March 25, 2019

Why Is It So Hard to Delete Facebook?

“Amid staggering new reports of Facebook both intentionally sharing and unintentionally leaking the private information of its users, questions about how much regulation and oversight Facebook needs are once again surfacing — and many users are feeling the urge to quit the platform altogether.

To say Facebook has had a rough time of it lately would be putting it mildly. Between its inconclusive efforts to tackle Russian bots and other forms of political manipulation, its ongoing “fake news” woes, its controversial politics, its role in facilitating hate speech and exacerbating hate crimes, and its friction with authorities over its many data breaches, the social media giant is caught in a public reckoning that is perhaps long overdue.

But Facebook users, in the middle of what seems to be a moment of broader cultural backlash against social media and technology, are also clearly grappling with the ramifications of their use of the platform.

Since 2017’s Cambridge Analytica scandal changed the way we talk about Facebook and privacy, several media outlets have seriously examined the case for users to delete their Facebook accounts. And while some takes have made policy-focused arguments against Facebook’s core business model, the emphasis has largely been on users making up their minds about how to interact with the platform on an individual level.”

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