Thousands of people are rushing to delete Facebook.
Following a succession of recent incidents that have plagued the troubled US internet corporation, Facebook users have said they are cancelling their accounts.
Users appear to be abandoning the app due to frequent disruptions and recent disturbing discoveries made by a former employee.
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, alleged that the company’s news feed fosters hate speech in order to increase profits.
She also leaked internal Facebook data that purportedly showed the company was aware that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, was damaging to minors.
As a result, many have resorted to Twitter to declare that they have reached the end of their rope after weeks of debate.
“So their [sic]telling us FB purposefully puts bad information up to keep us locked in.. are we canceling FB or nah?” one person asked on Twitter.
“I don’t have Facebook anymore yet Ik IG is still controlled by them now and I’m def willing to deactivate my account again like I did 4 yrs ago,” one person said.
“I desperately want to cancel my Facebook account,” a third stated.
It’s unclear how many people have opted out of the platform, but it might be in the thousands.
Voices in the media are echoing the messages of users considering abandoning ship.
In a recent MSNBC blog, writer Ja’han Jones suggested that Facebook executives’ inaction on the site’s negative consequences is reason enough to leave.
He remarked, “Now is as good a moment as any to abandon your Facebook accounts.”
“The company’s leaders appear to be well aware of the site’s negative effects on society; they’re simply hoping that a few adverts and pro-Facebook fluff articles will keep you distracted.”
Facebook has had a difficult few weeks.
Last Monday, the firm was hit by a massive outage that took down its services, including WhatsApp and Instagram, for seven hours.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the company’s entire platform suite fell down again on Friday. The flaws were attributed to technology glitches.
The outage came after Hougen’s collaboration with the Wall Street Journal resulted in weeks of leaks and exposes.
She provided documents that were used in a Wall Street Journal report and a Senate hearing on Instagram’s impact to adolescent girls.
On Monday, October 25, Haugen, a former product manager at the business, will testify before the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the draft Online Safety Bill.
This comes after her hearing before the US Congress on October 5th.
It will be the first time she has spoken publicly in Europe on her experiences at the company and her proposals for social media regulation.
According to Facebook, Haugen’s accounts of her time at the company contain contradictions and inaccuracies.
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