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Do you wish Facebook would go away and never come back?

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, accused of many not-so-nice things, like mining its members’ personal information and feeding them stories they like to read, whether they are true or just another conspiracy theory.

We know from previous surveys that many readers do not participate in social media of any kind, and many of them are especially turned off by Facebook.

What about you? Do you consider Facebook friend or foe? Do you hope it continues forever or that somehow it goes away?

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Sherry
2 hours ago

Facebook has definitely been a personal tool to control conservative thinking or comments. And it is in the control of ONE PERSON. I will add, from personal experience, that the majority of its advertisers are from China and the goods they are advertising are so poor in quality and not anywhere near what is photographed that I don’t any longer buy any product that is advertised on Facebook. My experience with this junk started in the first wave of COVID — a fact I find fascinating. Shall I say I strongly suspect a hand in hand arrangement. I do.

chris
2 hours ago
Reply to  Sherry

I’m on FB every day, and I see “conservative” posts all the time. What they are trying to control is misinformation about Covid and calls for violence regarding the “stolen election.” FB doesn’t want to be taken over by radical and violent extremists and lose most of their audience. They’re trying to maintain some semblance of that most elusive commodity, the truth. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

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CLeeNick
3 hours ago

When Facebook kicked me off for a month due to my support for the then President of the USA, I knew I was done with Facebook as far as using it for any serious communications with family and friends. They blocked my ability to post anything, and even blocked my ability to send private messages to friends and family members. That made Facebook utterly useless to me. One thing they didn’t block was my ability to delete, so I spent that time removing over a decade worth of personal content, and now only post political stuff and anti-Facebook memes, and that only rarely. I’ve tried getting kicked off again, to no avail. Apparently they are only interested in blocking support of one particular, now former, US president. One humorous side effect of deleting all of my content: They no longer know what to try to sell me. The resulting ads for oatmeal, baby formula, and hair coloring are pretty humorous, given the context.

I now use MeWe.

Last edited 3 hours ago by CLeeNick
Daycruiser
4 hours ago

Never had a Facebook account and never will, Wife got rid her account after all the political stuff got fierce and somebody in China kept trying to hack her account threatening to post nude pictures of her all over the internet. I told the hacker to post them if he had them cause she and I both wanted to see them (hacker disappeared). Facebook is evil and your kids are sucking up everything on it.

Vincee
3 days ago

Facebook, its sister company Instagram, and just about every social media company out there are the bane of today’s society. They have far and away gone beyond their original purpose of “keeping family and friends” connected.

Today social media plays a huge role in our politics and elections, lifestyle choices, decisions, and peer pressure on youth and control many of today’s messages without regard to repercussion or give a darn on the effects of society.

The Mark Z’s of the world just keeps getting richer and richer and richer using your information Bob Palin without regard to you or your “Friends” list privacy.

chris
59 minutes ago
Reply to  Vincee

Seems to me FB is a medium, not the message. It’s the people on there who have abused it, and then blame FB when they get called out for it. Some go as far as wanting the government to control it, while at the same time hating the government. People have changed in the last 5 years.

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Bob Palin
5 days ago

The more I see the results of these polls the less I think that RV people are my people. Facebook is great, why on earth would anybody want it to go away? If you don’t enjoy it don’t use it.

chris
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Shocking, isn’t it?

Pat
6 days ago

I use Facebook to keep up with friends and family only. I pay zero attention to any other content.

Ronald Duncan
6 days ago

I just send out an e-mail to everyone I want to update . that way I can control who gets what ( no dirty jokes to my cousins ) and don’t have to be bothered by all the ads and junk .
As Facebook is using your data to make money you are working for them for free. If Facebook payed me to use it maybe I would.

Lonnie
7 days ago

I have a button in my machine that enables me to bypass matters I don’t consider worthy of my time, both left-sided and right-sided viewpoints don’t have enough time left to be bothered by vile spewing, disagreeable people. I use the site for my purposes.

DL Jenson
6 days ago
Reply to  Lonnie

Exactly! I also unfollow people who spread the hate. Love keeping up with family & old friends

Thomas
7 days ago

Should have another choice – I don’t care one way or the other. I use it to keep up on those I graduated from high school with 55 years ago but I don’t otherwise use it much.

Facebook is like many other things – if I don’t like them I don’t use them. Life is too short to get upset about what someone else is doing that doesn’t affect me.

Pat Brown
7 days ago

My husband and I don’t like Facebook except to keep up with the animal rescue organizations. As to family and friends, we know things about them now that we wish we didn’t and see them in a very different light. It’s a shame. We have befriended almost all of them.

Bob Palin
5 days ago
Reply to  Pat Brown

We have befriended almost all of them.”

Why would you do that if you don’t want to know about them?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
4 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

I think Pat meant “unfriended.” 😉 Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Bill
7 days ago

Facebook has a serious amount of bad issues, but Facebook makes it possible to stay connected to family. That makes the disgusting platform worth using.

