Because Fuck Mark Zuckerberg!
The point is not to withdraw or quit. It is to demonstrate in a memorable way that it is in their corporate interest to remain neutral in the culture war. And the point is to let other corporations that provide news or entertainment see it happen. The idea is to impose a cost for choosing sides.
It is about denying the other side the space to maneuver unchallenged. Right now, corporations like FB do their bidding either from ideological agreement or because, more commonly, the left demands public fealty or exacts a price for dissent. Ace’s suggestion is to improve the overall environment by the simple and direct expedient of inflicting a cost on FB for their violation of neutrality.
It’s not about enforcing some kind of doctrinal purity. I don’t care what FB thinks (in truth, I don’t even have an account). It’s their thing and they can do whatever they want with it. But I do think it is worthwhile, for conservatives to stop being such cheap dates. If FB wants our eyeballs and clicks make them act like it (and others will notice).
Because the “value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system” the loss of users amplifies the effect of a mass cancellation.
Ace has a lot to say on this subject but you should go over there and read it cuz I can’t steal his whole post.
I am tempted to delete my Twitter account too, but it is useful for posting pics and links.
My primary reason has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with mental health. I need to wean myself off of the internet and reconnect with real life. I mainly used FB to keep in touch with family. Now I will have to keep in touch via real life.
And Fuck Mark Zuckerberg.