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#4647474 - 06/04/24 10:46 AM Finally dumped Facebook  
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I joined Facebook in 2008 and in the beginning it was nice reconnecting with several friends from high school who I had lost contact with but over the past 2 years or so I became more and more fed up with the ever more obtrusive ads, the hackers, the fake accounts contacting me and the auto-generated political blogs that would show up in my feed with the obvious intent of just drumming up outrage and controversy. So I finally deleted my account a couple days ago. Has anyone else here recently dumped social media?


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#4647476 - 06/04/24 11:02 AM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Not recently. I ditched it years ago. I only had Facebook and Twitter. Social media is a toilet. It's full of $hit.


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#4647477 - 06/04/24 11:22 AM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Killed Facebook long time ago, kept Instagram for following various military/humorous and X for Ukraine updates. Do not miss Facebook at all.

#4647478 - 06/04/24 11:34 AM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I've been "anti-social" all my life (an officially-diagnosed "introvert") smile

I've been on SimHQ since 1999. Its the only "social" thread I've ever been on. In fact, its the only thread.

I like you guys thumbsup


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#4647479 - 06/04/24 11:40 AM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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We're very glad to have you here Allen! You add much to our daily discussions.


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#4647480 - 06/04/24 11:54 AM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I did the same in 2020. And I did so in protest to their politics and censorship. I've done the same with Google, switched to Duck Duck Go and like it fine.


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#4647483 - 06/04/24 12:59 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Still on Facebook for friends and family as well as a few groups that I can only associate with via Facebook. With properly applied blocking and reporting I am subjected to very little that I don't want to be subjected to.

Also in X, the only site that comes close to genuine free speech. There's a handful of X accounts that everyone should follow in order to remain truly informed on world events.


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#4647484 - 06/04/24 01:06 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Originally Posted by F4UDash4
There's a handful of X accounts that everyone should follow in order to remain truly informed on world events.


It's very tragic to me how traditional journalism has become such an utter travesty that one of the few places where you can still find unfiltered straight news is online. A few weeks ago on Youtube, I watched an NBC nightly news broadcast from 1959. I was pleasantly stunned by the total lack of any sensationalism and political bias.


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#4647489 - 06/04/24 01:51 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I still have a Facebook account, mostly to keep abreast of family stuff since they live so far away. I am not sure how this works, but the stuff that gets inserted there for me ranges from the far left to the far right and everything in between. I'll get something about how I have to defend Trump and the next item would be something celebrating that he was found guilty (those are just examples, I get the whole range - pro- and anti-trans, pro- and anti-landlord, etc.).

The ones that annoy me most, and I can figure them out based on what I've seen in places other than Facebook, are posts that put something up claiming that there's some great success for a conservative singer or actor, surpassing another one considered "woke," but if check it, it says it's a "satire" site. I'm sure they just post that so that some conservatives will get excited and repost it, and the original poster can then say something like "ha ha! I got you dumb conservatives!" I started blocking those and it seems to have gotten better.

At this point, though, the main thing I use it for is to find cute Snoopy and Woodstock cartoons and funny memes to send to my girlfriend. She likes to get little funny things to break up the day.


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#4647490 - 06/04/24 01:54 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
I was pleasantly stunned by the total lack of any sensationalism and political bias.


I remember those days (late 1950s). I was a kid who watched news on TV. Got both sides of issues.

In the early 1970s the change to Socialist Propaganda got started in earnest. One older 1950s news person retired. Said he had been a "Democrat" and it had been hard to "tell both sides" fairly. However, a "socialist takeover" plan had literally already been written.

In the mid 1980s, I remember the head of ABC news (I think it was ABC, may have been CBS) coming "out of the closet" publicly. He said, since ABC news personnel were 90 percent Democrat voters, they could not abide helping Republicans -- and, he said from then on if one wanted to see/hear the Republican side, one had to find another news organization. NBC, CBS, ABC all did the same. As did major Big City Newspapers.

Now, I turn off any political news programs that pop-up.

And, of course, the USA Educational system -- Kindergarten through College graduation -- got on the same Socialist bandwagon in the 1980s.

Nothing has changed in Politics during the last 3000+ years -- Socialism always wins. Moses knew (see the 10th commandment).

