JC’s Confession #19

In the first few seasons of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert did a recurring skit, now a best-selling book, called Midnight Confessions, in which he “confesses” to his audience with the disclaimer that he isn’t sure these things are really sins but that he does “feel bad about them.” While Stephen and his writers are famously funny, I am not, so my JC’s Confessions will be somewhat more serious reflections, but they will be things that I feel bad about. Stephen’s audience always forgives him at the end of the segment; I’m not expecting that – and these aren’t really sins – but comments are always welcome.

JC

I am still on Facebook and feel guilty about it.

I’m confessing this now because it is top of mind after reflecting on Ellen Morris Prewitt’s post on leaving Facebook. Ellen is an amazing author, blogger, community volunteer, and former lawyer from the American South. She shares her insights on a range of topics and has recently published a number of powerful posts about race and racism. I urge everyone to visit her blog and subscribe.

I confess that, despite my dismay over Facebook spreading false information, their exploitative business model, and the vagaries of their newsfeed algorithms, I am staying with the platform for now.

I’ve tried to make my own Facebook experience as insulated from harm as possible. I use Social Fixer, which allows me to hide sponsored posts, political posts, and other parts of the page that I don’t want to see. I spend almost no time scrolling through my newsfeed and do not use Facebook as a news source. I do automatically send posts to my blog page and then link them to my personal timeline for added visibility, although I remain annoyed at how few people can actually see my posts due to the aforementioned vagaries of Facebook algorithms.

I admit that part of the reason I stay with Facebook is that there are people with whom I am connected only via Facebook and don’t want to lose touch with them. I also am one of the administrators for a private Facebook group for my college class and don’t want to abandon that responsibility.

I know those are personal excuses that in no way forgive my responsibility in participating with a platform that causes harm. I do favor policies and regulations that will make Facebook a safe, honest cyberplace.

I’m probably hopelessly naïve to think that that is possible.

But that is, perhaps, a confession for another day…

Author: Joanne Corey

Please come visit my eclectic blog, Top of JC's Mind. You can never be sure what you'll find!

16 thoughts on “JC’s Confession #19”

  1. I share this guilt. I stay for two reasons. 1) Connection to family and friends far flung across the globe. 2) FB has become the central location for information in my area. Living in a rural environment, we have no local news source. Everything is communicated through FB.

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  2. I am so irritated with FB. The most recent news of their practices is truly disturbing. They banned my WP blog from there as against community standards. While I do post an occasional raw post on WP, it is nothing like what I see on my own personal feed. And that’s allowed while my innocent little blog gets turned into the pokey for violating community standards which I now know they don’t even have. Yet still I stay (personal page only) since that is my only communication mode for some family and friends who live outside of Texas.

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    1. FB is so opaque, although it seems that some cracks are appearing to let some light in and, I hope, enforcement of appropriate standards – yes to your blog but no to rampant lying, exploitation, crime, and hate. It seems many of us are trying to carve out a space for our family and friends while avoiding as much FB chaos as we can.

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    2. FB banned my blog, too. My guess is they didn’t like all the links on my Good News Tuesday posts. Maybe they think those links are selling something and they want me to pay for advertising. I just shake my head.

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        1. I know! That’s why I suspect that it’s just the number of links and they’re not looking at content in my case. I’ve objected, but have not pursued an appeal.

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      1. I’m sad to hear that happened to you as well. And what passes as ok makes me cringe. I thought that could be part of the reason with me too, they wanted to monetized my feed somehow. I kept saying personal blog not business blog. It was shortly after that exchange when I no longer met community standards.

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  3. Thank you for your kind words, Joanne. I don’t know if I told you that my FB departure has been delayed bc there’s a 2 week lag between requesting to delete my author page & it actually happening. I don’t want to delete my personal page then have problems with the author page and be unable to get into it…everything FB is for FB.

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    1. Why am I not surprised that FB would make it complicated to leave? I wonder if FB relinquishes any data it has on you after you do delete your accounts…

      I do hope that some people will hop over to your blog/website and follow you there. They should!

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      1. I think the data is deleted along with the account, though really who knows? You can download and save whatever you want from your account before you delete it (such as photos), but the photos are duplicates from my phone, so I didn’t do that.

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