I love Facebook, but also kind of hate it at the same time. And I know a lot of people feel the same way. It’s crazy how much time I spend on my phone looking at bullshit on Facebook.
It often occurs to me that I should stop, but I know myself and how hard it is for me to stop nasty habits. I also smoke a lot and I know I should quit but that hasn’t happened as well. It’s the same with Facebook.
But recently Facebook had a rough time. Apparently, Facebook has sold data from 85 million users to Cambridge Analytica. And that’s to say the least “a kind of a dick move”. And Mark Zuckerberg himself had to stand trial and explain what was going on.
I read everything about it and thought to myself: “My god, my privacy is at stake here…This is an outrage!”
Actually… That’s not really true.
That may be the appropriate reaction but as a matter of fact I couldn’t really care. It is perhaps the same thing when I hear for the thousandth time that smoking causes cancer. I should care… But I don’t really. I like Facebook. I like to talk to my friends abroad and I also like to every now and then see what Disney character I am. (I am Gaston from Belle and the Beast, which I think is pretty cool.)
I also study journalism and there has yet to be found a better way to stay up to date with everything that is going on. And if my job or study can be done easier with Facebook then without, I don’t care paying a little price like my (uninteresting) data.
But apparently, some people do care. Amongst them a Dutch television host called Arjan Lubach. His show ‘Zondag met Lubach’ (Sunday with Lubach) has had a couple of big successes online. Mostly on Facebook. He is responsible for the ‘America First, Netherlands Second’ campaign.
His team is also behind the trailer for the Game of Thrones Spinoff ‘Westeros’. His video about America’s NRA has been an online success as well. With these videos, he has reached tens of millions of people all over the world. (Links to videos in the bottom of the page.)
But even though Facebook is the biggest tool for Arjen, he decided to quit Facebook and called upon the Dutch to do the same.
You can watch the video with subtitles here:
So last Wednesday, thousands of Dutch people have deleted their Facebook. Amongst them a couple of my friends (Sad…)
So what does this mean?
Do I hope Facebook is spooked by everything and will behave in the future? Yes, of course.
Do I think anything will change? No of course not.
Like millions of other users, I won’t delete my Facebook for a long time and Markie Marc knows that. He can do whatever he wants. But my advice to him would be that he stays ahead of the curve. Because in a couple of years (maybe earlier), the next cool thing will be here and then people will leave Facebook for real.
I’m just going to patiently wait for the new cool thing. The new cool thing network that old people won’t find out off for tens of years and hopefully has a filter so that I don’t have to look at ugly pictures of children posted by annoying mothers.
But for now it’s just going to be Facebook. And to be honest. I’m also fine with that.
Videos by Zondag met Lubach
America First – Netherlands Second
Westeros: The series