Just me ranting smile


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#4647492 - 06/04/24 03:02 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Closed my account 30 years ago! Did come back to It once when I was going through some hard times but only lasted a few months and this was a few decades ago. Don´t think I need to say why, most here already have done the same for most likely the same reasons. Personally I think that the world has advanced technically In giant leaps, but socially I think we have retrograded enormously. In theory the tech we have In hand was made to communicate (or we were supposed to believe that), but In practice It has quite been the opposite, and only a means to control. But let´s not get Into that as this Is not the thread for It. The thing Is that I left Fakebook behind a long time ago!

Social media for me Is here, and some other forums, but not much as sometimes even forums can be a let down.

As Led Zep would say "Communication Breakdown" that´s literally speaking Is what we have been brought to.


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#4647497 - 06/04/24 03:26 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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#4647499 - 06/04/24 03:48 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: RedOneAlpha]  
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Originally Posted by RedOneAlpha
Closed my account 30 years ago! Did come back to It once when I was going through some hard times but only lasted a few months and this was a few decades ago.



I don't quite follow. FB didn't exist 30 years ago.

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#4647505 - 06/04/24 04:33 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by RedOneAlpha
Closed my account 30 years ago! Did come back to It once when I was going through some hard times but only lasted a few months and this was a few decades ago.



I don't quite follow. FB didn't exist 30 years ago.


Missed It by only a few years biggrin

I just feel time has gone by so fast, but yeah must have been around 2007. Nice, I feel younger now!


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#4647508 - 06/04/24 04:48 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I have moved (been to) quite a lot of places In my life so It´s sometimes hard to keep track of when and where. But looking back now and doing a quick search, I remember when Steam first came out, which coincidently was a year before FB In 2003, I totally hated Steam! It was like one of the first Intrusive platforms I was meet with. I didn´t want to use It and most for have It tied to my game, I wanted to have full control of my game, after all I paid for It! We are all use to It now, but at that time It was a big NO go for me.

Anyway, all this seems like a long time ago, but I still prefer those days then today for many things.

Sorry for the off topic PM!


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#4647509 - 06/04/24 04:56 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: RedOneAlpha]  
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Originally Posted by RedOneAlpha


Sorry for the off topic PM!


No problem at all. Any posting activity is welcomed to help keep this site alive!

As for Steam, I joined when I bought the "Orange Box" which had Half Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress. I believe that was in 2004.

I'm now down to one single game that is not under any of the major online distribution services like Steam, UbiConnect, Epic, EA Origin, etc.


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If you report ads etc that annoy you as spam you can eventually train FB to not present as much annoying stuff. I rarely have to do this any more. But when it happens it seems to be a bunch over a day or so then goes back to normal, once per week, levels.


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I think FB really died for a lot of people when they said that any content posted on FB they could keep and use, or something like that. Really a bazar Idea but It seems like a trend of which now you have to go through the loop of cookies and all sorts of BS corporations pulled out of their hat so they can use you´re data for what ever they want and even sell It, so we can thank FB for throwing the first rock.

The problem has only gotten bigger, with more spam, and more ways to screw you over be It by getting hacked, or simply being bombarded every day with crap that you are not Interested In. Even Amazon now has commercials, and I bet soon all paid platforms will have commercials again and back to square one, but this time around you´re paying for It.

I honestly sometimes feel like I live In Matrix, I could swear I even saw some glitches when the cough!


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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by RedOneAlpha


Sorry for the off topic PM!


No problem at all. Any posting activity is welcomed to help keep this site alive!

As for Steam, I joined when I bought the "Orange Box" which had Half Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress. I believe that was in 2004.

I'm now down to one single game that is not under any of the major online distribution services like Steam, UbiConnect, Epic, EA Origin, etc.


Yeah I remember that, and I guess Steam was the stepping stone to get everyone on one of these platforms so you really don´t own any game unless you buy It on DVD or whatever medium used now.

I know I sound a bit negative, but It Is a bit apocalyptical the way they conducted mass consumerism, at least for the not rich! Even the definition sounds scary hahaha


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#4647528 - 06/04/24 07:38 PM Re: Finally dumped Facebook [Re: RedOneAlpha]  
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Originally Posted by RedOneAlpha
I think FB really died for a lot of people when they said that any content posted on FB they could keep and use, or something like that.



I have always operated with the understanding that things posted online, be it on Facebook or Twitter or SimHQ, aren't private by definition. If you want to keep your "stuff" private don't put it online, anywhere.


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