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Will you delete Facebook?

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I have thoughts about the Zuckerberg machine.

We made it
For about six hours, we lived in a world without the Facebook multiverse. We made it out, y'all! Everything is fine. I think.
I don’t know that I’d have a Facebook profile if I didn’t need one to manage a page for work.
At the same time, Instagram is my second favorite platform because of all the different ways to express my creativity. And it’s because of that platform I’ve made connections with people who share the same passions. So in some way, I owe that to Facebook.
I hope if anything came out of the Facebook outage, it’s that people will learn to be more mindful about how they use the platform and the other apps in the Facebook family. The timeline definitely had me thinking about all of that.
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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the Senate Commerce Committee where she spoke in detail about Facebook’s internal practices and how company decisions affect users — particularly children.
In her opening remarks, Haugen said:
“I am here today because I believe that Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy. The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer but won’t make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people. Congressional action is needed. They won’t solve this crisis without your help.”
Time magazine released its latest cover featuring Mark Zuckerberg and a dialog box confirming whether to delete Facebook. People noticed something was a little off with the cover: There’s a cursor on it, which iOS doesn’t have.
News websites saw more traffic when Facebook went down. People were probably looking for official sources to confirm it was down. In case Facebook goes down again, you may want to consider tactics to ride that web traffic wave.
Nieman Lab
When Facebook goes down, traffic to news sites goes up. (Data from @Chartbeat.)
Now you know this wouldn’t be a newsletter from me without some kind of reality check. And here it is: Deleting Facebook is a luxury. There are entire systems that rely on Facebook for communication — especially in developing countries. That means the outage affected governments, public safety, community outreach and more.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
📱 The global Facebook apps outage stopped many of us scrolling through pet photos.

💭 But for millions, it also meant lost income, being unable to contact loved ones - and in some cases, a threat to life.

🌐 What happens when the Internet goes dark in the developing world? 🧵
In case you missed it
🐦 Twitter felt the effects of the Facebook outage too. And speaking of Twitter, it’s testing out prompts with a vibe check.
🎞 Instagram let go of IGTV — sort of. Instagram consolidated IGTV and Reels into “Instagram Video” and both mediums will be available on a new video tab.
👨🏻‍💻 Oh yeah! Twitch was hacked and streamer payout amounts were leaked.
🦑 Almost everyone has seen Squid Game by now, and audience engagement for the show has been through the roof.
Before I go
Let me know. Will you delete Facebook?
And how do you make sure you stay mindful when you scroll through the timeline?
For me, I’m usually scrolling through for content ideas and to understand what people are thinking about. That helps me prioritize what needs to be in this newsletter.
Knowing what audiences talk about is one way to include them in reporting and information sharing. When you are engaged in online communities and are listening to other people, instead of only sharing what you think is important, you can create and share content that people may actually use.
Think of it this way: What good is sharing information if it only serves you?
Until next time,
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