Philosopher S. Matthew Liao discusses the question here.
I found this article very interesting. I would agree with many of the points made in this article, as well as the general claim that one has a moral obligation to get off of facebook. I do think however, that it is harder for people to delete or deactivate their accounts because of the worry that they might be missing events in some of their friends lives. With this being said, I think it would be better to support different platforms of social media in order to keep up with one another. The main reason I think people should begin to get off of facebook is because of their involvement with Cambridge Analytica. If the platform is willing to sell the information of their users to another company for money, then why should the users continue to support a company who isn’t looking out for them? I also found this article interesting because not only did it focus on social media’s impact on a person’s mental health and self esteem, but it also brought up other problems that have occurred on facebook such as anti-semitic messages and hate speech against Muslims. I was unaware of these events, but think they give an even bigger reason for people to deactivate their facebook accounts and stop supporting the platform.
I agree with some points in this article, however I have a few reservations as well. I think a lot of what people see on Facebook is only what they want to see or believe. For example, a very liberal person won’t spend time looking over conservative articles and the Facebook database knows this and these sorts of posts don’t show up (and vice versa). It is very easy to become complacent in our ideologies and views when we only ever hear and read others views that are analogous to our own. For this specific reason i think it is very important to make sure we get our news from sources other than social media. It is tailored to get a good response from its users so much of the time we like what we see and keep coming back to continue being entertained. Yet, if a facebook user proceeds with caution I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to delete the app. I think it can be harmless. For me (and plenty of others), facebook is mostly for my family (specifically my grandma) to see the pictures of me and my friends. I use it to keep in touch with distant friends and family which isn’t causing any harm or need to terminate my usage of the app. Unless someone is spreading hate intentionally or unintentionally, I don’t see Facebook as a pressing issue for us to focus on.
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