in touch with highschool friends. NOW that all these awesome privacy features are up I can actually post pictures without being afraid that some pervert is staring at pictures of my nieces and nephews. I mean, we live in a world where people think twitter is so amazing and people tweet that they just had a BM. I mean, why whine over privacy features??? And if you are a whiner, you're probably just mad that you can't facebook stalk people the way you used too...

rwagner   May 17th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

CNN loves it some Facebook and Twitter :)

Andy   May 17th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

I blame Obama and Nancy Pelosi

JRed   May 17th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

I might give up Facebook, but I'm not about to give up my Farmville!

Papa Bear   May 17th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

Granted – you know what to post and what pictures to put on a public website. Do your children know all this as well? How about their chats with their buddies? So – you aren't concerned with privacy issues because you have no one to worry about but .... you!

Buzzedwhispers   May 17th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

Why not be forego Facebook altogether and live a little?

Smile   May 17th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

I don't know what all the fuss is about. I posted my naked photo's in FB and no one picked them out. I'm a 60 yr old white, overweight male slightly balding, looking for fun.
I would have thought I'd been snapped up by some young lovely!!

(BTW: That rash will surly clear up some day)

BMay   May 17th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

How am I gonna keep in touch with my kin folk if no facebook?

CA23   May 17th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

Quite sick of all the FB hate. FB can be whatever you want it to be. I only "friend" real-life friends & family. It is a great way to keep in touch with my friends who have scattered about the country; or who have young kids and have odd hours of availability.

If you don't give a crap about what someone is doing. Then a) don't be FB friends with them; or b) hide them on your home-page; or c) Just freakin' ignore it.

Tom   May 17th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

It's so sad so many people spend so much time in the Facebook fantasyland. They have no real life. And, if they are putting sensitive data online, shame on them.

MStewart   May 17th, 2010 12:29 pm ET


Word !!!

Blunt   May 17th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

You people that have gotten on Facebook to begin with, have your own selves to blame. You have made/abused it as you saw fit to your needs. Now hopefully this whole face thing will go away........
Whoooo Hooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

MStewart   May 17th, 2010 12:31 pm ET


No real life?! I have 1,324 close friends in the Facebook world. I used to have three in the 'other' world. This is the best.

somewhere out there   May 17th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

I agree that people post things on the internet I'd never dream of putting out there, but the issue just isn't what they post, but how freely Facebook is willing to give away personal data people have in their profiles – some of it entered before FAcebook started deciding to could do what it wanted with peoples information.

The best way to avoid not sharing that information with the world at large, if they still want to use Facebook, is to delete it from their profiles or change it to something totally inaccurate like using a year in the birthday not even close to the real thing.

Becareful people in what you put in your profiles and post. The Internet is anything but annonymous.

Sancho   May 17th, 2010 12:33 pm ET

To answer "why is this news?", it's not. It's a blog.

The Truth   May 17th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

Nothing on the web is private, never was, never will be. This is probably the same group of people that are drowning in debt because they bought houses, cars, etc they could not afford. Then blame the big bad banks because they over spent. Same logic applies here, assuming posting a drunken photo of themselves on FB will never be shared by friends or a hacker or......

Alec   May 17th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

every time you go on a group it doesnt let you do stuff unless you approve them to use your information. even though im not quitting facebook until they make u pay for it, i dont like that part.

chasemel   May 17th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

This is a TECH BLOG. They can post about things technology related if they want to.

Laurie   May 17th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

About a month or so ago, The New York Times published an article about seme professors (I think from MIT), that were able to accurately deduce the social security numbers of FB users based on the information provided on FB. That alone should be reason to drop FB.

objective   May 17th, 2010 12:39 pm ET


I was thoughtful enough to not include personal info when I signed up, but I completely empathize with those that were not as proactive.
I doubt that many users anticipated their personal info. being sold.
FB breached the trust many had in it.

More importantly
Can facebook legally sell their info.
I mean even if they did "accept the terms and conditions" of the site....
can a minor legally conform to a contract of this type?

shelly   May 17th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

I deleted face book because, although most of my siblings and their families are on fb, I found the whole concept childish and a waste of time. After sharing pictures of my grandbabies to my family there was nothing else to but the silly games. Fish world etc...

Stephen   May 17th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

For me it's not about privacy. It's about trust. At the time I created my FB account, their privacy statement said they wouldn't do things that they now do. I can of course, "opt-out", but that's not the point.

If you sign up with an insurance company and they promise to keep your information private, and then six months into the policy, they start posting online how much people in your neighborhood pay, the number of citations, accidents, etc, wouldn't you feel violated?

So for me, I will quit, not because I'm worried about you seeing what I did last weekend, but because I don't trust FB as a company to keep their word and behave ethically. (BTW, I went kayaking last weekend)

Smart enough to know better   May 17th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

I guess I don't understand the hype. A smart internet user shouldn't be posting anything "personal" on an open network site like FB. If you don't then you have no worries. Sheesh...hello McFly? Anyone home?

Furb16   May 17th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Whenever you type something into your search bar, Facebook has access to that. That is why their ads are usually correlate with something of your interest. Does Facebook ask you permission to do this? No. And I'm not talking about typing something on the Facebook website. Even if you're NOT in the site, Facebook can still "see" what you're searching for AND directs it to third-party groups.

dcgincc   May 17th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Aside from the fact that you have privacy settings, and the fact that you CONFIRM friends...Facebook has sent this information to be found via a search on

Let's say you're a police officer, and you go through pains to keep your address private, as would be natural, and you give it on FB just to friends, because you have KEPT YOUR INFORMATION TO FRIENDS ONLY...

Now you find your home address available on a search engine because facebook, though you had privacy settings on, sold your information...

This isn't a question of "pictures of drunken pirates," but a simple matter of "home address." Do you want your home address to be found if you are a police officer, teacher, corrections officer, or someone else who is a public servant who has to "dissapoint" people at times?

Yes, some of this information can be found in other places, but why make it easier to find?

barbara   May 17th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

people are so goofy...facebook is nothing... with a few minutes and a credit card, anyone can buy your personal info from a ton of online sites... I'm not just talking birthdates and high schools... but social security, criminal records, credit reports, marriages, jobs, residences... these things have been available for years...but facebook makes a few changes and all hell breaks loose. take a breath guys...go get a latte or something and get on with your life.

mattmchugh   May 17th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

"Quit Facebook Day" is secretly sponsored by Google Buzz! (But you didn't hear that from me.) Spread the word! (But don't quote me.)

Ottergirl   May 17th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

Read "Broken Windows" by Jeffrey Deaver. Your banking, health, tax and most of your other substantive private information is already available on the internet – and a good hacker can find most of it pretty easily. Facebook is the LEAST of your worries, but since employers are using it to spy on their employees and people who use it feel compelled to share the most intimate of details about their daily existence (and to bore the heck out of the rest of us), it skeeves folks a bit. The best answer? Get off the grid completely. Pay your bills with a check (not a debit card), insist that your health insurance company keep claim information off the web, and file your taxes on paper. Write letters to folks – it's a lost art. Then you have a least a snowball chance in hell of maintaining SOME of your privacy!

Mike   May 17th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

Where will all the sheep go next?

G   May 17th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

Really?? Who cares, nothing on facebook is THAT personal that you need to be worried about what other websites come in contact with it. It's not like its linked to credit card info or ssn's or anything that is in dire need to keeping protected. Sounds pretty silly to me.

It's Private   May 17th, 2010 12:46 pm ET

I have a Facebook profile. Contrary to popular belief I do not think that everyone I know gives a crap what I am doing every second of my day so I mostly use it for connecting with old friends. I agree that if you are willing to put your personal information on a social networking site you can’t really voice the opinion that your privacy is at risk. You’re privacy is always at risk when you put yourself out there. Think about it…. I don’t know you but I read that you are going to be at a local bar, I know it’s your birthday, and that you like Yeager. I know who your friends are and what you look like heck I even know your name, I may know what you drive, and what time you are coming and going, and that isn’t even including if you put your phone number or any personal information on there. I can just gather that from your wall. Come on. I’d be worried about the information you are putting out there rather than when Facebook may divulge.

Patrick   May 17th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

So a bunch of lazy-ass losers are quitting a site that caters to lazy-ass losers. Where are these expatriated morons going to go?

It's Private   May 17th, 2010 12:47 pm ET


David Moffitt   May 17th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

Andy..I see you are a very deep thinker. You and Ryan should join up and run for office.

Larry   May 17th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

CNN is becoming a joke.

AW   May 17th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

I agree Ryan! Obama sucks!!

Truth   May 17th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

Facebook is a very liberal website, so this should not be a surprise. Why people care to use this site is beyond me. Typical of the party of hate.

It's Private   May 17th, 2010 12:49 pm ET


Patrick   May 17th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

If people spent half as much time on thier personal affairs as they do screwing around on facebook, and tending to their pretend businesses and farms on these sites, the world economy wouldn't be in the tailspin it's currently in.

BCW - NYC   May 17th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

Well, Facebook is going down. Maybe I could start a new network You only post your pictures without heads. Then nobody will know who you are.

Seriously   May 17th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

I'm done with FB not because of the privacy stuff, but because the CEO seems like a jerk:

I agree with everyone about not posting anything personal (which I do not), but when I go to apply for a job, I don't want any affiliations being seen by the potential employer.

The CEO seems like a guy that if you were in an accident on the side of the road and he drove by, he would probably laugh at you and keep driving...

Michael   May 17th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

I agree and I would add the question "WHAT ABOUT THE MINERS?!?" I mean, being underground all workday does *not* ensure privacy. They should pick another vocation.

SJobs   May 17th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

I agree that we don't need Facebook, but I don't want to go back to writing garbled letters to my kin.

