Short-text social media platform, Twitter, is stormed by the new hashtag and trend of #DeleteFacebook, following the events of the Kenosha Militia Page’s chaos event that resulted in shooting and death. Facebook failed to shut down the event that gathered an armed militia in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Twitter users are now cancelling and even calling for the biggest social media platform in the world, Facebook, to be deleted after the events that unfolded in Kenosha, Wisconsin resulted to mass chaos and horrifying deaths of two protestors joining the ‘call to arms.’
Facebook and its moderators did not foresee the effect and impending risk that then “Facebook event” will bring. The Kenosha Militia Page posted a ‘call to arms’ that invited people to parade the streets of the city and protest, some citizens brought weapons that posted threats and risk to national security.
In a recent web video post by Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, he stated that the social media platform’s failure to remove the page and the event was an “operational mistake.”
Despite the social media’s rules about violent militias, Facebook neglected to remove the page. Zuckerberg’s video gained backlash, and the trend found on Twitter grew larger.
Several accounts with some verified personalities gained huge talks and reactions that agrees with the #DeleteFacebook movement to either delete and boycott Facebook or remove the social media platform from the internet.
Twitter’s #DeleteFacebook Trend
Twitter users fuel the rage against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook as they tweet their feelings about the social media platform. Some users even claim that Mark Zuckerberg failed the human race, and a lot is publicizing their dismay to social media.
Mark Zuckerberg is a very ‘successful’ CEO. But he is complete failure as a human being. #DeleteFacebook — Nick Knudsen (@DemWrite) August 28, 2020
Other cases made mentioned of their boycott from Facebook for several years ago and are not surprised with how the social media platform is facing another gruesome scandal.
I see that #DeleteFacebook is trending (AGAIN). Security is crucial for me to be on a social media platform. I deleted Facebook 7 years ago and never looked back. — Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) August 28, 2020
Despite the platform’s backlash, some users still claim that Facebook is essential and needed to connect and utilize the platform.
This is a huge problem. People can’t just up and leave Facebook sometimes. They have communities there, they have family there, they have organizing that will only be done there. Valid. But if you wanna #DeleteFacebook & can’t, there are other things you CAN do. Thread. https://t.co/jNX8TELlNF — K Tempest #NoJusticeNoPeace Bradford (@tinytempest) August 28, 2020
However, there is also a case that prohibits him from boycotting or leaving Facebook due to his work that requires the use of social media.
I would #DeleteFacebook in a heartbeat if I wasn’t forced to use it for work. — David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 28, 2020
Kenosha Militia and Protest Chaos
CNN states that there are two prior reports about the page that did not result in banning or removal. A huge surge in the number of protestors alerted and urged Facebook to act and take matters into their own hands.
Just last week, Facebook claimed that they would impose strict enforcements and track down militia pages. However, this did not stop protestors from going out to the streets and raise their concerns.
Among these protestors, a 17-year-old kid fatally shot two men that resulted in one death and the other being unconfirmed by local authorities. Violent protests and chaos took over the city, further condemning Facebook due to its neglect to prevent the ‘call-to-arms.’
The trend #DeleteFacebook is now attracting a massive number of engagement and reacts from Twitter users that amassed almost 16,000 tweets in the present. With the trend still growing, Facebook’s future may lie in the hands of its users.
I spoke to Facebook employees at our weekly company Q&A about what’s happening in Kenosha and wanted to share. Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, August 28, 2020