In February I posted on Facebook that I was seriously considering pulling my pages. Disgusted with the reports of election hacking made more accessible via Facebook I felt enough was enough. Facebook friends encouraged me to stay. After all, it’s been a great way to connect with high school and college friends, promote my blog and books, join like-minded political and social groups, and share news and photos of family.
Now, however, with the news that about 87 million Americans have had their accounts hacked, sending our personal information who knows where and to what use, I’m considering again.
But I really don’t want to, for all the above reasons. I’m used to FB and like using it. I don’t tweet, or use Instagram, and don’t even know what other options there are for this convenient social network. There used to be competition until FB took over.
Tim Wu’s op-ed in today’s New York Times, “Don’t Fix Facebook. Replace It” poses ideas for serious thought. Yes, we depend on social networks. We need new platforms dedicated to protecting consumer data. Facebook, in theory, has proved a game-changer. Facebook, as a corporation is so grossly mismanaged, it must be replaced.
“Now is the time for a new generation of Facebook competitors that challenge the mother ship,” writes Wu.
I put my faith in young people. They’re spearheading changes in gun laws that generations of adults haven’t been able to do. They’re tech-savvy. Please, kids, figure this out too.
Meanwhile, my friend Ronnie, who blogs at Morristown Memos, wrote about being hacked on FB and pondered whether or not to pull out.
Like her, I won’t cancel for now. I’ll be careful what I post, what I share, and will avoid silly surveys that seem to be targeted for collecting data.
To unfriend or not? That is the question.