Phoenix Web Design   May 17th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

Oh that's easy – it's the "Hey, look at me" factor that so many in this country indulge in. Also being that we're social beasts (look at the telephone, that's been reasonably successful), we cannot get enough of ourselves. The pendulum has now swung from earlier generations' "I want my privacy" to "I want to be famous and seen, and don't care about the rest" of the latest.

Staying out   May 17th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

This is just why I don't have a Facebook, Twitter or Myspace or any other networking account out there. It is way too easy for anyone to gain access. You can set your security settings as high and tight as you want but it doesn't give you 100% security. The only way to keep yourself safe is not to put it out there in the first place. I agree with a lot of others on here, if you are dumb enough to put it out there for everyone to see then you should not complain if and when something happens. Just my opinion.

Paul   May 17th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

It's not as simple as "don't post personal information if you don't want it seen"... your friends can post information and pictures about you and there's not much you can do about that.

Jobeycool   May 17th, 2010 12:58 pm ET

When something bad happens to someone through facebook that hurts a totaly innocent family then people may understand how this kind of social network can be used agaisnt you.Also can be used against you in the court of law if your not careful what your posting or a career or job.

AuBonPain   May 17th, 2010 12:58 pm ET

Does this mean Farmville too? I ain't giving that up no way no how!

Alex   May 17th, 2010 12:58 pm ET

I see why people are quitting FB. I blame it all on baby boomers joining. Back in college it was a great way for me to chat with my buddies and I could say whatever the hell I wanted on there. Now, my damn boss and family members can read everything I say to people. Ya maybe I should adjust privacy settings based on the friend, but I don't mind when these people see some of the stuff.

FB is not what it used to be and its gotten me in trouble before.

the truth   May 17th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

facebook is just one more thing that is bringing the people of this great empire to burn down alongside their countries.
the sheeple need to wake up before it is too late.

Anne   May 17th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

Can u say **internet** folks ? Anything you post, search, scan or file, etc, is basically never private!

Patrick   May 17th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

Hey AuBonPain....Maybe if you spent your time being an entrepeneur and not tending to your fake farm, you'll be able to move out of your parents' basement someday.

VB   May 17th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

It takes about 2 minutes to modify your privacy settings and a monkey could figure out how to do it. Delete your account if you won't be missed!

An Adult   May 17th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

Protecting YOUR personal information is YOUR responsibility. That is why it is called PERSONAL information. By the way, it is YOUR responsibility to raise YOUR children too!

Phoenix Web Design   May 17th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Facebook is about expanding social connectivity, and organizations that seek to create close connectivity with their market targets need to open their closed doors somewhat to create a meaningful dialogue. Phoenix web presence creators specialize in value-based Internet solutions by integrating 3 suites of services – Strategy, Management, and Technology. Managed Services including Social Media offer firms an edge by not having to dedicate resources to building their brand, and following within the social media space.

Mike D   May 17th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Looks like in the end they got what they paid for.

steven`   May 17th, 2010 1:06 pm ET

Grant: you are completly correct, people shouldnt put info on the web if they dont want people to see it!!!!

Matt   May 17th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

It isn't about not posting personal comments to the web (which, by the way, is the whole point of Facebook). It is more about Facebook tracking my activity on OTHER web sites and posting it to my Facebook page. Yes, you can turn this off, if you know about it, but it was turned on by default. For example – you might have watched a movie on Boxee, or read a book on Amazon, and this could be posted to your Facebook page. Even if that info is restricted to just your "friends" – maybe you don't want your Mom, or whoever, to know what you are reading or watching. If you do – great – but these features should not have been turned on by default.

Steve   May 17th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

All these "why is this news" commenters really get on my nerves. This is a CNN Science & Technology blog. THERE WILL BE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POSTS ON HERE. For crying out loud. You don't look cool acting ignorant; you look stupid!

AuBonPain   May 17th, 2010 1:08 pm ET


There's no future in being an entrepreneur. That's the name of the game today. You'll just end up paying for everyone else with the higher taxes that are targeting the rich, so why not just play Farmville and learn valuable social skills.

not me   May 17th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

The pic of me on FB is not really me!
The DOB I have displayed is not really my Birthday!
The State reported is not the State where I really live in!
The posted Name of the School I attended does not really exists!
The Last Name given is not my Last Name........ and yet I stay connected to my friends in FB...... FB it's a place for fun... people B smart and learn to use FB and most importantly, learn to protect your information.

learn to use technology   May 17th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

I don't see what the big deal is. Facebook has added more customizable privacy settings than before. Also, no one is forcing anyone to use Facebook Connect on external websites. It's just there so you can post directly (if you don't mind not being anonymous instead of entering your name and e-mail to post). These idiots just don't know how to use the simplest technology. Yeesh,., >.<

Eboni Brown   May 17th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

wowwwwwwwww i can not believe there are putting this on the ewbstie

kellyeparish   May 17th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

I don't have a Myspace or Facebook or Twitter, because frankly I think online social networks are pretty stupid.

It's one thing to use a forum or message board where you actually gather in-depth, pertinent information, it's another to get the "privilege" to read what all of your friends had for dinner the night before in exchange for whoring your personal information to predatory advertising measures.

And in related ponderings, am I the only antisocial Luddite who DOESN'T want to reconnect with people from high school?

James   May 17th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

This is why I never got a Facebook page.
If everyone is doing it, it's probably stupid.

Sency   May 17th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

How many people are really going to do this

1% would be some 4 million people – wonder if it will go that high

kirk   May 17th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

Thank god, next step quit twitter

Eboni Brown   May 17th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

I rweally do not see what the problem is kelly it is just no reason why they are colsing facebook down right though but it is a good idea that you are with me!!!!!!

VeeRose   May 17th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

I'm way ahead of that stupid FB page! I deleted my account in March. I called it "Social Networking Suicide: Kill Your Digital 'Self!'"
I say go for it! If those "friends" of yours really care about you they'll keep in contact through email/phone calls/actual visits, etc. I have wasted so much time on Facebook at first it was hard to fill that extra time I had on my hands. I'll be honest, one time I didn't think about something before I posted it and I ruined a relationship forever. Quitting has been beneficial to me in ways other than protecting my private information. Facebook sucks!

Rufus1230   May 17th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

@VeeRose: It's not my friends that I'm worried about, it's my kin. Facebook allows me to keep track of them wherever: school, military, and prison.

Hahah   May 17th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

The small number of people who do quit will not have any impact on the overall number of people still using it. After a short while, I bet you most of those people will return, especially if there are some subtle changes in the privacy settings from facebook in the future. In other words, resistance is futile.

Jordan   May 17th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

people need to seriously think about this's nothing. something worth writing about is "Facebook Charging Users" or something important that more people care about.

Smell the Fear   May 17th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

Facebook PAID for this article. Truth is, we are being robbed of our privacy to line Facebook's pocket. They will pay in the end (like Myspace) for their stupidity.

TRex   May 17th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

What most people who are saying that we should not publish our private data fail to understand is the following - Many times it may not be you who publishes your information, it could be others. For example, my friend still has pictures with her ex-boyfriend posted on her friend's profiles. She didn't put them but her friends did. Now any new boyfriend she is going to make is likely to find these pictures sooner or later. I myself use Facebook and like it for the fact that I can connect with far off friends. But this issue still needs to taken care of. The influence of facebook extends far beyond your choice. Should you stop posing for pictures with your friends who may post them in their profiles ?

AuBonPain   May 17th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

@Rufus1230: Kin folk? Where are you from?

Emma   May 17th, 2010 1:22 pm ET

I had a Facebook account until I realized it was the most juvenile, ridiculous time waster EVER. Most posts are puerile things like "I LOVE Gatorade!" Honestly. Be a grown-up.

Sean   May 17th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

This is so stupid. If you don't want private stuff on the internet then you are in trouble. Even if they cancel their Facebook accounts they will still have information on the internet free for the viewing by anyone with half a brain. At least Facebook gives you the option to share or not to share.

Marc   May 17th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

The vast majority of paranoid folks who obsess about "privacy" have nothing about them that would remotely interest even burglars. Get over yourselves. There is no such thing as privacy. And very few crminals are sophisticated (or patient enough) to actually note that you are posting vacation photos on Facebook, cross-reference your address and try to rob you while you are gone. And those are easy to deter by posting a photo of someone else's pit bull. Gte a life – privacy is what you make it. If you wannna live in a Unabomber shack in the woods somewhere, please feel free NOT to post about it.

Jerry   May 17th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

It's called a "wall" for a reason–it's public, just like writing on a wall. Do you go around writing your personal information on restroom walls in bus stations? Then why do you get mad and want to quit Facebook when they share the information you put on *their* site? Fine, go ahead and quit Facebook–just pleeeeeeeze take FarmVille (and every other stupid game) with you!!?!!

DarthVader   May 17th, 2010 1:28 pm ET

[Imagine James Earl Jones speaking]

"This is not news....This is CNN."

What a spectacular NON-EVENT! What's next, CNN??? Miley Cyrus breaks it off with the Jones Bros?

CNN is as much a ridiculous purveyor of garbage as FoxNoise. Congratulations for finally jumping the shark!

ITGrouch   May 17th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

I do not have a Facebook account because I choose not to have one because of security concerns.

However, if people want to join Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc., more power to them.

LeaveYourComment   May 17th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

I think Facebook is harmless. I mean it ain't doing me any harm to see all your stuff.

Lynn   May 17th, 2010 1:32 pm ET

This is just ridiculous. If you're on the internet, your info is available to everybody. If you're on the internet and don't already know this, you're a dunce!

Jane   May 17th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

Clue phone everyone. FB is one of the most hacked sites. it's not about "posting" personal information. It's about hackers accessing your IP and stealing personal information such as SSN, bank account info, etc.

