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Top tech journalist to deactivate Facebook account: 'I am no longer comfortable there'

By TheHill

A former tech columnist for The Wall Street Journal announced Monday that he will be deactivating his Facebook account, saying he is "no longer comfortable thereRead full story

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  • Why are people so surprised about their private information being used to generate ad revenue. User of these services made a decision to give up their private infuriation in exchange for the free service. Maybe it’s time for Facebook to start a paid service for people who would rather not see any ad and keep their information private.

  • As tech companies mature and the smartphone boom wanes, the commitment to privacy and the protection of personal information will start to serve as a key differentiator between companies. Privacy should increasingly become a key component of the feature set.

    The problem here stems from the fact that companies who’s entire business models are predicated on the exploitation of customer information are the most vulnerable. This is because the incentives are more aligned with the slicing and dicing

    As tech companies mature and the smartphone boom wanes, the commitment to privacy and the protection of personal information will start to serve as a key differentiator between companies. Privacy should increasingly become a key component of the feature set.

    The problem here stems from the fact that companies who’s entire business models are predicated on the exploitation of customer information are the most vulnerable. This is because the incentives are more aligned with the slicing and dicing of data versus protecting the true customer — the end user.

  • Tools like Facebook are beginning to give people cognitive dissonance where they can’t be an active participant and feel good about it at the same time.

    We should not have to sign all of our privacy rights away for the privilege of watching cat videos and swapping memes.

  • In case you missed Walt Mossbergs tweets today announcing that he's leaving all things facebook...

  • Not surprising, and certainly a blow to Facebook - and if my own experience is any indicator, expect this to keep happening. As an undergrad at Harvard, I was one of the first people to join Facebook, but I also recently deleted the app. It wasn’t really a moral statement, but more a loss of interest and a growing awareness that spending time there is no longer interesting or beneficial.

    I still occasionally visit via web, and I still use Instagram and Messenger on occasion, but nothing dies overnight

    Not surprising, and certainly a blow to Facebook - and if my own experience is any indicator, expect this to keep happening. As an undergrad at Harvard, I was one of the first people to join Facebook, but I also recently deleted the app. It wasn’t really a moral statement, but more a loss of interest and a growing awareness that spending time there is no longer interesting or beneficial.

    I still occasionally visit via web, and I still use Instagram and Messenger on occasion, but nothing dies overnight. I think this is going to be a slow bleed for Facebook.

  • Everyone would quit Facebook if it weren’t so darn tied into our networks of family and friends. And the irony of “quitting Facebook” is that most people still use Instagram after deleting their Facebook account. (If anything, Facebook-owned Instagram is more threatening to privacy and commercialism than the Facebook app ever was.)

  • To be honest, part of this should be Facebook's fault but on the other hand we should all work towards being careful on who we give access to and what we give them. We should be judiciously guarding our personal data and not blindly hitting the "Accept" button when logging in or creating these accounts.

  • If this is what passes for "courage" these days, we're in a really bad place.

  • I have effectively already left Facebook and rarely post or engage on Instagram. Unfortunate truth is that I need access FB for work things - what an irony!

  • If Mossberg’s not making any judgements or trying to spark a movement, why is he publicly announcing his departure and sharing the reasons he did?

  • While I'm not surprised, I always wondered why all the drama. If you don't want to use Facebook, fine, just let it die, but no need to make a big fuss about it ...

  • I deactivated Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger last month. They can’t be trusted, and I will surely feel better in the long run knowing I no longer waste my time scrolling through all the idiotic drivel. Good riddance!

  • I quit Facebook much earlier in the game for much the same reasons. I ended up coming back. Facebook is a great tool for storing and sharing memories. Facebook does have its share of issues so does life. “The glass is half full.”

  • I smell the rats abandoning ship! I am even hearing Wall Street Money Managers are curtailing investments with Facebook. One said even though it will grow revenue, he doesn’t want it in his portfolio, because of all the baggage...

  • If my Mom and Mother-in-Law were not always saying “Did you see my last post? Go look now... I’ll wait,” I’d happily depart and never look back.

  • Any real reason to stay?

    I feel like I didn’t really ‘used’ Facebook since 2010 or so

  • Hopefully, this journalist won’t have any reservations with the Quartz platform.

  • Interesting that Walt is staying on Twitter —he must be giving them a free pass because it’s how he communicates with his legions of followers and keeps his brand alive. Seems a bit disingenuous as Twitter isn’t exactly the model for civil discourse and intellectual discovery. He ought to consider Quartz.

  • Will FB go by the way of MySpace?

  • To quit FB, or not to quit? I have scaled back usage there tremendously this year (still spend too much time on Twitter, tho) and when I do peek, the relative dearth of updates from people makes me think others have done the same

  • This "article" is silly. It is 90% either a verbatim quote of the four tweets in question, or a Twitter frame showing those same four tweets. Practically zero effort was expended in generating this article.

  • All of us living on the earth have the right to know how the data is interacting with our daily life.

    The other day,European congress was grilling Mark Zackerberg.They triggered one bullet question:What's "shadow account" doing?Zackerberg obviously tried to get away without answering.

  • May i suggest IEEE Collabratec as a potential future facebook alternative. It was built for engineers and scientists, however anyone can use it. It may have room for improvement, however it is not bad.

  • And another! 😂🤣

  • Everyone assumes it's the privacy concerns driving the users away. It's not.

    Facebook has -clearly- chosen their side in the culture wars, no surprise the people that FB considers their enemies, to be suppressed, censored or marginalized are leaving.

  • This is telling...

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