Hey haters, Facebook bashing has to stop now!
I read the latest New York Times piece attacking my beloved Facebook and I cannot stand the cruelty anymore. Facebook is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. Arguably, it is the most important website creation of the century. It allows us a medium to connect with people from all over the world. I can keep in touch with family across the country, and I can even present ‘live’ videos to allow those that are close to me to experience my life with me. This social media platform has had a tremendous influence on multiple generations. This seems to be forgotten when haters decide to bash the very system it has built to allow users to make use of these critical tools. Who are you to blame Facebook just because the world has to point a finger at something? Facebook must continue on in spite of the haters. It just has to! The haters are lucky that Facebook even allows them to use it unbiasedly. I can’t stand around and listen to them anymore!
Many variables exist as to how an individual will view Facebook in the light of the recent criticism that is has been under. Some will view Facebook as yet another tool of political influence, government control, and user hacking. This author knows that without Facebook, most of you wouldn’t have anything to talk about! Love it or hate it, Facebook is here to stay. Deep down, you guys probably have some connection to Facebook that, at one time, you greatly enjoyed. You all are lucky that Facebook even stays around after all of the unfair criticism it has been under. Do you remember MySpace? How about Friendster? No? That’s because there were millions of people who kept shedding so much unfair light on these once popular social media websites! They couldn’t turn a profit anymore and they shut down! Is this the future you want for Facebook?
So the haters of Facebook will quickly point out that the U.S. presidential election was influenced by Facebook. Really? How does a simple social media site have an influence on the election of one of the most powerful countries in the world? The answer is the Russians. What? I’m so sick of hearing about Russian election hacking that I could just about bang my head into a desk.
In one of the many investigations into the role of the Russians in the presidential election, it was discovered that the Russians were sold advertising space on the Facebook platform. So, what’s your point? Is it illegal for the Russians to purchase advertising space on social media? ‘Well, no. But they used it to promote Trump and bash Hillary! What do you have to say to that?’ I say that it’s not worse than what I see on the internet each and every day. While the logistics of the Russians role in the election have certainly proved a bit more catastrophic today as it appeared then, the fact of the matter is that the American citizens should take responsibility for making their own decisions. If you let a Facebook ad influence you to change your opinion on an election, chances are that you weren’t very informed anyway.
Facebook is spying on us, huh? The intimidating stories of Facebook spying on its users is one that has recently picked up even more steam. Apparently, Facebook will gather information on its users from clicks, page views, and Facebook user interface in an effort to gain an understanding of their habits and opinions. They take this information and sell it to the Russians! Okay, no more talk of the Russians. They take the information and sell it to companies who then use this knowledge to focus advertising and product placement in order to make money. Simple enough, right?
Well, it sounds to me like this is capitalism. It would appear to me that haters of Facebook shouldn’t worry about what the very entity that you are putting your opinions on knows about you. Would we complain near as much if our employers were able to spy on us? Oh yea, we must be forgetting that what we do in the workplace is monitored. We must also be forgetting that if we make bad choices outside of work, it can directly affect us at work, and even get us fired. Maybe these ‘critics’ have something to hide. Remember that user agreement you signed when you created your Facebook account? That pretty much gives them the right to monitor your activity. If all of you haters want to throw shade at Facebook for ‘allowing the Russians to purchase influential ad space’ on Facebook, maybe that would drive Facebook to monitor its users more closely. You can’t have it both ways.
Not every Facebook critic looks the same. There are critics of every race, religion, background, and status. Some critics even hold high positions of power. Some critics may even be the President of the United States! That’s right. When I say president Trump, most all of us can envision a stern ‘fake news’ announcement, or even a simple tweet implicating a brand for reporting ‘fake news’. Facebook has been at the forefront of many fake news scandals. Many users and ‘uncool’ people alike claim that Facebook has become a hotbed for fake news in the past two years. I guess I forgot that everything on the internet has to be true.
Really? Fake news on Facebook? I have been led to believe this entire time that all of you people only post true things on your Facebook pages. Who cares if Facebook posts fake news or allows advertisers to post fake advertisements? I am still able read this ‘fake news’ and achieve a level of entertainment. And guess what? I still get plenty of sleep at night; restful and rewarding sleep. Believe it or not, there are just a few things on the internet that aren’t true. As a matter of fact, I bet that even some of the things that the government leads us to believe are not always the full truth. Do you really believe everything that you hear and read? If that’s the case, give me $1,000 today and I will guarantee that you will be a billionaire by the end of the week. I’ll even put it on my Facebook account. That way, you can be rest assured that it has to be true! Facebook isn’t even allowed to monitor it because everyone is so worried about their social media privacy. You know, the privacy that is seen by thousands of people on your friends list, half of whom you really have no idea who they are anyway. Facebook isn’t your superhero okay? Leave it alone!
“Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”
This is the beautiful mission statement that Mark Zuckerberg has set for Facebook. The haters will point to the fact that his company has done nothing to bring the world closer together. They will say that the opinions that are put forth on Facebook only drive us further apart. Maybe these haters should remember that this statement of a desire to bring change is what Facebook was built on. Facebook isn’t the problem, it is the haters that are using it that prove the statement to be difficult to maintain. I don’t care what anyone has to say, Facebook has done everything possible to deliver on its mission. How dare you attack it?
The problem with this statement is that it is completely impossible to bring a community, or the world, together when everyone is so damn sensitive. If someone gets their feelings hurt, be rest assured that there will be someone else getting sued. If John Doe discovers that a news report he reads on Facebook is fake, he is going to throw a fit about it because he didn’t know how to actually research the issue himself and make his own decision.
This statement is impossible to deliver on because people in the world today are so close-minded to others opinions. We hold our opinions so dear to our hearts that we aren’t willing to listen to the other side of the issue to educate ourselves. How is it fair to blame Facebook for this?
Critics of Facebook are so cruel. What did Facebook do to you that it is so hard for you to accept something that is completely a choice to use anyway? You are all lucky that Facebook even allows people to connect on it anymore. Do you know how much stress Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are under right now? They have been through so much! Each and every day, Facebook finds itself in the media for all of the wrong reasons. Critics want to say that Facebook should be able to professionally handle their business, even when they are under so much criticism from both sides. That’s not fair! It’s not fair for all of you people, who have no idea what it’s like to run the most powerful social media site on the planet, to tell them how to do their job. Leave Facebook alone! Leave Facebook alone, RIGHT NOW! If Facebook ever decided to shut down, I would have to take my computer, and throw it off of the tallest building I could find. I would have to shut down along with Facebook. If Facebook left us, you people would be the ones to blame. How does that make you feel? You don’t want to share the photos of the dinner you made last night with your friends anymore? You don’t want them to have the chance to like it and put a cute little smiley face with it? Just leave Facebook alone! Leave it alone! I mean it.
Miko Goldstein, a kale aficionado, is in charge of product design at Waveum