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April 17th, 2009

Facebook Votes 4 Stupidity

More hypocritical and redundant "democracy", this time from Facebook.  A vote is up for a "governing" document, called Rights and Responsibilities, that includes the following two rules:

3.8 You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
4.4 You will not use Facebook if you are a convicted sex offender.

The later is unnecessary given the former.  Combining to two implies that Facebook can discriminate but its members cannot.  And how is 4.4 enforced?  It implies than a non-member could browse facebook.com and be in violation, so Facebook is extending its "jurisdiction" to action performed outside those who signed up?!  Does this fall under the legal concept of theft?? or thought-crime?  "I'm sorry officer.  I saw Pamela's big titties on the billboard.  I didn't know one wasn't suppose to stop and gawk."

This kind of hyper-morality undermines the ethical changes needed to actually prevent something like rape.  Today, a 16 year old guy can "sext" his 15 year old girlfriend, be convicted as a sex offender, registered for life, and not join Facebook.  This is not the same as a 35 year old teacher luring a student into sex.  This is silly.

What about this revision:

3.8  Both Facebook (governing members) and its members will read the laws of their respective governments, from national to local, and act accordingly.
4.4  If you have ever been registered as an officer of a company that has filed for bankruptcy, or if you have ever litigated on behalf of a company filing for bankruptcy, or ever acted on behalf of a bankrupt company to liquidate debts, or sat as a judge who ordered a company's bankruptcy, then you may not create a Facebook account.  Sorry; you failed.

Cast your vote, and say silly things like them.