Some similar and inconvenient stock numbers to report. FYI I recently moved to Parler given how I’ve apparently been “shadowbanned” by Twitter, and you can find me there @wattsupwiththat Facebook and Twitter stocks dive as Unilever halts advertising (CNN) The backlash?Facebook Tightens Controls on Speech as Ad Boycott Grows (WSJ) Translation: Conservatives will be targeted. […]
Man has gradually, persistently, and incrementally, been socially engineered into unawareness that keeps most people distracted, apathetic, separated, and playing small, which led to present reality as follows:
4 Stages of Ideological Subversion
“Ideological subversion means to change the perception of reality to such an extent that despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.” Yuri Bezmenov
KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov’s warning to America
In 1984, Soviet defector and KGB operative Yuri Bezmenov, specializing in the fields of Marxist-Leninist propaganda and ideological subversion; warned us about the silent war being waged against America as part of a long term plan to take over and destroy the American system and way of life.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Stage 3?
It takes up to six weeks to send a country into CRISIS. The CRISIS [2-6 months in duration] would bring “a violent change of power, structure, and economy” and will be followed by the last stage, ‘normalization’ when your country is basically taken over, living under a new ideology [oppression] and reality.
This will happen unless man gets rid of people who will bring it to a crisis, warned Bezmenov. What’s more “If people fail to grasp the impending danger of that development, nothing ever can help them,” adding, “You may kiss goodbye to your freedom.”
Emergency Powers: Worldwide Governmental Power Grabs Reveal Scripted Agenda – Mar 25, 2020
- THE STORY:Everywhere in the world, governments are using the coronavirus crisis to expand their control, claiming these are only temporary emergency powers.
- THE IMPLICATIONS:Can we trust governments to relinquinish these powers afterwards? Are people so panicked and afraid they will allow their freedom and rights to be stolen due to an invisible virus?
are the name of the game right now as governments around the world are collectively engaging in power grabs – all justified by the convenient coronavirus crisis (the same coronavirus crisis that various countries and groups were actively simulating for before it happened). Virtually every nation on Earth has a COVID-19 case and therefore an excuse to grab emergency powers by claiming they are only doing it for the sake of health, safety and security, which is the typical catch cry of tyrants.
Trudeau government will HIKE carbon tax by 50 % despite coronavirus nightmare
Two solutions to avert stage 4
1] Strong national action to educate people about coronavirus facts. Censorship requires creative ways to inform the majority of people.
2] Strong national action by individuals; write and question your country leader based on facts [evidence] that do not justify planetary lock down, social distancing, loss of employment, and destroying economic and financial systems.
Transform hardship into remedial action and freedom
It is the Power of freewill consent that creates reality. Unless people speak up [write to your country leader] silence is tacit or implied consent. https://ourgreaterdestiny.org/2020/03/hard-facts-justify-hard-questions-and-a-response/
Please share this information widely, and write to your country leader. Thank you.
Doreen A Agostino
Without Prejudice and Without Recourse
Sent via hardwired computer
All wireless turned off to safeguard life
Transcript – I would like to bring up the intentional creation of division in the public through the weaponization of topics that are used for spreading ideological conflicts, because they’re such a hot topic in the outer world right now. It’s so important to discuss this openly, because knowing what we are looking at will help us to better understand what we’re seeing implemented as a psychological warfare tactic that is happening in the outer world. I’ve been talking in the community about Alice-In-Wonderland tactics, which are military grade mind control confusion tactics used to promote nonsensical gibberish, illogical and surreal debates, and generalized bizarre behavior in the media outlets and into the public platforms in the environment in order to confuse and derange groups of people in the outerscape. Controlled mainstream media is directing an all-out warfare strategy against the population to give well-funded platforms to non-sensical, unstable and irrational people that are used as puppets to generate further division in those particular reality bubbles, in order to generate schisms between groups of people that automatically and subconsciously separate themselves into boxes with specific classifications.
This is a psychological warfare strategy deliberately designed to create many levels of separative boxes and walls that are then made into an assortment of ideological conflicts, seeding them within the various cultural norms and then spreading these conflicts out through society at large. Many of the issues were or are non-existent or only existed at an extremely small scale, statistically speaking, and have now been exploded into the media outlets with massive funding and backing of special group interests used by the Controllers. Understand that pitting different groups against each other is not a random event; the attempts to heighten violence and vitriol between the assorted reality bubbles has been meticulously planned and well-staged. This is a part of the controller mind control mechanism used to target the masses to shape and enforce the narrative of 3D reality. They are intentionally pushing a divide between the population by pushing an assortment of ideological conflicts that are then represented in the mainstream media as some kind of class struggle, severe class struggles within some of the marginalized groups that are identifying with the ideology inherently designed to create the violent conflicts.
