Thoughts re: #DeleteFacebook

#DeleteFB to silence dissenting opinions

and

#DeleteFB to fight technocratic authoritarianism

are borne of competing ideologies but advocate for the same outcome.

The question is, which effect is deleting Facebook more likely to have?...
Deleting Facebook to silence dissent is somewhat redundant in its primary utility given FB already employs mechanisms to censor.

Then again, if the point of deleting is to take ownership of your information consumption (v. censoring others), that's a noble choice...
It's also likely that some intend a not-so-mass exodus to serve as a warning to Zuckerberg et al, i.e. "If you don't censor others MORE, I'm going to leave!"

& if he were smart, he would call their bluff, primarily because kowtowing to extortion only leads to more extortion...
Were he to accommodate in reaction to the threat, he would likely lose more power attempting to placate the extremists than he would directly via the user reduction caused by letting them walk.

B/c it's not a simple, unilateral loss...it's a power *transfer*...
which could result in him handing control to a group that might (eventually) disable and overtake him.

Not ideal for Z but could be a boon to pro-censor.

If not, the status quo for pro-censor is life a world where the info knob is dialed up and down by someone else...
This brings us to #DeleteFacebook to fight technocratic authoritarianism

Anti-tech-auth may join the pro-censors (most of whom are not serious) in deleting, thinking user count drop reduces Zuckerberg et al's immediate power & influence.

And, at best, that's marginally true..
But bruising Z's ego (realistic worst-case) might not be worth the cost of losing access to the "open" (I know, I know) platform through which to disseminate CTAs/ideas for any cause...Unless orchestrated at an unprecedented scale (to cripple vs. bruise)...
& with an alt platform at the ready (which has thus far been unsuccessful at said scale)

The ultimate effect would likely be limiting their own immediate reach.

AKA Self-censorship...
So Deleting FB helps no one and we are impotent but to let Zuckerberg et al rule the world and make all the decisions for everyone - unchecked - forever, right?

Maybe not.

If the pro-censor and anti-tech-auth crowds BOTH deleted FB simultaneously and en masse...
and really hit Zuckerberg et al where it hurts by putting a serious dent in active users, both camps would get something they want.

Pro-censor would get reduced "misinfo" spreading and put Z on notice. Anti-tech-auth could see a destabilization in Z's power...
...which could ripple into other important areas.

The important part is that Zuckerberg et al's capacity to pull civil society's strings at will would be reduced, which would be good for both camps...
The only reason it couldn't work is if both camps were so intransigent that they would rather cripple their own cause than knee-cap the entity holding them both back.

(I could go all North and Kings Landing and White Walkers here but I'll leave that to someone else...)
If there's a "Reset" at hand, it might be one in the most basic sense wherein the people band together to wrestle some power back from the elite.

Disrupt.

Once that happens, it is up to causes to mobilize & solve whatever probs the disruption raises (comm, platform, etc)...
There's no top-down change OTW. The world is working best for the people at the top who have consolidated the power and currently hold all of the cards.

RN you're FB's customer, product, & source of their influence?

What if you said, "No"?

What if millions said, "No"?...
Maybe they'd have no choice but to hand over some of those cards.

It sure would be interesting to see what would happen if they did. 🤔

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