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In case I needed another reason to #deletefacebook. A very tight distro list political post calling the Berder ceremony for Clemson "this is the tackiest most white trash shit I have ever seen in my entire life and I live in West Virginia" is flagged but InfoWars can post unabated. It's not a conspiracy it's just completely arbitrary, capricious, and bullshit. this is the tackiest most white trash shit I have ever seen in my entire life and I live in West Virginia. Come to the fediverse.
Hey Facebook, Your Standards Seem Arbitrary, Capricious, and Stupid

 
Den "subtilen" Lobliedern nach zu urteilen, die die hiesige Lokalzeitung meiner Region immer wieder mal auf Facebook singt (was daran liegen mag, dass sie dort einige gut besuchte Gruppen unterhält) , scheint das Thema Datenschutz immer noch nicht allzu salonfähig zu sein. Und Facebook-Kritiker werden gleich in der Einleitung als "grimmige Menschen mit noch grimmigeren Kommentaren" bezeichnet. Ein Grund mehr, dieses Käseblatt nicht mehr zu lesen... #Facebook #DeleteFacebook

 
Sean Parker, who briefly served as Facebook’s president, *said the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities* through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments. “It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” he said. “The inventors, creators understood this consciously. And we did it anyway.”

#deletefacebook #fuckzuck #facebookfree
Is Facebook evil?

 
**John Oliver on Facebook's apology ad - "We've got your data and your friends, and really, where are you going to go, Friendster?"
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So apart from the fact that I did indeed delete my Facebook account and moved to Friendster, the moment in the video at 3:25 really does capture the essence of why so many people have not been able to leave Facebook at all. Bottom line is most of their friends are there... and that really sums it up. No matter that other networks may have zero adverts, zero selling of data, better control over what you see in your feed, have clean chronological post feeds, etc for most people, it is about where their friends are.

Those that have moved on have already done so and I really believe it will only be legislation now that may possibly protect the remaining Facebook users. Facebook has apologised too many times already to be really sincere about protecting privacy. Their business model is built upon selling adverts and data and unless they change to a non-profit model their users are pretty well much going to be stuck with things as they are.

My real hope for the future lies in federated networks that will allow you to choose the federated view you see, and still link and follow friends in other federations. That gives choice whilst retaining friendship links. Each federation/Network competes in its own niche without lockin... but do we think that Facebook is going to truly open up their walled garden? Well, legislation will tell maybe... I've seen it in action already by using Hubzilla and Friendster, where I follow people on Twitter, and I have followers from Diaspora and other networks.

Watch John Oliver at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=247&v=sbNv9MP27xE

So how many of you do still have a Facebook account versus those who do not, and especially those who actually deleted their accounts in protest?

#deletefacebook

 

Das Ende nähert sich.


Infos zur Entscheidungsfindung.

Note: Many are going to MeWe and Vero but they are centralized and can be bought, sold, or changed once you invested time and content. So far, Diaspora and Minds are my two favorite platforms but there are many good contenders out there.

https://despora.de/posts/9878053#diaspora #deletefacebook

 

Das Ende nähert sich.


Infos zur Entscheidungsfindung.

Note: Many are going to MeWe and Vero but they are centralized and can be bought, sold, or changed once you invested time and content. So far, Diaspora and Minds are my two favorite platforms but there are many good contenders out there.

https://despora.de/posts/9878053#diaspora #deletefacebook

 
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The Social Media Conundrum

Social Media can be exploitative and addictive. However, the way we use it and the platforms we choose will determine our experience.


Five basic types of users:
1. Social: sharing personal updates and photos regarding daily life with interaction based on building and maintaining relationships
2. Consumers: following others for entertainment or information (interaction less important - this includes lurkers)
3. Content Creators: those who put effort into crafting posts or videos as a creative act (includes content curators)
4. Spammers: intrusive unwanted promotion
5. Trolls: entertainment by bullying, stalking, or recruiting others into smear campaigns




The first three user types are the focus of this article. Identification of what features work for us and against us will form future trends. We need to understand and decide what we want or it will be decided for us.