But really, what this entire agenda is designed for is getting the New World Order agenda fulfilled on a global scale, because through their problem-reaction solution propaganda, they want to roll out a totalitarianism world government made through the marketing of a Marxist-Socialist type of ideology that they sell to the public as an collectivist ideology. The marketed propaganda tells the population while flooded in total chaos that this ‘socialist manifesto’ is going to be the solution to all of these class struggles generating violence and chaos in the world today. So the controllers, and the controlled and manipulated media, they are aware of the instinctual mentality of the masses much better than the people really know themselves. Thus, those behind the monopoly of controlled digital media realize that they have a much greater advantage at manipulating the masses into emotional reactions, even hysterical instinctual reactions that through desperation, influence them into certain directions in which they will make populist decisions that further inform politics and legislature.
The game of psychological warfare is designed to get the population very angry, upset, emotionally triggered to exploit their negative ego, exploiting the pain body of their intended targets. So for the Controllers, they’ve helped to create the many problems as a part of the larger plan of control and subsequent dismantling of human rights as valued in western cultures, and now the solution they’re presenting really has an end game of putting into place a totalitarian dictatorship. However the propaganda being used to market this end game is currently being marketed as socialism or an collectivist ideology in which no individual has access to private property and privacy. And again, in the promotion of the collectivist ideology includes the destruction of existing structures and history, as they state the destruction of our past history is going to solve all of our current planetary problems with poverty and human suffering.Unfortunately, this is a bait and switch tactic, as until we have a full disclosure event, we cannot connect the dots and see who’s really behind the controller mind controlled reality that hides behind the pyramidal scale of the esoteric knowledge and black magic manipulating reality.
The socialism-collectivism moniker is giving the NAA and their controller puppets another layered facade to hide behind an inverted system that is being used to compartmentalize and hide true and accurate knowledge and information that empowers the public to use critical thinking and common sense on a path towards self-determination. And so they can continue to radically confuse the public, dumbing them down, in so that the masses are not aware to the true Orwellian purpose that this agenda is hiding. When we bring to mind the values held within an ideology, what I’d like you to also remember, in connecting to that ideology, is to connect to the negative ego attitudes and have an greater awareness of the false identities and the false sense of self that is propagating these divisions and classifications. Because a lot of people on this earth hold belief systems on the nature of reality and have an ideology that has evolved into a core value system, and then this value system is directly tied into their sense of identity. And the question to ask when observing ideology in action is “why is that right? who are you? who are you representing really?” and to see the war over consciousness playing out as a game, there is strategy of control and manipulation that’s being played out upon the masses. Once you identify with an ideology and you believe that that is your real identity, then by default you are a puppet on strings that can be manipulated in every direction by external forces. So it is very important to know how amplifying nonsensical behavior along with promoting ideological conflicts in the outerscape, works as a form of psychological warfare and why weaponizing narratives works so well to intimidate and control the public.
Let us reflect on why people can be instigated into mob hysteria so easily. In order to understand this phenomena we have to understand most 3D people’s motivation, combined with the fact that a person’s belief system and ideology are directly tied to their sense of personal identity; this is their personality. Many people, if they feel that you are representing a value system that is threatening their personal beliefs, then immediately without even thinking, you are assigned to be a threat to the personality, a threat to the existence of their ego, and thus they will generally react in unpleasant ways. The current population has been classically conditioned to be an emotionally reactive culture, reacting in hostile and angry ways to different or opposing viewpoints, and this is understanding the negative ego in action. This is negative ego 101 to really get a clear understanding of how the three levels of ego function and to see it when it’s in action, because it’s surfacing into violent conflicts everywhere around us.
So in further exploring the nature of ideologies: ideologies are core value systems people are motivated by through a sense of identification or personal meaning. They’re beliefs held within a group of people that identify with whatever this ideology is exploring or stating. So bring to mind a few labels of what people believe they are classified as into groups, they identify with some kind of classification some other external force has told them exists, or through their own interpretation of experience. Then note how this is used to divide and separate people through the aggravation of confusion, anger and violence in emotionally unstable people. Today they are pushing for generating classifications that are entirely ridiculous, some of these ideologies that go into race, to color of skin, to defining gender and sex, to transgenderism which is an weaponized arm within the controller agenda. This is what the controllers want the masses to get lost in; the never-ending classifications, because this is exactly how you divide and conquer people and weaken the whole species. It is important now to recognize how the obsession with ideologies are being developed in this way, as in the creation of a new religion – the ideology – that gives meaning to some people’s lives. These ideologies are spread intentionally to become strongly tied to the person’s sense of self, to their identity, to their personality, to appeal to their negative ego function at the lowest levels.
