I deleted Facebook

No more cute photos of cats, babies. No more photos of unusual clouds. No more social media sessions from the big commercial genealogy companies.

I’m disgusted at the revelations of the “profits before people” culture that pervades the company. Disgusted at the cover-up of harm to youngsters and promotion of ethnic violence — not deliberate but a result of the choice of algorithms. Disgusted at letting the elite violate codes of conduct enforced on everyone else.

Enough.

I don’t need it in my life.

So goodbye Facebook. If I had an Instagram account it would be goodbye to it too. If things get fixed I would maybe return.

7 Replies to “I deleted Facebook”

  1. I’ve never had a social media account, read them, or felt the need. I’m very satisfied with my life and I’m happy.
    Social media is a gathering place for like minded individuals and that includes hate groups. I don’t need that in my life.

  2. Everything you say about Facebook is true. But through Facebook I am able to connect to long lost friends from high school that live thousands of miles away. I can see pictures of grandnieces and grandnephews born during the pandemic when visiting was impossilbe. There is a wonderful facebook history page for my small Ontario town. Anything that people are involved in has the potential for evil but it is up to all of us to make it better. That is easier to do from the inside.

  3. I understand your desire not to be tied to social media or bothered by unsolicited messages. In our case, all of our children and grandchildren live a very long way away, one family in Europe. With Facebook and WhatsApp we get to see and talk with them regularly and find out what is going on in their lives as it happens. I don’t pay any attention to ads and on these pages, and I am not on any chat groups like Twitter. Using Facebook is just a convenient way to keep in contact with family and friends. BTW, many genealogical societies also us Facebook for regular exchanges of information. Even your own BIFHSGO. You either want to be in touch with people for specific reasons or you don’t. Sorry but I think Facebook is not going away.

  4. Good for you, John. I decided early on not to join Facebook and have stuck to it. If more users thought seriously about the documented harm Facebook does to the world and opted out, there would undoubtedly be significant changes made to Facebook.

  5. I use Facebook to keep in touch with a collection of friends and relatives, and multiple genealogical groups. I’d hate to lose those options, but I’d love to see tighter controls placed on the company as well. Promoting hate for profit is an unacceptable business model.

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