Facebook hit the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. The over-riding conclusion of the so-called data scandal was that your privacy can’t be trusted with Facebook.
But Facebook’s reputation was already nose-diving prior to the Cambridge Analytic scandal. With revelations of algorithm manipulation and other technical wizardry, not to mention political interference, it had become clear to many that Facebook was best avoided rather than risk loyalty on a platform that lacked any respect or consideration for its members.
It’s for this reason that Dear Green Planet will be saying ‘bye bye Facebook’ on the 21 June. On that date we will be shifting completely over to the Facebook ‘alternative’ MeWe.
MeWe does everything that Facebook doesn’t. Founded by a guy called Mark Weinstein, it has the distinction of having one of the key founders of the internet on its advisory board, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. According to Lee:
“The original idea of the Web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information. The power to abuse the open Internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies. MeWe gives the power of the Internet back to the people with a platform built for connection, collaboration and privacy.”
Time to move over
More and more people are now shifting away from Facebook. But depending on the media platform of choice, that may not mean actually leaving Facebook.
Instagram has become highly popular, particularly amongst younger users. The problem here is that Instagram is owned by Facebook. As such, users may end up with the same issues they had with Facebook.
The popular phone messaging app WhatsApp is also owned by Facebook. The app was recently implicated in a major hacking scandal.
But it’s not just Facebook. The internet is a complex web of tracking technology and intrusive processes that are almost impossible to evade. Its like someone following you around all day making a note of everything you do. This article from Privacy International sheds some light into what’s going on.
As an ethical business, DGP is very particular about the company it keeps. Facebook completely fails in that regard. That’s why it would contravene our basic ethos to remain with Facebook. We therefore advise our customers that you remain with Facebook at your own risk.
We will continue our Twitter account (see bottom of page) as well as regular postings on MeWe.