I’ve Been Off Facebook for Over a Month, and It Feels Pretty Damn Good [audio]

I’ve Been Off Facebook for Over a Month, and It Feels Pretty Damn Good [audio]

Summary:

Leaving Facebook lacks a surprising amount of drama or a sense of much loss, and it's strange to have spent a decade invested in the place.

Notes:

  1. Zuckerberg has recently been using the word “privacy-focused” to reference a proposed Facebook rebuild that would have people interacting more privately in text messages and smaller groups, but this doesn’t address the real issue, which is data privacy. It’s sneaky shift of definition that will manipulate people to feel more safe in Facebook while doing nothing to address the real issue. —Mashable

  2. “More frequent Facebook usage causes a decline in knowledge acquisition.” —Journal of Information Technology & Politics

  3. It weighs us down with “vestigial friendship”. —The Atlantic

  4. “The FCO’s theory is that Facebook’s dominance is what allows it to impose on users contractual terms that require them to allow Facebook to track them all over… When there is a lack of competition, users accepting terms of service are often not truly consenting. The consent is a fiction.” —WIRED

  5. Zuckerberg said, “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.” After years of data abuse and leaks, he’s got a point. —BuzzFeed News

  6. The UN has linked Facebook with genocide in Myanmar. —The Independent

  7. Facebook is constantly changing its privacy settings, sometimes changing your settings without proper notice. —@schmutzie on Twitter

  8. 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) involves sending a text to your phone as a secondary confirmation for a more secure login. Facebook has been using people’s phone numbers gathered for 2FA to further target them with ads. They’ve been using info given over for greater security to violate your privacy. —TechCrunch

  9. Along with Myanmar, “Facebook has been used to undermine local democratic processes and stoke ethnic strife” in India and Sri Lanka, and they’re begging for Zuckerberg to something about it. —Quartz

  10. Facebook “was talking to several health organizations, including Stanford Medical School and American College of Cardiology, about signing the data-sharing agreement” to access patient data. —CNBC

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