Facebook


FB is massive. It has changed our culture for the better and for the worse. We, as social media users, have also evolved through using it. This article is not about bashing FB but by looking closer at FB specifically we can understand our future social media needs.

Facebook has done a great job in providing a platform that caters to the social aspect of social media. They also limit spammers and trolls which is also very important. It is the biggest platform which means most of the people we care about are on it. If you have a small number of "friends," and don't mind all the ads, then FB may still work for you. FB is also useful for small business owners that want to maintain a relationship with the local community.

FB is Terrible for Content Creators


This includes authors, educators, doctors, social change leaders, artists, musicians, activists, or anyone else that has an important message to share. FB is no longer the place for gaining a big following. Those days are in the past and the algorithm works against growth unless you pay for it. The lack of good content makes the feed dumb. Only the most pallid posts survive which means there is a huge lack of thought, critical thinking, innovation, or creativity. This is a HUGE problem because FB has become a major influence on modern society. Politics is a great example. People post in thoughtless sound bite memes which has resulted in snowball fights instead of discussion. A stupid population is easy to take advantage of and we need our wits about us now more than ever. The search function is also terrible, but that makes sense because that function is only needed when searching for good content.

We Want to Control Our Feed


The problem with any platform that uses an algorithm is that the feed is controlled. There was a time, in our social media evolution, where we put up with an algorithm because otherwise our feed became full of clutter. But people are getting better at both knowing what they want and posting better quality posts. Let us choose what we want to see!



Control the People = Power


Cults succeed by supplying unmet needs and then exploiting it. FB operates the same way. When you control the people you control commerce, politics, and power. Wake up people, this is happening. FB is not your friend and it has an agenda.

FB is grossly exploitative. Your posts will not be seen by your friends unless it is sensational (evokes lower nature emotions based on the same parameters of addiction, gambling, and pornography). FB literally profits by making people depressed and sick-minded. That is their commodity. No joke.

#DeleteFacebook

“Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power. Facebook unilaterally decides the news that billions of people around the world see every day. It buys up or bankrupts potential competitors to protect its monopoly, killing innovation and choice. It tracks us almost everywhere we go on the web and, through our smartphones, even where we go in the real world. It uses this intimate data hoard to figure out how to addict us and our children to its services. And then Facebook serves up everything about us to its true customers — virtually anyone willing to pay for the ability to convince us to buy, do, or believe something.” - from Freedom from Facebook
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The #DeleteFacebook movement is a big deal. The average user likes to believe they are simply putting up with ads and data mining regarding things they already want to buy but that's not the issue. The way in which FB sells data and to who they are willing to sell your personal information is terrifying.

Your Followers, Your Content, Think Again


Powerhouse content creators, that have built thousands and millions of followers, are having their pages deleted without warning and without anyone to call. This can happen anytime for any reason. It is an outrage.

Centralized = They Own Your Content


The same data mining, exploitation, and deletions are happening on all the big platforms. I, personally, amassed over 100,000 followers on Google+ only to have the entire platform shutdown. Centralized means the platform is controlled by one company or entity and stored only on their servers. Centralized social media platforms are a bad set up. FB, Google, and many of the other platforms, have shown us what we don't want. We don't want a controlled feed, ads, centralization, or data mining.

The Future


We must take back the internet and can start with where we spend time. The following is a basic list of criteria needed in social media sites.
1. Open Source - the code must be transparent without any hidden agendas and must allow for collaboration in change and improvement
2. Decentralized - the platform must be hosted from multiple servers (like the internet itself) so that it is owned by no one and safe from corruption
3. No Algorithm - the user must control their own feed
4. No Ads - no explanation needed
5. No Data Mining - this means your content is not sold or exploited and your content only benefits your subscribers, you, and the quality of the platform

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#diaspora
Note: Many are going to MeWe and Vero but they are centralized and can be bought, sold, or changed once you invested time and content. So far, Diaspora and Minds are my two favorite platforms but there are many good contenders out there.

