Nearly 3 billion people worldwide use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger. 2.3 Billion people use one of these “services” daily. So, now you’re wondering why I put quotes around the word “services”?
Who Are These “Services” Really Serving?
I’m not here to argue to fact that some of the services provided by the Facebook group, (i.e Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger) are useful for personal and business use. In fact, Facebook is a prime advertising platform for business owners and a social pool for those with the time to swim in it! So why not, There are so many positive things that it adds to our lives, or does It?
How does Facebook survive as a company? After all, they are a social community focused on “bringing the world closer together” right? Wrong! Facebook collects data including pictures from your posts and uses it for targeted advertising as well as facial recognition software. They take this information and sell it to advertisers. What! They are stealing my personal information including but not limited to family photos and memories shared for the viewing of friends? Yep, you got it! Personalized Ads are pushed to you using the data YOU allowed them to access. Not to mention the development of facial recognition software the is being/has been developed using… you guessed it, YOUR PICTURES! Creepy.
Is There An Alternative To Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, And Messenger?
Kinda, But it’s not quite that simple. MeWe, now used by over a million users is advertised as “the next-gen social network” their terms are very privacy-focused unlike the aforementioned options (see terms here). It incorporates the essential features of many social platforms into one platform. These include Digital Messaging(Messenger and Whatsapp) Posts and Stories(Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp), Groups(Whatsapp and Facebook), and business pages(Facebook) as well as me’s and we’s (similar to Snapchat if you have time to waste on that!) MeWe comes with a free version that can be upgraded for a small monthly fee. The upgrade includes mostly cosmetic tweaks. The free version is ample for most users and includes no ads except for the option to upgrade to the premium version. MeWe is a viable alternative if you are serious about privacy and don’t mind the learning curve. Sign Up For a Free MeWe account here