Is Facebook Good for the World?

I opened the Facebook app this morning and was prompted to answer a question:

Do you think Facebook is good for the world?

facebook like dislike buttonThe options provided were:

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neither Agree or Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

After hemming and hawing for a few minutes on whether to select any of these options, or the ‘get this out of my face option’ – Cancel, I locked my phone and thought about what my lone voice might do.

Sure sure, there was a note about feedback being read by people at Facebook but what would my ideas mean to a massive company like Facebook?

After chatting with emma for a couple minutes about the scope of this question and the available options to select, I decided that my voice and opinion matters!

And so, I selected “Neither Agree or Disagree” and added the following as my comment to express some of my thoughts and others I’ve heard.

Should you be prompted, please select an option and leave a comment.

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My Facebook Post

My Comment to Facebook

Technology isn’t good or bad and that holds fast here. Facebook’s mission and corporate structure is not based on doing good for the world. Were it set up as a B Corp that might affect my views on the company and tech it uses and creates.

While large cultural events have taken shape over the years since Facebook took hold in the eyes of those in the US and abroad, its use has been for both good and ill.

I welcome the possibility that Facebook may become a place of civil discussion, legitimate news, no hate groups, a place for the oppressed to rally, etc.

Presently, Facebook, in my opinion, is a place for users to find others with like minded views and lifestyles to reinforce their rightness dividing us more and more.

Lastly, I should add that it is common place to hear friends say that their Facebook feed is filled with ads, nonsense, and news – real or otherwise. They’ve lost the ability to quickly see what is happening in the lives of their loved ones – the original reason Facebook became so successful.

Thank you for asking and taking action on this.

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