The time has come for IV Words to leave the platform of disinformation.
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Why am I leaving?
Facebook’s support, sometimes active and sometimes passive, of political misinformation should have been enough to get me to leave. Its financial support for Trump’s events should have been enough. Its enabling of Trump’s disinformation campaigns should have been enough. Its use as a vote suppresser should have been enough. Its weak actions to label misinformation should have been enough.
Hell, Zuckerberg’s face and entitled demeanor alone should have been enough.
The man has no honor.
Today, the final straw – A story on HEATED entitled “Facebook’s climate of denial” regarding its pathetic acts to “offset” disinformation regarding the climate crisis on the platform, and mostly its inaction on climate crisis disinformation being spread on the platform. This is the most crucial challenge facing humankind. Our tolerance for misinformation about the climate crisis needs to be ZERO.
All of this goes against what IV Words stands for – social justice, equal treatment under the law, fact- and science-based information, environmental protection, honesty, integrity.
Therefore, I can no longer in good conscience support the platform by maintaining a presence there.
My plan is to leave the IV Words Facebook account open for 30 days. On Oct. 21, 2020, I’ll be deleting it. In addition to following the blog on Twitter and Instagram, and signing up to receive new posts in your inbox, please consider signing up for the weekly e-blast here.
There’s one obvious flaw to what I’m doing:
Instagram is owned by Facebook. However, at least for now, I don’t believe Instagram is as politicized as Facebook is, and I haven’t read or heard any reports of the platform allowing the type of misinformation that is disbursed regularly on Facebook. I plan to watch this closely and re-evaluate regularly.
In the meantime, I encourage all of you to stop using the platform of disinformation, too.
Thank you for reading!