I don’t have a Facebook account and never have. When this comes up, people demand to know why—as though not signing up for a user account on any given website were a preposterous decision—I tell them, “I refuse to outsource my agency to an algorithm”, which has always garnered eye-rolling.
This is certainly a contrarian position, but abstention from algorithmic dominance is the only way to be free in a world dominated by algorithms.
Anyone who takes such a position must prepare for that inevitable eye-rolling, even in light of the revelation that Facebook unethically manipulated feeds to influence users’ emotional states.
Surely the preposterous decision is to maintain and make use of an account with a company that desires to secretly manipulate your emotional state to unknown ends, is it not?