José María Mateos on Sun, 3 Nov 2019 17:52:59 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Facebook

On Sun, Nov 03, 2019 at 10:28:01AM -0600, Frederic Neyrat wrote:

I'd like to know if some people on this list - be they activists,
environmentalists, artists, thinkers, contributors - are (still) on
Facebook and if yes, why, being given the extreme noxiousness of this
"social" (?) network.

I've been off Facebook (see caveats below), but the reasons people typically have to stay there are essentially that it provides a useful way of communicating with either a close circle of friends and family, and to broadcast opinions to the world. And that utility is above all other considerations. Is it used to wage psychological warfare on its users? Sure, but of course it doesn't affect them, only other people.

As I said, I don't have a Facebook account anymore, but keep close contact with said friends and family using WhatsApp groups, which belongs to Facebook, am I then out of Facebook entirely? I don't think so. Would I like to use a different system/app/protocol/whatever? Definitely, but I can't force everybody else to move; we're basically stuck there due to the network effect. I am now the weird friend that from time to time shoots an e-mail; I'm glad to say that it works, and that people tend to take it more seriously than a Facebook message. As for broadcasting, I use a blog. Do people read it? Barely, but at least what I post there is published under my rules.


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