As I write this, my status on Facebook is deactivated. I have been a
Facebook user for a number of years. However, Facebook allowed a continuous campaign of disinformation and fake news stories to proliferate during the 2016 election. Their advanced algorithms should have been able to catch these false news sources. Failure to recognize a problem means a failure to fix it.
Maybe it was seeing people I knew IRL liking and sharing obvious disinformation and flat out lies that finally put the nail in the coffin. I de-friended those people and then deactivated my account. I find Mark Zuckerberg’s denial of the facts very disturbing.
I’ve never considered Facebook a news source, but way too many people do. For news, I look to NPR, PBS, New Yorker, Washington Post, Guardian, and other reputable outlets. I listen to podcasts from a variety of sources. Facebook won’t be making any ad dollars off of my “views” or “clicks”.
A day in the life of my typical timeline includes:
- Recipes I don’t want to see.
- Sharing false news.
- Seeing your “friends” make obnoxious comments on other people’s timeline
- People sharing past memories, when I saw them the first time.
- Friend requests from people who aren’t my friends. They could be friends of family members, but they aren’t my friends.
It seems like I spend more time un-following people or hiding various news sources. But more fake news sources are created as soon as those are blocked. What’s the point?
Somehow, Twitter is able to do a far better job at managing this than Facebook. So for now, I’ll stick to Twitter, Instagram (yes, owned by Facebook), and Snapchat. This election has put many things into perspective.