August 1 at 11:22 AM •
You, Some Rando, and 14 others
2021-09-01 update: A year later, my fears about quitting were not actualized, my mental health improved, and Facebook continued to harm society.
Note: This is my personal website made to look like Facebook. #EditorialDesign #parody
August 1 at 11:23 AM •
I value our friendship and would like to keep in touch with you. I am not adding you to any sort of mailing list—just updating my contact card for you. I will send you my contact card in return.
August 1 at 11:24 AM •
Jezebel, Salome, and Delilah
My ‘now’ page is an update I write every 3 months. Whenever I cross your mind, visit this page and then maybe send me a message.
What I’m up to now
Mastodon is like Twitter and Instagram, but better. Instead of a centralized service, you join a server or run your own. Thousands of independent communities running Mastodon form a coherent network. You can follow and interact with people even if they are on a different server. Each community decides its funding model and acceptable content hosting policies.
My posts on Mastodon are syndicated to Twitter.
I genuinely like LinkedIn.
Jeremiah Lee, Engineering Manager
August 1 at 11:25 AM •
Why not just unfriend/mute people on Facebook?
Facebook is optimized to spread hate. While not an intentional design, it is irreparable because the people who work at Facebook deny or refuse to understand the problem and therefore cannot fix it. The appropriate response to something systemically harmful is to stop participating in the harm.
By using Facebook myself, I give you a reason to keep using Facebook. I want you to have one less reason to use Facebook. I hope your other friends also leave Facebook until you no longer go to Facebook because there is nothing there to see.
Why do you think Facebook is harmful to society?
The quick answer:
Wealthy-Facebook-investor-turned-wealthier-critic Roger McNamee wrote the best answer to this question in his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.
Hundreds of businesses suspended advertising on Facebook in July 2020 as part of the Stop Hate For Profit protest, but it takes two—advertisers and us using Facebook—in order for Facebook to make money.
Do you think I should delete my Facebook account too?
Are you deleting your WhatsApp (by Facebook) too?
I’m not on WhatsApp.
I use and recommend Signal, the non-profit that created WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption protocol.
Did you know Mark Zuckerberg broke a contractural promise to WhatApp’s founder, so the founder quit and gave $50 million to Signal? WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
Are you deleting your Instagram (by Facebook) too?
Not yet, but probably, eventually. Instagram uses the same Facebook infrastructure behind-the-scenes. Instagram has the same problematic business model of surveillance capitalism. However, Instagram is less harmful to my mental health. Instagram allows people to follow me without having to follow them back, so I rarely encounter hateful perspectives.
More importantly, Instagram is designed around creating original content yourself—not re-sharing. Re-sharing is what turned Facebook into a hateful meme machine. Sadly, Instagram has increased the number of ways people can re-share others’ content easily.
In her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Harvard Business School’s Shoshana Zuboff argues Google and Facebook collect so much personal data for profit, that they’re changing the fundamentals of our economy and way of life. And now these companies are learning to shape our behavior to better serve their business goals. Shoshana joins Manoush Zomorodi to explain what this all means for us.
We then explore whether or not it’s time to end our relationship with corporate spies. OG advice columnist Dear Abby gives us some tips to start with. We chat with philosopher S. Matthew Liao. He asks if we have a moral duty to quit Facebook. And journalist Nithin Coca tells us what it was like for him to quit both Facebook and Google. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy, but he has no regrets.
IRL Podcast: The Surveillance Economy
Explore the surveillance economy, the companies that participate in it, and its impact on you.
August 1 at 11:25 AM •
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