Is it time to quit Facebook? I’ve been wondering about that lately and I’m not the only one.
For me, there are a couple of reasons why I have begun to wonder if it’s time to say goodbye to a social network that, over the last few years, has been fun and sometimes informative.
At its best, Facebook is a delightful way to stay in touch with friends around the globe. I work at an organization that serves people all over the world, and Facebook is an ideal way for me to learn what’s important to the people we serve to share the work we’re doing.
But there’s a seamy underbelly to all this. The very data that make all that magic happen have power. And we all know that power can be used for good or evil. This gets me to the idea of closing down my Facebook account.
Facebook, if you’re paying attention, I’m not alone. Millions of us want to see you develop a moral compass. We don’t mind if you sell things to us. But we want you to do it openly and honestly. We want you to leave us alone for a bit, because there is life outside Facebook.
One reason I’m thinking of walking away is revealed in the news about Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm that is accused of using Facebook data to push fake news during the 2016 presidential election cycle. If my data are being used for nefarious purposes, then perhaps it’s time to delete my profile and find another way to stay connected with friends.
I understand that Facebook as a company doesn’t exist to make me happy. I am not Facebook’s primary customer. Facebook and its shareholders are much more interested in advertisers.
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