Eli The Computer Guy vs Facebook

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“I don’t get into the morals and ethics”; “I concentrate on myself”. People who have been aware of “Eli the Computer Guy” for the past few years would probably say they heard Eli expressed those words more in the past 2 months than they have in the past 2 years.

On July 1, 2014; Eli went through explaining his disgust with Facebook’s reported emotional experiments on its users. Discretion is advised due to the reason Eli was highly upset. Since this was the first I heard of it, and Eli is often what I would say “smart on” in the technology field for solutions, I wanted to hear about this before I looked it up myself.

On July 2, 2014 Eli provided instructions on

“How to Delete Your Facebook Account”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWPZCIEvtmo

He also reiterated the reasons for deleting his highly profitable account at Facebook. On the same day, July 2, 2014; the following news report came out in London.

“British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.”

Eli the Computer Guy

Here is the link to the titled article.

UK Opens Probe Into Facebook’s Psych Experiment

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/uk-investigating-facebook-psych-experiment-24395951

The term VS means to be against something. Eli and other reports state reasons that will make the most trusting of people say, “I can’t agree with this.”

Now this Geek Brain Dump post is not to tell you what to do in this matter of keeping or deleting your Facebook account. It is to keep you informed of how positive Information Technology can be used and also the negative ways it can be implemented.

Now allow my final thoughts for this article to be on Eli. Even though he says that he does not get into morals or ethics, make no mistake about it, in his analyzing the Facebook experiments he is expressing principles being violated that pertains to “Golden rules” that even Franklyn Covey has talked about. Covey mentions in class curriculum on Ethics, to use full, accurate, and honest information in everything you communicate. There other principles from additional sources to consider like “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Would anyone want their powers of reason to be influenced in a negative way?

So, you have to decide for yourself at least 2 things:

1. Has Facebook as a business crossed ethical lines for you?

2. What is the cost to you for keeping or deleting the account?

The decision / choice is yours.

Author

James Lynch

POCBOOKS.COM “If something you read changes your life, it becomes your reality.” The author of the Product of Culture Trilogy James is also an Information Technology Professional and Consultant "Whether a person is aware of it or not, like technology, everything has an answer. You can't be afraid to ask questions, You just may receive what you have been looking for!"

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3 Comments

  1. ebey July 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    probably yes, but its hard to get out of an occult..since it means loosing their sevices..just the many people are stuck with windows…eli mentioned abt eco system and such..unfortunately FACEBOOK owns the eco system(almost everyone is there), hopefully maybe we can shift to google+ or something,what i mean is instead of jumping of the boat into the water perhaps jump into another boat…ELI cud start getting traffic he lost on facebook and try GOOGLE+

  2. Andrei Telteu July 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    About the Facebook experiments:
    Facebook Head Of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, 7/1/2014
    http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/02/facebook-emotion-experiment/
    So, a facebook director says that this is an evolution !

    Conclusion: I have deleted my account today, but i was thinking about this for some time, Eli just gave me one more reason to delete my account.
    Yesterday i was reading on Google + that facebook have some vulnerabilities on “login with facebook” feature on mobile, that was yet another reason for me to delete my account.
    So i have deleted my account among with other fans of Eli the Computer Guy and i feel better this way.

  3. Ivan Ahmed July 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve hated Facebook for a really long time but, just like Eli, I’ve decided to delete my account tomorrow.

    The reason I’ve kept my account for 4 years is that I needed it for some things. But now, I really think Facebook has crossed the line.

    The next time someone asks me to add them on Facebook, I’m going to tell them that I deleted my account and why I deleted my account, I’m really going to throw everything I got at their faces and see what they think about Facebook now.

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