Now generally, ideologies are kind of constantly in flux as they evolve to be relevant to current events and cultural attitudes. Some people are more mutable and impressionable because they take in the stimulus of what the environment is telling them is right or wrong, and then they adopt this ideology they have been sold and go along with its agenda. This is a person that is not a very strong person in their core self. Most of the time they don’t know who they are and so they don’t have a developed personal value system, they don’t abide by their own core values, and that’s generally the profile of a undeveloped and immature person that hasn’t done any inner work at all. We must make the effort to know ourselves, a person must have some self-awareness to be able to know what their personal values and motivations in life actually are. Today, most of the values that are being promoted out there in mainstream are ideologies that are directly related to the survival of the negative ego. Many of the belief systems are often in association with cognitive dissonance, because a person may say they have a core value or support an ideology, but they are in cognitive dissonance with that belief system because they’re unwilling to look at the actual source of their own conflicts. That which may be something unpleasant to face or which would require that they do more due diligence to explore the truth in the matter. To get to the truth inside all things, we have to dig deeper, we have to do some work on ourselves in order to become in charge of our own thoughts and choices in the world. Ideologies are constantly being interpreted in the face of things that are ever changing in the current global events, and the consensus of the media, what the masses are told to repeat or parrot to the rest of the population to keep them in line.
Understanding that ideologies are used more like a guiding strategy to the subconscious, and many people do not have core principles that they follow strictly, because they are totally unaware of their hidden deeper motivations. So this is why it’s so important to deeply know yourself, to become clear about your own personal value system, and to understand that this is how you develop personal integrity, to follow your core principles that hold meaning within your heart. You must decide what is right for you and then act accordingly; that’s how you build personal integrity, and then it requires that you are also able to see all of this mind control madness that’s playing out in the external world. Many people are fracturing and rupturing under the pressure of the mind control experiments they are targeting the public with, especially the young adults and children. So understanding that ideological conflicts are heightened now in the current warfare, and that the reality of life on earth is knowing that it is really one big lesson in group conflict resolution. That’s most of what we’re dealing with down here on planet earth; a lot of conflict resolution, so we need to get more comfortable with that process.
One big theme to remember is that most people in their ego will feel conflicted when they perceive their ideology is being challenged, or that their belief in the nature of reality is being called into question. And many times they are resistant to resolving any of this with you or others, because now they’re going have to make changes in their lifestyle if they were to admit the possibility that this could be true, or their ideology is flawed. Again, if a person or group starts to have an ideological belief system in that they think this is how the world works, and then they discover that they were believing in a fallacy, now where does that leave that individual or group? How are they going to resolve this conflict? Most people choose to ignore it out of fear or apathy. However, it is critical that we all learn how to resolve these conflicts within ourselves. Otherwise we are living in fallacies and deceptions and there is no way to be guided towards truth and clarity.
Some people choose to stay in cognitive dissonance, because they don’t know how to resolve the conflict they have. This is another point as to why we must develop critical thinking skills and intuitive skills, to actually come into an deeper self awareness and take any inventory on that content within ourselves. Because you’ll see within the current death culture what’s being promoted in terms of the ideological conflicts growing in the masses, this is about triggering people into high defensiveness, so that they just emotionally react from their pain body; and when we react in this way, this reaction, this impetus that comes from instinct, thus we don’t have any impulse control. This removes the logical and critical thinking, because now we’re just reacting, and we can see this being repeated over and over again in the environment. The mass manipulation with the media, in the intended cultivation of abusing and weaponizing the term “political correctness”, but we may also understand what political correctness actually means in this context. Actually, in the way that political correctness is being used as a weapon, this is really a mind control tactic that is being used to influence and target free speech.
