As of march 23, 2018, I am no longer active on Facebook and will be deleting my profile and all related pages in the next 2 weeks.
Why? For me, the current Cambridge Analytica debacle is the straw that broke the camel’s back – enough is enough! Facebook can no longer be trusted to do the right thing with my content and my data; and without a doubt a lot more negligence and all kinds of unethical behaviour on their end is going to emerge in the next few weeks. This has taken on Snowden-affair-like proportions and it's time to pull the plug. You can read more about my decision here: https://gerd.fm/2ulzoCe or watch this video interview on CNNMoney Switzerland: https://gerd.fm/2pyeda2
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Finally: maybe a paid social network would finally be a plausible idea? Update August 2020: the survey is closed now.
Current results are below (as of March 30 2018) -pretty amazing imho.
Some related resources
From my blog, January 2016: the evilfication of Facebook (hard to believe that was over 2 years ago!!) 💥
Interview with Handelszeitung Switzerland (in German): we have been feeding a monster
NEW: Podcast with Tim Renner (a good friend, collaborator, and former Secretary of State, Culture, Berlin) ⚡
Interview with LeTemps.ch (in French) «Nous transférons notre pouvoir aux machines»
Other must-reads (updated every few days)
Facebook apologises with ads (TIME, image also via Time.com
Header image via TechCrunch (how to delete Facebook)
Mark Zuckerberg Thinks We’re Idiots. 🔥🔥🔥
by Jean-Louis Gassée. Surprise: Thanks to the Cambridge Analytica revelations, we’re finding out that Facebook allowed a much broader and deeper prostitution of our private data than it had previously claimed. Facebook’s disingenuous explanations call for more questions and even less trust.
To dive a bit deeper into my thinking on the topic of technology vs/with humanity, watch this short film