Cambridge Analytica is a red herring. Oh, look, F*c*b**k gave your data to eeeeeeeevil Trump people! Never mind that it gave five times as much to those wuuuuuuuuuderful Obama people in 2012!
No matter. It’s still lovely to see people finally waking up to the fact that when you’re on FB, you’re the product, not the customer.
I wonder how long this will last? Will the rage and revelations against FB begin an online privacy revolution? Or, more likely, will data-gobbling and stupid data-spilling go on unabated after a few token crony-gov regulations?
It’s encouraging that even big names like Playboy, Tesla, and Space-X are dumping FB. But as long as Granny and old high school chums are still giving themselves away to the Zuckerbergians, millions are going to hang out there.
Heck, even I have a FB page, although it’s not really mine, and I’m grateful to the quiet friend who maintains it and who has built it up. Fortunately, it’s meme-heavy, funny, useful, and not personally revealing.
But speaking of personally revealing, isn’t it infuriating that our “friends” are probably handing over our private communications data — including unlisted phone numbers, the numbers of burner phones, and times and lengths of our phone calls — to FB?
FB whines that users of their Android app had to give consent to that particular datagrab. But nobody mentions the rights and interests of us who may have had our information scooped — thanks to our “friends” opting in to having their calls and texts logged — despite every attempt to avoid both FB and idiots.
Social media has cheapened the very concept of friendship and turned “friends” into informers — who for the most part don’t even know that’s what they are.
People have always been the weak link in security, but now the ways they can casually betray others are simply beyond comprehension.
FB is after your kiddies, too, and gaining access to them in the classroom with the help of Our Glorious Government.
Ohhhh, and surprise, surprise, the creepy connections run deeper and deeper. (Palantir = CIA)
I was saving up links to make a post about alternative social networks. But as long as Granny remains on FB and Twitter is the official source for both quick news and pithy wit, alternatives don’t mean much.
With social media you have to already have critical mass before you can have critical mass. It’s a weird world.
So this is not a post about leaving FB or other social networks, just another rant of rage and, this time, a little hope.
Still, here are a few links related to alt-social media, and good luck with them:
- 10 decentralized social networks to use instead of FB (via Wendy McElroy).
- For firearm videos now that You Tube is getting more deeply into censorship: Full30.com.
- MeWe.com, a possible substitute for Twitter.
- Gab.ai. Another Twitter substitute that promotes itself as a no-censorship environment. (Alas, despite the best intentions of founder Andrew Torba, Gab remains too much an alt-right echo-chamber.)
- “Towards a world without Facebook.” (H/T Shel)
Meanwhile, if you want to leave FB, the #1 alternative social network remains Instagram, which is owned by … wait for it … FB.
And finally, with Passover upon us, the Jewish publication Tablet compares Zuckerberg with Pharoh and says, “Let our data go!”