Facebook has removed your right to present your user profile the way you want it. Without your permission, they simply went ahead and turned every profile into a Facebook link farm.
What They Did
Your personal profile is now a list of links. They link your content at their own discretion. So for example, I have the phrase “I am very proud of her”, referring to my daughter, in my profile. Facebook decided to link that to this Facebook page they created, without my permission.
You are given the option of un-checking the items Facebook links to.
I tried that, only to discover that they REMOVE THE CONTENT FROM YOUR PROFILE. In other words, if you don’t allow them to link your content, you are not allowed to have that content in your profile.
1. I had the name of my high school in my profile. Facebook decided to turn it into a link to a page on Facebook for Palisades High School. But it is NOT my high school! There are more than one high school with that name. They are not only linking to the wrong high school, but they never bothered to give me a choice on being linked at all.
If I indicate, with their link edit option, that I don’t want the words “Palisades High School” linked to anything, they remove the words! It’s either allow the link or forfeit the right to state what high school I went to. The year listed after the name of the high school is a different link. In this case, it isn’t even a case of not wanting to contribute to their Wiki. They are forcing me to link to the wrong page. Why would I let that continue? My only choice is to remove my high school from my profile, which is sad since I found so many old friends lately.
2. I wrote in my profile that I have a step-son. Facebook insists on linking to a Wiki page on what “step son” means. If I don’t want them to link, I have to remove the information from my profile.
3. I listed “Native American drumming” in my music section. Facebook turned that into a link to a Facebook page created on the topic and linked to it from my profile without my consent. If I don’t want that link, I have to remove the music I like from my profile.
The circle/triangle icon is Facebook’s and appears on the new Wiki pages they’re creating from our profile content.
What This Means
Your information is now going to show up in all these Wiki’s, regardless of whether or not you “follow” the other people there. Everyone, no matter who they are, will see your picture and name. For example, my face and name will show up on the information for a high school I never attended.
At first, before I realized they were going to remove the content in my profile, I had unchecked the things I didn’t want linked to. I was okay with linking to a book author’s page until I followed up and found that Facebook is linking to their own Facebook pages in an effort to create their own Wiki.
You have no say over where your content will be linked to.
We are left with no choice but to severely edit our profiles because Facebook is linking to pages without our consent (they link first and automatically. If you don’t want words or phrases linked, you have to edit it yourself.) If you don’t give your permission to use your profile information they way they want to, they remove your content. You are not allowed to put in what you want or how you intend it.
This is the most obscene, bizarre gesture of blatant disregard for users I’ve ever witnessed.
If you want help, they have a link to the “Help Center” on the bottom right in the footer. Click that and then click “Profile”. Also look for Community Pages and profile connections.
What if I don’t want to connect to all these Pages?
If you don’t want to connect to any Pages, the corresponding sections on your Profile will be empty. Connecting to Pages will now be the main way to express yourself on your profile, and you can always edit your profile to remove specific suggested Pages that you don’t want to connect to.
(They don’t tell you that this means not having your information there at all. If they can’t link to it, they remove your information from your profile. You don’t have any choice.