Charles   May 17th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

I don't get the fuss. In FB I merely removed my likes, towns, personal choices, etc. and use a fake birth date and year, which I hide (so I don't get erroneous birthday messages). I also delete my old posts, and untag any images of my face. I also don't click to "like" things, since I'm not a 10-year-old giddy for people to know what I like.
And I go on happily using Facebook with my 150-some friends. My friends know me anyway, so it's not like I need FB to tell them things they already know. It's not rocket science, people.
FB privacy should be a concern only if you're gullible enough to believe there's privacy online at all. Or if yo ucan't make the simple connection between paying for something and getting it for free, like FB connection services to your friends.

MeowTV2   May 17th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

Enought with the incidious plug for Facebook !

anthony   May 17th, 2010 1:37 pm ET

I started a facebook page so my family can follow the growth of my newborn son. I wouldnt put anything on there that I wouldnt want the world to see, so i have no issues with facebook. We live in an age where we disclose sooo much of our own info, Big Brother doesnt have to do anything anymore, we do it for him. My only problem with FB is that it is now a super highway of too much (of other people's) personal info. This generation is so focused on disclosing every second of their lives, then complain that FB is actually paying attention to their habits, likes, and dislike. The South Park episode regarding FB said it best... if u havent seen it, you might want to do yourself a favor and watch it at least once.

Dave   May 17th, 2010 1:39 pm ET

Your info will still be there, but the only difference is that your friends will no longer be able to see it.

Facebook doesn't even share info with all the possible connections, just the ones that you connect to from outside the site.

If you don't want people to know your relationship status, age, beliefs, etc. then hide that information or delete the entry.

Mike   May 17th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

I'm glad you won't find me there !!

silverpaper   May 17th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

Thumbs up Grant..its really just common sense. If anyone does have concerns about the specific vulnerabilities of thier account this is a great tool to help resolve them:

mike000   May 17th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

Fbook use this as a tool to increase the membership... at the expanse of
privacy, but every one is not fool– not understanding their dirty tricks.

AnnandAndyneedtothinkbeforetheytalk   May 17th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

@ Ann and Andy

You just like to point fingers but when it comes down to it, you wouldn't do any better.

LeaveYourComment   May 17th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

I'm leaving Facebook, but Farmville is my life!

marcia   May 17th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

I love this! Facebook is like some kind of virus in and of itself.
It's a nuisance and creepy!

Just Leave   May 17th, 2010 1:44 pm ET

Quitting for just a day? How about deleting your account? No one's holding you hostage to FB.

I hate FB and left many months ago and it's the best thing I've done for myself (internet-wise).

FacebookJunkie   May 17th, 2010 1:44 pm ET

I wish I had the strength to leave, but if I do, they might not let me back in. Then what !

Marc   May 17th, 2010 1:45 pm ET

Tons of people are moving over to because of this very reason. YourNight has better privacy, and they have a compensation plan that rewards their members...share the revenue with their members...that's the place to go...check it out

mike000   May 17th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

I'm leaving too

RainyAlaska   May 17th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Why is this news? Maybe most Facebook users don't realize that you can adjust your privacy settings. Make your privacy settings as strict as you can and then don't post anything you don't want made public. There are so many other important topics that need public focus.

Sam   May 17th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Actually, Ryan and AW, it's you who suck...not President Obama. Next time try to say something intelligent or on topic instead of showing people how ignorant and stupid you are.

Nicky   May 17th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

How many users facebook actually has can be deceiving. The reason for this is because I have 6 facebook accounts I use for game playing. It may not take as many people as facebook thinks to change things for them. It I quit I would account for 6 users alone. By the way, this email address is not one of them. LOL

Gary   May 17th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

People who use FB seem to be mildly retarded anyway. *yawn*

Jahq   May 17th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

Of course this isn't news, thats why its on a BLOG.

Karen   May 17th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

Why wait? Do it now and avoid the rush.

Valerie   May 17th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

A lonely Penguin just wandered on my farm! Oh no! And now EVERYONE is gonna know about it!

Good Heavens!

Sam   May 17th, 2010 1:51 pm ET suck too.

Wendy   May 17th, 2010 1:51 pm ET

I have ALREADY quit this stupid site! For those of us who have a life, Facebook and MySpace is a WASTE of time! Besides employers and prospective employers are free to check you out. Might as well invite them into your personal life!

Sam   May 17th, 2010 1:54 pm ET

...and you too Andy. AuBonPain, you're just too stupid for words.

swohio   May 17th, 2010 1:54 pm ET

I agree with Sam. What's the point in having a "Quit Facebook Day"?? If people were really serious about wanting to delete their accounts, then they'd go ahead and delete them immediately instead of waiting until some particular day.

angela   May 17th, 2010 1:54 pm ET

I agree with Grant. I'm sure most of the people complaining are the same morons who don't know how to use the privacy settings. You can't post your whole life online and then complain that you want no one to touch it or see it. You can't have it both ways. Don't post crap you wouldn't post in the newspaper, it's that simple. I can't believe people actually put their address and phone at all. Send that stuff through email if people ask, oh, and GET A LIFE maybe.

nfj   May 17th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

what does "fairly random" mean? the person was fair? the person was random? he was picked? that's was a fairly random statement.

California1   May 17th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

It is so easy to set up a fake account witha free email from yahoo, or gmail, and then 'stalk' all people in your life-no thanks. I don't understand why some people put so much informtion out there-kinda of creepy to me.

Roger   May 17th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Count me in. CNN, thanks for coverin the news so well.

Laura Gordon   May 17th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

INDEED, why is this news? One.more.time. people: the internet is PUBLIC and no matter what type of security services are in place anywhere, if someone wants to get your info bad enough, they can........DON'T PUT INFO OUT THAT YOU DON'T WANT ANYONE TO HAVE.......pretty basic.......

Alexis Gregory   May 17th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

If you want to join a better social media network that allows you to play, shop, save, advertise, and make lots of money please visit oh by the way, it's FREE to join. It has privacy filters, so this time you control who sees what. Why did anyone not think about this sooner?

angela   May 17th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

amen laura! I hate stupid people.

AuBonPain   May 17th, 2010 2:00 pm ET

I have 1,267 friends on Facebook and a massive farm on Farmville. You can't get these kind of results in real life.

Shelli Vasser Gilliam   May 17th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

Quit FaceBook Day.....see story.

Aggieboy92   May 17th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

I completely agree.

Julie   May 17th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

Grant – no flaming here. If you put it out on the web, it's going to be seen, distributed, viewed, downloaded and somebody will probably try to make a buck off it. Know how to retain your privacy? Keep your pictures and comments to yourself.

Logan C   May 17th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

As many have already said why wait to quit. Year after year FB has eroded everyone's privacy rights. yes they have supplied a very usable site and easy to get addicted to the connectivity it provides, but as always the question that should be asked is "At what Cost?"

Even more to the point is where all this personal information is stored and shared. Who in the future (say a year or five years) will be looking at it or using it. How about possible employers, Government, and Large Sales companies.. a crazy risk that 400 million (their numbers) take..

I bailed yesterday using lifehacker's quitting FB instructions.... oh and who joins a FB group saying they are bailing on Facebook.. isn't that like attending a web-based group therapy for online addiction? ;-)


Jason from Hollywood   May 17th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Don't got no facebook, don't need no facebook

NoFriendRequests   May 17th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

@AuBonPain: What?

Shawn   May 17th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

I do not care. Facebook is a tool. Use it. Or don't. But I don't care if you do, or do not. People just need a reason to complain.

Gail   May 17th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

I have been invited to join Facebook many many many times. I have never done so due to the personal information that is requested when joining. It comes as no surprise that the privacy of individuals is not "so Private". What surprises me is that people did not recognize the risk when joining!

Rick McDaniel   May 17th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

Thanks, but I never started.

Get Real   May 17th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

OK lets see... lets go to a public bus stop. lets leave a file containing our home address, social security number, bank account numbers, credit cards and all passwords at said bus stop. Lets also leave a large bundle of $100 bills. Walk away. And oh, lets tell all our friends and friends' friends about it too. Go back to the bus stop after a week. If anything has been stolen, we'll start a "quit public bus stops" day.

1jimmyhoffa   May 17th, 2010 2:08 pm ET


perrinjw   May 17th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

Most people do not see the 'privacy' tab, because they never look at their settings. They also always complain about Facebook, but never do anything about it. It is just like real life. You do not give away personal information in real life, and you should not online. If you want privacy, don't be afraid of configuring settings, and look through them. Also, if people are really that afraid of privacy, why are they even on Facebook?

MyTwitFace   May 17th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Hey Facebookers/Myspacers/Tweeters:



lieNoMore   May 17th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

Hey idiots there is no "security" on facebook or on the internet in general. It is just like a city street: if you wander out there flashing your boobs, your cash, your kids or anything else you value around, you may attract the attention of dirtbags.

Sure there are cops out there but they won't do you a lot of good if you end up interacting with some unwanted low-life. If you want private stuff keep it far away from FB or the internet.

nicky   May 17th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

Twotface sounds like you may also be an idiot! Why so concern to read the post and then add a post! Maybe you need a life too!

Bill   May 17th, 2010 2:18 pm ET

what i didn't like is i subscribed to a youtube video. The then next thing i noticed is that facebook had published i had subscribed to that very video. I never asked it to link to facebook that was all don't automatically it angered me big time what i do on one site should not be on another. That craps.

Otter87   May 17th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

Why is this on CNN. This is not high quality news. If you feel the need to place personal information on the internet then you are the one taking the risk that it will be shared with anyone. The people should not be complaining about Facebook. No website can post information unless you first provide it.

CNN stop filling us in on the drama that a select individuals are making. Keep us informed with news

Marc   May 17th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

facebook is projected to do 1 billion dollars in revenue in 2010. Is Mark Zuckerman sharing this with his members?

