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Oh, Frances


Yesterday Facehook, Instagram and WhattsUp were all down for hours, and the world did not end. It all happened very coincidentally, right after Ms. Haugen went on Sixty Minutes and brought the receipts about the abominable behavior of the tech giant. They're already spinning the damage caused by her telling the truth about how the social network giant is basically killing people, promoting white supremacy and dumbing down the whole world while exploiting their information for money. Damaging misinformation, political fuckery and privacy breaches are their daily bread. All for money. But you already knew that. And still, some of you still are on Facebook.


I think you should delete your Facebook account. Not deactivate it, delete it. That's it, in a nutshell. It's not a free platform. You are paying with your soul, more or less. Well, more than less, because you are giving Facebook all your time and personal information. And those, my friend, are very, very valuable to them. But that is not all. Facebook is a cesspool of ignorance and misinformation: it's a mix of the lowest common denominator in intelligence and the most rabid sense of entitlement laced with racism and hatred, and capable of going around the world in sixty seconds.  And you are enabling it. Your being on that platform is what makes it powerful. Yes, you're one of the three billion people who are addicted to its never ending stream of stupidity, but you can quit cold turkey.

I know, I know, your family/dear friends/ whomever the fuck you want to know about/ is on that platform and you wanna keep in touch, yadda, yadda. I've heard it all before. But what did you do in 2004, when there was NO facebook open to the public? How did you keep in touch with your family/friends/assorted people you don't care about? Oh, that's right. You called them. Or emailed them. Or simply lived without knowing the minutia of their lives and how deeply stupid and ignorant they were. Oh, and if you were not yet born in 2004, you have no business being on this blog. Skedaddle! I post pictures of naked men and swear a lot.

“There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money,”

And that's not even the worst. According to Ms. Haugen, Facebook lowered standards after Uncle Joe was elected and basically (and knowingly) became a hub for the January 6 terrorist act. It promotes racism and misinformation about the COVID vaccines and is the go-to 'research' tool of the tools. If you are on Facebook, you have probably witnessed this firsthand. Your sweet aunt Doris, who used to make cookies and had two kitties, now shares memes blasting AOC for socialism, she insists on the daily that Uncle Joe is not the president and she refuses to get vaccinated because her 'research' makes her scared of the vaccines. The cavalcade of crazy never stops. And you are aiding it.




People ask me what you would gain if you leave Facebook and I will tell you that you'll gain peace of mind and a clean conscience. And the feeling of having done something good. Your leaving Instagram or Facebook is not gonna do anything to Zuckerberg, we know that. He's already richer than rich. He'll lose one hundred million dollars and it'll be a drop in the bucket. But you may feel better with yourself after you've left that wretched social network. It's a matter of morals, I think. I'm not on Facebook or Instagram because I put my money where my mouth is. And I don't miss them. At all.

The outage yesterday could be taken three different ways according to me: one, Facebook freaked out with the evidence the whistleblower was bringing (it means it's true, of course, nobody is going against a giant like Facebook with lies) and it shut itself down to avoid its own algorithm to be its own biggest enemy. The news that Facebook is abusive would spread with the help of Facebook. Poetic justice. Two, somebody (Anonymous?) brought it down and they don't know what happened, which means your information (your address, your phone number, your mother's maiden name, your affiliations, your credit card number, your high school secrets) is compromised. There may be a third, though. Facebook is threatening its users with a denial of service. Zuckerberg knows he's powerful and he's flexing. Yep. it's your typical abusive relationship: do as I say or this social network gets it. None of those reasons are good. 




So, as Dan Savage says, dump the motherfucker already. It's not good for you and it is a tool for authoritarianism. For a change, keep your pictures in storage online, or better, in a photo album.  Text your loved ones or better yet, call them on the phone. Write a letter. Send a postcard. Do facetime or fucking Google Meet (you're already on Google, if you have an account here). I'm sure there are alternatives. You don't NEED Facebook and its pernicious influence. Let your aunt Doris drown in misinformation and fuckery. It's her choice. But don't enable it.

XOXO

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  1. I had no idea any of this went down until they had already come back up, but then I had friends freaking out over it, and if that doesn't scream about the kind of hold it has on people, nothing does.

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    1. It was all over twitter and the news.
      People do LIVE on Facehoot, mind you. Pathetic.

      XOXO

      Delete
  2. I'm on Facebook. I stay in the "Groups" section. It keeps me informed on the entertainment and dinner specials on The Drive for the day. I only have 13 friends as I don't do the unknowns from Nigeria or Ukraine.

    Did I miss it yesterday? Never knew it was down until the news on TV last night talked about it.

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    1. Well, at least you're getting something out of it.
      It's a waste of time, otherwise. And keep it private, I think it's very intrusive and full of bots.

      XOXO

      Delete
  3. I scan Facebook once in the morning, just to make sure my Navy buddies are still alive, the rest of it is shit ads, and trying to get you to buy something.

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    1. Ha!
      I can imagine. That's what many people say: to check on friends/acquaintances. I text them.
      At least you don't deathscroll for hours.

