The WHY in why Facebook (YouTube, Snap, Twitter, Et. al) are bad is so much more than their data policies or advertising it's that their entire existence is predicated on a LIE.
A lie so pervasive that almost the entire wold believes it.
That there service is "free" and that our contributions are not valuable.
When in fact there is nothing more invaluable than our time and attention, of which we are each given only a finite amount to spend.
@mangeurdenuage For sure a simplification of a few factors.
When the internet first came about we were kind of just happy to be able to connect with others and share pictures, videos, etc.
Though over time these became the places we needed to market, do business, or just communicate.
We never really stopped to consider the implications of the bargain we were striking with these VC backed platforms and how or why they could offer us a service for free and what they would want in return.
@rbenjamin their value is in their userbase, and they know it. A town hall without the 'town' is just a hall. A community notice board without a community is just a board.
@Hascobe yep. These multi Billion dollar platforms are by themselves no more than flea market parking lots.
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