Why I’m deleting Facebook, by someone who has no idea it also owns WhatsApp and Instagram

By Susan Traherne

WHEN I first joined Facebook in 2007, it seemed such a marvellous innovation. An effortless way to keep in touching distance with the lives of friends, relative and former colleagues. 

But now I am beginning to realise that Facebook is not a force for good. And that is why I am deleting my profile while continuing to freely use WhatsApp and Instagram.

I’m not somebody who follows the “tech news”. I don’t know how all these big companies fit together. But as I was saying in our Conscious Capitalism WhatsApp group last night, Zuckerberg has gone too far.

Facebook should not be harvesting our data. It should not be selling that data to unscrupulous third parties. But it has forgotten that it is nothing without its users.

Most importantly, it is no longer the only social networker in town. If I want to message friends, there’s an app for that. If I want to share photos, there’s an app for that too.

I will no longer give Facebook my precious likes. Instead, I shall bestow them elsewhere, and there is nothing they can do to stop me.

Tonight, I shall be deactivating my Facebook account and notifying that unethical internet conglomerate that I wish them to delete my data. If you want to join me, then I can guide you through the process step-by-step because I’m filming it as an Instagram Story.

Facebook is over. It triumphed only because of our naivety and ignorance about Big Data. But we will never been that foolish again.

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Millennials need better social skills, says pissed baby boomer 

A 64-YEAR-OLD drinking her way through retirement has informed millennials that the reason they are not doing better is because of their poor social skills. 

Francesca Johnson, who has a final salary pension and rental income from a second home, told a bartender that he just needs to learn to get on with people.

She said: “They do all these unpaid internships and wonder why they’re not getting jobs. Well, it’s because they’re not friendly enough!

“If they were then the boss would invite them into his office, say ‘I like you, and I want you to work for me,’ give them a cigar and a starting salary of 50 grand or so, done.

“When a young girl pushes past me at the gym, I think it’s no wonder she can’t get a house and won’t ever be able to retire. It’s because she’s got no manners.”

Barman Tom Logan said: “It’s great advice. When I go to my day job tomorrow, because I can’t survive on just one job, I’ll try taking an interest in the boss’s day, like she suggested.

“Then I’ll be dismissed from my zero-hours contract for wasting time when I should be picking orders.”