It wasn’t the Cambridge Analytica scandal that shook my faith in the internet. Today, I am officially renouncing my affiliation to Facebook and Instagram, but it’s not because of that.
I admit I was shocked when I came across the case of a guy who was posing on the web not as Justin Bieber – surely reasonable (I once posed as David Beckham, for example) – but merely as a Justin Bieber lookalike, even though of course he looked about as different to Justin Bieber as it is possible to look while still having a nose and two eyes.
And yet still getting away with bewitching naive souls who espoused his misleading self-representation. It could have been that, but it wasn’t.
Nor, now I come to think of it, did my quasi-spiritual crisis have anything to do with Viagogo-style exploits, hoovering up every ticket in town and selling them with some astronomical mark-up.
It was nothing to do with that American website that just charged me $200+ (£150+) for some virtual service I didn’t ask for, didn’t need, and didn’t want. Situation normal – or, as my father’s military generation would say, Snafu.
I was certainly deeply moved and upset by the story of a dignified senior citizen who phoned up Martin Lewis, the money-saving expert, on the radio, to explain, in detail, exactly how he had been ripped off by some ruthless online con artists to the tune of his entire life savings – with a notion of trying to warn off other potential “investors”. And when it comes to the virtual romance that ends in tears, my heart goes out, it really does.'
Read more: I'm Leaving Facebook For Good and It's Not Because of Cambridge Analytica
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