Goodbye to Facebook.

Our reaction to a video by Carole Cadwalladr.

I have been a user of Facebook for some time. Persons in my family use it but not Jeannie. In fact, Jean is a very low user of all things computing and that has turned out to be a very good act.

Here is the summary of what the talk is all about:

Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy

In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair election…

Here is the talk:

So by the time you watch this I shall have deleted my Facebook account. Then it is on to finding a good alternative to WhatsApp!

21 thoughts on “Goodbye to Facebook.

  1. Let me know if you find a good alternative. I only have a select few that I interact with there. Distant family members on one page and writer friends on another. I don’t mix the two. That should say it clearly enough. There is so much corruption right now that I’m not sure there is any hope left for survival of democracy or the planet. Heartbreaking.

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    1. No question, Marlene. Indeed it will be highlighted on Learning from Dogs so as many people as possible get to know the alternatives. As for our survival the next five years will sort it out, as to whether we will or will not: The climate tipping points are key to follow.

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  2. Facebook has its place for keeping families and friends in touch that don’t live nearby. The probably is the users can’t seem to figure out how to filter their usage. It’s shouldn’t be a constant stream of consciousness or a platform to spread lies and hatred. People just don’t seem to know how to filter themselves online in general, no matter what platform they’re using. Rather than sharing some drivel or nasty observation, they should hug a child, read a book or go for a walk with their dog. The world would be better for it.

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    1. Thanks Monika. But can one use Facebook for the purposes of keeping families in touch with each other and not be open to the collection of data about themselves? I think not. There are alternatives to FB that I haven’t researched yet. And, of course, Facebook includes WhatsApp and Messenger and probably more apps.

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      1. You are clearly more knowledgeable about this aspect of social media apps than most. Thank you very much. Before I make a decision on alternatives I may seek your thoughts. Want me to contact you privately?

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      2. Feel free to contact me though I’m not sure I will be much help since most social media platforms work mostly the same. They mine whatever data we are willing to share for their profit. As a consumer we’re either in or out. 😕


      3. That is very kind of you. I will leave it for a short while as there is someone in the UK who is a data specialist and at the moment we are communicating about another subject. But I am going to raise the subject with him.

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  3. The insidious power of targeted adverts lies and disinformation, left unchecked, will destroy democracy. Here in the UK we’re doubly damned because our leader[sic]ship has been appropriated by gung-ho Brexiteers; let’s face it, nobody else wanted the job. The worst lie of all was the ‘the electorate has spoken’ one, browbeating those who wished to remain in the EU into submission.

    Good call, deleting your faecesbook account, Paul. I did the same in February last year. It seems to me that the only way to curb its power is for others to do the same in droves… but too few see the damage it’s doing.

    As for an alternative to WhatsApp; I can thoroughly recommend Signal; it’s open source, peer reviewed and run by an independent nonprofit organisation that’s not tied to any major tech companies. There are no adverts; Signal is funded entirely by donations and grants. Its ethos is focussed on personal data privacy; the app doesn’t just encrypt message data, it encrypts the metadata too.

    I’ve been trying to persuade my contacts to switch from WhatsApp to Signal, but it’s hard going because of the sheer size of WhatsApp’s userbase (“but all of my friends and family are on WhatsApp!”). The “I’ve got nothing to hide” syndrome is also a hurdle.


    1. Thank you, Colin, so much. I openly admit that Jean and I were persuaded by, what we now see were advertising lies, to vote for Britain to leave the EU. I am very ashamed of that mistake and my son was appalled at our decision after the event. Being Brits living in Oregon made getting good arguments here much more difficult. What happened to make you leave Facebook in February because that isn’t that long ago?
      Also many thanks for that recommendation for a WhatsApp alternative. I will look into Signal later today.
      Again, thanks for reply. As you can see it has been invaluable.

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      1. While I’m shocked to hear that you, effectively USAns, had a voice in that referendum, you really shouldn’t blame yourselves. I vividly recall my late mother, who was constantly glued to the telly, commenting one day “how terrible the immigrant problem was”. She’d clearly been indoctrinated by the crap she’d been watching: my response to her was, “How on Earth can you say that, Mum? You’re an immigrant yourself!” (Though a ‘naturalised’ Brit, my Mum was born in France, and was proud of her heritage. Go figure.)

        I did say that I deleted my account in February last year, so it does seem a while ago, to me. As for the ‘why’, well, my reasoning for doing it was explained in my blog post at the time (with a similar title to your post here): Goodbye, Facebook – and, good riddance. A contributing factor was my annoyance at the constant emails from faecesbook ‘informing’ me that I had another message… and while those emails could easily have saved me time by including the actual message: oh, no, they didn’t do that, I had to log in to faecesbook to read the message, and that spoke volumes. I’d had enough. I logged in with the intention of amending my settings to stem the flood of this nonsensical spam – and then, a couple of hours later, after wading through menu after menu of options-to-exclude-this-type-of-missive and options-to-exclude-that-type-of-missive I thought, “Screw this: life’s too short” and went looking for how to delete my account (not an easy task, unsurprisingly). I think that’s the straw that, for me, broke the camel’s back.


      2. That’s very interesting. I am surprised that there is an alternative to WhatsApp that comes readily to hand, and that is Signal, the home page is: but I have yet to find a good replacement for FB. Maybe I will come across one eventually.


      3. What is it that faecesbook provides that you find of value? Although I was signed up to it for years, I used it very little. It was pretty much a time sink, nothing more.


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