The social media giant Facebook, founded back in 2004, first started out with limited membership to only Harvard students at the time, as a college social network. Today it has 2.13 billion active users, knocking sites like MySpace (dead) and Bebo out of the ballpark, since it became the must have trailblazing social media service of a generation from the year 2007 onwards.
However, that’s not to say that the site hasn’t become notorious in its long running success, for plenty of the wrong reasons since its initial excitement began all those years ago. Many people say that the site ruins friendships and doesn’t “bring the world together” but actually does the exact opposite of what it claims to do.
Also, let’s not forget the kind of posts that used to be popular, such as “like if you hate cancer, ignore if you want to go to hell“, or the “like to feed the starving children“, as if we’ve somehow advanced so much in technology that hitting that like button will instantly give them the food and the water that they need. Who cares about donating to charity, when liking a photo is what’s truly making a difference?
How about those posts of solidarity that people make in the midst of world tragedies, such as when terror attacks occur and during other major disasters, as if people posting their hashtags of solidarity will really solve anything. Could it just be feeble attempt by mindless Facebook users in trying to gain more likes, views or social media followers? Perhaps not all the time, but soon enough that one person that keeps doing it will soon be stricken from your news feed as you select ‘Hide posts from this person’; surely one of the best options that Facebook ever provided you with.
Anyway, fast forward to today, and the #DeleteFacebook movement is picking up steam, which comes from accusations that Cambridge Analytica used data of 50 million users’ to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook itself, on the other hand, has been accused of allowing itself to be used for dishonesty, and admitted to running fake political advertisements designed to mislead voters.
Cambridge Analytica deny any of these allegations. We presume if Hillary Clinton had won in the 2016 election, the world would not only be headed for total destruction, but Facebook would also not be under fire with this impending case, since it has been revealed that in 2012, when Barack Obama was running for re-election, Facebook actually helped the Democratic Party to mine data, and encouraged it because Facebook were on the same political side.
Yes, the Media Director at Obama for America, Carol Davidsen revealed yesterday that prior to the 2012 Election, they were exclusively allowed to mine data because Facebook actually supports the Democrats and they were on the same side.
“Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.” wrote Davidsen.
Carol stated further that not only did Facebook not try to stop them, but the company said they made a special exception for Obama for America. However, what’s curious is that reportedly, Hillary Clinton refused to access the API that had been created by the Obama campaign’s use of Facebook data and private information, since we all know that Barack Obama also wanted Hillary Clinton to win in the 2016 Election.
So, Facebook is now very much under fire, with Mark Zuckerberg being asked to testify before the senate in the US as well as parliament in the UK. Facebook has also lost $4 billion dollars in stock value over the past couple of days as a result of the Cambridge Analytica ordeal.
Anyway, all that politically accurate information aside, the other people whom oppose Facebook for many other reasons took to social media to explain why they abandoned Facebook, and in turn, also made the #DeleteFacebook movement a trending hashtag on social media, as follows:
— Blocked by The Onion (@EightBazookas) March 20, 2018
I stopped using facebook three years ago – I now see my friends and speak to them in real life – a novel idea I know, but I would recommend it 😀😀😀 #DeleteFacebook
— Asparagus (@Themagicsun) March 20, 2018
— Thomas Hedberg (@Hed6erg) March 20, 2018
Deleting Facebook due to what’s been circulating in the news. Meaning Twitter will be the main social media platform I’ll be using#DeleteFacebook
— Will Jones (@Willjones_97) March 20, 2018
With many tweets being posted on Twitter using the hashtag, there’s also been a couple of articles actually encouraging users to deactivate their accounts. An article from Huffpost explains that deactivating your Facebook won’t be easy, and while it’s possible to permanently delete your account, and therefore, your data, it’s a very time-consuming process. Also, those who wish to delete their accounts have to wait around two weeks for the deletion to be processed, and if you sign onto any other account by use of Facebook during this process, the whole thing will be cancelled and you’ll have to start all over again with the deletion process. It’s very much clear that Facebook want your information and the ability to sell it, so they won’t let you go without a fight.
On a lighter, more personal note, people may just be sick to death of seeing cat videos, avocado recipes, and all those annoying posts from people that they simply don’t care about or even hardly know in real life. A few of these articles have said that Facebook isn’t really necessary, and you’re probably better off without it. For example, an article from Quartzy brings up a few points, such as receiving invitations to events from actual friends rather than from some mutual you barely know, actually talking face-to-face with people, and even having a longer phone battery life, because you never use the Facebook app.
Facebook has not yet revealed the exact statistics about how many users have deleted, deactivated or abandoned their accounts in recent days, nor have they responded to the #DeleteFacebook trend just yet. We expect that they won’t, but if anyone could mine the data of how many people have left Facebook in the last twelve months, then surely that would spur on a surge of people leaving Facebook for good, and life would probably be much better for it.
Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook? Will MySpace come back to haunt them (doubtful), or will they now face the same fate that they did? Only time will tell, but their other social media app, Instagram shows no signs of slowing down.
Will anyone else be deactivating their Facebook profiles to protect their data, or will you keep using the site regardless? Let us know your reasons to #DeleteFacebook in the comments section down below, and share this article far and wide.
<Story by Emily Clark>
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