I Deactivated My Facebook Account. It’s Already Reactivated

I deactivated my Facebook account yesterday and bought the url of my own name. It’s an experiment in sharing things with my friends outside of a platform that needs my attention more than I need its increasingly sponsored content. This is an idea that has been advanced by Cal Newport. He calls it “the social internet” instead of “social media.”

It’s already been reactivated.

The hangup is Facebook Messenger. I rely pretty heavily on two group Messenger threads, one with family and one with friends, which, despite Facebook’s assurances, I cannot use and retain the deactivated status of my account. Logging in to Messenger generates a “welcome back” email from Facebook and reactivates my account.

So I’m going to keep the account active and try my personal Facebook-free social internet experiment anyway.


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