Joana walks up to me as soon as I take my seat in the class the next day at school. “What did you do yesterday? Everyone seems to be talking about you. Andrew is furious. Don’t worry, he’s not here Yet,” she said leaning towards me.
I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t do anything. I am a victim just like Andrew. Before I could open my mouth, the English professor stepped in, “Get back to your seats, everyone. Today, we start with chapter four.”
Andrew comes rushing in with Sheena. They both stare at me. Andrew stood near me for a while before taking his seat. He kept his gaze on me all the time. “Let me explain after this class,” I whispered.
But the professor caught me speaking out of turn and, “Yes, Mr. Steve. You have something to share. Now don’t be shy. Speak up. I am sure everyone would love to hear your insights on the subject.”
I stand and I start, “Sir, I have something to share with Andrew. So let me do this right now. I…uh…Someone hacked into my Facebook account and posted something about Andrew on my behalf. I apologize but I am a victim as well.”
“Wait a minute. What is this all about? This is not a part of the subject. You may take your personal stuff outside the classroom. But not on my watch. Now sit down and pay attention,” the professor shrugged.
Of course, as you say, Sir. Now everyone knew what happened. I have to make an explanation to not only Andrew but Joana as well. It’s better that I delete my Facebook account and join the #DeleteFacebook movement just like Brian Acton and Elon Musk. All the fake news brouhaha is making me sick to the gut. Facebook has become a dangerous platform. It’s a spy watching our moves and monitoring our behavior.
This scenario reminds me of the Matrix film where Neo was living in a controlled environment until Morpheus gives him the red pill. This film represented a dystopian future where machines controlled humans by keeping them under an illusion, a false pretense. Another beautiful example is the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. And this leads to the big question – the future of social media? Is the big brother watching us and dictating our moves?
This world is different and worse with Facebook in the picture. Let us crop that picture and make the world a better place. It’s #BoycottFacebook time.