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Thoughts on leaving Facebook

I have wanted to leave Facebook for a while, and I did at one point, only to come back after a short time because it was the best way for me to keep up with family and friends. My objective at the time had nothing to do with national politics, but I objected to how Facebook manipulated the content I was trying to access and fed my data to advertisers. I often got frustrated with how their manipulation affected usability. I would see something on my news feed that looked interesting, but when I went back at a later time, I could not find it because Facebook had decided I should see different things now. I have played with the MeWe social media platform a little bit. Rather than being advertisement based, they are subscription based, and using it has been a breath of fresh air. I don’t feel like I’m wrestling with an algorithm to get to my content. The material I subscribe to is presented in a straight-forward chronological manner that is the same every time I go back to it. Also, there are no creepy ads that appear to be reading my mind because it is subscription based rather than supported by ads. If I’m going to do social media at all, I would rather pay $5/month than deal with those ads and manipulations.

For a while, I preferred Twitter to Facebook because Twitter gave me a straightforward feed of the posts of everyone I was following, and advertisements were non-targeted. Sadly, they decided to follow Facebook’s lead. They now manipulate the feed and have increased advertising, making it more intrusive. At the same time, I saw much of the conversation there becoming more viscous and non-productive, and it was too much of a distraction, so I decided to drop it a few months ago.

The tipping point for me to finally and irrevocably leave Facebook was their censorship of the President of the United States. I always thought this was a danger with a huge, monolithic social network like Facebook, and for a while there have been accusations of their political bias, but this act was a blatant disregard for the importance of freedom of speech. I know that as a private company, Facebook is not required by law to protect speech, but as primary communications platforms, Twitter and Facebook greatly affect the direction of discourse in our country and in much of the rest of the world. By silencing particular points of view, they open the door to tyranny. World leaders in Australia, France, Germany, Russia, and Poland have spoken out against this act. The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is no conservative Trump fan, is mounting a campaign against social media bans. I believe this issue is bigger than whether or not you are a “Trump supporter.”

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5 replies on “Thoughts on leaving Facebook”

It does feel like this is an overplay on the part of the administration and social media, but I thought all summer people would come to their senses about the evil of the riots, and that never happened. I wonder if the initial outrage in the international community will just fade away in a few weeks without any results.

It will be very interesting to see how far left the pendulum will swing. This is farther than I ever dreamed it would go. With this level of control that has been executed, and all the power that has been seized, do you see it ever being taken back? Will we ever have an election without the level of corruption that we saw in this one?

I can’t visualize a path out of this mess using the system, and neither can many others, which is why they are turning to violence. However, as a Christian, I don’t see violent aggression as an option. I believe our role is to continue speaking the truth to any who will hear, especially to the next generation. God calls us to be faithful. He is the one who will bring about the victory in his own way.

I think this all about the WDC’s hate for an outsider like Trump raining on their Tax payer’s ATM card. They will use any tactics to win and they aren’t even friend’s with themselves and would contrive any methods to trick and coherence the public into doing their bidding. Corruption has never deceased over but rather it generally always increases in each successive generation. As believers shouldn’t be shocked, man apart from God is in the dark and in fact, our fresh loves the dark. Remember that the “love of money” is our Achilles heel and source of all evil.

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