Ever since the first reports of how FB allowed infiltration for ads paid for in rubles to American markets and designed to interfere in our 2016 election started appearing I have been thinking on and off about closing my account. I don't use it much and definitely don't think of FB as a reliable source of news (Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal thank you very much), but for the things I do use it for it is really very convenient.
Now of course come new reports about how out of touch Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are with what FB actually has been doing in terms of oppo research and such. Their lack of willing acceptance for responsibility for the harm that their juggernaut has fostered is terribly distasteful and down right kind of scary. This has me thinking once again about disconnecting from it.
To me Facebook is what it is. I do not take things seriously unless I find it someplace else, verified. Social media needs some restraints on it. As I feel it does influence some people,as you see when they share a post to find out it is false.
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One of the problems though with sharing of "fake news" is that it never really goes away. There are all sorts of ancient posts, links and documents about the research of a scientist who had claimed to find a link between measles vaccines and autism. His research was found to be fraudulent and the journal Nature where the research had been published retracted it in its entirety and the man lost his medical license, but people still believe and can still finds his claims online. This is not necessarily specific to FB, but a general issue of free and unvetted information.
I intentionally decided not to join when I noticed that many of my peers were using it to stalk their kids, and friend their kids’ friends. I had the talk with my son about inappropriate posts or images potentially wrecking a career/reputation. A lot of his millennial friends, including DS and DIL have closed their accounts in recent years, citing it as a ‘time suck’ and for the “olds”.
As for the data breaches, sales to the Russians and the latest charges about FB’s senior management, I am appalled. The “olds” and “young’s” in government better learn how to regulate social media and those mega rich social media companies need to exert much better control over the use of their platforms and the privacy of their users if they want to avoid the heavy hand of government regulation.
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I don't do Facebook and sometimes that's a problem. I joined once a few years ago and found it a huge time suck. I prefer to be active in forums like PF instead of Facebook. I also prefer to go to trusted news sources and not be inundated by Facebooks indiscrimate news.
It is horrible that claims such as those about vaccinations causing Autism still circulate and still influence people today long after the research was found to be fraudulent. We can't stop our brain from being infected with misinformation, but we can try to limit it.
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I am on FB but only in a limited way to mostly communicate with friends and family as I don't use a smartphone or twitter or all that stuff........Any groups I join are usually dog related....(and there sure are a lot of ignorant dog people there too!LOL)
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I did join FB in order to access a local lost and found pets page, but locked my account down as tightly as possible and rarely if ever visited my own page - I have now forgotten my password and never log in. Since the European privacy directive came into force and websites I visit have to give me the option of opting out of tracking it has become even more obvious just how far the tentacles extend - a harmless, chatty looking site can be passing my details to a dozen analytic sites, and a hundred "commercial partners", each of which shares it again, and so on and on. It is the price of using the internet, I suppose, but I do all I can to limit and obstruct the intrusions into my privacy. I am old enough and quaint enough to believe I have a right NOT to share the minutiae of my life!
Social media has replaced "a man down the pub" as a source of unreliable information, it seems... It is now so pervasive that I fact check practically everything before paying much attention to it - but then I always did!
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To me facebook is just social networking. I don't take anything political or news worthy from it. I take that stuff as just someones opinion on a certain subject or as a way they express their pleasure or displeasure about a situation. Sort of like venting. For me I like to see pictures of my friends & family as so many live long distances and I just wouldn't see them. I have thought about getting rid of FB but I like to vent at times and I also like to hear other opinions. I think one people just take a social network too seriously, it wasn't set up to be factual but as a way to communicate different ideas. At least that is how I see it.
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