Off the Wall: Do you have the guts to delete your Facebook account?

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"I'd rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page"

— George Clooney

 

Eons ago I signed up on Facebook. The whole experience lasted exactly three hours.

The moment my account was registered I was flooded with requests to become a "friend," my entire email address book became public property and I was instantly inundated with solicitations and messages, even people I didn't know wanted to be my "friends." I have never been so popular.

Passing acquaintances, strangers, long-lost family members I didn't care to communicate with, co-workers, people with my same last name, I had no idea who they were, and why were they writing me from Brazil, Venezuela, Italy? I quickly realized my privacy was on parade and proceeded to delete my account. It has never been revived. One of the best decisions I have ever made. FB to me is email on crack.

Now Facebook is in hot waters. It turns out the company let a "research spider" crawl through its social network and spawn a web collecting information on 50 million people. The data was used to target likely Trump supporters. As if it wasn't enough that the Russians used Facebook to spread disinformation/misinformation during the last presidential elections.

The end result is that our Democracy is on its knees and the sense of control over our destinies has been crushed. Ironically, with all this "we are now more connected" than ever technology, I don't think we've ever been farther apart.

Europe is far ahead of us. The EU's General Data Protection Regulation will go into effect May 25th and tightens the rules for handling employee and consumer data which includes addresses, photos, financial records, travel plans, web search history and more. The most serious violations can result in fines up to $25 million.

Do we trust our Congress to bring about the same type of regulation? Do we trust Congress to use a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine?

Facebook is irresponsible, unethical, arrogant, dangerous, greedy and should be severely punished and repudiated. They are the new polluters, they are spilling toxic brain poison in our thinking reservoirs.

Since nothing will ever come out of Congress (btw: I have seen better cabinets at Ikea), the punishment should come from its users. The phrase #DeleteFacebook has flooded social media, and for the first time daily user counts are falling and the time spent on the site plummeted by 50 million hours a day. That is good. The seeds of a digital revolution.

Do you have the guts to delete your Facebook account? If yes follow the instructions below and take back your life.

Deactivating your Facebook account

If you decide that you no longer want to use Facebook, it's easy to deactivate your account. When you deactivate your account, you're hiding all of your information on Facebook. No one will be able to contact you on Facebook or view the things you've shared, including your Timeline, status updates, photos, and so on. If you decide that you'd like to return to Facebook, you'll still be able to reactivate your account and recover your old information.

 

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