The European Commissioner for “justice, consumers and gender equality” abruptly closed her Facebook account this week, describing her account on the social media platform as a “channel of dirt” after she told a Brussels news conference that she received an “influx of hatred” on the network, reports Euractiv. Vera Jourová noted that her decision to leave Faebook was not to avoid criticism by the public – as her mailbox is already filled with critical comments. “I don't want to avoid communication with people, even with critical people,” she said, adding that she responds to critics who don't use vulgar language.
“This is my nature, I speak to everybody who wants normal, honest, descent communication.” Jourová's comments came as she announced that Facebook is also facing the prospect of heavy sanctions if it does not fall in line with EU consumer rules.
If the changes are not fully implemented by the end of the year, I call on consumer authorities to act swiftly and sanction the company.” A spokesperson for Facebook said that the company's terms of service (ToS) were updated in April, which included the “majority” of changes proposed by the Commission. The Commission, however, said on Friday that Facebook's new ToS is “misleading.” “Facebook now tells consumers that their data and content is used only to improve their overall 'experience' and does not mention that the company uses these data for commercial purposes,” a statement from Jourová's office read.
Not many people know that #Facebook has made available their data to third parties or that for instance it holds full copyright about any picture or content you put on it.
That said, the commission appears to have run out of patience. “I am becoming rather impatient,” Jourová said.