After 2 days being censored by Facebook (not allowing me to share links of any sort, anywhere), as a punishment for not authorizing them to "install our anti-virus and check the files on your computer"!, which I am sure it is a spying tool (past examples of other uses prove it), I decided to write them an email, yesterday. Today they stop censoring me! Huhu, great! But, until when?
Here is the email I sent them:
"You Facebook are forcing me to accept your anti-virus virus or, if you want, you are blackmailing me to be (even more) spied!
But no, stop being childish. I will not allow you to hack my data and computer with your anti-virus.
No, my computer does not have a virus.
No, there's no logic relation between having (or not) a virus in my computer and being censored by facebook!
You want to lie, first learn how to do it convincingly!"
You know what, all this started when Facebook introduced a new menu in my account where I had to click in one of two options: install an unknown software and allow them to scan files in my computer, or tell them that what they were saying was a mistake.
The option 2 sounded perfect, I tried several times, but it was leading nowhere. This second option was clearly a bad joke from Facebook. They really wanted me to click option 1.
Knowing that it could not exist a reasonable link between having a virus in my computer and being denied to share content on my Facebook profile, on my Facebook page, and in other people's profiles, I understood I was under attack.
First idea: to try the Facebook app on my smartphone. The message "your laptop has a virus" was not shown. It would be too ridiculous! But, on the other hand, yes, the censorship was still on. No way to share nothing with nobody, except plaintext on my Facebook wall.
Later on, I found out that I was again able to upload pictures into my profile and page. What? How comes, I was supposed to still have my computer infected with viruses, Facebook knows that, and they let me do so? What nonsense! From this moment on, I was sure about what was really going on.
I share too many inconvenient facts on Facebook and in this last week, my page Pensamentos Nómadas had a boom on the number of followers. The combination of these 2 facts turned on an alarm on their algorithm. From that moment on I would be blackmailed and forced to choose between an interdiction of sharing content while my page is growing fast on followers or, let facebook rape my computer and spy my private data.
In a second moment I found out that, actually, many people are complaining in forums about the very same kind of blackmailing from Facebook. And more, those who surrendered and installed the Kaspersky-Facebook-anti-virus proposed by Facebook, soon after understood that it is rather a spying virus! According to some of them, to install a Facebook anti-virus is a very bad idea, because once installed you can't find its location on your computer, making therefore impossible to uninstall it!
In case I was not yet convinced that this was a scheme, I discovered that I was also not allowed to comment on the Facebook comment box of other websites! What? Because I have a virus and I do not accept the kind offer from Facebook, I can no longer comment on any article of any website that uses that Facebook tool? Really?
Come on, this is a very dumb way to convince people to accept to either be spied or censored!
Luís Garcia, Lampang, Thailand