YourNight will share it's revenues with it's members, hey, it's already doing that, and it's only been started Jan 1, 2010.

Set up your free profile on YourNight today, and start making money, while doing what you do on facebook...

Sam Sucks   May 17th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

This isn't news..

JP   May 17th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

so im gonna just toss away the one way to connect, communicate and interact with not just a few of my friends but ALL my friends including some i haven't seen in years, just because facebooks new policy puts my info out on there for all to see?? im sorry but unless im mistaken if anyone ever had a myspace account all you had to do was type your name into google to get to it, same if you had a photobucket account, an aim account, an icq account, a skype account....hell if you had a PUBLIC LISTING IN THE PHONEBOOK you could look yourself up on google, i fail to see why this is news, and i fail to understand how people can be so stupid, excuse me but i think i'll pass on this latest taste of idiocracy

Annie   May 17th, 2010 2:23 pm ET

If people want to quit Facebook, they're can freely. Just as freely as they signed up for it. Don't worry, Facebook, I'll never quit you.

sean   May 17th, 2010 2:24 pm ET

really if you dont like it, why are you joining a group!!!! just dont go on facebook. most people dont really care that you are quitting
dont you have something more important to let people know what you
are doing ?????

Canopy   May 17th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

Why May 31st? I quit after Betty White said it was a waste of time on SNL...LMAO

Gregor Martin   May 17th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

A lot of you just don't get it. You're telling people not to post things on FB if they don't want it out there. That's not the problem. The problem is renting a video online at BBuster or Netflix and then having this video show up somewhere on your page. Or liking a certain song or artist on Pandora, and having your friends on FB write you and say "I didn't know you liked them too!"

It's not about what people are posting on FB. It's the transactions they are making elsewhere...that are making it on their FB page, without their consent, that is the insidious problem.

Ray   May 17th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

I don't get it. If you don't like the service, see the cashier on your way out for a full refund. Oh wait, duh, it's free! Idiots.

Mendel   May 17th, 2010 2:29 pm ET


Leslie   May 17th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

All you have to do is be careful what you post on face book. It's a no brainer. There are many other sites that are more damaging to the privacy issue. Some times all it takes is googling your name and you can find out just what people could know about you and it's not face book providing it. It's in general, anything you sign up for with personal information can and will be displayed.

ANON3391   May 17th, 2010 2:31 pm ET


KHat39   May 17th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

This IS news, because Facebook has become ingrained in so many lives; it's as much news as saying that people are planning a "boycott Wal-Mart Day."

Let's face it – Facebook is free, and you get what you pay for. They have to make their money somewhere, and it's going to be through advertisers, who won't pay without getting some information about the people they're advertising to. It's simple logic.

There are instances constantly of people who make themselves vulnerable in everday life but it's not as apparent as FB. Having your name, address & phone number published in the phone book. Allowing your child to participate in activities which will be photographed and put online by the organizer (school, etc.). Entering the court system in Maryland or any other state where all such info is accessible to anyone via an online portal. Even driving around with stickers on the back of your vehicle which indicate how many people are in your family and their approximate ages or paying by credit card somewhere leaches a bit more of your personal info to others.

If everyone would follow the rule of not writing what they don't want the world to see, Facebook would hold no threat.

Mike   May 17th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

So don't enable those features, Gregor. It's pretty easy to opt out of the "link everything to Facebook" plugins. Oh, wait – that requires EFFORT on the part of the user. Silly me.

The One and Only   May 17th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

This just in... FB is a business.

nam   May 17th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

All of your ignorance is making me laugh... IF YOU THINK ANYTHING IS PRIVATE ON THE NET THINK AGAIN. E-mail is sent clear text, good bye privacy,,, any idiot snifing your traffic will have your emails. Anything on the web is fairly ez to get to

Andie   May 17th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

Grant – I totally agree with you. Facebook does give you the option as to what you would like other's to see and what you don't want them to see. I am an active FB user and find the site to be very secure. Also, as a user, I have the control. So it is my fault if that information "leaks" out.

Silas Scarborough   May 17th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

People only get murdered once in a while, like yesterday, due to Facebook contacts.

Tradewinds   May 17th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

I agree with Betty White. Facebook is a huge waste of time. Although, I do have a lot of time to waste.

Erik in Iowa City   May 17th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

I left facebook a few months ago because I was spending too much time reading other people's inanities and playing those terrible game applications. I spent hours deleting everything from my account. It feels good not to have facebook. I don't like real friendships to be locked in a virtual wasteland. Since the privacy rules change every few months, it's clear to me that facebook is constantly selling and reselling different kinds of access to your account by third-party applications. Why would you want to be treated like that? Send and email or a text, make a phone call. Don't centralize you private communication. Oh, and take down your boring baby pictures.

Gary   May 17th, 2010 2:40 pm ET


If you merely suspend your account your info will still be there. But if you follow these instructions, you can permanently delete your account...

DMV   May 17th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

Ryan, I hate to stoop to your level but I am tired of everyone using President-elect OBAMA to hate on him just because. You are truly an idiot if you think for one minute Your President-elect Obama has anything to do with FB and their users. If you are under 19, maybe you're just a little immature and you need time to mature. If you are over 19, you have a lot to learn and have been very misguided to make the statement you made.

Andrea   May 17th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

If you think that deleting your FB posts, photos, etc. will make it all go away your wrong. All of that information is stored on a server and they are constantly backing it up. Your infomration is being saved and archived by FB. You may not see it since it's no longer out on the web but the information is still there for FB employees and potential hackers to get to.

Talking   May 17th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

I joke that I prefer the original social network, "talking." In fact, I even made a shirt for it with the farcebook-like logo. Go to talkingspreadshirtcom and you can order one for yourself. I get a lot of compliments. Perfect for May 31!

Bob in NYC   May 17th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

Has anyone linked this article to their facebook page yet?

RapturesComing   May 17th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

@Andrea: I think you summed up what I was about to say. Nothing electronic is ever really gone unless the media is destroyed.

Dave   May 17th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Uh, last time I checked, FB is free. Deal with it people.

JJinCVCA   May 17th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

Facebook is another fad among many fads....and like most fads they have a tendancy to fade into obscurity. Remember MySpace?

What's the next online fad?

RapturesComing   May 17th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

@Dave: Tru Dat

RapturesComing   May 17th, 2010 2:51 pm ET

@JJinCVCA: You state the truth my Facebook Friend !

jokiebird   May 17th, 2010 2:53 pm ET

Honestly, I don't get it. There are numerous third party companies out there that have FAR more data on individuals than Facebook will ever collect and those companies are making oodles of money from it. They have former addresses, family and business associates, coupon and frequent shopper information, credit's stunning to me that people are upset about that Pandora knows what music my friends like. What "private" information are people putting on Facebook that has them in a frenzy? Credit card numbers, SSN#s, medical histories?

Mike   May 17th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

People have become so accustomed to having 'free' services on the Web, that they seem to forget that it costs money to provide these services. Privacy is obviously important, but Facebook and every other company that offers free online services (blogs, search engines, news, etc. etc.) are only able to do so because they have an alternative income besides subscription fees (i.e. advertising). If you are worried about privacy, don't post private information (or put bogus info like a different birthdate than your real one) on the web. But don't complain about companies finding means to pay for your free service unless you are willing to start paying for it yourself.

RapturesComing   May 17th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

@Mike: Thanks for summing it up.

orrman   May 17th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

I don't have a Facebook account and never will because i'm not that desperate for internet friends. I have real friends that i hang out with over the weekend and if i want to know what they're up to, i pick up the phone and call them. I'm not afraid of technology, i'm just not that stupid to buy into the hype. Needless to say, i'm glad all your personal information is getting spread around the internet.

AuBonPain   May 17th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

@orrman: You the smartest ever.

iLoveApple App   May 17th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Darn. I already quit facebook. Maybe I'll make a new account just so I can close it on May 31.

The One and Only   May 17th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

Personally... I repeat personally facebook is just a time waster. It serves no other purpose and with a job, bills and pet projects I can't afford the time to play something as inane as farmville or mafia wars. I can barely muster the energy to play Xbox 360°.

Mark Zuckerberg is simply holding on to his only creation, his only job.
Lots and lots of money but little depth. His plans are simply smaller evolutions of his creation. The "Like" feature is similar to the paypay button. Why people get a hard on over that is beyond belief!

Dan   May 17th, 2010 3:07 pm ET

What a joke. People are told their information is getting stolen and they think "oh boy I better quit'. What hell do you have on facebook that's so important? I hope they don't share what movies I like!!!! Seriously?

The Believer   May 17th, 2010 3:08 pm ET

@ Emanuel Sferios – EXACTLY! People can opt out by changing their privacy settings. I tried to explain it to people on a previous news article on CNN when they first announced this change on FB, but it fell on deaf ears. People are MORONS and just need something to complain about.

Huskernoxious   May 17th, 2010 3:10 pm ET

I enjoyed Facebook until I submitted a comment to CNN that showed up on Facebook without my knowing or permission. Only I can approve of what shows up on Facebook. Easily cured, I quit. If that doesn't bother you, you're nuts.

aunt flo   May 17th, 2010 3:10 pm ET

what a great laugh I've had over all you over-reactor's comments!

Brickell Princess   May 17th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

I use PhoneBook

The Believer   May 17th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

@ orrman & @ iLoveApple App – You two should become internet friends here on CNN because you are both apart of the moron population.

orrman – You have NO idea what you are talking about, so just do us all a favor and STOP.

iLoveApple App – Please have your reproductive organs removed immediately. If you already have children, then I'm too late.

dnorth   May 17th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

How ever will people have 'friends' then?

Dano   May 17th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

Ryan and Andy suck!

