Why I’m breaking up with Facebook.

Facebook has repeatedly abused user trust. (e.g. news feed manipulation) But, for me, they have crossed the line: Selling themselves to Russian censorship. NYT reports,

Facebook over the weekend removed an event page promoting a Jan. 15 demonstration near the walls of the Kremlin in support of Aleksei A. Navalny, a leading opposition figure. The page had gathered more than 12,000 prospective attendees before it was blocked at the request of the Russian government’s Internet monitor, Roskomnadzor.

The reason, according to NYT,

Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesman for Roskomnadzor, said on Saturday that Facebook had deleted the demonstration page because it called for an “unsanctioned mass event,” which can apply to any public event with three or more people.

In contrast, Google forfeited millions of dollars of ad search revenue when they stood up to the Chinese government who made “self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement” when they refused to sign a deal.

I’m a proud Google user. I’ll be off Facebook until they prove they care about users. Worded apologies don’t cut it anymore.

Also, I caution restaurants and businesses who build their “page likes” count. The value of page likes is two fold. (1) The marketing value of saying you have 50,000 page likes and (2) so your free posts reach people who like your business. Watch this video. and, review this article which forces page managers to rethink.

 

 

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