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Harm minimisation for corporate social network users

The alternative to harm minimisation for social pariahs

Usefulness: 🔧
Novelty: 💡
Uncertainty: 🤪 🤪 🤪
Incompleteness: 🚧 🚧 🚧

You don’t want unaccountable monopolies mining every intimate detail of your personal relationships and deepest confidences? You don’t want them sharing it even though they promised not to?

Then don’t use corporate social networks.

OK, in fact, not using them is harder than you’d like, because

How do you say?

after I post this status, I will be quitting Facebook, except for groups, events, messaging, sharing my take on controversial op-eds, promoting my podcast(s), and seething with jealousy about my friends’ positive life updates.

Pretend to be on social media but don’t actually bother

80% of my strategy is this. See faking being on social media.

But that means I can get off social media?

Maybe. Scott Locklin summarises the fakebook extraction: Download your fakebook data. Delete your fakebook account. Delete any of your accounts.

Oh wait, your friends keep on using Facebook messenger to organise their lives? FFS, friends.

Practice social surveillance hygiene to reduce harm

Roll your own

See DIY social networks.

Archive your social network

Minimise the dependence by having your own backup of your social wossname.

There are GDPR extraction tools built-in, e.g. For Facebook. Timeliner and Perkeep are two different approaches to this.