Andrea   May 17th, 2010 3:16 pm ET

Posting here to see if it shows up on Facebook. Then I guess it will be CNN who is stealing my info and giving it to Facebook.

This whole thing is ridiculous. My entire feed on Facebook is nothing but copy/pasted status messages containing dire warnings about my privacy settings.

demonfeed   May 17th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

I've been using facebook for awhile, and there are plenty of things on there I don't want people to read, especially my work. Guess what? They aren't on my friends list, so they can't see it. Never let your co-workers know anything more about you than what is needed to do your job. Sorry, you don't have my sympathy for making your post about smoking pot public.

Pragmatic   May 17th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

Can someone please give me an example of these privacy issues? My profile is set to private, you can't see anything if you're not my friend. What is the issue here? Examples please...

RS   May 17th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

I've never had facebook and never wanted it. I've got friends and family who keep pressuring me to join, but I have no desire to. Myspace was enough for me, and that's the way I like to keep it. My mom tried facebook about a month ago, and couldn't log into her page. She kept getting an error message about her password, and when she tried to get help from the site, no one bothered to return her messages. So she quit facebook, and is happily back at myspace. With myspace, my profile is private, and remains that way. I don't know anything about facebook, and I don't want to know. I lose no sleep at night over any of it.

Client1   May 17th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

@Laurie: I'm curious about this method of deducing a person's SS # just from facebook. I'll have to google this.

Barb   May 17th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

Even if you change your privacy settings a few ppl have said that there have been glitches. For example one lady has her page set to private but during a privacy change it was something stayed public for a short time. Now her picture is in an advertisement about some game with guns. In the end nothing is private on the internet and nothing is perfect and glitches will happen. I personally have nothing to hide and since I have been able to reconnect with family and friends that is the chance I will take. What I would like to know is once you set your settings to private will your info still be floating around even if it was facebooks mistake?

Mike   May 17th, 2010 3:29 pm ET

Whenever I read an article like this I always wonder haven't any of these people seen the security settings? You just set everything to "friends only". Then you're done. Also, why would you put something embarassing up in the first place? And what information is everyone worried about the world finding out about? "Oh no, what if the guy down the street finds out I like U2," or "What if the deli guy finds out that I liked "Don't Mess with the Zohan"? Real big secrets here. Don't want that info to get into the hands. LOL.

G Dubya   May 17th, 2010 3:29 pm ET

What is a Facebook?

addledalto   May 17th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

You're either extremely fortunate (or extremely young) that all your friends live nearby so you can hang out with them on the weekends. To those of us whose real families and real friends are scattered throughout the United States and Europe, Facebook is a great way (but not the only way) to stay connected - all of us as a group, not just one-on-one.

Gnanse   May 17th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

Privacy: That's SO 20th century.

Mark C   May 17th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

Reading the posts from the morons here is the most depressing thing I've done all day.

Dan   May 17th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

Good, and while you're at it, quit Twitter too. That site is even stupider than Facebook.

AD   May 17th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

I quit Facebutt months ago; I thought it sucked – all people did was invite me to mafi wars and farm something or another. I moved to a new state and my neighbor sits inside and does the farm thing all night. How the heck do you meet new people if they're sitting in their homes addicted to Farm Yard'in?

Mark C   May 17th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

*** Can someone please give me an example of these privacy issues? My profile is set to private, you can't see anything if you're not my friend. What is the issue here? Examples please... ***

Look it up, dimwit. Supposedly "private" messages have wound up being viewable by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal. People have been able to spy on their friends' chats. Facebook is technically incompetent. If you're relying on their features to provide any privacy of any kind you're an idiot.

Michele   May 17th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Everyone seems to forget that Facebook is a free service. It's owners & operators can do whatever they'd like. We can't really legimiately complain about anything unless they start making us pay.

all_in_the_name   May 17th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Wow! That was an interesting comment post to read through...there was name calling, finger pointing, childish bickering, misspelled words and incorrect grammar...WELCOME TO AMERICA!

chaos   May 17th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

I could never understand how facebook was invented after myspace. Myspace gives so much more capability. I never got this whole facebook marketing scheme.

Mattq   May 17th, 2010 3:42 pm ET

There is no privacy for anything that you put online. If you put it online, expect that others will see it. If you don't want others to see it, don't put it online. It's simple, really.

Debi   May 17th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

people need to take responsibility for their own situations. If they don't like what FB or anyone else for that matter is doing, then they need to reconsider what they post. If we only want to share with family and friends we can set up websites for such a thing. Everyone want to post whatever they want and then complain because it isn't private...

PHoenix05   May 17th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

If people are stupid enough to post pictures and personal information of which they don't want their own mother to see, that that's their problem. If you want to post your private information and pictures up on the web then go to a website that will let people look by invitation only.

Aaron Dungy   May 17th, 2010 3:48 pm ET

I don't understand what the big fuss is all about. This is a social site and not your bank, or personal storage for important information. Why would you put sensitive information on a site that was not built for that reason. So the question is "What in the world are you putting on Facebook that is so important that It makes you uncomfortable and that can be use to harm you"? Here is the solution. "TAKE IT OFF OF FACEBOOK AND GO ABOUT YOUR MERRY DAY!!!" There are some of us that happen to like Facebook and we don't post our credit card or things of the like on it and we like the connections and friendships that we make there. So quit crying and do something about your disadvantage!

Mark   May 17th, 2010 3:49 pm ET

Deleted my account last Friday, just waiting for the period to run out so it will get deleted for good.

Phil   May 17th, 2010 3:51 pm ET

Can CNN Money be the first one to quit? Its wrong that I have to be a member on facebook to make comments on that site.

Robert   May 17th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

Why is this on CNN? Don't we have bigger fish to fry other than X amount of people are quitting facebook? Seriosly???

good idea   May 17th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

I don't put stuff on Facebook that I wouldn't want people to see, and I'm very careful about what I post. But no matter how benign my posts are, I don't want Facebook doing anything with my information. I have been thinking for awhile now that we, the users and moneymakers for Facebook, should all deactivate our accounts for a day or a week and hit them where it hurts – finances. The great thing about this type of protest is that with Facebook you can re-activate your account within 6 months or something and you don't have to re-do your profile. If most of Facebook's users actually did that they might take notice. As much as I love Facebook for certain conveniences, if they keep changing things I'm seriously considering getting rid of it and I know I'm not the only one.

GinsengRoot   May 17th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

@Mark: I think you are mistaken. The info is never really deleted.

Tommy   May 17th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

How about you all get a life and get off of Facebook. Really, no one cares if your cat just gave birth or you just mowed your lawn. STFU!!! All of you "see me notice me like me" idiots are pathetic and lifeless. I love how your always on al day long when you're supposed to be working or you're updating on your iphones while driving. Here's some advice, if you need this kind of attention it probably means less Facebook more THERAPY!!

RunAmok   May 17th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

Not sure what the fuss is about. If you don't want stuff on the Internet, then don't put it on the Internet. It's pretty simple.

Kim   May 17th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

What keeps people on Facebook is the fact that they get huge exposure and networking, FREE!

If they start charging then you will see a surge in people jumping ship.

Worlds collide   May 17th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

Yeah CNN needs to quit Facebook. Forcing us into this privacy stripping POS called FB to call your financial commenters idiots is complete bull shyt!

Jill   May 17th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

I've got gossip to read, animals to tend to, mafia people to off... updates to like and old and very dear friends that I have not had contact with in 20+ years to catch up with...
if ya wanna find where someone lives, etc, FB is not the ONLY place to do it... try Google, as an example...

Marc   May 17th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

Tons of people are moving over to because of this very reason. YourNight has better privacy, and they have a compensation plan that rewards their members...share the revenue with their members...that's the place to go...check it out

Bones   May 17th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

I have never had a FB page and never will. I was suckered into getting a myspace account years ago and I just recently deleted that after realizing I hadn't looked at it in 2 years. Online social profiles are overrated and boring. LinkedIn is as far as I go. Otherwise, I'm allset. The rest of you self indulgent dopes who post updates 10 times a day (like anyone cares about what you do all day) and wake up everyday wondering who's posting comments on your page, your all pathetic. Go be a human being and socialize with someone the real way – IN PERSON.

JoeStrummer   May 17th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

People should be quitting Facebook simply because these sites are stupid and juvenille. Grow the **** up, people, and do something useful with your lives.

Steph   May 17th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

I quit Facebook about 2 months ago. It took up too much time and I got tired of the Political discussions that some people feel are important to talk about. I'm glad that I quit and don't intend to join again. I don't like the privacy breaches.

Johnny 5   May 17th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

Im'a comment about how stupid I think this article is and how "it's not news" and generally make other comments about how much I don't like this article because Chairman Mao has a gun to my head and made me read this articles and others like it against my will.

Im'a cry now and whine to everyone else on the internet about it.

That's what we do.

Oh yeah.... I hate CNN, but the "evil liberal conspiracy" makes me come back here every hour to read things I don't want to and comment about how irrelevant they are.

I suck at life.

Barry   May 17th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

This is dumb...

Facebook is a free service. If it's not useful to you, QUIT NOW! If it is, use it.

Nobody ever said that it would never change, nor did anyone ever say your posted information had to be true!

les2251   May 17th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

Hey, you put it out there, gotta expect it to be seen sometime. Always big brother out there, if you dont want it public, don't post it, Period.

Tom   May 17th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

I am *sooooo* glad I never bothered with Facebook in the first place.

Loren   May 17th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

If you don't want your info on the Net, don't post it onto the Net. I try to consider everything I post before I hit the Fateful Send Key.

Because what happens on the Internet...*stays* on the Internet. Forever.

Government Is Watching   May 17th, 2010 4:22 pm ET

The Government frequently hacks Facebook and can even turn on your built in web cam or external camera through the service.

They basically have full view of 400 million people's lives...not bad!!!!!

