A great read.
By relying on the (Facebook / Twitter / social media) algorithm, instead of on tags and RSS, I’m letting an army of web developers, business strategists, data scientists, and advertisers determine what gets my attention. I’m leaving myself vulnerable to misinformation, and manipulation, and giving up my power of self-determinationAlexandra Samuel (link)
Some thoughts on getting rid of Facebook completely.
It’s been over a year and a half since I deleted my Facebook account and I have not missed it at all. No more clickbait headlines to sift through as I scrolled through my feed, nor any misguided and ill-informed opinions passing as science or political discourse. It’s been very freeing to be rid of it. As a further bonus, the continued breaches and disregard for user security and privacy by the company don’t make me miss having a presence on there at all.
That said, I can’t be rid of Facebook until I’m also free from their other properties including Instagram and WhatsApp. That day will soon come. The tough part of course will be to ensure that I can still communicate with those I care for, but I don’t think this will be a problem in a post-Facebook world.
I think this is something we should all consider.
Some thoughts from others who have done or attempted the same.