When presidents can publish threats and aggressive tweets on Twitter and not be closed down, I do not want to be a part of it.
When most information I see is angry post claiming all things are bad, I do not want to be a part of it.
When all discussions are polarized and you are expected to choose a side, either with or against. I do not want to be a part of it.
When you cannot say anything without someone feeling aggrieved. I do not want to be a part of it.
When information is algorithmically filtered so we mainly get information that supports our already existing opinions, I do not want to be a part of it.
Maybe the thing that makes my decision easy is that these services have a revenue-model that thrives on every single one of above topics, I do not want to be a part of it.
We have forgot that we are the product. Our information is sold to whoever pays.
It seems these platforms have become too big for us to remember that we are the product. These companies are selling you and me. We are the product and it is the data that you and I provide that they sell, that is why these services are still free.
The new normal is that we are on Facebook, if you are not there, you are odd. So, when they do not meet up to the responsibility that is required with 2B users, I do not want to be a part of it.
In my view, both these companies had a great opportunity to do good in the world (and have done so many times), but when they got listed and shareholder value became #1 priority, they lost direction. They thrive on Trump, extremists (in all directions and opinions), polarization, filter-bubbles etc. Not only does the engagement we see today have a really aggressive tone, but the worst thing is that these companies profit from it.
Regardless of above, I feel that these platforms have also lost me as part of the engagement. The ones that discuss are the loudest ones when it used to be a place for many that were not usually heard. I want these platforms to enlighten me, I want to be happy, I want to learn. All these things are lost on me on these platforms today.
I am today leaving Facebook and Twitter. Is it forever? I do not know. I know I am loosing out on some quality discussions amongst friends as well, but for me, it is not worth it anymore. I am out.