YOUNG people have begun leaving Facebook in the hope of finding a better virtual life elsewhere.
The exodus, which has grown from a trickle to a flood, has no clear destination in mind but dreams of a social network where comforting platitudes are not so easily shared.
18-year-old Eleanor Shaw said: “Somewhere out there, somewhere through the malware-infested data mountains of the darknet, is a place where we can be together and communicate without being asked to click on an optical illusion.
“A place where we don’t face condemnation for not Liking a made-up story about a made-up kid with cancer, where our employers can’t see how drunk we were last night.
“It will be a long, difficult dangerous journey, but it needs to be so our parents can’t follow us.”