Stand With Ukraine? It Is Time to Delete Your Facebook Account

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Do you stand with Ukraine? Would you like to punish Putin's Russia by taking away one of their key weapons? What if there was something you could do to make it harder for Russia and other bad state actors to spread propaganda and dissent? Think of the lives you could improve!

Delete Your Facebook Account

Fortunately, there is something you can do. You can delete your Facebook account. It has been clear for some time that Mr. Faceberg does not have our best interests in mind. He's demonstrated over and over that he's willing to sell your data to the highest bidder. He'll sell ads to those seeking to manipulate you and sow division. Those are a couple examples in a long series of questionable businesses practices. Mr. Faceberg's company also has a reputation for penalizing pages of atheists who have dared to criticize Islam. This is no friend to democracy.

Enough is enough. Delete your Facebook account. I deleted mine over a year ago. I miss the blog traffic my page generated, but it was the right thing to do. And since Mr. Faceberg's company owns Instagram, delete your Instagram account too. Delete the Facebook and Instagram apps from your devices.

But Didn't You See That Facebook is Banning Russian Ads?

There have been some recent stories in the mainstream news media about Facebook blocking Russian state media from advertising. Not coincidentally, there have also been some recent stories about Russia restricting access to Facebook. Do not be fooled with the claims that Facebook is finally doing the right thing. This is a case of much too little and far too late. When it comes to Ukraine, the damage has already been done.

But I Like the Facebook

I know you do. You use it to connect with friends and family, including some you rarely see. I get it. I used to do that too. There are other platforms that have not yet been acquired by Mr. Faceberg. You can use them.

If you are worried that your friends and family won't understand why you are deleting your accounts, don't be. The momentum to delete Facebook is growing. The calls to do so are appearing everywhere. People have learned about their role in Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Remember, this follows scandal after scandal. They played a similar role in the January 6 insurrection and the last two presidential elections. Your friends and family will understand your choice. If they don't, you can bring them up to speed on why they should not continue to use Facebook either.