Goodbye, facebook — and, good riddance

[Addendum 27Feb2021: The Juice Media’s latest video adds further context. It looks more and more like my first knee-jerk response to the news was ill-informed. That still doesn’t affect my decision to leave faecesbook; two evils don’t make a good.]

[Addendum 19Feb2021: Counterpoint: a friend of mine (hi, Bonzaiiii!) pointed out that although FB is arguably pretty evil, it could be argued that the Aussie government itself is not exactly without its flaws. I’m reminded of The Juice Media, whose ‘Honest Government Ads’ have often had me in stitches. She pointed me to an opinion piece in Nikkei Asia which, while it agrees that “Tech giants for too long have been exploiting users by monetizing their data for the purposes of selling advertising“, also points out that the Rupert Murdoch influence in the media is pervasive, and says that “If we are worried about tech platforms making too much money, we should find ways to make them pay their fair share of tax. If we are worried about the exploitation of personal information for profit, we need to implement better privacy laws.” I find myself unable to disagree — but I’m not going to be resurrecting my faecesbook account, either.]

I’ve just heard the news about facebook -v- Australia — and I’m siding with the antipodeans. Mark Zuckerberg &co have become far, far too big for their britches, and badly need to be taught the meaning of the word ‘humility’. Who the f*** do they think they are?

I know what I think they are: parasites. Leeches on global society. Disrespecting decency in order to make an ‘honest’ (few billion) bucks. And all the while, behind closed doors, giving the rest of humanity the finger for being such suckers, no doubt.

No entry sign with 'FB' inside

I’ve finally done something I should have done long, long ago: I’ve deleted my faecesbook account. It was entertaining, incidentally, finding out how to do that. No prizes for guessing what faecesbook offered me as the top link on a search on its site for the phrase “delete account”: it was “How do I create a facebook account?”. I scrolled and scrolled, and the word ‘delete’ didn’t appear anywhere in the ‘search’ results.

Now I can look forward to a future free of email spam from faecesbook encouraging me to log in to check what someone has posted — those emails always irritated me, because whereas they could have included the information my friends had posted, they never did: I always had to log in to faecesbook to discover it.

“Bringing the world closer together”, is the legend on Mark Zuckerberg’s faecesbook page. Don’t make me laugh. If he were being honest instead of disingenuous, what that message would say would be: “Thank you, sheep, for making me one of the richest people on the planet.”

I feel liberated.

In celebration, I offer you some words I posted some time ago (21Mar2018, to be precise); The litany against facebook:

I must not FB.
FB is the mind-killer.
FB is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my FB.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the FB has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain–
— ooooo, shiny!

(with apologies to Frank Herbert)

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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32 Responses to Goodbye, facebook — and, good riddance

  1. msjadeli says:

    haha love your litany against facebook :) it’s jerked me around also. right now i have a bare bones account for something very specific and won’t fall into the black hole that is fb-land again. i like your nickname for it. i call it fakebook.

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  2. Scribblans says:

    Excellent. Twitter next, eh?
    I’m with you, and good on Oz for calling their bluff. I get the feeling that FB thought it was the biggest unbeatable bully in the school yard, nice to see in the end they’ve even helped to give themselves a bloody nose.

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  3. blindzanygirl says:

    I couldn’t agree more. And actually, whenever I have been on facebook recently, my iPad has gone all funny, like ut has a bug. We have to do loads to it to get it to work again. So its bye bye facebook from me too.

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  4. Tom says:

    I left Facebook and Twitter years ago, Pendantry, and have never looked back. Oh, they tried their hardest to make me stay, saying I would miss a good friend… or they’d miss me. I think they’ve forgotten about the other place where friends exist – real life. They also told me my account would be permanently deleted if I left 🙄 and there would be no going back. I couldn’t press the confirmation button quick enough.
    WordPress is as close to social media as I’m prepared to go. Not that it’s anything like it, I hasten to add… it’s fun for starters!
    Enjoy your freedom!

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    • pendantry says:

      You’re clearly ahead of the curve, Tom. Yes, WordPress is ‘social media’, and it’s very friendly here. But, as you say, it’s totally different.

      It seems to me that WordPress, unlike some other companies we could name, is not predatory in its data-acquisition activities. It only seeks information that is necessary to improve the experience of us, the users. Which is as it should be. The relevant privacy policy is impressively comprehensive, and contains one short paragraph that I particularly like:

      We have a long-standing policy that we do not sell our users’ data. We aren’t a data broker, we don’t sell your personal information to data brokers, and we don’t sell your information to other companies that want to spam you with marketing emails.

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  5. Fantastic Dune reference!

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  6. I never joined Facebook. I never will join Facebook. :)

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  7. obbverse says:

    Facebook is too damned wearying. Divest or ignore; It’s glamour has faded.

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  8. Margy says:

    I’ve thought about dumping Facebook, but… I post links to my blog posts on Facebook because that is how most of my friends know I’ve written something new!

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  11. Logi Bones says:

    Twitter is good but can’t replace Facebook.


    • pendantry says:

      Hi, Logi Bones, and thank you for visiting ‘Wibble’!

      The two are entirely different in many ways; I don’t think I was suggesting that one could ‘replace’ the other. It sounds to me as though you’re happy with the predatory, invasive practices of faecesbook. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion!


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