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Neil Young leaving Facebook over its “obvious commitments” to the right wing

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Facebook has been under a lot of scrutiny lately with, founder Mark Zuckerberg grilled on Capitol Hill in October over political ads, fake news and other subjects. Those concerns are among the reasons Neil Young has decided to stop using the omnipresent social media platform entirely. He was mulling it over last month, writing on his Neil Young Archives site, “we keep looking at Facebook and wondering if we should be using that platform at all, given the latest news. It’s a problem we face together. FB gives you more than you want and it’s not all good. A lot of it is very bad misinformation about political campaigns and ads that are outright falsehoods. These are fine with Facebook, but not with NYA. If we were to leave Facebook with our social outreach we would lose communications with millions. If we continue to be on Facebook, we are conflicted about who we are.” Now he’s made it official:

Facebook is facing criticism for sponsoring the annual gala of the Federalist Society, the powerful right wing organization behind the nomination of the conservative supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

This turn of events, in addition to the false information regularly supplied to the public on Facebook, with its knowledge, has caused us to re-evaluate and change our use policy.

I don’t feel that a social site should be making obvious commitments to one side of politics or the other. It further confuses readers regarding truthfulness in coverage and message.

NYA, no longer interested in further links with FACEBOOK, will be discontinuing use.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you.

Thanks,
NY

In other news, Neil Young says his U.S. citizenship application has been held up because of his marijuana use. Neil and Crazy Horse released Colorado in October and you can stream it below.

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