Faceblock campaign asks users to boycott Facebook for 24 hours

An online campaign calling itself “Faceblock” is asking Facebook users to boycott the social media giant, once dubbed the “world’s most dangerous censor” for a 24-hour period to coincide with CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s April 11 testimony before Congress.

According to the campaign website:

Have the recent revelations around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica got you concerned about who has your personal information and how it’s being used? Worried about how elections and referendums around the world might have been engineered? Angered that fascist and racist content is allowed to proliferate while those fighting for civil rights have been blocked?

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have made apologetic statements and promises, but this is not good enough. Facebook has admitted that it is likely that all users have had their data scraped – that means that 2 billion of us could have been exposed.
Facebook: you can do better.

If millions of us refuse to use Facebook for just 24 hours on 11 April when Mark Zuckerberg is due to testify to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, and post about why we’re doing it, together we’ll send a powerful message that Facebook must do better. Our governments must also do more to protect our privacy, regulate digital monopolies, defend our civil rights and safeguard democracy.

The campaign also gives participants the opportunity to tell Zuckerberg why they won’t use his platform on the day he will testify to Congress.

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“We wanted to organise some direct action where lots of people could say that they love Facebook but want to see it improved. By not using the platform for a day, it’s a virtual demonstration that is easy to do but will send a powerful message that we demand better,” Laura Ullman, spokeswoman for the campaign, told the Guardian.

“We chose the day as we want to show Zuckerberg and also the US government that we want change. It’s Facebook’s responsibility to manage their platform, but it’s also the responsibility of governments to ensure companies protect data and to regulate monopolies,” she added.

It’s not the first time something like this has been done.

In 2013, yours truly organized a “Freedom from Facebook” Day and a “Facebook Blackout” day attracted some 35,000 participants.

While it’s not a bad idea, personal experience taught me that unless hundreds of millions of users abandon Facebook, the company simply will not care and will continue to abuse those with political views it sees as “dangerous.”

Ullman said those interested can participate in #faceblock by joining the Facebook event and sending their own messages to Zuckerberg and their governments, Ullman said.


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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