Fuck You, Facebook: I’m Leaving

Mark Zuckerberg was the first to create a program we now refer to as a social media network, and was thereby successful in establishing Facebook (more properly known now as Fascistbook) as the “industry standard.” When I first joined a decade ago, FB was relatively unfettered.  You could write and post freely, with little chance of being banned or censored.

All of that, in more recent times, has changed dramatically.  FB now routinely suppresses speech, manipulates algorithms, shadowbans, “fact-checks” posts according to their own ideological biases, and perpetually expands the boundaries of what lies outside of their specious and entirely arbitrary “community standards.”

People do an awful lot of complaining about FB — and then do little or nothing to rectify things. They continue to remain on such a censorious and authoritarian network because “that’s where all the people are”…or, just out of sheer laziness. All while alternatives like MeWe, Gab, and Minds exist — also free of charge for basic services — and where full freedom of speech and expression reign supreme.

As an author, it might seem counterintuitive on some level to choke off my own access to a more populous marketplace.  But when not doing so comes at the expense of freedom, I’ll take the big fish in a small pond route rather than the converse.  I’m not going to be subjected to Fascistbook’s implicit blackmail: “Sure, you can leave anytime, if you like…but you’ll lose access to aaaaallll those people.”

Fuck you, Facebook.  I’m leaving.

And I’m not even going to look back over my shoulder.

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Alex R. Knight III

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Alex R. Knight III is originally from Groveland, Massachusetts, where he grew up listening to rock and roll, reading J.R.R. Tolkien, and the comic books of the 1970s.  He today lives in rural southern Vermont where he welds, plays guitar, paints abstracts, reads avidly, and writes.  He is the author of the short fiction collection, Tales From Dark 7in addition to the novels The Morris Roomand Empty World.  And, he is a Voluntaryist. Visit his MeWe group here.

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Atomic Bombshell
Atomic Bombshell
2 months ago

Up until this week I ran a tiny niche page on Facebook for Libertarian/Anarchist Christians in the state where I live. Last week they removed my ability to bring traffic to the page by rejecting any ability to promote the page with ads. As you know they don’t show anybody your content if 1) it doesn’t serve Facebook’s political/social preferences or 2) you don’t pay them to show people that content. I was fine with paying $1 a day to help people find the page, and it was working to grow the page readership and interaction, but it seems that… Read more »

Alex Knight
Alex Knight
2 months ago

I agree. MeWe, Gab, Minds, Flote, and Wimkin are all far better alternatives. More and more people are waking up and Leaving FB.

H Rearden
H Rearden
2 months ago

My Space was around before Facebook was created and thus Zuckerberg was apparently not the first person to create a social media platform. There was a time when many people complained about My Space and continued to use it because of it’s popularity but eventually FB became more popular.

Alex Knight
Alex Knight
2 months ago
Reply to  H Rearden

Granted, but MS was more of just a glorified website service and not very interactive. FB was still the first social media, as such, if you will.