New Yorker writer and former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll, who has been on Facebook since 2008, has decided to sign off. One reason:
Facebook is an unprecedented synthesis of corporate and public spaces. The corporation’s social contract with users is ambitious, yet neither its governance system nor its young ruler seem trustworthy.
He also points out:
[Mark] Zuckerberg’s business model requires the trust and loyalty of his users so that he can make money from their participation, yet he must simultaneously stretch that trust by driving the site to maximize profits, including by selling users’ personal information.
People who quit Facebook have to give a “reason for leaving” before getting the social media site’s official OK to cut ties. “Unfortunately, ‘inadequate citizen rule’ or ‘doubts about corporate governance’ are not among the choices,” writes Coll. “From the available list, I went with ‘I don’t feel safe on Facebook.’”
You’ll notice at the end of the story that it has over 2,000 Likes on Facebook.