 
Trying to archive my old data to really #deletefacebook as I try to move exclusively to #diaspora #mastodon and the #fediverse. Found some gotchas.

 
The New York Times reports Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Apple, Yandex, Yahoo and others far more access to users' data than previously admitted, including access to private messages:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technology/facebook-privacy.html

There is never going to be a better time to #DeleteFacebook, the violations are only going to get worse.

If you know someone who wants to try alternatives and needs a simple non-technical guide, try sending them this:

https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-facebook/

(via @bobstechsite)

 
I'm taking another whack at ditching Facebook Messenger. This time through the #fediverse Matrix system and another alternative social platform. More details in the post. #deletefacebook
Facebook Messenger Alternatives Redux (Federated and Non-Federated)

N = 1: Facebook Messenger Alternatives Redux (Federated and Non-Federated) | N = 1 (Hank)


 
"The number one threat to Facebook is not another scale social network, it is the fracturing of information / death by a thousand small vertical apps which are loosely integrated together," Zuckerberg wrote...kind of like how the #fediverse works (but that's not what he was referring to). Again more sketchy details reminding why we should all #deletefacebook

 
Stuff like this is what drives me in working il elevating the #fediverse profile and getting #diaspora system closer to being a realistic alternative to everyone #deletefacebook

 
♲ Aral Balkan (aral@mastodon.ar.al):
So I wrote a thread on birdsite on the #Six4Three Facebook files confiscated and released by UK Parliament. Enjoy + feel free to RT the crap out of it:

https://mobile.twitter.com/aral/status/1070537560244580352

#SurveillanceCapitalism #Facebook










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apparently in the not so far away Soy #fahrenheit_451 future "corporate distopia" one's Facecrook timeline could be used as evidence to incriminate dissidents of all stripes... #deleteFacebook
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Please, just #deletefacebook


So I wrote a thread on birdsite on the #Six4Three Facebook files confiscated and released by UK Parliament. Enjoy + feel free to RT the crap out of it:

https://mobile.twitter.com/aral/status/1070537560244580352

#SurveillanceCapitalism #Facebook







 
Woohoo, I GOT ONE! Paul is an IRL friend, has embraced the #deleteFacebook movement, and just joined #friendica. One of the downsides of my leaving FB was that I no longer got updates on where his wit, curiosity, and politics took him. This is gonna be great. Please welcome him, and give him a follow if you like smart, funny, humble, left-leaning people who never stop learning.

Paul, I'm looking forward to pictures of the cats in front of the fireplace, your melting basset hound, and the latest holiday decorations.

\#newhere #dogs #cats #colorado #vegetarian
Image/photoPaul Alter wrote the following post Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:38:46 +0100

New Here


Hello friendly people of Frendica,

I'm #NewHere. I decided to try this after a friend, @Alyson See, recommended it. She had done research/trying out of some federated social media services and seemed to like this one.

I had been becoming disenchanted with my primary social media service, Facebook. But the recent news about FB first covering up their discovery of the Russian's interference in the election process in 2015, then their use of Russian disinformation tactics to cover their behavior and try to lay blame on other competitors, well, that was just too Trump for me. Deleted my account and here I am.

Enough about that. What about moi? I'm an unrepentant liberal. What does that mean? I won't apologize for thinking we should care for the most needy in our society. Nor for the environment, education, universal medical care, and all those other socialist leaning policies. As the columnist Gene Weingarten is fond of saying, "I'm so liberal the trees hug me." When you raise the boat for one, you raise it for all.

Speaking of columnists, my favorite is #LeonardPitts. If you want to get a good insight into my social and political leanings, he matches my thoughts about 99.9% of the time. https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/

I'm retired from the software/IT industry. I worked for #IBM for 15 years, then left to a small, local startup called #MDI, which was bought by #Sybase. I worked there for 6 years, then went back to IBM for another 15. My education was a double major in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Computer Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder #CUBoulder. I started working in the CU Boulder MCD Biology department, got married, and needed some real money to survive, so I went to work at IBM as a lab technician in analytical chemistry. A few years later, IBM retrained me as a mainframe programmer, and the rest - as they say - is history, I suppose.

