The whole point of the WWW is that you must not rely on your user having a particular browser. Or operating system. Or display resolution. Or a display at all. You serve valid stuff and allow the client to parse it how they like. You can suggest nice font sizes and good contrast colours, but if they want to view it at 72 pt in pink on yellow they can.
Lots of the WWW ignores the fact that people may be using different screens or different whatever to view the content. Luckily we're moving away from fixed font sizes and a little fixed width blob of content in the middle of an otherwise white screen, but there are still weird lock ins around.
And Facebook are just following this trend - "this is our content, and it's our service, and you'll view it how we want you to".
Your wider point is a good one though. If people are annoyed at ads they should stop visiting the site serving those ads, with maybe a polite email explaining why they're not going to visit again.
>> Man, this really blows. FB Purity helps me, a blind user, actually use Facebook more effectively than without it. sighs I do hope you continue to fight the power.
Is it OK for a user agent, running on my hardware, to alter the way content is displayed? Can the FB TOS actually be binding when it restricts your ability to do this?
If people are annoyed at ads they should stop visiting ad servers. Hence, AdBlock and Ghostery.
No, it is not a direct payment. Yes, it is a transaction.
Yes, there are ways to get around Facebook's ad serving and use the service "for free", in that sense.
Is it possible? Sure.. Is it legal? Probably.. Is it the right thing to do? Probably not..
If you object to the ads being served to you on Facebook, you should probably not use the service at all..
It's more like I want to go to the store, so I invite the store to send me a driver who will use my car to drive me to the store. The store accepts my invitation, but when the driver shows up he wants to invite a bunch of hitchhikers into my car but I politely decline. Meanwhile, I'm driven to the store.
Your bus analogy assumes that Facebook owns and operates my browser. That is incorrect.
But like I said. Analogies get really dumb when you get too deeply into them.