The Case Against Facebook
Facebook is evil.
At the most basic level, their business model relies on theft and dehumanization.
Facebook hoards and abuses our data—data we did not intend to share with them, only with our friends, family and followers. In some cases, data we did not intend to share with anyone.
They use all this information we knowingly (and unknowingly) share with them, not only to make money, but also to control the content we see, hear, and share. No content is permitted that does not conform to their corporate agenda.
Facebook is shameless. They offer to connect us and bring us together. Instead, they divide and inflame us. They do this purposefully, with full knowledge of what they are doing.
They knew they were creating something addictive that exploited “a vulnerability in human psychology” from the outset. They know it is harmful to children, and yet they feed parents some pablum about “protections and controls” while continuing to lure kids on anyway.
Like tobacco companies, or perhaps more accurately methamphetamine dealers, they know what they are selling is bad for us, but they don’t care. They push anyway, expanding their abuses, deliberately rejecting any fixes or solutions.
They thrive on our insecurities, our anxieties and our fears. They want us kept locked in our bubbles, isolated, needy, staring at our feeds, scrolling for the next dopamine hit.
But their business model would not be complete without our anger. Our outrage. And so a corporation, led by the type of people who say they believe that every trigger should be proceeded by an explicit warning, intentionally tries to trigger us, usually without warning, surreptitiously, so that we often don’t realize whether the thing that has triggered us one day is something that happened online, or in our real lives.
Facebook and its executives are proven liars. Just this year, they were fined a record $5 billion for serial violations of a consent order under which they had…well… promised to stop lying.
Federal District Judge Timothy J. Kelley called Facebook “unscrupulous” and characterized evidence that it violated both the law and an administrative order as “stunning.”
Some background: In 2012, when Facebook was worth $80 billion, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement that censured Facebook for abusing user data and privacy. Facebook agreed to a list of reforms under court order, including the protection of users from unauthorized third-party data sharing.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal and subsequent investigation proved that Facebook was sharing data with third parties despite users believing that information was kept private, grossly violating the court order and betraying users’ trust.
Facebook spun a six-year web of lies and data abuse into a $600 billion windfall—more than enough to enjoy and share generously with friends, cronies and insiders. Never with its users.
Facebook then took the many billions they made, by means of lying and exploitation, and used to destroy its competitors. They have been sued by other tech firms for running the “the most brazen anti-competition scheme in 100 years.”
Facebook Spies on you. It’s bad enough that Facebook has abused your data by selling it to unsecure third parties, without your consent. The company’s conduct on the receiving end is even more disturbing, as they are continuously collecting data about you and your contacts—even if your contacts aren’t on Facebook—so they can manipulate and monetize you.
Think Roomba, but what Facebook sucks up, 24/7, is far less dirty—and far more personal and important. It tracks you with location services and via third-party vendors. It was even caught recording users’ personal phone conversations, then paying shadowy outside contractors to transcribe them.
Facebook routinely hands your information over to the government.
It is unfortunately just one of many “third-party” data sources who have made a business out of trying to study you, analyze you, label you, and ultimately—they hope—manipulate you. And now, in light of the most recent settlement order, they will likely be routinely sharing even more of this information with government agencies.
Facebook shuts down debate Facebook has said under oath that it is a publisher. This is perhaps the first time they have been truthful.
The biggest Facebook lie is that it is a social network and public forum. This is their grand scheme. They masquerade as a public square, and in reality are an unscrupulous, agenda-driven editorial machine.
What’s worse is they hide behind experts and elites to camouflage their dirty work. To avoid accountability for their decision to become the latest incarnation of authoritarian thought police, they try to legitimize their biased content moderation by bringing together and hiding behind a panel of respected, milquetoast authorities otherwise known as their “Oversight Board.”
How many big names are on the Board? Irrelevant. How is of this Potemkin Board composed? Who cares. NO Board or Committee should have the job of judging the statements of others. In America, and wherever people share the spirit of our founders, that job is reserved for the Individual.
Even Facebook’s so-called “reforms” are a scam. When the FTC fined them and forced them to stop sharing your data with third parties and stop their incredible marathon of lies, they just found a workaround. Now, they let third parties share information them, meld it with their data, and allow the same intrusive spying abuse as before, just with a different shade of lipstick.
Facebook, however idealistic it was at its founding, has now suffered such moral decay, and is now so beholden to the swamp, as to be virtually irredeemable. Don’t believe us? Just listen to Facebook’s first CEO: Facebook stinks.
What can one person do? None of us has the power, individually, to end Facebook. In fact, it may no longer be possible for any of us, as individuals, to end our relationship with Facebook. (Read more about that here.) But what you can do is withdraw your sanction. You can let Facebook and others know that you are doing all you can and are no longer a willing participant in their deceptive and harmful scheme.
Follow the advice of the advice of Apple co-founder and legendary technologist Steve Wozniak and get off Facebook.
Erasebook. Do it today. And join the movement at Parler.