The reasons why I have been quite reluctant to get on Facebook is I have some strong concerns with Facebook’s ongoing conduct as a company on ethical grounds and I don’t feel like condoning, supporting or otherwise encouraging their behaviour through using any of their services (be it Facebook, FB Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc)
I am weary also that we may be collectively unwittingly handing a potentially troubling amount of power over our lives into the hands of one single for-profit corporation by virtue of the network effect through people choosing to almost exclusively rely on Facebook’s products to stay in contact with friends and family.
Facebook isn’t merely some interoperable protocol / standard (e.g Telephone, SMS, Email) or a service run by a benevolent non-profit. Facebook is a proprietary platform wholly run by one single business whose natural mandate first and foremost is to maximise profits for their owners ahead of any wider social issues or concern for the well-being of their users.
Need to get a hold me at shorter notice? Reach me instead on the open decentralized web here.
Nevertheless, As of 2017, I have relented and now (reluctantly) have a Faceborg account after much escalating “consternation and concern” levelled at me about me not being reachable through the Faceborg Collective. That said, I hardly check it (Every month or so) and it now acts as little more than a directory listing.
Update 28th August 2020: As if I needed another reason to be wary of Facebook. A friend has reportedly lost access to her Facebook Account with no recourse or ability to contact a human over the issue resulting in years of photos and memories being lost. Do Not ever rely on Facebook as your sole and only form of communication between your family and friends, ever.