To all my friends on Facebook:
Today Facebook censored and removed an article I shared from VG – one of the biggest newspapers in Norway. The article was all about the fact that the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg had been censored by Facebook when she published and wrote about the iconic and historical picture of a nude child trying to escape for napalm bombing in Vietnam. I shared this critical article with picture on Facebook.
This evening the shared article was removed by Facebook. When I clicked further on Facebook had listed 10 – 15 other pictures I had shared – most of them showing two of my grand children – fully dressed in joyful play at a scientific museum. And one of the pictures showed a crowd of people entering the stairs at IKEA. Facebook then asked me to confirm that none of these pictures was of any sexual character!!
This kind of censorship reminds me of countries and political systems that are as far from democratic as it is able to become. This is censorship we find in countries like Russia, China, North-Korea and similar dictatorships.
I can no longer support a digital platform that censors critical articles and historical facts. It is against all my values, my political standpoints, my spiritual beliefs and philosophy.
My father once told me:
” Stand upright because you have an inner core, not because you have a thick skin.”
The time has come to vote with my feet. I cannot be a part of this any more. I will no longer accept the rules I confirmed to accept when I joined Facebook. Therefore I will have to leave Facebook.
So – to assure you – my dear Facebook friends – you are not the reason I am leaving. I will miss you all, but I will not and I can not support Facebook anymore. What if our telco’s censored us on the phone?
Well, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg – you are hereby censored and locked out of my digital world. Not because of nudity, but because of stupidity.