If there’s a social platform with any traction, I usually have an account on it (whether I use it or not) . . . which means I have both a Facebook and a Twitter account . . . which I will cease using.
Mind you, I won’t erase the accounts for the same reasons I got them in the first place — they lock down my identity on those platforms — but anyone following me should understand that I won’t be logging on or checking my feed on either platform. And, this will be the last post on them. I won’t even read responses to it because the notifications will be turned off.
“Big whip!” some say, “Good riddance!” others add.
Some might ask “Why?” Let me tell you.
This week, both Twitter and Facebook cracked down on the most corrosive, dishonest, dishonorable, and despicable person I have the misfortune to know about.
Yes . . . Trump.
The problem is that it’s too little and too late.
At this point, there is no moral high ground that can be claimed by either platform for their actions. Banning his orange ass less than two weeks before the stain of his administration is to permanently mark history books doesn’t — shouldn’t — gain the platforms any accolades and neither does it compensate for the six years during which they have profited from his lies.
The six years during which — in the name of profits and forsaking personal and corporate responsibility — they promoted his vitriolic and poisonous words to the world.
The six years during which every moment Trump’s lies spread through the land served to further divide the nation and imperil our supposed ideals.
Make no mistake, “the other side” also bears the mark of liars and opportunistic bombastic assholes . . . but not to the level that Trump reached, and that level was enabled by Twitter and Facebook not adhering to their own guidelines about online behavior.
Ironically, it was their banning Trump — and their accompanying sanctimonious statements — that pushed me over the edge because it’s not far from the behavior of the Catholic Church feigning concern over reports of children being abused after years of enabling the practice. Come to think of it, all three, Facebook, Twitter, and the Catholic Church still maintain the infrastructure conducive to abuses by their members.
To be sure, me leaving Twitter and Facebook is not a big deal to anyone. In fact, I’m writing this knowing it will be read by the sum total of . . . not many people.
And, it’s not a big deal to me because it’s been years now that I’ve minimized my interactions on the platform. That’s less the result of failing to connect with anyone on those platforms and more because the vast majority of content has become toxic. Come to think of it, the two are related.
Checking in with people used to mean exchanging ideas . . . now it means wading through links and soundbites so devoid of thought that it lowers my opinion of people sharing them.
Not that I have any answers, but I know one thing for sure . . . answers are not found in soundbites. Answers are not found in judging whole groups of people based on the actions of a few. Answers are not found in blindly sharing lies, demonizing others, and being all-around assholes toward others just to score “likes” from other — and like-minded — assholes.
If you made it this far, I tell you this . . .
I love discussing ideas, discussing problems, discussing solutions, discussing how we might progress to a better future (ask anyone who’s eyes have glazed over upon receiving a 2,000-word answer to a question they asked me) . . . but it’s just not happening on Twitter or Facebook.
If you are using either of the platforms to keep in touch with me or what I do (I’m not aware of anyone doing so, but they could be), know this is the last post that will be linked on Facebook and Twitter.
If you want to follow my blog, then follow my blog. If you want to chat with me, email me. If you want nothing to do with me, do nothing and it will be so.
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