Like many in the computer science community, we have been concerned for some time about the ethical issues that are raised by Facebook and similar social media websites.
Our commitment to software quality also includes carefully monitoring of, and possibly the avoidance of using, technological methods that could have negative community impacts.
As has become widely publicized in the prior year, Facebook provides a web application product that is implemented with sophisticated web browser technology that permits capture of a great deal of information about users' online behavior.
The technology used by Facebook is based in many ways on the same technology which is used by eValid.
We firmly believe that responsible application of this technology by eValid users in testing and validating websites is completely appropriate and safe, because eValid is used only by computing professionals in strictly controlled and secure circumstances.
Accordingly, to avoid even the appearance of having cooperated with and/or supported possible misuse of the underlying web browser technologies that are used by Facebook, and acting out of abundance of caution, we have terminated feeding any information into our previous company-based Facebook account and we have requested permanent elimination of that account and all data stored therein.