No More Facebook

That’s it, I’ve had it.
No more Facebook.
I had been thinking about doing it for a while. I’ve had enough. Many of my suspicions about the social-media platform were confirmed a week ago.
Here is an article that sums up nicely the Cambridge-Analytica scandal, basically, as had been known for a long time, Facebook was making major profits sharing user-data with third-party data-mining companies. This means, in other words, that you put your stuff on Facebook, facebook turns around and lets others access your data at a cost. Cha-ching for Zuckerberg.
But not only that, increasingly, it’s been obvious the bias that Facebook has towards political views, in that, left-leaning political views are fostered and the opposite are viewed as “bad” – willingly branding as “Fake News” articles linked that don’t necessarily jive with Zuckerberg’s liberal, post-modern cultural-marxism. The combination of this, plus the secretive (and very profitable for them) data-mining is a recipe for disaster for those of us who occasionally fall into the trap of discussing politics online. Don’t agree with the Ontario Liberal government policies? Or those of the Liberal feds? Good chance that someone may start watching you. All the easier to do so on Facebook.
The other thing too, is this, I was finding I just didn’t have the time to hunt down all the features and settings to make Facebook do (or not do) what I wanted. I’m not sure if it’s on purpose or not, but it seems like many of their ‘privacy-features’ are just buried in the settings. I just don’t have hours to waste trying to set up my social-media portal so that it correctly respects my privacy needs. To me, Facebook just isn’t worth the hassle.
I’m not missing Facebook. I’ve been gone for over a month now. Good riddance. True, I do miss some of the people I used to talk to on there, old friends and family mostly. But I have their email addresses, and they have mine, and where there’s a will there’s a way. I’d just prefer for that way to not include my privacy being compromised to line the pockets of malevolent corporations.

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