I have no Facebook account.
I will never have a Facebook account.
For years I’ve inveighed against what I sincerely believe to be the blatant immorality of Facebook’s business practices, which, true to capitalism’s two primary goals, seem to be:
Make as much money as you can, any way you can.
Grow as big as you can, any way you can.
Custom, tradition, ethics, law, morality, authority of government, common decency, the health of local or of global environment, or any other considerations are, as far as possible, to be disregarded or neutralized as restraints on the monomaniacal pursuit of maximum profit and of maximum growth for growth’s sake.
Facebook thrives on attention.
In general, the larger the audience the more effective the advertisement, which justifies charging high advertising fees.
So…how to generate a large audience?
So simple…let anybody post damn near anything, especially negative things, because negativity has been proven to draw larger attention than positivity.
This practice damages political processes, social cohesion, and the psychological health of large swaths of the human community.
These consequences are, I believe, acceptable to Facebook so long as it profits.
I sincerely believe Facebook to be a poisonous presence on planet Earth.
There are others who have concerns about Facebook’s impact on our quality of life.
Please see below.
First, a link to a recent Vox article.
Next, an article recently published by politico.
Finally, a document published in 2019 by MIT Technology Review, and republished recently by Pocket.
Click to access oct-2019-facebook-troll-farms-report.pdf