Many users press­ing delete but­ton

Western Times - - LIFE -

MANY Aus­tralians are for the first time dis­cov­er­ing just how much Face­book knows about them and many are shocked, lead­ing them to quit the plat­form.

Face­book won’t say how many of its 16 mil­lion Aus­tralian users have turned their back on the un­der-siege plat­form.

But Google Trends data for Aus­tralia shows searches such as “delete face­book” are up dra­mat­i­cally.

Analysis of Twit­ter posts by Sto­ry­ful shows many who are quit­ting have lost trust in Mark Zucker­berg’s $580 bil­lion be­he­moth.

Brisbane artist Tanya Sinha deleted her Face­book ac­count this week.

“It turns ev­ery­thing into mush,” Ms Sinha said.

Some­thing “re­ally ter­ri­ble in the world” was given the same promi­nence on Face­book as what her niece or nephew was up to.

“It neu­tralises you and you are not pay­ing at­ten­tion,” Ms Sinha said.

“It’s not a pos­i­tive plat­form any­more and you are vul­ner­a­ble to psy­cho­log­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion.”

In­stead of try­ing to reach po­ten­tial buy­ers of her art­works via Face­book she will in­stead fo­cus on di­rect con­nec­tions at mar­kets and other in-per­son events.

Syd­ney app de­vel­oper Craig Phillips said he deleted Face­book af­ter down­load­ing the data it had on him and dis­cov­er­ing an ad­ver­tiser who had his con­tact in­for­ma­tion as well as mes­sage threads.

Another to quit, Mel­bourne man Shane Di­io­rio said “things are out of con­trol”.

Syd­ney dig­i­tal mar­keter Li Chaom­ing down­loaded the data Face­book had on him and dis­cov­ered 69 com­pa­nies had his con­tact in­for­ma­tion. He said he had no con­nec­tion to 40.

High-pro­file fig­ures who have deleted Face­book re­cently in­clude ac­tor Will Fer­rell and bil­lion­aire tech ti­tan Elon Musk, who re­moved the Tesla and SpaceX pages.

Photo: Adam Head

OPT­ING OUT: Queens­land artist Tanya Sinha deleted her Face­book ac­count (per­sonal and busi­ness) this week. She will now do more art fairs and di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion with cus­tomers.

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