Facebook 'liking' corporate pages for me – not cool.

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So yesterday my wife noticed on her Facebook feed that I 'liked' an insurance company's corporate page. This came as a complete surprise to me, as I have no association with this insurance company, and I certainly wouldn't like their corporate page. Sure enough though, I went to my wall and there it was.

I'm not ignorant to the fact that I am using a free service that sells information about me to advertisers. I completely get that. But I think there is a line that's been crossed when my account has been used to like a page without my involvement at all. I'm not sure if it's Facebook doing this, or if there's some bug in the system that companies are exploiting but I was asking around and this is definitely widespread with many people just in my close circle of friends unknowingly liking corporate pages.

So I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this, or has more information as to what's going on. I haven't seen any reports on it, and you would think that if this was widespread that it would be news.

And since I've been looking for an excuse to get rid of my Facebook account, I'll be shutting it down as of tomorrow.