I used to have a social media profile. I am now anonymous: my professional life is on the appropriate pages, but that does not include Facebook and Twitter. They are becoming closed gardens for Pravda. Pravda is the official narrative, often orthogonal to the truth. This seems to make corporations more money than targeted advertising.
Dissenters will be kicked out, so be prepared.
We should be giving serious consideration to taking that power away from them. We should have accounts on Gab and MeWe, and e-mail accounts with local ISPs or third-party vendors, even if we have to shell out a couple of bucks extra a month for it, or at least have an account with Microsoft, which doesn’t seem to be moving in lockstep with its Silicon Valley partners – yet. Here’s a useful article from Techdirt back in June listing plenty of options to avoid Google. We should have e-mail networks already set up, and updated blogrolls listing friends and allies. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but after the last few years of deplatforming, shadowbanning, monkeying with search results, and other forms of suppression, is it really paranoia? They really do seem out to get us, after all.
The Wombat, Other McCain
If you can, delete and disavow. Social media, particularly big social media, is now propaganda all the way down. Truth is unprofessional -- as Adam notes, after pointing out that in the dry season the Amazon burns...
Just because the Mileys of this world are paid to be on social media does not mean that you should be there.
Who are dumber – the celebrities or the plebs who repeat their rubbish on social media? Whatever the fact, they’re all monumentally stupid because all of this was caused by French president Macaroon wanting to get a good trade deal for the farmers who are just about the only people left in France who don’t want to see him guillotined, yet.
If you believed this for even half a second then you need to examine how you process information. The internet age is making the population dumber, not smarter, because people are lazy and they worship celebrities. It’s actually quite worrying when you think about it. The next major war may well kick off from a planned propaganda line on social media, just like this one. So let’s all try to limit our moron levels for the good of the planet.
The quickest way to de-moron yourself is to stop using Twitter. Gab's bad enough. Go to places with a high signal noise ration -- some are on my page of links. Walk. Look at the shops, the people. (Then lift some weights). Talk. Read a book.
We will have to build our own platforms, and we will probably do a better job. The business model of Google demands that they compromise with their payers. WHo are the converged corporations and their client governments.
On Thursday, Google reminded everyone who might have forgotten that "privacy is paramount to us" and announced an initiative called "Privacy Sandbox" that proposes paving over a few privacy pitfalls without suffocating its ad business.
It takes a certain chutzpah for a company with such a lengthy history of privacy scandals to insist that privacy is "paramount" – more important to the company than anything else. Note that the company's avowed mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." Surveillance capitalism depends on the absence of privacy.
A decade ago, Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO at the time, suggested that those who sought privacy were probably doing something wrong and argued that it's too dangerous not to identify people online.
Things have changed since then, at least outside Google. Europe's GDPR now has to be taken seriously. US regulators, after years of inconsequential wrist-slaps and petty-change fines, are scrutinizing the company's business practices more closely.
Google, like the other major online ad company Facebook, still wants to identify people online for targeted ad delivery. But its current leadership, having seen Facebook raked over the coals for the Cambridge Analytica data spill, now understands it has to moderate the data hunger exhibited by its developers, marketers and partners.The Register
I'd rather trust the BOFH.