Such a waste of time and space. Why not go out and form real relationships with the time you spend uploading non-sense on Facebook. Seems kind of ridiculous but I guess people are lonely and confused and they corner that "Need To Be Needed" market...or "need to feel important".

Ellen   May 17th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

Hmmm quick question? what kind of "private information" are you guys putting on Facebook? What are we so scared of? it's not like they ask for your social security number or bank account number.......

Maddy   May 17th, 2010 4:25 pm ET

This sounds like "QUIT FACEBOOK DAY" will be designated a national holiday.

I don't get it. What do people have on their profile that they are so paranoid about? If it's that sensitive why is is there in the first place?
You can set your privacy any way you want it. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM???
Do you not understand basic English?
How are you ever going to find the "quit" page?
Now I know why they set the date for the 31st.
It's going to take them that long to find the "quit" page!!!

debbie   May 17th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

I'm a little tired of people saying that they won't join FB because if they want to know what their friends are doing they either pick up the phone or go visit them. Apparently these people live very sheltered lives and have never ventured far from their birthplace. So, to all you out there with this opinion I say – wake up! Not everyone lives like you and some people (for various reasons) do not live next to their best friend – sometimes they are even in different time zones with different work schedules. Being able to post info so that people can keep up with your life is very convenient. Quit believing that everyone lives the same way.
However, to everyone so worried about their private info – why they heck would you put anything private in an email, let alone on a website!

mark z   May 17th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

Whats the alternative if everyone is using FB?

You need to specify or recommend a better social network. There is really no suitable open social network as of yet with vast amount of users.

V8A   May 17th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

2700 people pledged to remove their accounts. Hahaha. When do things like this make it to CNN? Just remove your account if you are not happy. Silly people.

Chessnutz of Liverpool NY   May 17th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

All I know is that once CNN aligned with Facebook, my ability to log into my user profile ended. My ability to comment on news and opinion stories through the CNN homepage ended. I have had several E-mails back and forth to CNN tech help with no true resolution.

Liza   May 17th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

The world is not going to stop spinning on its axis if we don't use Facebook. Yet, we depend on it way too much for communication. It's sort of sad we place so much value on it. "Oh, so and so just removed me as his FB friend." And this for some reason is the end all of a friendship if this happens apparently. Not a conversation or even a phone call, but removing one from FB. Regarding the privacy issues, I don't get why we are so concerned about this being we are posting very private things about ourselves. Facebook is also free, people. Get over it.

pug ugly   May 17th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

facebook blows. find something better to do people!!

Jamie   May 17th, 2010 4:39 pm ET

It's very simple! Don't want it seen, don't post it.

lgf   May 17th, 2010 4:40 pm ET

For all you facebookers, a note – who care's, you are not that important, you are not celebrities and who the hell cares about celebrities. Get in the back of the line, there are 6.8 hominids in front of you currently.

Fuyuko   May 17th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

I think it is probably a good idea to quit facebook. Especially for those who spend too much time on it. There are more worthwhile pursuits out there.

LostinTX   May 17th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

And here I thought the 31 of May is Memorial Day you know that silly hoilday when we honor all of those who gave their lives in defense of this nation. Way to make it about stuip Facebook and the fact that they may have given out data. When you use Google they save your searches and sell it to ad companies. I think I will observe Memorial Day and leave the quit facebook day to those who truely have nothing better to do.

lgf   May 17th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

sorry 6.8 million

cel   May 17th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

once FB got enough users to make big money selling their info, they changed the privacy policy and sold us out. That's why it's news. And that's why they ought to be charged with fraud and the CEO and officers put in jail. But the AG don't have the balls to do it.
So, quit FB, cuz it's the only way to protest their policy.

lgf   May 17th, 2010 4:42 pm ET

For all you facebookers, a note – who care's, you are not that important, you are not celebrities and who the hell cares about celebrities. Get in the back of the line, there are 6.8 billion hominids in front of you currently.

V8A   May 17th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

People ar funny. The government can watch us by turning on our camera's while we are connected to our FB account. That is too hilarious. Thank you for the laugh.

lgf   May 17th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

soon to be trillion

Dennis, NY   May 17th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

I quit already. I have been deleted and I am thrilled. No more crap that I never wanted to begin with. As for my friends...well, I don't want 9000 friends I've never met and my real friends I'll pick up the phone and call. Bye, bye Facebook

Eumir   May 17th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

Get an 'effin' life you vain bunch of fools!!

James   May 17th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

Fed up with Facebook like the rest of us?? Come join us on PeopleString. Just like Facebook but better...Peoplestring isn't greedy and shares their ad revenues with their members.

gypsygirl   May 17th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

WOW....Chastising people or calling them stupid or ignorant for not changing their settings or not understanding how? Instead, why don't the name callers explain to the "computer unsavvy" how to change the necessary settings?

AuBonPain is a TOOL   May 17th, 2010 4:46 pm ET

And Ann and Andy both suck. If it weren't for Facebook none of them would have friends.

Jamie   May 17th, 2010 4:46 pm ET

The thing is that everyone that is on facebook willingly agreed to there terms and agreements upon signing up, but you have the advantage.....DON'T POST IT, IF YOUR SO WORRIED ABOUT IT. Sheesh people. WAKE UP!!

Marc   May 17th, 2010 4:52 pm ET

Read my recent Blog Post, it will open your eyes to everything going on here...

goodlink   May 17th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

@Seriously – Good link man, he does seem like sort of an a$$hat.

Just strip your fb profile down to near-zero like I did, opt out of all the special "features", or quit. I promise you won't die from withdrawals.

Chris W   May 17th, 2010 4:56 pm ET

How many of you haters trashing Facebook spend hours on end playing imaginary sports on Wii and fighting imaginary battles of Xbox? Not every person on Facebook uses the mafia/farm/jewel crap-lications. Lots of legitimate businesses, civic organizations and government agencies use it as an advertising, networking and informational tool. Not to mention those who use it for communications purposes. It's pretty don't like it, don't use it. If you've got something to hide, don't put it online for the whole world to see...

Lainie   May 17th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

This is ridiculous. There is not such thing as privacy anymore, and people should get over it. Our DMV records are online, our medical records are online, and you can find out just about anything without hacking. And if someone knows how to hack... I just ran a simple Google on myself the other day, and found posts I made to a *closed* email list, TEN YEARS AGO. Facebook doesn't have (and never will) my Social Security number or my credit card info. The rest is already out there.

I use Facebook to keep track of friends and family, most of whom live all over the country (and outside of it). I don't play the games or all of the silly apps. And I don't put up anything that I wouldn't want to see in the daily newspaper. The choice is mine, and I am the one pressing the keys on the keyboard.

cowpunch   May 17th, 2010 5:01 pm ET

Facebook sucks, but who cares? We've got the greatest President since FDR! Obama Rocks!

tad   May 17th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

all you people that talk about people putting info on here are stupid . What about the people that don't put info on there but their personal info is put on there by someone that does not like you or has a beef with you. Do you think that is fair? What does facebook do about it if you report it, NOTHING.

OKAngie   May 17th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Anyone who thinks what FB is doing is ok is either woefully misinformed or just plain stupid. What they are doing with our information is Waaay over the top and it's up to the people to make their voices heard. This is where it starts and if we roll over and play dumb dog that is what they will treat us like – stupid lap dogs that eat whatever they dish out. I can't wait for May 31st. It's not just about cutting off your account – but the symbolism of cutting if off collectively is what advertisers and FB founders listen to. This country was founded on protests. Keep up the good work!

BK   May 17th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Flames to Grant... because he said I could.

Yes, people need to compute smarter. If you don't like a site's policies (whether FB, Twitter, Amazon, CNN, etc), then don't use it anymore. If the brand of milk you buy regularly gave you gallons of spoiled milk, you would stop drinking that brand of milk. So, why are these people still using Facebook if they hate it so much?

Seriously   May 17th, 2010 5:23 pm ET


Already with you on that one brother. Started stripping it down today and just about done. If the FB CEO was a more humble guy, I might have stuck with it. I used to work for a guy that sold an online service who referred to his customers as "pigs", I left that job real quick.

It seems the way to make real good money in this country is to come up with an idea to sell crap to a large # of users and treat them like crap in the process. No honesty anymore.

FB?   May 17th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

Who cares, no quitting-day is required. FB users act as Borg-assimilated drones anyway. One day they will simply stop using it, as on cue. FB will find themselves out of the headlines and another web 'sensation' has come to an end... NEXT!

Chris W   May 17th, 2010 5:40 pm ET

@OKAngie: I'm sure your indignation is sincere, but your information – correction – everybody's information is already "out there". We don't enjoy the same rights to privacy that we once did...and it's mostly our own doing.

And the folks at Facebook don't give a flip if a couple of thousand people cancel their accounts. Like it or not, it's become a necessary tool for a lot of's almost like asking everyone to give up their cars just to teach the oil companies a lesson

Easton   May 17th, 2010 6:10 pm ET

Facebook is the Devil, and all you Facebook lemmings are following him right off the cliff!

Mary B.   May 17th, 2010 6:13 pm ET

I haven't read through all comments, so sorry if this is a repeat. It takes 14 days after you officially delete your Facebook account, before your account is permanently deleted. Which means no log-ins, even accidentally, to Facebook for 14 days, because if you do happen to log back in within the 14 days after deleting your account, it reactivates your account.
(I'm currently in that 14 day Facebook limbo period).

KHOLLAND   May 17th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

But what will we do without Facebook?

