EU ministers say life without Facebook is great, after Meta warned it may pull its services from Europe
Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 11 February, 2022 - 13:30 · 1 minute
"After being hacked, I've lived without Facebook and Twitter for four years, and life has been fantastic," German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said at a press conference in Paris.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who spoke alongside Habeck, said: "I can confirm that life is very good without Facebook and that we would live very well without Facebook."
I can testify to the same thing. I deleted my Facebook account a good two years back now. It's true that many businesses still use Facebook (because of status quo) and that Facebook Marketplace is used by many scammers, but there is also Craigslist and other local online classified that be used that offer better protections to sellers and buyers.
It seems the youth anyway are migrating to TikTok and similar platforms as their numbers are way down on Facebook, and advertisers are starting to change their adverts to suite the TikTock environment.
Now Meta has pulled back a bit, stating this was just a business risk they were highlighting, but hopefully the EU stands firm. The world needs to move on from networks that exploit users' personal data at all costs.