People now live in fear that they will accidently say the wrong thing and then be called a bigot or racist by the cultivation of mob hysteria, and they can lose their job and be blacklisted in their career, persecuted and made an example for public humiliation. They Controller groups are doing all they can to censor our language and our words, confound the communication between people. So as well, in our society unfortunately, people are not encouraged to know themselves or communicate well with each other. So this is really what I want to leave with you, with this information, is to know yourself deeply and learn how to communicate well. At least attempt to be able to communicate, make improvements in your communication with others, because most people do not know how to communicate with others, especially with kindness or with compassion and empathy. This is a critical skill set now in the current outer terrain of radical psychological warfare being targeted into the population. I really encourage us all to be aware of the importance of compassionate communication, and nonviolent communication, of which there is more information that is in the Ascension Glossary under those terms.
So recognizing what it means for the ego aspect to have ideological conflicts. If there is a conflict in someone’s belief in the nature of reality, most people will feel a sense of threat. So this is understanding, that when you see people react in hostility or rage that this is generally because there is a perceived threat to the ego personality and its belief systems. This can define a classic narcissist. You may be the catalyst in that way to others, just being as natural as it is to be yourself. The person actually feels threatened that you have a different perspective than they do. This may seem ridiculous at times, but it’s true and is something that should be pointed out more, in helping people to release their fears of feeling threatened by belief systems that do not generate physical harm. Why do they feel threatened? People tend to take incoming information and distort it so they can maintain the core identity of their personal value system, whatever the idea is that they may have about the nature of reality, and this is a part of the confirmation bias to reinforce the 3D narrative.
Confirmation bias means that you only select things that actually reinforce the things that you want to believe, and are unwilling to look at anything else that may contradict your beliefs. This is a part of producing extreme mental rigidity which can be observed in over intellectualized people with closed hearts. The ego mind produces this mental rigidity, where one can only live in the confirmation bias, that mental rigidity will not allow for opposing views or debates about anything, because that person’s ego feels threatened.
Those of us in our community need to be the first line in learning how to be compassionate communicators with being able to have opposing views to someone else; do not perceive the opposing belief as a personal threat and then to seek to find a resolution when it is possible, to envision a higher resolution through the conflict. But in noting as well, when people feel threatened, usually the first thing they will do is to perceive the person that’s challenging them as lesser than, they’ll dehumanize that person and the make wise cracks, or they say something mean or nasty about them. Ridicule is the way the threatened ego and dark forces tend to crush people with opposing views. And again this is the classic tactic of manipulators; this is playing out the dramas in the victim-victimizer game, a classic tactic for divide and conquer of groups. Beyond the classifications, beyond the ideologies, we’ve got to come to an understanding that we are the human race, we are the human species, the earth is the home of the human race and this is the number one consideration. True humanity. That’s who we are; everything else should really fall aside.
So in learning how to seek clarity and agreement on the terms for discussing ideological differences and conflicts, a good beginning is by learning how to become a safe person relationally, and establishing ways that a trusting relationship can coexist despite different points of view, despite the range of ideological differences. And in my personal view an easy way to do that is just to bring the Golden Rule into your life. If everybody had their own belief systems and ideologies, but were committed to uphold the Golden Rule, which is a commitment to be respectful and harmlessness to each other, imagine that! We would be able to coexist a lot easier. And as well, here in our community there are many things that we learn about lying tactics, manipulation strategies, in order to see how fears are being exploited in the masses for generating ideological conflicts.
The many things we learn in ES is also about checking energy signatures and boundary testing; and this is also very helpful in being able to better discern the mass confusion that is out there, that is being created into chaos from this psychological warfare method. Again, “Alice-In-Wonderland” technique is creating mass confusion using terms under the guise of political correctness and ideological conflicts in order to confuse people into believing in these classifications that don’t really exist, and are meaningless in the larger picture. This presents an opportunity to learn better skill sets with compassionate communication, speaking with kindness even with opposing viewpoints. It’s very productive to learn how to apply nonviolent communication towards every aspect of our lives, towards every aspect of our interpersonal relationships, as we are facing personal issues, massive planetary issues. These are core principles that empower us on the way to improving self-mastery and self-awareness during the bifurcation cycle. Focusing upon observer point and conflict resolution is a very powerful process to help us bring more peace, and more harmony between many opposing views and heated interactions.
To further discover more about the military intelligence’s Alice in Wonderland confusion tactics that are used covertly to stress out the population, Amazing Polly does a great job breaking down this particular mind control tactic into smaller parts that may be helpful in registering how this is being used against the population at large. This video is a case study of which includes a different point of view from an individual’s 3D perspective, and not intended to be an endorsement of all of her beliefs. Her video is here.
