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Meh. Your feed is kind of a reflection of you. It is what you make it. Don't follow crap & you won't have to read crap.
It’s as old as computers themselves
The old saying still rings true

Garbage in garbage out was popular in the early days of computing, but applies even more today, when powerful computers can produce large amounts of erroneous data or information in a short time.

The first use of the phrase has been dated to a November 10, 1957, syndicated newspaper article about US Army mathematicians and their work with early computers, in which an Army Specialist named William D. Mellin explained that computers cannot think for themselves, and that "sloppily programmed" inputs inevitably lead to incorrect outputs.

The underlying principle was noted by the inventor of the first programmable computing device design.
 

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I think I'm two weeks into my 30 days. I got tired of their manipulation of my feed. Not seeing stuff from friends who I knew were posting. It'd show me the same 3 people constantly. Went to a wedding and it starts recommending friends who were there but I had zero mutual Facebook friends. That was one of the last nails for me. The company is way beyond creepy. It's why they exist. Soyonara Zuck.
They seem bent on making the “6 degrees of separation” disappear by making everyone 1 degree apart. I left FB in 2016.
 

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Meh. Your feed is kind of a reflection of you. It is what you make it. Don't follow crap & you won't have to read crap.
Agree. I actually enjoy the Facebook product but it has taken some curating which the app allows you to do.

UPSIDE: I have reconnected with many people from as far back as kindergarten. We have re-established deep friendships that had evaporated from my life for a myriad of reasons. It has turned casual acquaintances into dear friends as we learned about shared passions. It has given real time visibility and sharing of major life events -- marriages, births, graduations, losses, anniversaries etc. It has especially brought closer connection to overseas families for this real time visibility. It has provided a platform to engage with favorite authors, communities and especially musicians to view new material, hear about projects and upcoming concerts. For news and sports -- I can curate timeline news feeds from the sources I trust. It is also great for my drumming passion. For example, I love the snack sized lessons from drumeo, and I have scored some great gear and other items in marketplace (and sold some stuff as well)!

DOWNSIDE: I do have to curate. It does take some proactive effort to click block untrustworthy news and disinformation sites from your feed. There are friends that post non-stop from a specific political viewpoint and I have just muted them from my newsfeed and moved them to restricted view list. Same with some people I know that just provide TMI or an hourly barrage of mundane daily life commentary (e.g. - "At the grocery store and they are out of Cherry Garcia!") that clutters my feed. "Ex from the past" you want to leave there -- hit the block button and remain (somewhat) invisible to them in searches. Connections that mistakenly believe they have a first amendment right to post dangerous conspiracy theories or hate speech and are being censored otherwise -- buh-bye -- I just remove from my list and block. (NOTE: U.S. first amendment rights do not enjoin a private enterprise from the enforcement of the contractual terms of service you agreed to when joining their platform). It has been tremendously disappointing in certain cases to first be excited to reconnect with new people or old friends from school -- but later have to disconnect from because of this. It also takes some curating effort to healthcheck monitor your privacy settings and who can see what (but the golden rule of don't post it if you really want it private always stands).

At the end of the day -- the UPSIDE wins for me!
 
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I too believe the upside over powers the negative side. And proper management of your page and preferences can shield you from most of the negative triggers or not true influences.
I will reactivate at some point and further restrict and manage things and people to keep the peace and harmony in tolerance.
I mostly deactivated for personal reasons involving a specific person of interest but also for the overt political bias of the platform itself. Nowhere in the "Terms of Service" did I see where it said, "FB reserves the right to squelch what you say if we don't agree but fervently encourage you to say anything we agree with."
In the end I just want to stay in touch with old friends and bandmates and groove on the positive!
 

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If I could be awarded medals and decorations for every. time. that I
got put in Facebook Jail, I'd be a 50-star General by now!

Last night I got put in FB Jail for 30 days (until March 15th).

Facebook started out fun, and over the years it's turned into a toxic Snowflake Hell.
It seems like people on Facebook are so Butt-hurt ya gotta rub them with iodine
and staple their buns shut. The censorship on Facebook is unbelievable these days!
I joined Facebook in 2010 at the invitation of friends from my toy Collectors'
website at Robot-Japan.
And since then I remained in Facebook as I was able to locate
estranged family members who also happened to be on Facebook.
I currently have close to 400 Facebook friends, but now I'm no longer
accepting Friend Requests when people can just follow me through
my band's Facebook page.

So, while I'm in FB Jail as "Tony" (my primary username)... I'll have to log out
and log in under my 2nd FB account username so that I can post just
band-related stuff into my "Tony" news feed.

I'm indefinitely suspended on Twitter, for the same ugly reason as Facebook:
Censorship and Snowflakes.

I only stay on Facebook to contact family members, and because my band
has followers on Facebook.

