Unplugged

On the off chance anyone cares, I deleted my Facebook account. I seldom used it, and kept it out of inertia more than anything else. I’m not a very social person, and much of the goings one is, well, society in most of its forms, both good and bad. That depends on the users, and who you hang with, and what drama you want to get caught up in. Since I seldom used Facebook, I was only on the peripheries, merely aware it was happening, but that’s people. Didn’t care for it, but see “I’m not a very social person” above.

I was more uncomfortable with what appears to be the increasing hostility toward conservatives and Christians on Facebook. What finally overcame my inertia was the announcement on a message board by a conservative that he had caught “another 30 day ban” on Facebook. I didn’t verify the particulars, but he claimed that someone took offense with his citing US law on seeking asylum. Given what conservatives and Christians have run into on Facebook, it seems plausible. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t know if the claim is true, but it was a sufficient push to do what I’ve put off doing for a long time.

I never ran into censorship or bans on Facebook, but I seldom posted, and what I did wasn’t related to politics or religion. I did have two attempts at posting a brief statement that I was leaving vanish, but that could be operator error. In any event, it’s no longer my concern.

Am I going to rail against what seems to be a history of censorship by Facebook? No. That might strike some as a bit odd, but Facebook is a private company, and can set whatever rules it pleases. As long as it doesn’t break the law, it doesn’t have to be transparent about it, either. It can filter news feeds and posts, and block users to its hearts content. It’s their company and their right. No one is forced to use Facebook, and anyone who finds Facebook odious can delete their account, just as I have.

That’s about all that needs to be said about it. If someone doesn’t like Facebook, there’s no reason to use it. If Facebook wants to address the issues that drive users away, more power to them. If not, well, just because it was the big thing once doesn’t mean it always will be. Just ask Sears.

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