In addition to the obvious reasons — only seeing some of my friends’ posts, never seeing them in chronological order, so many of my friends’ friends being idiots, etc. — here are the rest of them.
They boil down to this: Facebook is a giant company with tremendous influence that acts recklessly, without oversight or regulation. The platform is used to spread hate and influence elections, and Facebook’s reaction is always, “Sorry, we’ve chosen not to exercise any control, so that’s out of our control. Golly, we’re just a li’l ol’ mom-and-pop internet site!” I finally got fed up.
(Links are approximately in chronological order, so skip to the bottom if you want to see the latest/worst ones.)
Facebook Said Alex Jones’ Threatening Rant Against Robert Mueller Doesn’t Violate Its Rules. (They did ban him eventually.)
Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After the Election (“Facebook’s own marketing strategy was influenced by what it learned from its valued customer, the Trump campaign”)
If you missed it: today it was confirmed that Facebook massively & knowingly inflated its video-view statistics, which had the DIRECT consequence of 90% of media orgs firing writers in favor of expensive video producers, who also got fired when it turned out video was worthless https://t.co/WqdAUBIe6L
— Chris Conroy (@dyfl) October 17, 2018
As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants: The social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.