Why I deleted Facebook (for good) today

and I don’t just mean I deactivated it.  That, you can un-do.  Deleting yourself from Facebook (with a 14 day grace period, unfortunately)…is permanent.

My decision is based on what I see is paying only lip service, at best, to their part in this whole Russian interference bullshit.  Two things this weekend pushed me over the edge.  First, this blog quote (source at end)

1.  A blogger to Facebook:

On February 16th, the United States Justice Department issued an indictment charging 13 Russians and three companies with creating a sophisticated network designed to subvert our 2016 election. Your company names appear in the text of that indictment a whopping 41 times. By contrast, Twitter was mentioned 9 times and YouTube only once. I know, I know… you were not charged with anything.  I know the Justice Department did not accuse you of anything criminal. Yet, the conservative estimate is that150 MILLION Americans saw the propaganda. (I think it was more, but if it was one it was too many.) You know how many, don’t you?

Your company reported approximately 7 billion dollars in revenue in Q3 of 2016.

Are you now SURE that you only made a few measly hundreds of thousands from that interference? I ask, because the companies indicted had budgets of as much as a million and a half dollars PER MONTH to spend with you and your friends…

See, I understand that Mr. Zuckerberg originally denied that your companies were involved or part of Russian meddling.  Did he make a mistake? According to the indictment, the bad guys used your convenient birthday reminder service to game us. They created fake identities because you tell them our birthdays. Why? How? WTF? DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE ANSWER? 

If so, when do you plan to tell us? (Side note, my birthday was last week. Prior to the actual date I removed my birthday from your easily scammed system. I didn’t get hundreds of well-wishes like I have in years prior and despite that, I didn’t die and I had a nice day. Note to self, I guess)

I see that last fall Mr. Zuckerberg said that “I wish I could tell you that we’re going to be able to stop all interference (in the 2018 midterms) but that wouldn’t be realistic”  and just yesterday said that you  “still have a long way to go”

How much longer will that be and when can you tell us the answer? If you can’t tell us that, how about you just suck it up and shut the thing down until you figure it out? After all, it’s only our Democracy at stake. I realize you have bills to pay, but I have a country to worry about, so I win.

Your buddy Twitter says they are emailing every single one of the 677,775 users who swallowed the bot bait and fake ads, making them aware that they might be the same idiots many of us knew in our bones they were back when it happened. Of course their original estimate was lower than what we now know… hmmm…. but still, any plans on your end?

DO YOU EVEN REALIZE THE POWER OF WHAT YOU BUILT IN YOUR DORM ROOM, MR. ZUCKERBERG? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU ARE DOING?”


source:  https://thekarenword.squarespace.com/

2.  I was made aware that Facebook’s VP of Ads was posting preposterous stuff on Twitter this weekend.  Pretty much absolving Facebook of any complicity.  Saying that most of the ‘damage’ by Russia was done after the election.  (oh bullshit.)  Stating, and I quote directlyDisinformation is ineffective against a well educated citizenry. ” (i.e., blaming US.) And, another direct quote: “I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.” If you want to look for yourself, here is his Twitter account link:

https://twitter.com/robjective


Well, this pissed me off to no end. Twitter is also guilty, but at least they are taking legitimate steps to right their wrongs. I do not feel Facebook is doing anything more than paying the slightest of lip service to the problem. Mr. Goldman’s disregard for the damage (while collecting billions of dollars a month), was the tipping point from me.


I’m done with Facebook. I followed directions (from others) and first backed up my Facebook (I have a big ole zip file now with all photos and whatnot), then, I disconnected all other apps that sign in for me via Facebook (more than one would anticipate. Facebook is a snake-like presence in all your online apps! Especially games!)…and then, this morning, I deleted it all.


I will continue with Twitter. I’m upping my Instagram presence. (all I really wanted from Facebook was photos anyhow, and many of my family and friends are using it for that.)


I can’t do (or won’t do) much re all this Russian crap, but this is one step I COULD make, and I did. I am sure I’ll feel some withdrawal pains, but it’s worth it. To me, it’s so very worth it!


And I changed my Twitter profile photo to Hillary Clinton today. Many are, as a silent protest to Trump on President’s day. It’s a little thing, But it makes me feel better, inwardly chuckle, even, by doing it, so all good. 🙂


p.s. Trump had some major mental meltdowns on Twitter this weekend. I’ve said too much. LOL


31 thoughts on “Why I deleted Facebook (for good) today

  1. Olga Hebert

    I deleted my Facebook a year ago. The contacts i wanted were far outweighed by those I didn't want to see. I have recouped a great deal of psychic energy, not to mention time. I don't miss it at all. It's a good idea in theory, but the reality turns out to be not so great.Are we starting a trend?

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  2. LL Cool Joe

    I've never had a Facebook account, and have no reason to start one ever. I find it hard enough to find the time to blog let alone bore the rest of the world with my new t-shirt.

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  3. Marcia

    Good for you. I hope many others delete theirs too. I never joined that fad. Blogging is enough for me. Pictures sharing happens on iPhoto shared sites with only those invited to view.

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  4. Barbara -

    I admire you. I have family all over the globe and this is how we communicate but I have a very concentric circle and it's mainly photo sharing. Except of course for my blog page which is different. I need to be on Twitter more…..not.

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  5. Sharon Anck

    Wow, good for you. I've actually been thinking about doing the same thing. I really don't post anything but photos (via Instagram) anyway. Reading people's comments about the election a year ago made me so angry that I just didn't visit it very often.

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  6. tammy j

    I have never had nor wanted Facebook or Twitter. and when I have said I don't want it some people even have been irritated with me.why? it's my choice. and I am healthier without those constants in my ear or my sight! I follow many people's Instagram but I can't comment.apparently in a library class once I created an account and like a fool I didn't write down my password or user name or whatever. now it will not let me comment.and oddly enough I will NOT let me open a new account. so Meh. it is all too much horse doo doo.ANDit's going to be interesting and I HOPE a clout to their greedy little politicians' heads to see what these justifiably ANGRY kids are going to accomplish. more power to them! if killing little children under the age even of 9 or 10… then why would they think 'this will just boil over and we'll move on like we've always done” … well NOT THIS TIME. you're feet are going to be held to the fire. these 'kids' are living in such a screwed up world … I wish they could be running it even now. at their tender age they know who's being BOUGHT and they're fed up with it!and oh yes. one of my esteemed state senators has the audacity to say he doesn't think automatic rifles need to be banned from private ownership.

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  7. Jono

    Good for you! I am still on it mostly to keep in contact with my family (all in Europe) and old friends who live far away. I wish I could figure out how to get the other stuff to go away.

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  8. Anonymous

    I love social media. Yes, there are some bad parts, but overall, the good outweighs the bad. I started with a blog in 2007, then Yelp the same year, then Facebook when the granddaughter was born. I've since added Twitter and Instagram. They are my favorites. Facebook annoys me because so few of the friends I signed on as friends don't post enough about their life. Lots of it is very superfluous. I learn so much, though, from FB and especially Twitter. Instagram keeps me entertained. I'm not giving up any of my social media.

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