Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Facebook Falsehoods

Just got another one. “A Facebook friend wants you to like...”

Facebook, in addition to being the unwitting conduit of fake news and falsehoods of other kinds, has been an affordable advertising tool for some and a connectivity tool for many. I always understood my data, such as Facebook thinks it has, is how they are able to provide this tool without a monthly charge.

The only controls explicitly given are the privacy layers that only innocent friends and colleagues (who are not hackers) are effectively blocked from causally seeing. Hackers see all, and Facebook certainly does. That’s okay with me. Everything on my timeline is fully public. This is how I use Facebook, as an ad.

Thus, most of my Facebook friends are not personal connections, but colleagues.

I’ve written before to say that on my social media pages (which very much includes this blog) I tell the truth and nothing but the truth. But I never considered telling the whole truth because many things of me and mine are private.

Which brings me to this pesky habit of some who think it is fine form to ask others to like this or that.

I like what I like, truthfully. All my likes are my own. If I didn’t “like,” it may be because I missed the post. I don’t spend many hours scrolling or I would have time for little else. But when I get one of those requests to like, it is an automatic forgetaboutit.

You may not think so, but it has a whiff of falsehood. Something related to paid reviews, which are malodorous to say the least. Actually, they stink.

Because, to me, even my Facebook public face can’t be a fake. If I liked yours, know that I really liked yours.


  1. That's so refreshing, Mirka. I like transparency, too.

    1. I like "my truth" out there to have a firm connection to my truth right here :)
      It 's a sad statement that this is refreshing.

  2. It sounds like we are very similar in the way we use Facebook. I try not to spend a lot of time there. When I am there, I'm usually watching comedy videos because I prefer to avoid the drama that exists just about everywhere in my newsfeed.

    1. I'm not fond of drama. I save it to my fiction where I can say more, say it with depth, and skirt the trolls. But I accept the genuine passion with which people engage truthfully. It's the falsehoods (the lesser of them include fake likes) that I am resolved not to be part of.)

  3. There is that feeling of almost being obligated to LIKE something, isn't there. Ridiculous.