It’s been at least 3 years since I deleted my facebook account. It was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, and I’ve never regretted it. I remember when facebook first came on the scene and how most people, including myself, readily bought into it. The majority of people saw it as a positive thing with a small proportion acknowledging it was evil but worth it. I came across maybe one or two people who’d flat out rejected it and recognised it for the data harvesting, face recognising privacy hackjob it was. Of course those people were mercilessly ripped for their paranoia and told they were losing it/out but I guess they won in the end.
I guess data wasn’t my biggest concern, being a nobody who had nothing. I hadn’t anticipated the racism or misogyny I now know informs the tiny minds of Silicon Valley tech bosses. I tried to tell people in 2013 the world of racist misogynist gamers from the chan networks was enhanced and supported by social media bosses and at that stage there really weren’t too many of them and we could do something if we put our heads together. I was convinced they were working with people at facebook and Twitter but was largely dismissed and mocked for it, because I was potentially taking attention away from the real issue. I had never felt so alone and crazy but as time has gone on I’ve felt less crazy and weird because I was right.
I reported this message to Facebook back then and was told it didn’t violate their community standards. It was the final straw and something I would never forgive. On numerous occasions members of my resistance group suggested I set up a fake facebook account to create a group to fight nazis, specifically Kiwi Farms, and I refused, because I detest facebook and its entire ethos, from banning the nipple to platforming fascists and repeatedly victimising marginalised users with their indifference to criminal behaviour. I knew they would not allow any resistance to fascism, given their pivotal role in the whole Cambridge Analytica facade and prominent support of fascists worldwide. Nonetheless a page was set up by a member of our group, because everyone is on facebook and the potential for information sharing is unparalleled.
Facebook responded by locking the creator of that group out of their personal account. They went in to their security details and changed the mobile number to one that is no longer active and so cannot receive security questions for authenticated login. This person has had to cancel their bank cards because they were associated with the account and if facebook is fucking about with security details then they are absolutely not to be trusted with any personal/banking information. There were over 4000 followers on the personal account, a following they’ve built through their journalistic work, all gone because facebook loves nazis, and doesn’t care that people have been murdered and pushed to suicide. There is no explanation, no recourse to dispute resolution, only a number for their London team that is permanently engaged.
Our resistance fighter has cut their losses and learnt a valuable lesson, in their own words:
“I think we need to accept that we can no longer rely on these platforms as they clearly have their own right wing agenda. Seems to me the best thing to do is to create our own platforms?”
You don’t need to tell me, I’ve been waiting impatiently for everyone to get with the program instead of wailing about it (as I did in 2013) like the doomed Cassandra I am.
Facebook and Twitter are platforms for white supremacists. Personally I’m banking on a doomsday glitch that wipes out the entire internet and forces us to reconnect with the earth and each other. Imagine how long these dorks and dweebs would last without security gates and crypto-currencies? In a survival of the fittest apocalypse scenario these popped collars aren’t gonna last every long.
Facebook isn’t passively disrupting our work, it is actively clamping down on resistance. It has picked a side and made an enemy of us too. Show victims of Kiwi Farms you care by deleting your account and possibly giving them a call – 0203 386 6000 – and registering your disgust, if you can get through to them that is. Solidarity, altruism, working together for the greater good, that terrifies the nazis and their sympathisers/enablers but there hasn’t been enough of it and yet it’s the only thing that will turn the tide.
We, the victims and resisters of Kiwi Farms desperately need your help.