We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Facebook now admits that it is behaving more like a publisher, with an editorial view, than a neutral platform where users get to choose what they read. Its head of news partnerships has said that Facebook now has a “point of view” on the news, while Zuckerberg himself says that Facebook, not its users, will now determine what counts as a “quality” news source.
It is not as if news publications can go elsewhere. Facebook, with 2 billion users, has no serious competitor in social media. Other methods of distributing news on the internet are inferior, rapidly declining, or else controlled by one of the other tech giants, whose track record of arbitrary rule-changes is as bad as Facebook’s.
Facebook has become as bad as newspapers.
Worse! There are no comics!
Confused Old Misfit
I had always tried to protect my privacy on FB by posting only the minimal info (some of which was incorrect) and opting for the most restricted settings and using NoScript to block tracking after logoff. I now only rarely and briefly logon on usually only to respond to notifications from firends. A new (free) free speech social media site aimed at conservatives and libertarians just now starting up: www.freedomvine.com. ("FV") FV was founded by Todd Cefaratti who was with the The Tea Party News Network on FB which before FB squashed them had about 60 million views per month.
It's a stretch to say they have no competitors.
A huge stretch.
After all, Snapchat and Twitter don't have as many users, but are FAR more popular in terms of overall usage by their members. Instagram (owned by Facebook, admittedly) has a more active base as well.
There are other places in the world of social media where publishers go to get the coverage, too. Youtube (Google), as well as a variety of other Over-the-Top (OTT) video outlets which all compete with Facebook.
Facebook has been declining in popularity ever since mom and dad joined. Is it still huge and does it really work well? Sure. But it's no monopoly. It's absurd to even think it is.