Why I no longer have a FaceBook.com account
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From their Terms of Service
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i actually have been meaning to delete my account because of this, i stopped logging in… which is essentially all you can do with facebook (since they only allow you to deactivate your account, not delete it). they suck.
Oh, my… I had no idea they were so intrusive. This is news to me. I will have to consider de-activating my account.
Thanks for the heads up.