When you think about what Facebook is supposed to be for – connecting with friends and family – Facebook is not a very good name. It doesn’t really relate to its purpose, as you would think friends and family would be more politely or directly referred to. However, if you consider what Facebook actually does, which is make secret profiles of everyone based on all their posts and activity and sell it to third parties, it makes more sense. It’s a book of faces of random people, perused and kept safe by mysterious organizations. That’s much more impersonal.
Long story short, I’m quitting Facebook. I’ve not been on it long, but that’s what makes it easy to quit. I recently found an article by entrepreneur and educator Salim Virani, highlighting Facebook’s upcoming policy changes that are taking society a step closer to 1984.
Facebook has given itself the power to own anything you post and sell it to 3rd parties for years. Plus their messenger app constantly records your audio and permanently records everything you type – even what you delete. We’ve known this a long while. Now, with the new changes, they will start recording and building profiles of your friends and family based on what you say and do on Facebook and any Facebook linked sites or apps, even if they aren’t on Facebook themselves. This information is stored indefinitely and sold to the highest bidder – or all bidders. This is why people have been turned away from airports, rejected at Job interviews and even arrested based on Facebook posts (see the article linked above).
All in all, Facebook is not a great place to be for any person, but it’s even worse for someone trying to build an online platform. Their algorithms restrict this type of engagement, and I’ve seen the effects of this on my page. Basically, it’s not worth all the effort I put into it.
I’m quitting Facebook soon and I’m going to concentrate on my Twitter, WordPress, Deviantart, and for the time being, Instagram. The latter is owned by Facebook, but is not quite so fascist with its policies yet. I’m watching tho. There’s just too many great artists on there that I don’t want to leave yet. I do wish there was another image based social network that wasn’t owned by Facebook though. As I go through the process of leaving Facebook, I won’t be able to use Instagram for two weeks. So I apologize for the upcoming lack of activity.
What’s your thoughts and feelings on Facebook? Did you ever join?