New Facebook Policy
Last edited 2020-10-04.
Recent events and a sudden attack of common sense that I suffered have led me to make the following changes in my interaction ("rules of engagement," if you will) with the social media platform run by Mark Zuckerberg's company Facebook, effective with this writing (September 23, 2020). A similar action was implemented a very short time ago and experimentally suspended. It did not work; hence this final action.
Additions, if necessary, will be noted in edits to this page (with corresponding effective dates given), but the measures noted below will not be revoked.
My Timeline: Move on. Nothing to see. Edited 2020-10-04
The recent announcement by Facebook that it will remove posts that "wish" Trump dead was the last straw.
Accordingly, I have rescinded my pledge not to post on my timeline any further. Someone has to speak up against these outrages by the owner of Facebook.
Ignoring Newsfeed and Unfollowing Friends
Because I no longer even view my newsfeed and am unfollowing almost all FB friends, I will not see postings from Facebook friends on their timelines unless I go view those timelines, which will be a rare occurence. You can reach me via email, telephone, or Messenger. I will lose nothing by not looking at my newsfeed, beyond not being able to have irrelevant, annoying, and sometimes clearly criminal ads and other content thrown at me by Mark Zuckerberg.
Group Postings Only Deleted 2020-10-04
No Liking or Other Casual Engagement Edited 2020-10-04
I will undertake to no longer simply "react" on posts in groups or on indvidiual timelines. If I like (or dislike) something that much, rather than clicking on a Facebook-provided icon, I will attempt to make an appropriately responsive post.
Blocking and Unfriending
I have already begun the process of blocking or unfriending people, including but not limited to:
- people who often share content that is totally unattributed or is attributed to a source that has not revealed their true identity;
- people who often share content from anonymous Facebook pages (most are anonymous) or a website that is anonymously created and maintained;
- people who promote cults, religions, or coaching businesses;
- people who share "chain" posts that ask readers to share or copy & paste them; and last, but certainly not least,
- people who clearly support political views that have done much in recent years to bring destruction and division to the country of my birth; I don't have the skills or time to change their views.
Additionally, people who are habitual sharers of Facebook pages and websites should note that the name of a Facebook page or the URL or purported title of an anonymously created and maintained website is not in and of itself an identity. More rigor is required to evoke trust from readers.
And another group that warrants consideration of unfriending or blocking is that growing population of people who recklessly an unlawfully post material that they do not own the copyright to, most often without attribution. These people need to understand that the existence of content in a publicly viewable and stealable place does not mean that the material is public domain.