As Twitchy reported, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has posted a statement addressing “the Cambridge Analytica situation” that has dominated the media the last few days:
Mark Zuckerberg has released a statement on the Cambridge Analytica situation: "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you."
— NPR (@NPR) March 21, 2018
Just for context, we’re going to go back to Ben Shapiro one more time for his concise analysis of the whole Facebook hullabaloo:
This whole hullaballoo about Facebook isn't complicated.
1. Trump wins.
2. Democrats/Left declare social media in "crisis," threaten legislation.
3. Social media heads punish conservatives.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 20, 2018
Again, we already seem to be at Step 2: The Washington Post, which we’d certainly file under the “Left,” published a piece Wednesday on the “Facebook crisis” and noting how difficult it is to quit the social media service.
It’s easy to hate Facebook. It’s much tougher to quit. https://t.co/0ef0xixrsF
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 21, 2018
… the idea of quitting always seems to spread further than the follow-through. Even as we learn more about what Facebook does to us, that knowledge comes into conflict with what Facebook has grown to do for us. For many, that moment of hovering over the deactivate button feels a lot like trying to leave a store that’s giving away candy.
Actor Rob Lowe really put things into context:
Yes. To quit sharing your barbecue photos and conspiracy theories may be the single toughest thing you will ever have to face as a human being. https://t.co/vqvkZM2XC7
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) March 21, 2018
To be fair, there’s always Instagram if you feel the compulsion to share photos of your lunch each day.
Dog pics. Where the hell am I going to post pics of my dog? Come on man. Have a heart.
— Steve Mitchell (@bstephenmitchel) March 21, 2018
What does anyone else think? Is it tougher than it seems to quit Facebook?
Not really https://t.co/G9MMw6mZwE
— Jason (@jasonelevation) March 21, 2018
— Trevor Whitney (@TWhitneySATX) March 21, 2018
Ehhh not really. https://t.co/sChvtSpTGJ
— Hutaff Hillside (@LucasHaskins) March 21, 2018
— Diana with one n (@dianamccoy) March 21, 2018
I promise it isn't https://t.co/BTzZqIGyDa
— Kate Elizabeth Queram (@katequeram) March 21, 2018
Somewhere along the way, “It’s actually not that hard to quit Facebook” became a radical contrarian hot take https://t.co/F3WEaplzYX
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) March 21, 2018
A couple weeks ago I reactivated my FB account but was only able to handle it for like 4 days. I find it much easier to quit now than ever before. https://t.co/2UhyT6Wubw
— Armandus Peñalatus (@gpena90) March 21, 2018
Got rid of my account and haven't felt better.
Tossed around the idea of doing the same for twitter, but the mute button really is a miracle worker. https://t.co/xmhspiVrE3
— Kyle Hood (@K_Hood) March 21, 2018
I quit FB last September. It's a dramatic step to not just deactivate but actually delete your account. But once I deleted, never missed FB. It's mostly just noise. https://t.co/sCX6cwvBuR
— Tabarnak (@BirchandMaple) March 21, 2018
Instead of deactivating, just tighten your security and remove all of your likes and community things, reduce friends down to people you know IRL.
Make your profile less valuable to FB, less interesting, but still useful as an address book for distant aunts. https://t.co/KH1pzLNd0m
— LeslieP (@less_tx) March 21, 2018
It really wasn't. Delete all your pics and posts individually, then delete your profile, then delete the bookmark and never look back.
What could be simpler than *not* visiting a website? https://t.co/STUovcTkn6
— Sean F (@LiteDoctor) March 21, 2018
Having cancer is hard. Quitting Facebook is not. Cmon people. https://t.co/PgPfPicaWo
— Lil E (@calgirl13) March 21, 2018
Power grab time: Senators talk about regulating Facebook; 'Their power is massive' https://t.co/jai1DsAem7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 21, 2018