[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.
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: