Plenty of whiny types are up in arms over Facebook’s recent “personalization” improvements, which automatically link fan pages for companies, bands, television shows, etc. to users’ profiles, based on their self-proclaimed favorites. Also, when a user specifies their favorite music, movies, books, and the like, that information may now be accessed more readily by parties not in that users’ friend list.
Critics complain that this gives unwanted access to evil corporations, who will use gathered information to exploit their consumers. This week four U.S. Senators, including asshat Al Franken, have put their displeasure with the social networking giant onto paper and mailed it to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
No doubt these idiots are only responding to angry phone calls from their constituents, but how many votes would they really lose by explaining that this really isn’t the kind of thing the federal government should be getting involved in? Not everything that someone can gripe about should be the subject of a congressional investigation. If you don’t like the way Facebook treats its users, you don’t have to be a member.