Imagine going back 10 years ago and being told that if you signed up for Facebook, they were going to collect a disturbing amount of information on you, manipulate your emotions, store your conversations, and try to control how you communicate with people online. Would you sign up? Would you let your kid sign up? I wouldn’t, and I don’t think you would either.
Unlike Facebook, Favester does not ask for or require your real name or phone number. Unlike Facebook, Favester is an open source, decentralised social network. It's time to #deletefacebook and move to Favester!
Top reasons to stop using Facebook
Facebook has targeted politicians around the world, promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation. [Source]
Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity. [Source]
For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules. [Source]
Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent. [Source]
Facebook took the phone number you gave them for 'security' reasons, and then used it for advertising. [Source]
Facebook keeps all the videos you upload, even if you delete them. [Source]
Facebook staff read your private messages to train Facebook's AI. [Source]
Facebook wants to fuse Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp so they can consolidate all the data they have on you. [Source]
Facebook is a popular service used by billions of people, but is often plagued with scandals. Here are just SOME of the most noteworthy ones of recent times.
- March 2018: Cambridge Analytica story makes front page news. The Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal was a major political scandal in early 2018 when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of millions of people's Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political advertising purposes. It has been described as a watershed moment in the public understanding of personal data and precipitated a massive fall in Facebook's stock price and calls for tighter regulation of tech companies' use of data.
- March 2018: WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook (WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014).
- April 2018: Zuckerberg testifies before Congress. Senator Dick Durbin asked if Zuckerberg would be comfortable sharing the name of the hotel he stayed in last night. “No. I would probably not choose to do that publicly, here” he said. “I think everyone should have control over how their information is used.”
- June 2018: Facebook's data deals with device manufacturers emerge. The partnerships, whose scope had not previously been reported, raised concerns about the company’s privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users’ friends who believed they had barred any sharing
- July 2018: Facebook tells Congress it had special data arrangements with dozens of companies, including a Russian internet giant. A Russian internet company with links to the Kremlin was among the firms to which Facebook gave an extension which allowed them to collect data on unknowing users of the social network after a policy change supposedly stopped such collection.
- August 2018: Facebook bans InfoWars. Both fans and critics of Infowars can probably agree that a system in which one executive can decide to shut off a news organization’s access to a large portion of its audience is hardly ideal.
- September 2018: Instagram founders quit.
- September 2018: Facebook gets hacked big time - nearly 50 million Facebook accounts were compromised by an attack that gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts.
- December 2018: Facebook bug exposes 6.8 million users' photos to third-party developers.
- December 2018: Another Times investigation finds Facebook shared lots of personal user data with large companies.
- March 2019: United States federal prosecutors conduct a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies.
- April 2019: Facebook admits if could be hit with record fine of up to $5bn over data scandals.
- May 2019: Facebook bans 'dangerous individuals' for life: Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson and Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer.
- May 2019: Facebook co-founder says the company should be broken up.
Facebook deletes popular pages and groups
In May 2019 Facebook deleted - without warning or explanation - the Banting7DayMealPlan user group. The group has 1.65 million users who post testimonials and other information regarding the efficacy of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. While the site has subsequently been reinstated (also without warning or explanation), Facebook’s action should give any serious person reason to pause, especially those of us engaged in activities contrary to prevailing opinion.
Also in May 2019, CrossFit proactively deleted its Facebook Group, citing the following reasons:
- Facebook collects and aggregates user information and shares it with state and federal authorities, as well as security organizations from other countries.
- Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM.
- Facebook censors and removes user accounts based on unknown criteria and at the request of third parties including government and foreign government agencies.
- Facebook collects, aggregates, and sells user information as a matter of business. Its business model allows governments and businesses alike to use its algorithmically conjured advertising categories as sophisticated data-mining and surveillance tools.
- Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice.
- Facebook, as a matter of business and principle, has weak intellectual property protections and is slow to close down IP theft accounts.
- Facebook has poor security protocols and has been subject to the largest security breaches of user data in history.
- Facebook is acting in the service of food and beverage industry interests by deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease. In this, it follows the practices of Wikipedia and other private platforms that host public content but retain the ability to remove or silence—without the opportunity for real debate or appeal—information and perspectives outside a narrow scope of belief or thought. In this case, the approved perspective has resulted in the deaths of millions through preventable diseases. Facebook is thus complicit in the global chronic disease crisis.
If a company can’t be trusted, you should ditch them, and let them feel the consequences. If a product can get away with mistreating its users to make money, it will keep doing it until they feel the consequences.
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