So finally I got off Facebook. It’s a bit lonely sometimes, but it was my decision. I am now on mewe. Nice alternative. Today I found a post which summarises the why:
Hey Awesome MeWe members!
We are all so lucky to be at MeWe - I count my lucky stars every day. With the relentless onslaught of news about Facebook’s never-ending manipulations and violations of good people, MeWe is the oasis - social done right with NO BS.
Political Censorship, Shadow Banning, Algorithm Bias
I am outraged at the censorship, political bias, and shadow banning on Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube. As a Libertarian, I find this idea entirely contrary to the definition of social media. A social media company isn’t a political party of a particular persuasion. No. A social media company is a home and community where we enjoy our friends, families, new ideas and like-minded constituencies. Both privately and publicly at our choosing, it is a place that offers diverse opinions, lifestyles, and discourse for us to engage in and enjoy. This is the soul of our republic and democracy at large. This is what MeWe is and offers.
People want to support companies that share their values. So it’s not surprising so many people are ditching Facebook given the company’s terrible behavior. Every day the news is peppered with reveals of more Facebook violations that cause harm and distress to people and interfere with democracy.
Facebook Listens to Your Phone
Facebook listens to your phone if you’ve got their app installed. You’ve likely experienced this bizarre and scary trick - one minute you’re talking with a friend about somebody or something - the next minute Facebook is sending you a notification or putting something in your newsfeed about it. Weird, dangerous, and creepy. Facebook has become Big Brother.
The fact is Facebook is a data company, not a social network. But somehow they’ve also become a political company acting as if they know what is best for each of us and what news we should read. Their algorithms manipulate people’s newsfeeds and they’ve sold us down the river - given our data to the Russians, and allowed all kinds of creepy companies to learn private things about us and target us. Facebook defines the word ‘creepy.’ Facebook’s values are shared with no one.
MeWe is Here, Hooray!
I like to think of MeWe as my virtual “kitchen table” - hanging out with new friends and old friends, having real conversations, learning new things, making great connections and enjoying real life, together.
At MeWe, our entire team is dedicated to making your experience here completely brilliant.
We invite you to tell all your friends that MeWe is here and to come on over and enjoy social media done right!