24 hour boycott of Facebook, Operation Faceblock, set for April 11th

24 hour boycott of Facebook, Operation Faceblock, set for April 11th
On Wednesday, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on data privacy. That very same day, April 11th, Operation Faceblock is being held. This is a one-day boycott of Facebook and its associated apps including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. The boycott will run for 24-hours and was created to protest the use of 87 million Facebook profiles, without permission from subscribers, by Cambridge Analytica. The use of the personal data without consent of users would seem to violate a decree signed by Facebook with the FTC back in 2011.

A spokeswoman for Operation Faceblock, Laura Ullman, said that the boycott will send a "powerful message" to the social media network that the group is concerned about data privacy. While more than a few have deleted the app as a result of the scandal, Ullman notes that there are many who plan on participating in the boycott, but still like to use Facebook and the other apps under its corporate umbrella.

In addition to staying off Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram on April 11th, Ullman suggests that those who are participating in the boycott also write letters to Zuckerberg and their governments. If you're interested in joining the boycott, go to www.facebookblackout.org.


Before his testimony on Wednesday in front of the House energy and commerce committee, Zuckerberg will testify before a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Tuesday.

source: TheGuardian

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38 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Facebook lost 10 billion in 10 days.....must hurt suckyberg real hard! But still the damage is already done, he is filthy rich because of FB users.....including me. Think it is time to say bye bye to FB.

5. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Bro he created in 2004 at that time google,Microsoft,apple didn't even have that idea of creating a social media network,after twitter came in 2006/2007 later google decided to join in social network platform sync with it mobile platform.Beside i began to see u as even more a stupid person u just know to how to talk irrelevant senseless crap about apple company and zuckerberg which u can't even come up with a better criticism,reason at all and apprecicate them what they have created for humanity at such a earlier time which other company didn't even thought at that time and yea deleting your fb account won't do any good than it will do more harm as it will create a lack of social touch with your distant friends and family members or relatives where u can't meet n chat with them often or very much in real world than in social virtual world like fb,twitter.zuckerberg is atleast being much honest than tim cook will be with himself.

7. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

But again choice is your i'm not stopping u from doing whatever u want with ur social network accounts fb,twtr or will do so . Zuckerberg just spoken out his apologies for his mistake than tim cook will ever be honest to admit his lie mistakes on statement over real issues even if expose in front of him in interview or in news around him n apple.still zuckerberg can be forgetten.

36. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Well, but why this boycott didn't include FB meddling helping the Obama's election and what Facebook did helping Hillary. Than could be a real and massive boycott. Why only about Cambridge Analytica????????????????

13. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

And yea one more thing in this age and day DATA is the new OiL for these companies whether it's fb,twrt,google,Msft,apple n amazon n chinese phone companies without it they can't create new apps n service with it with being profiting from it in selling n using it to create better products n services n apps for future use n usage.if u caring now then it's too late in this day bcoz ur data is already held by them secretly in their data server for future use n they will borrow it the another way through snooping or some behind the scene trick in their software.

22. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

saying goodbye to facebook...possible boycotting of WhatsApp even for a day is almost impossible...for millions of us

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I seriously don't think any girls will be able to handle not getting any likes or hearts for 24 hours.

3. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This is stupid.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why, because you didn't think of it? Protest is a powerful tool unless you want to go on living as a sheep. You know what happens to sheep? They get fleeced their entire lives and eventually slaughtered when they're no longer useful. Sweet dreams.

32. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

One day protest is useless. You want to change things you gather as many people who agree with you and you permanently walk out. Stop doing business with the companies you don't like, give business to others who you do like.

38. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

It's stupid because it won't accomplish anything and no one will actually boycott Facebook in a significant number to affect. In my opinion, there is nothing to boycott Facebook over. I don't care about the whole Analytica crap. So what a bunch of idiots were convinced to vote for a particular candidate. I don't give a s**t. I will keep using my Facebook as long as it's useful to me. You're the sheep going along with this stupid protest because someone told you to.

10. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

At least you're not being forced to participate.

35. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

It's stupid, because the boycott is only about Cambridge Analytica, but didn't include the Obama's election and what Facebook did helping Hillary. Than could be a real and massive boycott. The way it's announced is just one way political BS.

4. fyah_king unregistered

I haven't use Facebook in 3 years.:)

6. gamehead unregistered

Boycott facebook for life

11. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Just big NO!!! to ur comment social media network like fb,twtr are useful for being update to date to real world problems and for joy of array of entertainment illustration.I highly condenm your idea against it.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

How about a big YES!!!... Stop trying to dictate how others should feel about their personal data being stolen and used to elect a blithering idiot into office. I personally haven't deleted mine, but I know that a lot of people on my friends' list have since this whole scandal came to light. I'll admit that Facebook is good for keeping in contact with your friends and family that you might not otherwise be involved with because of where they live, but it's far from anyone's only option. And Facebook is a dumping site where horrendously inaccurate propaganda is pushed onto the gullible and impressionable, it's evolved into something ugly and needs to die.

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Just use Twitter then . FB is the bad guy.

29. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It won't help, because Scott is clearly talking not just about Facebook, but today medias / social sites in general.

12. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Seriously..? If your worried about your "personal" data in this day and age, then your not paying attention. Google knows more and sells more about YOU than FB ever did or does. Then there is MS, and Amazon, and.. etc.. etc.. etc.. Samsung and HTC didnt create thier own "help" apps, and browser apps out of the kindness of their own hearts either..

26. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Google sells nothing about you ! It goes completely against the way their business works. What they do sell is targeted advertising, the companys whose adverts you receive know nothing about you only that you will likely have an interest in their product. Google has more interest in keeping your data private than just about any other company out there.

16. medwar07

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No one is going to boycott Instagram. At least my students won't

17. sp3llv3xit

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 15, 2011

If that idiot Zuckerberg has his way, he'll sell everyone's private data, including his mother's, to make money. For someone who lives in the USA, his Facebook has a penchant for censorship.

18. AxelFoley unregistered

If people are handing their data over to him, it's not really private, or stolen. There is some amount of personal responsibility that people have to take. If you're being "censored" by Mark Zuckerberg, then your voice is too reliant on Mark Zuckerberg. I suppose the world would be in complete silence without him

19. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

To be honest, I find this quite unnecessary. It's so simple, if you feel Facebook betrayed you to the point of which you wanna delete it, just go ahead, if you don't, well Facebook isn't gonna force y'all to use it either.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"The boycott will run for 24-hours and was created to protest the use of 87 million Facebook profiles, without permission from subscribers, by Cambridge Analytica." Why do they need permission to take the public data that was scraped? Nothing private or personal was taken. Only data that anyone could have gone to your profile and found.

23. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Exactly lol someone that makes sense on here! Omg you people need to chill theFout!

25. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

IKR, people shared their information in their profile but getting rage when someone collect it, lol.. The only reason Zuckerberg to just take the blame is because it's going political, and the public already raging, it's already impossible for him to say that those are public informations (that deliberately shared to public by information owner) to educate people about what to share and what not to share..

33. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Oh I forgot about politics. Maybe this is all a Russian game to knock Zuck out of running for President against Trump next round.

31. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

^ exactly this! I really don't get why it has become such a huge issue. That data was not hacked as some articles mention. That data was provided by the users themselves with public share option!

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