Choco-Tan   May 17th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Attention all Facebook users... NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!(Unless they're a stalker but still...) Name 10 people who actually want to know what kind of coffee your drinking at Starbucks or what dress your going to where to a party.(Not counting stalkers...) Really consider the fact that people can just type up your name on Google and find a million MySpace pages about someone with that name....a million Facebook pages.... another million Twitter pages.... You may think your safe from the insane people who want to get information about you because you put special privacy settings on your page, but your not safe. People can access those pages just as easily as peoples pages WITHOUT privacy settings.So yes quit Facebook, protect yourself from lunatics, GET YOUR LIFE BACK ON TRACK!

rinsac   May 17th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

To bad I've already deleted my account. YOu have my support anyway. An alternative is on the way....check out:

Linikia   May 17th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Already dropped out of facebook.

Scarlett   May 17th, 2010 7:05 pm ET

The problem I have with FB is that even if you set your privacy levels for these third party applications, your friends can still share your data with them unless you manually block the applications (Microsoft Docs, Yelp and Pandora are the 3 applications in the pilot program at the moment). So, I can make intelligent decisions about my data's privacy, but if a family member wants to use the pilot program, my data can still get out there. FB makes it seem like all you have to do is opt out of the program. Then in the fine print, you read that you also have to block these applications. How many of you saying that all we really need to do is set our privacy options correctly were aware of that?

Kuhde   May 17th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

FB is an advance social network. I think the poster need xtra training on how to use FB. FB is design in a way that you can secure ur data if u want to. it is also not necessary to fill/give every required fields or using all d FB features. this shld not call for debate!

allhaileris   May 17th, 2010 7:29 pm ET

What in the world are people putting on these Facebook pages that needs to remain private? Are they storing credit card numbers? Checking account routing numbers? Social security numbers? All I ever see are mostly poorly taken photos and silly time-waster comments. As long as Facebook acts to keep people from sending spam to my friends as though I sent it, I don't see a problem.

amigay   May 17th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

Facebook only exists because there are a lot of losers out there who think their sorry little lives are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fascinating and important that other people will make a mad dash to their computers to view the info. Just like the 'normal' 20 something little chica who 'needs to know everything that's happening right now.' How sad.

Ron Reagan   May 17th, 2010 8:21 pm ET

All of you are as useless as teats on a bull.,

Seriously   May 17th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

All done taking everything off my account. No need to network with more of the type of hateful people as noted in the above comments...

Robert Laracuente   May 17th, 2010 8:46 pm ET

First of all, to all the people asking "WHY IS THIS NEWS?".... this is not news, it's an article in a Blog. And it's noteworthy because Facebook is a billion dollar behemoth in the social networking industry, and anything that happens with it, to it and about it will be plastered all over. Deal with it.

On the other hand, I am sick and tired of people complaining about facebook's "transgressions to privacy". People just too lazy to look into the "privacy" section and spend some whopping 10 minutes adjusting according to their wishes. With a few simple clicks I've set my Facebook tight enough so that you won't even find me on a google search there, but friends and family can stay in touch with me. And the hypersharing on all these sites (like CNN)? That can be shut off, you know. In fact, you actually have to turn it on. But that's too hard to do, right?

And to AMIGAY who said "Facebook only exists because there are a lot of losers out there who think their sorry little lives are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fascinating and important that other people will make a mad dash to their computers to view the info", people actually stay in touch with long lost friends, family from all around the country and even organize events and what not.

I say to all the whiners: go ahead and get out of Facebook. One thing I hate is people forcing their views on everyone else. So you don't like facebook? Get out. But you need sooo much attention that you have to form groups and call on congress to restrict facebook and all that.

These people are more losers than the facebook users they call losers.

bailoutsos   May 17th, 2010 8:47 pm ET

Grant May 17th, 2010 11:45 am ET I don't understand why people post personal info on the web @@@ Hey, what he said.

Zeroghost   May 17th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Information is money. Anyone who thinks they can swim for free in Facebooks pool are sorely mistaken. You are an opportunity for them. Not just advertising, but data, statistics, marketing and behavior information.

No free ride people. Pull the wool from over your eyes. Facebook is a business. You are the resource.

If it hurts to put your hand in the flame, pull it out. Don't just complain about how bad it hurts.

cliff   May 17th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

I found joining Facebook to be easy.

I found deleting my account almost as difficult as getting my "ex" to drop the alimony!

Henry   May 17th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

I have access to the entire web as it is. Why do i need facebook or myspace or whatever. I'm just on the net. Yeah I know there's no privacy blah blah isps, police, government can all track my ip back to the late 90s. But my friends or enemies can't track me that way.

Jon   May 17th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

I have been on Facebook since I entered college fall 2002. It was cool, new and entertaining. Facebook allowed you to connect with old friends close by or across the country. I guess you could say Facebook was a step up from my old AOL Instant Messenger... it had pictures and I also was attracted to Facebook because it said you had to have a University or College e-mail address. So I thought, ok this is something just for college guys and girls.

From where Facebook and I began 8 years ago is unbelievable. You can fight, drive cars, or even build a virtual farm. And by the way I'm not a big fan of having my 12 yr old cousins and my in-laws constantly checking my status and bringing it up at family functions.

I understand what Facebook is doing. They are growing their business, connecting with other companies, marketing and changing the Privacy Policy. Trust me from a business side, I'd probably do the same thing.... at least hope to be as successful as Facebook has become. Wish I had of thought of it....right?

As to whether or not I delete My Profile is up in the air. Do I check my Profile, change my Status, grow fake corn for my fake cows so that I can make fake money (Which I just saw a FarmVille Gift Card -a FB application- at a local retail store the other day. – – Hey spend $50 on virtual people and things for what, .... lack of face-to-face interaction = brings up a whole new subject. Some things on FB are just silly, maybe that could be an application...SillyVille??

Although I never think about Facebook anymore I will say I appreciate FB's act to keep the Profiles of those members who have passed. These profiles are only available to those who were family or closest to the deceased member as a memorial. I just thought this was a really cool thing FB did. – Unless the new privacy policy allows anyone access to deceased members profiles then I think this would be disrespectful.

A great networking tool for those who have a business but as for me the time still ticks down until FB and I separate and part ways.

JL – FB user since 2002

mike   May 17th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

What a bunch of tools. How is this news? Who cares?

hot nix   May 17th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

I quit months ago for other reasons. I don't miss it. My real friends still call, email and visit; and the other folks – don't miss 'em one bit. It makes me sad to see people addicted to it so intensely. I overhear conversations all day – faceBook this and FaceBook that, it makes you sound stupid to everyone around when the only topic you can discuss is your fake online life. Half the people at my work are on there all day while there's important stuff to do, tending to their 'farms' and sending each other fake drinks and roses, while us non-FakeBookers pick up their slack. I wish my employer would block access so we could get back to what we're supposed to be doing. Work. BTW, Twitter is no better, I'm really sick of 'tweets' being treated as newsworthy, it's just lazy journalism. I just hope people get bored with this stuff and it becomes less prevalent.

Moe   May 17th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

pffft... i quit 2 weeks ago. why does it take an F`ing mindset of lemmings to get people to do what they should have been able to do on their own. hope you all find your cliff and make good use of it.

1One2Two   May 17th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Whats Facebook?

Shira   May 18th, 2010 1:11 am ET

I miss the days when the Internet consisted of intelligent people connected via dumb terminals.

Denise   May 18th, 2010 2:47 am ET

I love it. It a great oxymoron–Facebook privacy. I don't get it. Obviously people have Facebook pages to share everything they put on their page with the world. If you sign up for Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, etc. you obviously are NOT concerned about privacy. It's that simple. If you want privacy, then don't get a Facebook page.

Denise   May 18th, 2010 3:01 am ET

I also love all the people saying , 'Well I don't like the changes, but I can't quit because. . . .' People who use Facebook are so dependent on it–they can't imagine life without it. I am 100% computer social network free. E-mail, phones, and good old fashion letters work just fine and mean a whole lot more.

Caroline   May 18th, 2010 6:03 am ET

People! Facebook's privacy settings are INCREDIBLE. Most of the people who are complaining are either too lazy or too stupid to take the 10 or 15 minutes to check the settings out. It isn't complicated, although it is extensive. You have 100% control over exactly who sees exactly what on your profile. It's the best social networking site out there.

Brandon   May 18th, 2010 6:36 am ET

People are retarded. Why post information you don't want people to see on a popular website? Her der der der!!

Mike   May 18th, 2010 6:55 am ET

Hahaha, 10 Million new users – laughing out loud and rolling on the floor laughing! 8 Million of them are fake profiles added by marketing guys to push their marketing networks, 1 million are folks that got locked/removed by facebook for whatever reason and 1 million...oh well...compared to the world population, this is peanuts.

Facebook – it's just one big marketing gimmick and those being part of it: stop crying us a river about your privacy got violated! If you care about your privacy, don't get involved into SocialMedia/SocielNetworks and stop complaining!


TJRedneck   May 18th, 2010 7:01 am ET

I agree, if people are that stupid to put private info on the net, they shouldn't act surprised when they lose their privacy. But what really seems to motivate people to do this and why I think that facebook is so popular is simple, these people want to be noticed, they want to be on TV, and this is the next best thing. Look how people act when there is a camera around, especially a TV camera. I guarantee you that someday this will come back to bite them in the butt, bigtime! There will be a day when people will wish that they never put any of their information on facebook or any other social site.

Applesfinctor   May 18th, 2010 7:28 am ET

Someone contact the ATF, FBI, and everyone else!
This "Quit Facebook Day" Cult has the makings of another Heaven's Gate. I can see it now. The moment they "unplug..." *gulp*

Ron   May 18th, 2010 7:40 am ET

I am not a Facebook user. A few days ago a got an e-mail from someone one Facebook wanting to "friend" me. I don't know this person; never heard of him; did not recognize his picture. Included in the e-mail were photos of nine other people I "might know" on Facebook. I was astounded that I actually knew five of these people. So it's not just Facebook subscribers who are having their privacy invaded; it is EVERYONE.
I wrote a complaint to the FTC about this for invasion of privacy.

