During the 2016 election process, I discovered that many of my so-called friends on Facebook were racist, misogynistic Trump supporters. These were mostly people from my school days in another state but a few were local and current. Deep inside I probably knew what kind of people they were but, until the election, I could overlook what was not blatant. After the election, I could not unknow what was in my feed. Too time-consuming to go through hundreds of names to unfriend people and I was worried about the Russian influence on Facebook so I deactivated my account.
Two months later, I created a new account but this one is only for far- away family and friends who communicate through Facebook and a few locals who I find interesting, informative, and entertaining although they may not be friends in the true sense of the word — poets, writers, activists. I also keep up with local events through Facebook.
Now, I am only on Facebook a few times a week rather than several times a day. Security concerns are still worrisome. I weigh what I gain through the platform with what I risk, and right now I choose to stay but that could change tomorrow. Facebook has to prove its worth day by day.