“We have built our business on a very simple proposition: we proudly charge money in exchange for providing a service. This means our loyalties are not split. We exist to serve your needs.
Our top three values are all about exactly this. You are our customer, your data belongs to you, we are good stewards of your data.”
I recently switched from Gmail to Fastmail and it’s fantastic. And since I pay for it, I can be fairly sure I am the customer, not advertising companies.
It’s almost like the purpose of Facebook isn’t to help you network with friends, but to engage you so you can be served more ads.
“Facebook can’t chop people’s heads off and it has to obey the laws of the jurisdictions where it operates, but, even so, it faces a version of the problem that plagued the Stuarts. Facebook can unilaterally and arbitrarily change many of the laws of its realm (terms of service and market making algorithms among them).
Even if you feel manipulated, there may not be much you can do about it. Network effects — which Facebook has gone to great lengths to reinforce — lock both businesses and users into Facebook, even if they all individually might prefer a different system of rule. As with citizens of traditional states, users of Facebook can exit if they wish, but it is extremely difficult.”
Interesting read: Facebook might be more like a government than a corporation.
I want to protect your privacy! This website does not use Google (Google Analytics) or Jetpack/WordPress tracking. I'd prefer not to help Google acquire information about you, and I don't feel comfortable sending all your data to WordPress (via Jetpack). Without any sort of tracking whatsoever, the only way I'd know if anybody was visiting…
“It doesn’t matter if Facebook, Google and the rest have no malicious intent, or if they really do want to “bring the world closer together”, or “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, or “develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible”. We need to be free and independent agents of our selves.”
I’d like to think that every post made on a blog outside the Facebook and Google ecosystems, each time somebody tries some open source software, and every time somebody installs an ad blocker are small acts of defiance; steps toward a freer internet.
Holy crap, yikes. Yes, use a VPN!but not a VPN whose purpose is to track you.
Want a free vpn that seems legit- and won’t track you? Check out proton vpn.
Great post! I wonder how many of my friends and family are also considering leaving Facebook.