Nobody is forcing anybody who is uncomfortable with the terms of service to use Facebook. Executives point out that Internet users have choices on the Web. But for activists trying to maximize their impact, Facebook’s global dominance means that many activists can’t afford not to be on it if they want their movement to succeed, despite the risks. “If you want to organize a movement the only place to do it effectively is on Facebook, because you have to go where all the people are,” Wahab told me shortly after taking over the account.

Consent of the Networked: How Google, Facebook, and other cyberspace powerhouses handle digital power. – Slate Magazine. Maybe. But maybe Facebook is just the obvious way to connect with people. Sometimes, when a company (Facebook, Google, Apple, whatever) takes a my-way-or-the-highway approach, it’s best to take our chances on the highway.