Then it lowered the litigious hammer, threatening Romano with a $100,000 fee under something called the "Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act."
Anticybersquatting? Ah, yes. The [Insert Extremely Clunky Internet Nomenclature] Consumer Protection Act. Now we remember.
Romano, now living in Boston, said Inyourfacebook's umbrage was perhaps a little over-the-top. "I was turned off by the email's stern language," he wrote in a blog post. "Companies can defend their intellectual property politely, without resorting to intimidation. Instead, Facebook threatened the individual maker of a not-for-profit app."
The idea was, in fact, born of such Facebook disdain. Break Your Facebook was conceived as a tool to allow users to make a "structured break" from Facebook. Romano said he created it because he was concerned about the amount of information the NSA was collecting through the social network -- and was sick of what he calls Facebook's "data-mining practices." He had also tired of the "poor quality" of its news feed, so he unplugged himself.
"I permanently deleted my Facebook accounts," he wrote. "Doing so boosted my happiness considerably, and now I use the internet for work and do almost all of my socializing in person."
But Facebook, not to be trifled with, dispatched that letter to him. "The cease-and-desist order has affirmed my decision and crystallized my dislike of Facebook as a company," Romano says.
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