As part of the post-Trump trauma, noted Sad Puppy and bestselling Baen author Larry Correia is semi-leaving Facebook after years of time-outs and post deletions.
“I’m done helping those parasites. Facebook is trash. We all know it. We’ve all seen it. We’re just there because of inertia. Over the last decade, working with some stupendous moderators and great fans, we built a gigantic, thriving, fun, fan page here on Facebook. It’s one of the bigger author fan pages on the internet where the author can still actually talk to his fans. Being able to interact there was great. But Facebook took that from me on a whim. They banned me from my own group because of what I MIGHT say.”https://monsterhunternation.com/2021/01/21/a-farewell-to-facebook/
He set up some time ago an alternate version of his fan group on the MeWe social media platform: https://mewe.com/join/monster_hunter_nation. Currently, MeWe is a popular alternative for many people concerned about Facebook’s approach to either privacy or politics or both. Over there, Larry describes the situation.
“For the record, we’re still trying to keep the fan page mostly politics free.
A. we don’t know how long our fall back position will last before big tech crushes it too, or they fall in line to keep from getting Parlered by big tech and we don’t want to put a giant target on our head.
B. it can get super annoying, and you’ve got the entire rest of the internet to talk about politics. Like my personal page, I’m always political, you want to talk politics there, go for it.
And yeah, I get that it is hard. The world is extra stupid right now and you want to talk about the stupid shit with your friends. I get it. I truly do. Except we need to be smart and figure out how to operate around the bullshit. Because head butting the bullshit merely results in us getting banned again, and I’ve not figured out what the backup to the backup is quite yet.”
It is interesting that even the smallest push back by big-tech has lead to some of its more toxic users rethinking their choices. Also, it gives me an opportunity to re-use this colouring-in page.