Jeff Craig
7 days ago

I like many things about FB, but I have no issues with doing away with it being a publicly traded company (same with Twitter, Alphabet, etc…) whose goal is money over people. They should also only allow verifiable, (i.e. corporate, .edu or .gov addresses – no fake or ‘sock puppet accounts) and they need to moderate their content. I like being able to stay in touch with groups I’m in and friends I don’t get to see, but I am done with the lies, hate and vitriol that they allow to be spread.

Nick
7 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Jeff – I disagree with your request that FB moderate their content. FB is preventing “free speech” and anyone who disagrees with the main stream media or the current progressive agenda gets their posts scrutinized and sanitized by “Fact Checkers” (who are anything but). It’s a slippery slope, but when people use FB to share ideas -we shouldn’t be silencing people just because you disagree with their political point of view.

chris
6 days ago
Reply to  Nick

If you want unadulterated unhinged “free speech” try Mike Lindell’s Frankspeech.com. I guess it’s still up.. I don’t know, but it’s gotta be a haven for right-wingers. If you’re lucky maybe Mike will stop by with the proof the election was stolen.

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Tom
6 days ago
Reply to  Nick

It’s a Private company, get over it or go back to sleep

Wayne
5 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Nick your comment gave evidence of your political preference.

Bob Palin
5 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Who is going to pay for all this moderation you want?

Rich
7 days ago

FB is a cesspool…we don’t use it.

david
7 days ago

Dang it, I hate that people are being forced to log into Facebook and use it and to top it all off, they are not allowed to cancel their enrollment. Terrible situation!!!!

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  david

lol

John
7 days ago

I only use it for my tutoring business.

Roy Davis
7 days ago

The issue I have is not with Facebook but the government sheltering them from antitrust litigation and for violating free speech. They also delete post that they don’t like claiming they’re “false” or “hate speech” when neither was the case. I’ve had stuff removed that I had cited the sources that collaborated the facts.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

The word is corroborated. These days, almost any crazy idea or untruth you want to find support for will be out there. That doesn’t mean it’s true. FB has a right to conduct business the way they want – the 1st doesn’t apply to private business. They are not a right-wing hate platform, a Covid misinformation center, nor do they support the “Big Lie.”

You can’t on the one hand say “The government can’t tell me what to do”, but then say “I want the government to tell Facebook what to do.”

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Rich
7 days ago
Reply to  chris

FB clearly hates a conservative-point-of-view and they label “misinformation” anything that does not sync up with their leftie point of view. this is why conservatives are routinely squelched and true terrorists such as the taliban and those who support them are not.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  Rich

They have a right to a point of view. What is routinely squelched is what they deem “misleading or incorrect information”, based on a preponderance of evidence and real science. Science is not “leftie”. Then again, I realize most of the readers of this RV paper are “rightie” Trump supporters.

I don’t think much of Fox news, so I don’t go there. You probably shouldn’t be on Facebook.

Last edited 7 days ago by chris
Jeff Craig
7 days ago
Reply to  chris

WOW, Rich…. I find it odd how you think the ‘Taliban’ are active on FB, but you rail about how the ‘American Taliban’ are shut out of it when they have the exact same goals. If you want to live in a country that’s based on religious law, maybe move to one that is. I’ve spent my share of time serving in those countries and will do whatever needs to be done to prevent America from becoming like one of ‘those’ countries.

Wayne
5 days ago
Reply to  chris

Chris you are exactly correct. I totally agree.

Rolling Coal
7 days ago

Face Book is like a bad traffic accident, everybody slows down to look, then moves on. I admit, I was curious at the beginning; had a look and determined very quickly it would add absolutely no value to my life!

Irv
7 days ago

I don’t care either way about people sharing with friends and family.

What I detest about Facebook is the way they implemented groups. It’s very hard to use and there’s lots of good forum software that could have been used. Even Yahoo groups was easier to use than what Facebook implemented. (They hide most responses to a post and it’s cumbersome to show more or backtrack.)

Robert Heacock
7 days ago

I don’t “follow” anyone on Facebook. I know where I’m going, thank you. That being said, there are a lot of RVers who make videos of their travels and have very useful information which I have found to be valuable and informative. There’s a Fleetwood Pace Arrow group I look at, and there are a bunch of sites concerning building ship models, which is my hobby. Unfortunately, there are many people who use Facebook to spread fear, misinformation, and even incite violence. And Facebook doesn’t seem to care. All they want is for you to spend more time on Facebook. Let’s face it, Facebook knows everything about you based on where you’ve been on FB. So much for privacy. “Free speech”, though, is a very slippery slope. What should be banned, and what shouldn’t? Obviously, there have to be moderators, but I don’t think FB is up to the task. Sadly, when something gets abused enough, the Government needs to step in and do it for them. But you know where that goes…………………………….

chris
7 days ago

Don’t shoot the messenger.

Capt. Jim
58 minutes ago
Reply to  chris

Chris, you need to stop making sense. You know it doesn’t work on people who are “Right”.

chris
45 minutes ago
Reply to  Capt. Jim

‘Right’ indeed.

Last edited 42 minutes ago by chris

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