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I do not have a Facebook page! This article is under construction! Please consult my article about Instagram for a more complete article. In the meantime, here are five reasons why I quit Facebook!

  • Facebook freeloads from user content without compensation!
    Video on Facebook and its sister site Instagram offers very limited functionality. There is no dedicated video site that works like YouTube or Vimeo, so videos are typically mixed with other content. The worst part is that with Facebook and Instagram, video uploaders get zero dollars and zero cents for uploading content, yet Facebook floods its video sections with advertisements! This video by Kurzgesagt explains why this is an issue.

    Many people like myself who would otherwise consider uploading video to Facebook refuse to do so because of the unfair practice that Facebook gets all the ad revenue for content that it did not create. (1 Timothy 5:18)

  • It is noisy and distracting, like a shopping mall!
    One feature that I appreciate very much with microblogging sites such as Twitter and Gab is that the messages shared on these sites are very short: up to 140 characters for tweets and up to 300 characters for gabs, respectively. Third-party Twitter apps even offer the option to disable photos and videos in the timeline (one must tap to view them), while Gab only allows certain types of content (text, web links and Giphy GIFs) to be added to gabs. Facebook and Instagram, on the other hand, allow messages of such a great length that a number of users post on these sites instead of on a blog. This, along with the ads displayed and gimmicky features such as Facebook Games, make the social media giant a very distracting land. This is contrary to Scripture, which calls us to temperance. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
  • Social customs on the site reflect mainstream media values!
    Are you interested in challenging societal norms by posting alternative points of view? Facebook is not the avenue for you! The company routinely alters its timeline algorithm to filter out posts, meaning that conservative news and anti-feminist (that is, egalitarian and male rights) articles often get hidden on Facebook. This is contrary to the biblical acceptance of both genders and many cultures. (Galatians 3:28)
  • Mark Zuckerberg: sex, money, power!
    Have you seen movies such as The Social Network or Snowden? These movies clearly demonstrate how Mark Zuckerberg longs to be the richest and most powerful man on Earth. Zuckerberg is now the sixth richest man in the world, with a net worth of US$44.6 billion according to Forbes, and he made his fortune by convincing over one billion users to trust in his company for social interactions. According to The Social Network, Facebook finds its roots in a very perverted “Hot or Not” site that exploited insecure post-secondary IT setups to create a site that judges women based on their looks. Snowden reveals that security personnel abuse the warrant system to obtain personal information on Facebook that is unavailable to the general public. This is an invasive behaviour that treats innocent citizens as guilty criminals. Zuckerberg boasts so much about his company, but Jesus Christ warns in Mark 8:36 that the Facebook mastermind risks losing his own soul!
  • The site is overreaching, as it demands too much information!
    Facebook is increasingly adamant that its users provide their real names, not a nickname that they may wish to use for anonymity’s sake. The site asks for a number of information that is normally only available on a curriculum vitae, including street address, phone number, work experience, and education. This paragraph is under construction!

The following article from the FSF helps you understand why I have no Facebook page!


 

Mark Zuckerberg is TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year? Where’s the “dislike” button?

by Matt Lee and John Sullivan Contributions

TIME Magazine praises Mark Zuckerberg for creating a system that has connected people around the world with each other.

Unfortunately, the terms under which he claims to have done this set a terrible precedent for our future — for our control over the software we use to interact with each other, for control over our data, and for our privacy. The damage is not limited to Facebook users. Because so many sites — including TIME — use Facebook’s user-tracking “Like” button, Zuckerberg is able to collect information about people who aren’t even users of his site. These are precedents which hurt our ability to freely connect with each other. He has created a network that is first and foremost a gold mine for government surveillance and advertisers.

This much is evident from Facebook’s outward behavior — but things could actually be much worse than we know. Facebook’s users are not connecting directly with each other. They are speaking to Mr. Zuckerberg, who first writes down and files away everything said, and then maybe relays it to the intended destination, if it suits him. In some cases he does not — witness the recent reports of Facebook’s messaging service blocking messages based on the words and links in them, because those links point to services which Facebook would prefer we not discuss.

Fortunately, there are many efforts underway to provide distributed, user-controlled services to facilitate connection between people, including GNU social, status.net, Crabgrass, Appleseed and Diaspora. These services will not have the same kinds of problems, because both the communication-handling code and the communication data will be in the hands of the people doing the communicating.

These efforts will eventually succeed. We hope that when they do, TIME will remedy its mistaken reasoning by awarding the Person of the Year appropriately.

In the meantime, you can encourage people not to connect with Zuckerberg while thinking that they are connecting with you, by putting this button on your blog or web site, with a link to whatever method you would prefer they use to contact you directly — maybe your http://identi.ca or other status.net account.

Alternatively, you could point it at this post or any of the better articles pointing out the problems with Facebook, such as “With friends like these …” by Tom Hodgkinson, or the resources available at http://autonomo.us (this is a web archive link) — especially the “Franklin Street Statement on Freedom and Network Services”.

Our button, of course, is not linked to any surveillance database or tracking system.

Note: You may find some pages about the FSF or GNU on Facebook, since anyone can create pages there. Know that these pages are unofficial and not maintained by FSF staff or the GNU Project, nor did we ask for them to be created.


(originally on FSF.org/facebook and reblogged with permission and without images)