Sunday, October 24, 2010

Facebook "Commit to Vote Challenge": What it is and how to get out of it

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If You Were Duped Into Signing Up For The Facebook "Commit To Vote Challenge" Because You Thought It Was A Great Idea, You Are Not Alone. I Was Too! Sounded Like A Way To Get My Friends Engaged In The Process But It Is So Much More. The instructions for removing it are below.



"Not to be outdone by the Republicans when it comes to technology and data-mining, Barack Obama has launched a new “Commit to Vote Challenge” Facebook application. You can access it through the Barack Obama website.

The Facebook application lets your friends know you plan to vote and encourages them through posting inspirational messages and videos to your wall. Not only does the application want to know all about you, it also wants to know who all of your friends are, along with their religious and political beliefs.

If you’re willing to give up this much information about yourself, you must be seriously committed, indeed. Here are the permissions the application seeks when you choose to take the challenge..."

Read the rest of the article at the Forbes link above.

So You Signed Up, How Do You Get Out?

From a friend on Facebook, this is how you get out of the Application if you happened to have signed-up:

***To REMOVE the Commit to Vote app: go to Account > Privacy Settings; under Applications and Websites, click Edit your settings. then click... the Edit Settings button to the right of Applications you use. find Commit to Vote on that list...

10 comments :

  1. yeah I had over 250 of those show up on my profile page from friends that allowed the application. I looked at the "O" and then decided to google it and saw that it was from OFA. One thing I have learnt this year is question evrything!

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  2. Grow up and support Obama and the Dems, or go back to the "free" market mania that led to the 2007 crash under Bush, Rove and their cowardly companions hijacking our democracy for a theocracy run by Wall Street.

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  3. Wrt privacy and personal information, It seems to me that Facebook users are already surrendering this much information and more about themselves. If you are already a facebook user, then OFA: Commit to Vote Challenge provides a clever and ready-made voter activism tool. Clearly, America needs more political and voter activism, not less. For example, I have been sending the Challenge link to my networks, who are concerned with privacy-related issues; such as, coica, acta treaty, and yes even facebook itself. My experience is that it is possible to spread voter commitment in this way. Even privacy advocates may need encouragement to vote ;-}.

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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  4. While that is true that Americans need to be more engaged in the process, handing information over to the Obama administration might not be the best way to do it.

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  5. You might think that any administration has access to that information anyway, especially given the amount of governmental listening that is done in the social network and on the internet as well. I doubt seriously that one is hiding anything from the US by avoiding Commit to Vote Challenge. Meanwhile, it may be the best tool for some people to encourage their friends to vote.

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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  6. Any moron that needs a facebook app to tell them to vote shouldn't be voting. I have blacklisted and reported this app and it still keeps getting posted by other people on my page. The other dumb facebook apps ive blocked have never come back. Why is this the one that does?

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  7. I agree with the first point, and Big Brother is my answer to the second point.

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  8. This is such a fascinating discussion, and more is indicated. In a republican democracy, such as the US purports to be, It is MOST intelligent to encourage voting, or else interests contrary to the will of the people will prevail. This is not a bad way to combat big brother, no? Thus, Facebook users who use this app to encourage voting are acting intelligently by encouraging those who share their interests to vote. It is really an elegant tool and up to the task. You can not beat big brother by hiding from him.

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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  9. It is distressing that so many people have complaints about Facebook that seem to fall on deaf ears. I am one of these myself. If the disabling feature is not working, Facebook should fix it.

    On the other hand, it seems appropriate to me to post a note to my friends pages in this manner. Time is now running short in the election day run-up, and encouraging our associates to vote is arguably one of the most important things that we can be doing right now. I can only commend the Commit to Vote app.

    Regards,
    proclus
    http://www.gnu-darwin.org/

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