Matt   May 18th, 2010 8:12 am ET

disturbing but i just googled myself, and with and i found myself. I don't have any social networking pages, don't like facebook or myspace, never had one. But if you look up anyone they will tell you where they live, relatives, address, phone, and even picture if they do have a facebook. Its a little creepy, but a little.

Matt   May 18th, 2010 8:35 am ET

i also found videos of my brother...seriously...this is horrible. I can't believe that's allowed. 35 bucks to get a full background check, addresses phone numbers public records. this is all wrong.

Nicholas   May 18th, 2010 9:05 am ET

OH NO! people quitting facebook! its blasphemy, who could destroy their precious farms and delete their friends...the world is going to end...this is a sure sign of the apocalypse....oh no the mayans were people are retarded...and this isn't news but at least I smiled...

Matt   May 18th, 2010 9:32 am ET

Wow, all the haters..

I thought about quitting fb for the past few weeks cause i'm tired of trying to keep my info and posts from being on the web. Yes, FB is a service, to which i agreed to use, but like with all things, when you disagree with it, you stop using it. So, I stop using it. There is more to the web then flash based games, and stupid groups...

Sonia   May 18th, 2010 9:56 am ET


I call it Fakebook.

Citizen   May 18th, 2010 9:56 am ET

People post pictures and various information because when social networking first hit the web, you could easily set everything to be viewed only by your friends. Now companies are making it more difficult to only share with your friends, and, for example, if I "like" a band on facebook, as of last week, they're now automatically my friend in my news feed. So anyone that's friends with that band now has potential access to view my personal information if I haven't updated my privacy settings. I know you old timers think "just don't post it on the web" – well up until now, it wasn't really an issue. "Just quit facebook" doesn't work either. If you quit and try to re-join a month later, all your information is still there. Who knows what facebook can/will do with this information even after you've deleted your profile.

sweety pie   May 18th, 2010 9:57 am ET

Too late u guys – everyboody knows all about u. Quit if u want to, but I tell u, you will miss it lol!!!! What will u do then?

at   May 18th, 2010 10:13 am ET

I love to hate FB

at   May 18th, 2010 10:14 am ET

at   May 18th, 2010 10:16 am ET

I love CNN

G-Man   May 18th, 2010 10:19 am ET

Here's an idea – log off of Facebook, close your browser, turn off your computer, and spend some quality time with your real friends (instead of your 500 Facebook 'friends').

at   May 18th, 2010 10:23 am ET

Digitillay clensed – w/o FB

zoddikers   May 18th, 2010 10:41 am ET

What bothers me about FB is their arrogance and distain for their users.
Having to 'opt out' or delete stuff after an imposition of changes to function or terms of service is a disservice. One day, hopefully, what they send around will come around.

Me, Philadelphia, PA   May 18th, 2010 11:16 am ET

The people who are quitting Facebook over these supposed "privacy" concerns are complete morons. I mean, it took me less than 2 minutes to do the privacy settings and if you can't figure out how to do them, you can't be all that intelligent a person. Jeez, you wanna guard your privacy? All you have to do is set everything to 'friends only' and don't accept friend requests from people you don't know! I see people on Facebook with 800 'friends' and out of all 800, maybe they know 6 personally. So simple, for God's sake!

Andrew   May 18th, 2010 11:51 am ET

I should say I'm shocked... but I'm not. People, in general, are dumb.

Facebook should not randomly change privacy policies.

And you know what, we ALL have an expectation of privacy on the Internet.

Should all of our banking or personal credit info be public information? That's on the Internet! Should we expect it to be out there, and be okay with it? Because... that's the logic I'm picking up.

Tuggy   May 18th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

I have never trusted Facebook to protect my privacy. I have never used my real name on Facebook, or my real birthday. My friends and family know who I am, and they are the only ones who need to know.

PalinSucks   May 18th, 2010 12:14 pm ET

Not that many people joined their "quitting club". Maybe they should use Facebook to mobilize more people, hehehe!

Shamus   May 18th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Those people are really sensitive. I don't see the point, I don't post information that I don't want people to see in the first place. It's a site mean't for people to see you. But hey, if less people are on the internet speed goes up.

Mary   May 18th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

If you go to your account, you can turn off the permission to grant access to other sites. I did and have had no further problems with spam from them.

Laurie   May 18th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

I thought about quitting Facebook too and I even inquired how to really delete my account. Meantime, I decided that I liked the connections that I've made with old friends, co-workers, etc., so I decided to become a smarter user. I've deleted all of my pictures (except profile), deleted all of the posts to my wall and all of the tags on pictures that had my name on them. I was always careful not to post anything revealing about my personal life and will continue to carry on in this manner until something really bad happens. Then, I'll drop Facebook like a hot potato.

vanssea Brown   May 18th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

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Homer Rajotte   May 18th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

Why wait? Quit now!

kat   May 18th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

2700 users quitting facebook vs. over 400 million users. This is like an ant trying to battle an elephant.

BILL COLLECTOR   May 18th, 2010 1:58 pm ET


Kalif   May 18th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

I'm deleting mine, I don't think people need to know everything that I'm doing. If I don't tell you personally, FB shouldn't tell you either. I've tried the privacy settings, but FB still manages to gets around that. So, I won't be seeing ya on Facebook after Monday. Google makes things bad enough as it is... Stalkers and miscreants are having a field day with this information.

Kara   May 18th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

It is not "quit facebook day." It is Memorial Day.

Get over yourself. Nobody cares.

HAHA   May 18th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

the funny part about this is that 2000+ people recommended this article USING the facebook 'recommend' button on this page. too funny.

bozz85   May 18th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

I already quit facebook

Mandee   May 18th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

The world wide web. Does this mean nothing to people? Facebook is public. Even if privacy policies have changed, does it change the fact that you're posted something on the internet and that anyone can see that or tell anyone about it? So really, why are you griping over something you probably shouldn't have put on the internet in the first place??

Tim   May 18th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Tim Tebow sucks! That is all.

bailoutsos   May 18th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

5,165 committed as of today. So, Zukerberg will only be able to sell FaceBook for $40 Billion.

CurtisTheGeek   May 18th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

Wow, I just yawned so hard that I nearly broke my jaw.

Damithn   May 18th, 2010 3:21 pm ET


Graeme   May 18th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

That's what happens when you add personal info to a 'sharing' website. They are a company after all and out to make a profit (a big one at that). People tend to treat these websites (Bebo, MySpace as well) as their own personal space where they're immune to the intrusions from the rest of the world. In reality, they're just passing all manner of personal into to whomever wants to disseminate and use it for their own ends/means.

Arje   May 18th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

What the Hell...Who actually cares. It's still a personal choice. Why don't people like to take personal responsibility for the decision they CHOOSE to make. You don't have to use the site. There are so many other networking sites out there. I think we have lost focus on the things that are really important...Like the state of the economy..The fact that we are still in a war and soldiers are dying everyday. That our graduating college students are flipping burgers because they can't find jobs. Who Cares about facebook privacy stipulations

John   May 18th, 2010 5:09 pm ET


John   May 18th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

This isn't good for whoever owns this site, could be a bad few weeks for them..

check out my new site if u have time too :)

paul   May 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

There is now an alternative to Facebook!

Check out

It has unprecedented privacy options and settings and they are all one click from users home page.

Bethany   May 19th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

The people on here who are saying you don't have to post anything "juicy" if you don't want to are pretty ignorant and naive...

Point no. 1 - I don't consider a photo of my 3-year-old playing with his lawnmower to be "juicy." What if I want to post that for my mother-in-law 7 states away to see it? Now, she and who knows how many pedophiles can not only see it, but thanks to the Facebook/Shutterfly collaboration can also print it out without my knowledge.

Point no. 2 - Facebook has been quietly rolling out changes to their security setup, and then setting them to "Allow" BY DEFAULT - without telling anyone. That is sneaky, underhanded, and positively REEKS of trying to get something by the masses to gather and use more data - again, without you knowledge.

Ossama Habib   May 21st, 2010 7:29 pm ET

i will not delete my facebook even though i am forced to if so i would make a new one if they delete the webstie than that is so messed up

G19   May 25th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

All, the issue is one of privacy and choice and the way in which FB is acting is denying me and other users of those. No matter that the site is free, that does not and should not ever give them or any other company the right to misuse that information for the benefit of advertisers.

To those who say you have a right not to join FB yes, but if you are already there and they change the terms of the privacy agreement and use of data etc then that is altogether different.

I dare say in years to come many of the current crop of avid users will come to be embarassed by some of the content they have already uploaded. Further it may come to pass through relaxed privacy settings that you are embarassed by something other than a drunk night out, but you'll have no recourse and no way to remove the information...

FB Is potentially the most dangerous application we have ever seen and a far more powerful weapon than any WMD!!!


Rodney Stenborg   May 31st, 2010 12:38 pm ET

I believe everyone should leave Facebook. There are other networking companies one can use ie. Twitter, Myspace, YouTube etc.

Craig Portwood   May 31st, 2010 3:48 pm ET

I quit today. I am going to take up smoking instead. It consumes less personal time and it's healthier for you.

Gloria   May 31st, 2010 10:27 pm ET

What does being Mexican have to do w/anything Bushpig? It's a wonder a brain is sending the signals to your fingertips to type such a racial slur when the subject is "Quitting FB". Head on Einstein, I can't wait to see what your comeback is like, HA, HA, HA!

Christie   November 11th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

If they were committed to quitting, then they wouldn't have a future date set.. they would have already quit.

privacy...   January 8th, 2011 6:49 pm ET

we don't have a right to privacy anymore, not since 2002...
try deleting a social page that was set to private, and than search for it and find it in google's nice little cache.

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tired being on facebook.

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