#evil / "Under Facebook’s policies, users 'essentially have no rights.'"

The company took an Instagram account away from Thea-Mai Baumann, an Australian artist and technologist because she registered the username Metaverse nine years ago.

In 2012, she had started an Instagram account with the handle @metaverse, a name she used in her creative work. On the account, she documented her life in Brisbane, where she studied fine art, and her travels to Shanghai, where she built an augmented reality company called Metaverse Makeovers.

It took a month for Thea-Mai to get her account back from Facebook with no explanation from the company. If she had not raised awareness of this situation—to the extent that it received attention from the New York Times—she likely would still be waiting.


Facebook knowingly does harm to people and democracies around the world.

From The Facebook Files, Wall Street Journal special investigation:

Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management.

Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them. The documents offer perhaps the clearest picture thus far of how broadly Facebook’s problems are known inside the company, up to the chief executive himself.

To date WSJ has published five reports, each with a unique focus that boils down to this, Facebook is an evil company.

I don’t care how you use Facebook. If you do, then I challenge you to read the full report and ask yourself: Why do you use a platform that knowingly propagates lies and misinformation that does harm to others? A platform that does little to curb active support for anarchy, slavery, sex crimes, bigotry, racism, and misogyny. A “global community” that knowingly hosts content and discourse that question the reality of horrific historical events like the German genocide of Jews and the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook. A network that has openly fueled aggression and violence against minorities, women, children, and the people down the street.

Does this same content reside on the Internet? Unfortunately, yes, but unlike Facebook, the Internet is not controlled by a single entity. No single company or government has control or authority over the Internet at large. In contrast, everything Facebook does is controlled by the leadership within. If that leadership made the right decisions—placing the health of humanity before profit and marketshare—then everything that is bad about Facebook and Instagram would be gone quickly.

Facebook is evil. No amount of sharing photos of your kids, promoting church services, or all of those #365grateful posts about your Soy Pumpkin Spice Latte counters how bad Facebook is to the future of the human race. Stop using Facebook.