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Tech Backlash: Just Fake News? Tech Platforms Keep Growing.

By Dick Weisinger

There is a small, and possibly growing movement, for users to break free of big tech collaboration portals, like Facebook and Twitter.

Back in March 2018, Cher wrote that “I did something VERY HARD 4 me… today I deleted my Facebook account.” That was followed by Elon Musk deleting SpaceX and Tesla from Facebook. And then a list of other celebrities followed.

People are mad and scared about their privacy. Privacy, ethics and fake news are what tech backlash is all about. This has led to talk of breakups and anti-trust trials, regulations and fines.

But are people really leaving? The numbers show that the tech backlash is more like fake or exagerated news. Rob Walker in the New York Times broke out the numbers.

Despite the talk of breakup and a huge FTC fine, Facebook is still recording increased revenue and multi-billion dollar profits, new accounts, and large growth in the time people are using the platform.

Similarly, Twitter and Snap continue to add millions of users, and the time that people are spending on social media continues to rise.

Walker wrote that “the actual plans for [the tech backlash] tend to be vague… So it’s easy to believe that there really is a roiling tech backlash that will somehow head off any dystopian outcomes, while we lean back and ask Alexa whether it’s raining. In other words, it’s a virtual backlash: so convincing we can really see it, if we just wear the proper goggles.”

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