In recent months, some social media users have threatened #DeleteFacebook, but is someone actually following?
Facebook lost market capitalization of around $ 120 billion on Thursday after corporate management fell short of most analysts. Expectations.
said new users are added more slowly. In Europe alone, since the first quarter when the EU's General Data Protection Regulation entered into force, the company has seen a decline of 3 million daily users. User growth was flat in the US and Canada. This worries analysts that Facebook, the world's largest social network with around 2 billion users, may not be as attractive to users as it used to be.
When British strategy firm Cambridge Analytica first became known Without their permission, millions of Facebook users used their personal information. Many consumers said they were planning to deactivate their accounts. Those who chose to delete Facebook told MarketWatch that they were relieved to be free of the pressure to always have a happy life online. But others said they had difficulty staying in touch with the family and having trouble.
(A Facebook spokesperson said she did not have any additional comment except for the company's earnings report.)
Here's what former users had to say What happened after they deleted or disabled their account:
"It's like a crazy ex who never forgets you"
Jax Austin, a travel video blogger who travels the US in a converted school bus, made the decision to cancel his Facebook post the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But when he tried, it did not work. "They make it so hard it's almost possible to erase it," Austin said. "It's like a crazy ex who never forgets about you."
and Hinge, and services like Spotify
can all use Facebook to create user profiles.
Austin's Facebook account has been linked to the free web service If This Then That, which has released YouTube
Videos automatically on his Facebook profile. Austin decided not to log in to Facebook and turned his account into a fan page.
"So much of social life is connected to Facebook"
When Allen Watson, 32, a freelance writer from South Carolina, deleted his Facebook account, his mother was the disappointment of his Facebook friends. "That's how she kept in contact with me," Watson said. "She wants to show the things that I do."
Jillian Clemmons, an Los Angeles-based artist and astrologer, usually found that people supported her decision. But she met with hostility. "People are really defensive and see such a decision almost as an attack on them," she said. "In a way, it's as if meat-eaters are constantly complaining about vegetarians, they feel guilty and break off first."
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Anastasia Ashman, 53, a consultant for start-ups and investors living in San Francisco, said she left Facebook when she was uncomfortable with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A tweet, in particular by expert on national security John Schindler convinced her to go
But the cost of leaving are "huge," she said. It has the last few e-mail addresses or phone numbers of a few people and can no longer rely on Facebook to contact them. "So much of social life is connected to Facebook, and I can not even get the location information I need for an event that I agreed to do next weekend because it only happens on Facebook," she said.
"I'm really not interested in whether your kid trains potty"
Mark Maitland, a 44-year-old writer in Brighton, England who left Facebook last week, still uses Twitter and Instagram, but rarely. He now spends more time reading and writing, "talks and listens to real people", walks with his dog and runs in nature.
Some people gave up Facebook years ago. Nick Vecore, a 28-year-old working in public relations for Leonard, Mich., Said he left Facebook in 2012 because he just saw "nonsense."
"I'm really not interested in whether or not your kid is potty trained," he said. "I could keep people informed about my life by talking to them in person, by text message, or by phone call." However, it is not a total digital social media detox. He also still uses Instagram and uses Twitter
It Can Verify Expected Data Tricky
Watson, the freelance writer, used Facebook to verify the identity of people he had met through dating apps. And although he can still do that when people have relatively public profiles, in most cases he can not access his accounts because he has none left. "I had opportunities to call someone and ask them to look something up," Watson said.
And while he has yet to meet anyone turned off by his lack of a Facebook profile, he brings it up when he meets someone new.
Some users only have Facebook on their desktops
Mae Turner, who lives in northeastern Texas, first disabled her Facebook account in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal after being alarmed at how the company's Collected call history information for their Android smartphone.
(Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the congress in April to answer for some of these issues, including abusing consumer data.) In a statement in front of the house, he said, "It's clear now that we have not done enough Prevent these tools from being used for damage … It was my mistake and I'm sorry. ")
But less than two weeks after disabling her account, Turner revived it because she was different from friends and family felt isolated. In one particularly troubling example, it took days before she learned of the death of the wife of a close friend living in another state. The news was posted only on Facebook. Her brother, who still had his account, was the one who passed it on to her.
"I felt like I was out of the loop," she said. However, she is now a "light" user of Facebook. It only uses the desktop version and does not allow any third party to access their account information. And if she finds a social network that does not monetize user data? "I will not say goodbye to Facebook," she said.
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