Note: While this is Facebook-specific, it could also be applied to all subsidiaries of Meta Platforms, Inc. These include Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, Mapillary, and Workplace. It's recommended that you don't even create an account with them, and if you have an account with any of them to delete those accounts. I will also go over how you can safely use a Facebook account without giving any of your real information to Zuckerberg, thus preventing him from becoming a NYC slumlord.
If you're coming here from a certain social circle within NYC, you know I used to post rather prolifically on Facebook. Before I get into why you should stop as well, I'm going into a brief timeline from when I posted "drunk" as my first status update there to the day I decided to delete it.
If the timeline above isn't enough, consider the following:
Now that I've addressed a small number of the problems with Facebook, I'm going to address some of the arguments I hear all the time about people who don't want to delete that abusive platform.
"I never use it, so what's the harm?" You're still part of the problem by having an account you don't use.
"Big Tech already has my data, so what's the point?" You can take steps to take your data back, but that's another article.
"Everyone I know is on Facebook!" I seem to recall something everyone's parents used to say about your friends and jumping off bridges. You're giving in to peer pressure at this point, and that argument reminds me of all the anti-drug media I used to see in the 1980s where a good kid winds up down a rabbit hole of drug abuse, behavioral changes, and destitution (except in Facebook's case it's textual abuse and Qanon instead of drug abuse and destitution, respectively).
"I need it for my business!" No, you don't. You're just believing the first three stated arguments.
The only ones making any real money off of social media in general, and Facebook in particular, are people who are already well off. These so-called "influencers" are there solely as eye candy to get more poor dupes, suckers, and (as Zuckerberg says) "dumb fucks" on the surveillance platform to get even more money. Meta is a publicly-traded company, after all, and they have to keep growing and growing in order to appease the evil stock market gods. The last time I checked, "growth for the sake of growth regardless of how harmful that growth can be" was the definition of cancer. Yeah, that's right. I'm comparing Zuckerberg's surveillance media to cancer. Because it is.
That also ties into what's known as the Network Effect. That is defined as the value/utility a user derives from a good or a service, depending on the total number of users are using said good or service. Once the Network Effect gets too large, it evolves into the Bandwagon Effect. Again, I'm recalling that one hypothetical conundrum parents used to tell their children about all of their friends jumping off of bridges. I also recall the phrase "Just because something is popular doesn't mean it's right, and just because something's right doesn't mean it's popular." Meta's properties are definitely indicative of the first half of that phrase.
There's more. There's much more. I will update this whenever I feel like it, and that will probably be semi-frequently.
If you need help deleting your Facebook page, the Techlore team made a very comprehensive video on how to do so.
One amusing thing I keep hearing: "Oh, I'm not on Facebook, I'm on Instagram" and then "Instagram isn't Facebook." This is completely and utterly false, as implied by the header of this very page. Go ahead and read it again. Instagram IS Facebook, Zuckerberg is trying to get the two apps to interoperate as you're reading this, and if you look at the settings menus of both apps you'll see that they're nearly identical to one another. Anyone who says "Instagram isn't Facebook" is only deluding themselves.
I used to have instructions to safely create a Facebook account up here but Facebook is apparently not allowing new accounts to be created. You're not missing much.