Much has been written about Facebook, by those who value privacy and human rights. In the past few years Facebook has been in the news in so many negative ways, that I am often surprised that there are still people hanging out on this “human-unfriendly” platform.
I do understand that leaving Facebook has some disadvantages. Since I left, there are some people with whom I hardly have contact anymore. If you want to have simple, superficial contact with a lot of people, Facebook is an interesting option.
Still, there are many good reasons to leave, and to move to alternative social media platforms like MeWe or Gab. Here are the three main reasons I see for leaving Facebook now, regardless of the risk of losing those who only contact people on Facebook.
Facebook actively censors any information you put on your Facebook account, for example information which is not in line with what the WHO writes about the current COVID-19 outbreak. More and more doctors and scientists openly say they don’t agree with the WHO, but you won’t read that on FB.
This will certainly influence those who mainly use FB for information. If you are pounded with the “We all need to be vaccinated, vaccines are safe” rhetoric, then you will be influenced by this. Even if you are not aware of this, subconsciously you will be affected. Read more about Facebook censorship.
2. No Respect For Privacy
Even when you have only a free account, and never buy anything through FB adds, your personal data will still be harvested by Facebook, and sold to those who want to have targeted add campaigns on this platform. FB has the same lack of respect for privacy that Google displays.
The most striking example of this harvesting of personal data was exposed when “Open Graph,” a Facebook platform, enabled “Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, to collect vast amounts of personal information and use it to attempt to sway voters. They were eventually exposed and given a huge fine of $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission.”
3. No Data Security
This is the reason I was triggered to write this article now. “Half a billion Facebook users’ information posted on hacking website,…” Companies who collect your private information are responsible for handling this information with care. Facebook obviously doesn’t do that.
One could say that these kinds of breaches can happen to anyone, but a company with this level of financial means can easily prevent data breaches by investing money into data security measures which are airtight. It is just a matter of investing money to protect customers. And not investing the money needed shows disdain for all those who trust you with private data.
A censored platform, with no respect for your privacy, where your personal data is sold and turned into money, and your private information is not secure. Do you really want to keep hanging out there? The censorship alone should be enough reason to check out and leave.
Censorship DOES influence people deeply. You have to understand that. Maybe you think it is not that bad, because you also read news on different platforms. But just like commercials have a great influence on our subconscious thoughts, so does censorship influence our opinions as well.
In this time of the great reset, and the response to this by the freedom loving part of our society, many alternatives to our current systems and services are being developed. Do not be afraid therefore to leave the old behind and embrace the new. This is how you leave Facebook: