This is not the first time swaths of people have stood up against a billionaire controlling an international dialog.
As early as 2013, Facebook had already revealed itself to be the worst, most dangerous social media corporation on the internet. It tried to be the internet. With that responsibility under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg had already made a mess of things. Facebook illegally collected information, stored your personal data to sell to advertisers and politicians, experienced multiple hacks and data compromises resulting in several lawsuits and a hot-seat before a Senate committee to answer directly on behalf of their skewered ethics. In 2014 they tried to force everyone to use the real names, as represented on government issued identifications, which put millions of people in harms way; Women evading abusive ex spouses and stalkers, trans people who hadn’t yet changed their documentation were suddenly outed to colleagues and peer groups while hate groups like Kiwi Farms harvested that information to create “Kill lists” or anyone that had been revealed as trans or non-binary. In an effort to compete with Ebay and other online auction sites, they launched Facebook Marketplace, where people looking to sell things could list the item, and meet the buyer in person. This was an open invite for predatory individuals to spy on a potential seller, access their profile, look at their photos of their friends and family, determine their activity patterns, find out where they lived, worked, where their children went to school and their marital status. Facebook Marketplace became a hotbed of criminal activity, with thieves meeting a trusting seller and robbing them and women getting attacked by a sinister predator who never had any intention of purchasing anything to begin with. The whole world was given access to even the smallest nuances of our daily lives, habits and affiliations and naturally, havoc ensued. Since then, Facebook has done nothing to change their method of Marketplace implementation and instead introduced Facebook Dating… you can imagine how well that is going.
But it was during these back to back betrayals of trust and the lack of faith in Zuckerberg’s reckless engineering and entitlement to the most intimate details of our lives that many people decided to bid the aging social media company farewell.