Walt Mosseberg on Leaving Facebook

Walt Mossberg posted this on Twitter:

Some personal news: I’ve decided to quit Facebook around the end of the year. I am doing this - after being on Facebook for nearly 12 years - because my own values and the policies and actions of Facebook have diverged to the point where I’m no longer comfortable there.

I am also quitting Facebook-owned Instagram and Messenger. I will remain on Twitter, and will continue to communicate via iMessage, email and SMS text with those who have my email address and/or phone number. Obviously, people who follow me here can also reach me via DM.

I am hardly the first person to quit Facebook and I am not urging anyone else to do so, or trying to spark some dump-Facebook movement. Nor am I judging anyone who remains, or everyone who works there. This is just a personal decision about where online I wish to participate.

Walt is one of the best tech columnists out there, so when he makes a statement like this it does make one want to pause and assess one’s current relationship with Facebook.

I’m in the process of evaluating my relationship with their products. If it wasn’t for my current role, I think I would out sooner.