Actually what happens is that you usually have a piece of software ( especially free software ) because is "online" via network, and this little instance, program, or line acts.
The IT people have no say because as with the Theater Electric people they are only dealing with an "Out of the box" mentality retaining to "order of operations" to their "job". If they did went "above and beyond" their duties only then it would be their concern. Chances are they have no idea the software or instance is running. Because it is part of the package itself any anti-virus software would flag it ok, and not the opposite.
The program/instance in question would not really do anything for you, because it is more about Facebook and it's role in the software package.
Try installing "no scripts" within your web browser ( even older browsers llike Mozilla base can use it ). The amount of pages with scripts retaining to
Yahoo ( web beacons )
Facebook ( via a website login )
Google ( whether or not you log in google is collecting a database on most likely users )
Among other AD servers etc, that is running in the background.