An apology to my Facebook followers

Should have done it years ago.

Goodbye facebook

In mid-2013, I left my cushy job at Sophos and started to work for myself. As part of that I created a Facebook page, where I posted links to articles, and built a community of folks who were interested in computer security and privacy issues.

I’m now closing that Facebook page.

For years I’ve been uncomfortable with Facebook, and called them out for their exploitation of a userbase which is mostly unaware of how their personal information is being exploited.

Facebook says it cares, but umpteen years of privacy scandals have proven that to be false.

Quitting Facebook is hard enough for many people, I don’t want to give anybody another reason to stay.

If you still want to keep up to date with me and the latest security news, here are some different ways:

1) My website: https://www.grahamcluley.com (there’s an RSS feed if you’re into them).

2) Twitter. 79,156 people follow me at @gcluley. You’re welcome to join them.

3) Weekly podcast. Listen to “Smashing Security” on Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts, Spotify, or any other podcast app. Or listen directly on the show’s website.

4) My email newsletter. A few times a week I send out a newsletter with interesting links about computer security and privacy issues. It’s free, and easy to unsubscribe if you decide it’s not your cup of tea. Sign-up here.

Enormous thanks to everyone who helped build up the community on Facebook, supported my writing, and contributed by leaving comments. I really appreciate everything you did, and feel bad that maybe I will lose contact with some of you.

I’m not stopping my fight to raise awareness of computer security and privacy issues - I’m just not doing it on Facebook anymore.

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26 Responses

  1. Simon Edwards

    April 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    Where’s the Like button?

  2. xander

    April 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    It would be interesting to see what steps you took to close facebook and delete your profile (if its at all possible?)

  3. wolsonjr

    April 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    good move, now Duck needs to move the videos

    • @duckblog in reply to wolsonjr.

      April 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      Hmmm. You can watch those videos without logging in, without having an account, and without being peppered with ads or related videos afterward (unlike another video service that Graham links to at the top of this page where he hasn’t closed his account).

  4. Skyrde

    April 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    ”Quitting Facebook!

    About the author.….
    Follow him on .… Facebook.” O_O

    Br,
    Skyrde

    PS. The pony-tailed pundit isn’t the only one from FIN following :D

    • Graham Cluley in reply to Skyrde.

      April 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      Thanks! I thought I had excised them all, but that one sneaked through. Now zapped!

      PS. Ilmatyynyalukseni on täynnä ankeriaita

  5. Musashi

    April 11, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    I escaped Facebook and Twitter 4 years ago.
    Along with all the privacy and security benefits; you’ll also save yourself a shed load of wasted time… that you spend productively on cat videos on YouTube…

  6. JJ

    April 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

    What? That’s how my family communicates. This means, cringe, I will have to pick up the phone and call.

  7. Dawwen

    April 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Out of curiosity will you be simply deleting your page (and presumably the group) or are you going to corrupt your submitted data first as some suggest prior to deletion?

  8. DN

    April 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

    Well done :-)

  9. sml156

    April 12, 2018 at 2:29 am #

    Is Twitter any better at privacy compared to Facebook, I seriously doubt it.

    If your really concerned about the least invavaceve way for your followers to follow you would be to push them to RSS as hard as you can.

    RSS is a simple and old protocol that has no provisions for advertisers and also site analytics

  10. Azurty

    April 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    I can’t see any reason why the page couldn’t of continued connected to an account with no personal information included. It’s just like a shop front and one you have lost. An overreaction in my view when you could have managed it better restricting what Facebook could have. Anyway, good luck and I’ll continue to see your stuff on other channels.

    • Graham Cluley in reply to Azurty.

      April 12, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      Quitting Facebook is hard enough for many people, I don’t want to give anybody another reason to stay.”

  11. Ahmed

    April 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    You don’t know what you’ll be missing Graham … All them cat videos … good move! I shall soon be doing the same

  12. BaliRob

    April 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    I made the mistake of giving them back another chance - BIG MISTAKE

    In the past view days FB allowed a video of a woman chopping off a dog’s front leg below
    the knee with a meat cleaver. The expression the dog gave was clearly a big question mark
    - why, why human have you done this to me? Having seen all of the atrocities done to man in
    my life - this had the worst affect upon me because - whereas the humans knew what Hitler
    and ISIS was about to do - the dog, with 5,000 years of relationship with mankind did NOT know -
    all it knew was TRUST !!

    Facebook has allowed the most obscene videos and speech imaginable and just disciplined those
    who swore too much perhaps. In my case, FB deleted two of my comments on one post accusing
    me of being a spammer - what?? Both I and my colleague were questioning the structure of the
    heading’s grammatical spelling and meaning. I ask you ?

    Facebook is being run by people without the benefit of education or children it obviously wishes
    to employ - one look at the CEO’s face during the past few days of Congressional Hearings have
    said it all - what have I spawned - how can I control it - I am lost?

  13. GC

    April 12, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Well I have had a facebook account for years. The only thing you’ll see if you view my account would be a profile picture of a scenery. That’s it, not a single post, not a single personal detail shared. I at the most may use it to send a direct message to people whose contact number I do not have and get their contact details. The key thing by doing this is you won’t then have an imposter claiming to be you by creating an account in your name and interlocking with your friends.
    You don’t need to delete your account to stop using facebook, you can just lock it down and stop sharing anything on the site. Though I often do get tempted to delete my account, the opportunity to find certain lost contacts makes me want to retain my account, albeit in a locked down state.

  14. GC

    April 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    Further to my earlier comment, never really used your facebook page Graham. Though I am an avid reader of your website and your ‘Smashing Security’ podcast. Keep up the good work!!

  15. Pete

    April 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    The fact that Facebook refuses to make their “features” opt-in was all it took to convince me to dump my FB account.

    Every time I chose privacy settings that seemed reasonable, FB changed everything, essentially obliterating my privacy. I soon realized that those who value their privacy don’t belong on Facebook.

    Glad to see that the principles you’ve been promoting have finally won out in your own choices.

  16. Alfonso

    April 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    Great move! You are not losing a thing.
    Keep up the good work.

  17. Alfonso

    April 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    Article posted in FA K E BOOK! HAHAHAHA

  18. Scott

    April 13, 2018 at 3:00 am #

    I shut mine down a year or so ago. Proud for you Graham!

  19. Lewis Henshall

    April 15, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    Hi Graham, I’ve spotted you still have the Facebook Open Graph meta tags from the Yoast plugin.

  20. Raffles

    April 15, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    Hi Graham,
    What do you think of VK.com as an alternative to Facebook?

  21. Cousin Dell

    May 5, 2018 at 7:50 am #

    Bravo Graham, I quit seven years ago and never looked back. Just recently I dumped Twitter too. Admittedly, both were more for social reasons (I happen to think social media has been a terrible thing for society for the most part) but certainly the recent security concerns have been a big issue too.

    Good move, and I’d like to see more opinion leaders taking the same stance that life still exists on the outside and little is worth the multiple costs of social networking…

  22. Robin

    May 5, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    I absolutely agree, Cousin Dell. I never really used FB except to view items of interest, and closed it a few months ago. I, too, believe that social media has been a dreadful thing “for the most part”.

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