      XOXO

      Delete
  4. Yep. I'm on there, the wife is not. In this house we call it CrackBook because so many people are addicted. Me? I'm in a few groups for my work and the theatre community - helps me keep up about their shows. Still, I had no idea about the outage until my wife came home and asked me. Outage? There was an outage?? LOL. I have an Insta and never use it, and Twitter but never use it. Can you imagine? As you say, with my close friends I call or text or email. XOXO

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    1. She's smart. I'm with her.
      Many people have come to depend on Facehook for business, don't think you're alone. There's a marketplace and the such. Many businesses troll for likes.
      Like you, I email or text or call. They're my friends, for pete's sake!

      XOXO

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  5. I think you should delete your Facebook account.

    I'm a step ahead, because I've never had a facebook profile. I have an IG profile made solely for viewing other people's photos.

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    1. I think so too. #deletefacebook should trend every day.
      And it's smart to have an account just to have access to photos we like. Bet you get 'suggestions' of people to follow every day. It never ends.

      XOXO

      Delete
  6. While I'm not on Facebook and never have been Facebook and twitter seem to be the most toxic....but the Lad created my Instagram . At first I didn't use it, but now I do share many pictures I blog, plus many others that never make the blog...and it keeps me in touch with drag performers and sisters from near and far. But after this I'm now torn whether to keep it???? By all us us staying on these platforms makes us just as bad as the platforms by staying on there. Hell, I never use Amazon and will not , so made I can do it again. I will have to stew on this one.......

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    1. Facebook and twitter are cesspools of fuckery.
      I think Instagram is somehow different. I believe you're able to curate it by actively telling it not to feed your stupidity. But it still IS an algorithm so it'll try to feed you what it thinks you like. I think you should keep it. You are an artist and it's good to see what people are doing. Just tighten those privacy settings.

      XOXO

      Delete
    2. I knew you would be wise. I appreciate your words. With never being on the other two, I don't know the difference...and I'm selective who to follow and follows me. But our dear Xersex found me!!! I shall stew on your good feedback and advice too Sixpense. There are some people I have met on Insta, I never met, much like on the blog, but formed "friendships". Id miss them.

      Delete
  7. Evil, evil, evil. I'm not on Facebook, Instagram or What's App. I sold MY soul to Google years ago instead.

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    1. Evil is the right word. Very insidious and manipulative, too.
      I got out once the high school students went on board. I knew it was gonna be a shitshow.
      And I let google get away with murder because I tightened my privacy settings with DuckDuckGo and some extensions on Chrome.

      XOXO

      Delete
  8. This is appalling, though we knew their business model, I don’t think we realized the extent of their manipulation. I wasn’t aware of the Facebook freedom that happened yesterday (don’t use it) but their business version, called Workplace, also went down and our IT department sent out a notice that WP was down. Though the company encourages us to post (we don’t have an option to not have an account) I’ve never posted or even replaced my default avatar.

    I’m not that invested in the goings on of friends and family that I need that constant fix. If I want to know something, I’ll ask. Thanks for the Ted Talk babe.

    XOXO 👨🏼‍❤️‍đź’‹‍👨🏽

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    1. I knew when Zuckerberg backstabbed his 'friends' and stole Facebook from them that it could not be good. I was not wrong.
      The business model is one of manipulation and deceit. It sells itself as a 'free' platform for 'everybody'. But people are the currency. It's deplorable.
      And you're welcome. I'll be here on my soapbox daily.

      XOXO

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  9. Oh. I knew I liked you... and now? I really, really like you. :) The memes of zuckerbergbot prove that he is an 1/ and alien for outer space, 2/ a robot being controlled by an evil force, or 3/ a large puppet being manipulated by that evil grinning man in the background. I am so glad this has happened. I despise facebook. I was on it for two days many years ago and immediately deleted my account and have never regretted it. It is evil. And those that are on the site are nothing but pawns. Destroy facebook and help change the narrative of the world we live in. Disinformation is not information, it is evil. Thanks, peaches. You and me, kid... you and me!

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    1. Hahaha birds of a feather, huh?
      And Zuckerberg is a sociopath, at best. He stole Facebook from his friends and is aiming for world domination. Hillary warned us about that one, too.
      I also despise Facehook and the people who are hooked on it. Everybody should deleter Facebook now.
      You and me, Upton, you and me...

      XOXO

      Delete
  10. I deleted Facebook a long time ago. I should do that to Instagram and TikTok too but I'm hooked on those still :).

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    1. Hahaha
      I've heard tiktok is addictive, too.
      And there's misinformation in every platform, but Facebook is the worst. Instagram can be fun.

      XOXO

      Delete
  11. Farmville, I got sucked in by friends playing farmville that needed to recruit others to expand the never winnable game, that suddenly went away one day. I grew to hate that game, there was no end, there was no win, the more you did the harder it got to level up, and there was no top.

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    1. You just brilliantly described what Facebook indeed is: a never ending labyrinth of unfulfilled promises that takes advantage of you.
      Bravo!

      XOXO

      Delete

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