I'm leaving Facebook for good for many reasons but the main reason is privacy and selling of my data for their own purposes and profits. I know they earn their revenue from the ads that appear on their network but I think we've all experienced those ads that mysteriously appear after we've searched for or were looking at something on another website even when we were logged out of the FB app at the time we searched. One of the creepiest things that I've seen was those infamous "people you may know" trying to get us to connect with more people. Like many of us, I have my work email program on my phone that is always open and receiving messages. Recently, I opened FB and noticed there was a client of mine that was showing up in the "people you may know" feed. The ONLY interactions we ever had were at their office and via email. There would be NO REASON that I can think of for them (and others) to show up unless FB was scanning my emails. Another observation was I downloaded the app for the insurance company I use and the very next time I logged into FB were ads for that very company that had NEVER appeared before. Coincidence? I don't think so! I've done "tests" with other applications with similar results. So, FB is also scanning EVERYTHING on my phone???
Plus on July 3, 2019 there was a widespread issue with photos and videos not uploading to FB or their other company Instagram. As reported on Verge they are and have been using AI to determine what or who is in the photo(s). This particular part of the story was especially disturbing. "The same image tags are showing up on Instagram, and as well as detailing general scene and object descriptions, they also suggest who is in a photo based on Facebook’s facial recognition. (The company has been doing this for photos you’re not tagged in since 2017.)".
This along with the many other privacy issues that have been in the news about FB have made me decide to leave the service once and for all. There is another option that is completely private, no ads, no BS and you only see and share your posts with those that YOU want to.
The company is called MeWe and they have apps for IOS as well as Android. If you want a secure and private alternative to FB please join me on MeWe.
Here is a link to my profile https://mewe.com/i/danekenberg