Facebook, Google – WTH
I’m no longer using Facebook actively. Updates I make will be here on my website and public. I’m disappointed with Facebook. The platform is deciding for me what I see, and many of my friend’s posts are buried or never seen. Instead, I get advertisements, the agenda Facebook wants to push at me, and other worthless crap. So I decided I am keeping my friends list to immediate family. A couple of days ago, I removed over 60 people from my friends list, not because I don’t like them – because they either do not post, or Facebook never shows me their post, or shows it to me 7 times a day. I would completely deactivate, but I still use Facebook for some offers and I have four years of pictures and content in it.
Nothing is wrong in general – there have been some political scuffs, etc. most of which I usually avoid. Facebook is completely useless and I would rather hear about my friend’s news in person rather than searching for it (as I said, many posts do not appear – or the same post appears for DAYS ON END even without comments).
Facebook and Google are private entities and your First Amendment rights don’t apply if you violate their terms of service.
There’s also the matter of Facebook controlling narratives. The “news” you see on Facebook is controlled by a formula that, unless you subscribe (aka “like”) certain media entities, you don’t see their content. You see what Facebook wants you to see, most of which are politically left-leaning – I’ll stop there.
Google isn’t innocent either. Two recent stories in the news show evidence of Google trying to “prevent another Trump situation” in 2020. Project Veritas has video of Google’s CEO saying they’ve been working on this for quite some time. Again, trying to control the narrative by tweaking the algorithm to push down conservative and political right content in results, essentially pushing their agenda. The bottom line is this – Facebook and Google are private entities and your First Amendment rights don’t apply if you violate their terms of service. Same with YouTube, which Google owns.
Another point is Facebook owns the data you post – see the terms of service, so they can do a lot with what I upload. Not only that, they can data harvest what I search for, watch, read, click on – even beyond the platform. Facebook plants cookies on the user’s computer that interact with other places you search and visit on the web – that is how they know you’ve been looking at paper clips on Amazon and can push office supply ads at you while you’re wading through time sucking content like “what type of colonial settler would you be?”.
Then there is the matter of Facebook Messenger. The way this program works, messages you send can easily become evidence in court, screenshots, forwards, all kinds of misunderstandings can ensue. True, this can happen with text messaging, however, there’s not always confirmation that the recipient read the message you sent (or you read theirs), and it takes more effort to share content than on Messenger. Of course the lesson is don’t write it unless you want it read in church, but there’s something I just don’t trust that much about Messenger.