Why I'm leaving "X" - a post about implied support

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If you give your time and content to X, the formerly known Twitter, Facebook or similar algorithm driven, attention hijacking social network, you are giving your implied support.

If you disagree with the way these organisations operate, complaining about this, whilst still engaging is useless. The only real vote you can make is a vote with your feet. Leave.

If I told you that whilst I think smoking is a serious medical problem, I would love to sell you cigarettes, what would you think?

I left Facebook a long time ago. I don't miss it, but sometimes I can be inconvenienced by this decision as other people choose to consider it 'the internet'.

I have been a Twitter user for some considerable time because once upon a time it provided value and was a way to start relationships with interesting people. But I found myself using it less and less as hate, arguments, misinformation and posturing overwhelmed the feed. There were still good people out there, but it became more difficult to read what they had to say. 

Since Elon Musk's takeover and 'X' rebrand I've watched it continue to degenerate whilst new changes, terms and conditions, and a vision for it to become some form of defacto "Everything App" make it something I can't support anymore.

The questions I kept asking myself were "Is this net-positive?" and "Does this provide value to me?

The answer to both is a solid no.

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