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?”
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