Side Note

PSA: Yes, these other apps are also Facebook

Turned off by Facebook’s history of democracy corruption and data mining, users are flocking to “nicer” apps like Instagram. I get it; you’re mad at Zuck & Co. in the wake of the ever-worsening Cambridge Analytica scandal, but pivoting to everybody’s favorite photo app isn’t the answer. I can’t believe I’m actually having to type these words, but Instagram is literally a part of Facebook.

Yeah, I get it, they look different, and I guess seem fundamentally different enough to inspire some needlessly long think-pieces, but alas, they’re both in the pocket of our boy Zuck.

Instagram, Moves, and WhatsApp: all Facebook, my friends.

The same goes for WhatsApp, Oculus, and Moves. As well as this random assortment of dictionary words that are also somehow app names: Atlas, Crowdtangle, Masquerade, and Onavo.

There’s essentially no escaping the watchful, definitely-a-little-dead-inside eyes of Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (horror movie idea, anyone?), even for those who live offline. So you might as well delete that third draft of your ‘Why I’m Deleting Facebook’ status and stop kidding yourself.