When it comes to Facebook, EU defends the ‘right to disappear’ – CSMonitor.com

 

 

It’s rare enough for a young person to ignore the magnetic forces of Facebook, doubly so for someone working in an industry where social media is becoming paramount. But Mr. McTiernan says he was simply exhausted by all the “oversharing” among his online friends. He knew the break wouldn’t be easy (and what would become of his social life?), but he forged ahead to pry himself from his virtual community.

“In the end,” he says, “I found a program that deleted, one-by-one, every single comment I’d made, every photo I’d uploaded, and every post on my wall.”

But even that wasn’t enough to convince him that he would vanish. “I revived my profile and left it blank: no pictures, no posts, no friends. It felt safer that way,” he says. That way, based on his reasoning, he can make sure he’s not on Facebook by maintaining a shadow presence on Facebook.

If the European Union gets its way, people like McTiernan may have an easier time erasing their online selves. The EU wants to give Internet users the right to what the French call le droit à l’oubli – literally, the right to oblivion.

via When it comes to Facebook, EU defends the ‘right to disappear’ – CSMonitor.com.

Kudos to the EU for defending human rights. Though, I’d much rather people just exercise a little common sense and switch to decentralized social media already… Do you all store your social security cards in a stranger’s filing cabinet?

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