My favorite aspect of my career was the people I worked with. Whether writing software, leading a team, being a manager, or working with clients, the individuals around me were the primary reasons the work either made, or broke, my enjoyment.

Next came the intellectual challenge, whether trying to figure out an algorithm, shooting a tough bug, figuring out how to make a good work environment for my team, helping an individual succeed, or with a problem that may/may not relate to work, figuring out an IT architecture, those were the things that motivated me.

Now that I'm #retired, my wife & I (she's also a former IBMer) (1) take care of our elderly furr-babies: a Norwegian Forest cat, a formerly feral racoon-tailed momma cat from Chicago, and a 15 year-old #BassetHound named Maggie. (2) volunteer with the City of Boulder Open Space/Mountain Parks #OSMPBoulder as a trail guide. We also volunteer with Voices for Children as Court Appointed Special Advocates (#CASA). We work with kids in the court system because of abuse and neglect, and make sure their needs are heard by the court.

We audit classes at CU Boulder, particularly enjoying astronomy and astrophysics. It's great not to feel the pressure of homework and tests, and just focus on learning! We have done some traveling, but are grounded right now because of the needs of our pets.

I love to cook. We're vegetarians and I enjoy coming up with creative recipes. They don't always work, but what the hey, gotta try. Oh, and I love to eat. That's a constant struggle with me...

I love a variety of movies, from romcoms to action to drama to mystery. I tend towards binge watching - not a good thing - and lately my wife & I have subscribed to #Acorn. We get lots of British, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand shows with that. We also have to watch it with closed-captioning so we can understand with their accents and slang. But we love it.

I decorate our yard heavily for #Halloween, I love #Christmas, and I love all things #Disney. My favorite project at IBM was working with Disney for about 5 years. What can I say? Great people, and intellectually challenging!

Aloha for now. I'm looking forward to finding new e-friends here.

 
Gives me more motivation to finish up my server and make a node to invite my friends to #deletefacebook

The New York Times: On Thanksgiving Eve, Facebook Acknowledges Details of Times Investigation (By NELLIE BOWLES and ZACH WICHTER)


 
1) #deleteFacebook
2) Tell other people in the household to delete #facebook
3) Consider banning #fb "users" (informants) from entering your home with their #surveillance device ('phone')
Sad we have come to this:

 
On a post about #deletefacebook one friend's comments were that he has a lot of data in there, some interactions from people who have since died, and he doesn't want to lose that. My first thought was I should write a browser app that lets you look at your content without Facebook after downloading. My second thought is why not leverage that snazzy new #diaspora API to fill your Diaspora profile with your old Facebook data. Just a thought...first I have to finish the API :)

 
Oh good more Facebook algorithmic invasiveness... #deletefacebook
Facebook Might Use Your Photos To Find Who You Live With & Ad-Targeting

 

#Facebook alleged of paying for Fake News


The Times also reported that the firm tried to tie critics of Facebook to George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist – and frequent target of conservative anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

They would better find arguments to actively contradict those allegations. Otherwise, this could become very nasty within the next few weeks. Ouch!

#Politics #News #DeleteFacebook #Conspiracy #ConspiracyTheories #AntiSemitism #Soros #GeorgeSoros #SherrylSandberg #Sandberg

 
Oh Facebook...smh... #deletefacebook

 
#deletefacebook and #blockfacebook
Corporate #espionage operation that some countries have accordingly banned completely

 
‘WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook

https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/09/26/exclusive-whatsapp-cofounder-brian-acton-gives-the-inside-story-on-deletefacebook-and-why-he-left-850-million-behind/

At the end of the day, I sold my company,” Acton says. “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.”

Also on our forum: https://forum.ind.ie/t/whatsapp-cofounder-brian-acton-gives-the-inside-story-on-deletefacebook/2407