Otherwise, I signed up for an account at MeWe where I'm only talking about band stuff.
MeWe is like "facebook" but WITHOUT the zuckery of Facebook Jail and Censorship.
I'm 10days clean today from my fb account. I have 21 or so to go to get 'deleted.'
That in itself will be cause for celebration of sorts for me. The only thing I'm missing is the fb Messenger...for relatives and my 'real'! friends contact. I'm doing fine without it.
I'm curious to know how does one get in fb jail.... for life?
 

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I also left FB back in '16. I was extremely tired of all the crap that I was arguing over at the time. I never used any other social media apps/sites. Viewed MySpace on occasion.

Honestly, I'm surprised I joined the drum forums. But, they are a huge source of information. And when I got back into drumming a little over 2 years ago, that's what I needed--LOTS of info. I was on car forums in the early 2000s, golf forums in the mid 2000s. Quit all of that stuff.
 

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I'm 10days clean today from my fb account. I have 21 or so to go to get 'deleted.'
That in itself will be cause for celebration of sorts for me. The only thing I'm missing is the fb Messenger...for relatives and my 'real'! friends contact. I'm doing fine without it.
I'm curious to know how does one get in fb jail.... for life?
FB Jail for life? Daaaaayum, that's Thug! :-D

I'd think the max is 30 days, or perhaps longer depending on the severity of the offense.

I'm supposed to be out on parole March 15, but Facebook suddenly dug up an old
meme I had posted sometime almost ten years ago --- because of that discovery Facebook
added on another 2 days to my sentence, thus delaying my release date to March 17th.

If I could get awarded a medal decoration for every time that I was put
in FB Jail I'd be a General by now! :-D
 

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One other thing that is getting a bit much is the invasive pushy annoying popup advertising... not only on Social Media like ZB but on the internet in general. I realize it's just part of the online business life and everyone involved is trying to make a living.... some much more than a living... but wow... it's getting crazy with the ads. Youtube was fun but now.... mostly because of folks selling their videos via millions of hits... you get bombarded with ads... ads in the middle of a short video! I like YouTube mostly for information and some funny snl skits fir example. Now... to free myself from the ads I have to pay for YouTube Premium... which I've done... by tagging onto my Son-in-laws Family Plan. I'm almost certain in the future that will turn into..." you have to buy this...such and such to keep your family status. I know it's already gone that way with my OnStar plan in my vehicle.
Such is life and the way of the world. I guess if that's all I have bitch about my life is not bad at all :) .
19days now without ZB and I'm feeling fine.
The next on my list is cancel my TV I've already stopped watching the NEWS.. keeping internet though... for now.
 

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One other thing that is getting a bit much is the invasive pushy annoying popup advertising... not only on Social Media like ZB but on the internet in general. I realize it's just part of the online business life and everyone involved is trying to make a living.... some much more than a living... but wow... it's getting crazy with the ads. Youtube was fun but now.... mostly because of folks selling their videos via millions of hits... you get bombarded with ads... ads in the middle of a short video! I like YouTube mostly for information and some funny snl skits fir example. Now... to free myself from the ads I have to pay for YouTube Premium... which I've done... by tagging onto my Son-in-laws Family Plan. I'm almost certain in the future that will turn into..." you have to buy this...such and such to keep your family status. I know it's already gone that way with my OnStar plan in my vehicle.
Such is life and the way of the world. I guess if that's all I have bitch about my life is not bad at all :) .
19days now without ZB and I'm feeling fine.
The next on my list is cancel my TV I've already stopped watching the NEWS.. keeping internet though... for now.
I got added to a band's Google account so I could access their calendar and ended up getting hooked up with YouTube Premium for over a year. When they cancelled their plan I was suddenly cast back into gen. pop. YouTube and it had gotten WAY worse. 2, sometimes 3 ads before videos? AND ads after videos? A total nightmare.

I decided to pony up the $12 and get Premium myself. While I hate giving Alphabet any of my money I do use the product daily and get value out of it, so oh well. Guess we're all shills in some way.

Cable free for over 6 years, though. Cut the cord!
 

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I'm still on it, but it's really boring now. I've posted maybe twice in the last couple years. Most of my friends have left or no longer post. It's just ads. I haven't left, because I still want to be informed about gigs, even if they're just streaming.
 

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So - I made it the 30 days. But then I was trying to find some information and yahoo groups (the old resource for Behringer FCB1010 information) has been taken offline.

So I sign back up for Facebook. But I have zero friends, only a couple groups. I have literally shared nothing, posted nothing, liked nothing except for a single post on topic for the group. "Does anyone have this working on Linux."

And I'm in facebook jail for violating community standards. Not the group - facebook has disabled my account. It's like I've been de-personed.
 


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