I’ve mentioned this before, but I believe this issue of Self.Newsletter might get auto-posted to a Facebook Page that I don’t really engage with, because I don’t log in to Facebook anymore. I still use Instagram, a little bit, but there is less and less reason to. So now and then I’ll post a comment along these lines as a reminder that I’m not reading your facebook posts, nor your facebook messenger DMs, etc.
While I don’t call content constraints Censorship, it is censorship of a sort (note the case of the C in each those), which I don’t care for. More important to me, though, is the fact that handing over our content and identity to corporate sites which profit specifically from using our private data and personality insights, which we’re handing over, doesn’t really get me anything in return. Not really.
So self-hosting and self-publishing are it, with any involvement of social media sites more along the lines of vectors back toward my own content.
In some cases I’ve deleted accounts (WhatsApp, for example), but mostly the accounts stay put and go silent (mostly). Facebook requires an account for use of their APIs, so I do actually have an account without any friends, specifically for managing pages, APIs, etc. This doesn’t get much use, but it’s there and you aren’t like to to interact with it so much.
I generally make some contact information available, eg I have posted my direct contact information to people connected on my “friends” account on Facebook (people I actually know, from high school, etc) and others can reach me in most other places (you can even reach me via this newsletter, if you really want to). On the professional side, I still maintain a Facebook, er, LinkedIn account with current contact info, so that base is covered for now. LinkedIn needs to go, also, but that will take longer.