If the Chantelle Baker Facebook (Meta) ban disgusts you, then fight back by deleting your Facebook account and ditching Stuff.co.nz.
Last night it was widely reported that Facebook Meta had removed Chantelle Baker’s Facebook page, where she had 97,000 followers. Baker believes state-funded woke legacy media outfit Stuff.co.nz was behind the move.
The best way for individuals to hit back at data harvesting platforms like Facebook Meta and Stuff is to not use them.
I ditched them both some time ago, and you won’t regret removing these two toxic platforms from your life.
Close your accounts, delete their apps, unsubscribe from their social media platforms. For Facebook, this means deleting Whatsapp also – there’s plenty of alternatives out there – Viber, Zalo to name a couple.
I deleted my Facebook account around January 2020, because of their censorship. Even back then they were deleting popular independent news sources in their 1000s without notice – some with millions of followers.
Prior to that I was addicted to it, spending 2-3 hours every day, aimlessly scrolling through my timeline. I loved sharing photos of my son, and seeing the lives of my friends progress.
I thought I would miss my FB groups and pages (especially sports), my FB friends, FB marketplace, and Messenger.
Not a chance.
Getting off Facebook was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I’ve never regretted it. Hitting that delete button for the Zuckerberg app on my phone was extremely satisfying.
You will always have a connection to the friends that matter. I now ring, text or email them. Family is always there, wherever they are located in the world. Connections and conversations are cherished now. If there’s someone I need to communicate with (or vice versa), you can always find their email or mobile phone number easily.
FB groups, pages, Messenger and Marketplace – there’s no loss in ditching these time-wasters.
Think of all the time you save by not being on FB, allowing you to get the most important things in life done. Think of all that private data (and therefore revenue) you are denying Zuckerberg and his minions, which ultimately ends up in the hands of intelligence agencies – your worst enemies.
Two days before I closed my account I posted a message to all my friends notifying them of the reasons for it, and wishing them all the best.
If you are an organisation or influencer with a large following on Facebook, and are concerned you will lose this if you delete your account or page, there is an easy solution. Start your own, standalone, social network community on platforms like Mighty Networks – there are dozens of social media SaaS options out there which make it easy to create your own online social network community, algorithm-free – some even provide you with ready-made smartphone apps, and seamless migration of your community from FB.
I used to visit Stuff multiple times a day to catch the latest news. Pre-COVID it was my preferred NZ news web site.
But as the COVID crisis progressed, together with the mRNA roll-out and mandates, it became clear they were propagandists, allied with the government’s unethical COVID policies, an integral cog in the state’s misinformation machinery, even funded by them – the exact opposite of what an independent news organisation should be.
Once I realised this, I could no longer trust Stuff to deliver objective journalism. I don’t read their articles anymore. I now only visit the site once or twice a day only to check the headlines, and then only then to see if there’s some type of public emergency – eg a weather event or natural disaster, or traffic accident that is directly going to affect my day. On occasion I will need to refer to one of their articles for context on DTNZ content. Don’t fall for the clickbait and read what they write – every click adds money to their coffers and user data to their records – which probably also ends up in the hands of people and organisations you wouldn’t trust. Just visit their homepage, read the headlines, and leave.
The big news last week of course was Stuff’s ‘Fire & Fury’ hitpiece. I’ve not written anything about it – because I haven’t watched it! And why would I watch it? I know it’s going to be a fake news propaganda hitpiece, and reading it is only going to give Stuff more revenue, which they will use to fund more fake news about the Freedom Movement.
So where previously I would have spent a few hours a week, perhaps reading 100 articles on Stuff, I now only spend a tiny fraction of that time and don’t read anything other than the headlines on the homepage.
Find alternative sources for the information you’re interested in. For example, if you follow rugby there’s a multitude of great independent rugby news websites out there. Check the weather on metservice.com, check government announcements on beehive.govt.nz, check the opposition parties websites for their views.
The best way to hit these platforms where it hurts and register your disgust at the censorship of Chantelle Baker and others like her, is to deny them your time, viewership and data. Reduce use of them, or better still, don’t use them at all, delete their apps, and don’t share their links on social media.
Life is much better without woke outfits like Facebook and Stuff, and by removing them from your life you take back the power and control and give them a ‘big middle finger’.