If you are looking to get updates on new music or events from Nils Frahm on Facebook, I have bad news for you. He announced yesterday that he is quitting the platform because the “the political and moral costs that come with it too steep to stay in the game.”
In a post, he outlines that he understands it is a tool to promote his music, but hates what it is doing to society and thinks that it is not worth the costs.
“This game starts with seeing you and me as currency, and goes on with trading something so intimate as music and human emotions in a digital market that benefits only the few. The picture repeatedly drawn to me is one where I cannot afford to leave Facebook because of the access to fans it represents. It feels like I'm being held hostage by a force out of my control.”
“I want to thank you for your loyalty through my music, my concerts, and the many encounters with you all over the world…not via platforms that monopolize our communication and commodify our ways of being in the world.”
He notes that others also seek to rid themselves of Facebook and social media, but are struggling how to do so without hurting their careers.
In wake of various data, election rigging and other insidious scandals involving Facebook, there has been a movement to #DeleteFacebook. It seems to be more of a hashtag than anything as Facebook's stock price continues to climb and dominance in digital advertising grows. If more people actually deleted Facebook, then maybe they would actually change instead of just releasing press releases about changing.
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