(Source: Ascension Q&A October 2019, Transcript by Annie)
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Grooming children to sell global warming
Canadian kids want to tackle climate change in the voting booth*
UN Agenda 21, Sustainable Development; Grooming Canadians
The Suzuki Foundation Bluedot program in Canada asks ‘What is more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and eat safe food?’ https://davidsuzuki.org/project/blue-dot-movement/
How about full disclosure regarding solar radiation management or chemtrails that contaminate man, animal, trees, food, water and air; HAARP, a High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program heating the ionosphere; very low frequency [VLF] ground waves from GWEN Towers that allow specific frequencies to alter the magnetic field; weaponized vaccines, weather, wireless electromagnetic frequency radiation and 5G?
Open Letter to Chemtrail Deniers and Global Warming Stalwarts
Sept 01, 2019
Two David Suzukis
By Ezra Levant
David Suzuki is a capitalist millionaire, a politician, a man with a staff of lobbyists, a prolific father, a wealthy landlord. If only he’d stop scolding the rest of us for aspiring to do the same.
Origins of the Religion of Anthropogenic Global Warming
Australian Politician Ann Bressington says …
The words “Agenda 21”, ladies and gentlemen, were never meant to be spoken, and if they were, then of course it would be dismissed as a Conspiracy Theory, because if people knew Agenda 21 and what it stood for, there’s plenty of information out there where they could actually learn what the end game was, and governments didn’t want that to be known.
Watch the video or read her transcript at https://lybio.net/ann-bressington-exposes-agenda-21-the-united-nations-club-of-rome/news-politics/
*The Electoral Process Is Voluntary Bondage
Chaos is manufactured to instill fear and engineer loss so compromised people CONSENT to globalist’s solutions intended to advance world domination.
Voting is consent. Silence or not voting is implied consent. https://ourgreaterdestiny.org/2018/12/electoral-process-is-bondage/
Know and trust your whole self
I suggest one way out is through purification within, to more easily tame emotions, master fear and empower greater possibilities. https://ourgreaterdestiny.org/2019/03/the-true-nature-of-man-vs-carnal-mind/
The job of mainstream media is not to inform, but to misinform the public, making it harder for people to make informed decisions about things that impact their own lives, and that of their families. Mass media is used to divert public attention from important issues and changes that are decided upon by the political and economic elites, through the technique of derailing important facts or information through the continuous flood of distractions, mindless entertainment and insignificant information. The controlled media and press have mandates to provide all news and related media content to be written or presented at no greater level than what a 12 year old child (or less) could understand. If all we have access to in the mainstream news and entertainment is being produced at a child’s level, what kind of impact does that have on significantly lowering literacy levels and human intelligence?
As the planet is undergoing the turbulence of the Ascension Cycle, it is a very important phase of transformational global change that is occurring along with significant consciousness shifts. Thus, all forms of media are being used in a variety of targeted control strategies that are designed to manipulate the way information is being relayed to the public, therefore manipulating and gaining control over popular public perception. We must look to identify how the monikers, memes, ridicule, public shaming and labels that are coined by the media are used to throw people off from accessing the truth or facts in the matter, and further to incite anger, fear and division in the public. Each side is separated to appear as the opposition, as it divides and designs victimizer archetypes to polarize people in enemy patterning, while it refuses to allow an intelligent or productive dialogue or recognize support for diverse opinions. No one is listening for the larger perspective, only crucifying any position or person that they do not agree with, when they know little to none of the facts. The mainstream media is paid hefty sums to incite division, aggression, character assassination, attack free speech and generate obfuscation and chaos at every turn.
To become more media literate, we have to be willing to drill the message down and seek its motivation, in order to comprehend what we are really looking at when we are reading or accessing different forms of media. We also have to be willing to see the incentives of who is benefiting from the media being presented, and not take media at face value and blindly accept what is being presented as factual information that is actually true. Discernment skills as well as comprehending how the negative ego functions in people and in ourselves, are critical skills required in developing media literacy. In all controlled press and media, the undisciplined Negative Ego and unhealed pain body is used as a silent weapon to control the public. This is why gaining neutrality and developing inner emotional clarity is also important when being saturated in different forms of media that is being used to influence or control the public.
Manipulation of Consent
The agenda to increase Cognitive Dissonance in the way people think is purposely plotted to more easily manipulate the consent out of the individual and public. It allows people to perform actions and behaviors that are actually contradictory to their personal belief systems. People that act in behaviors or ways that are actually the opposite of what they believe in, generate a lot of Mental Anxiety and accumulate emotional aberrance into their Pain Body. Emotional aberrance, unresolved conflicts, inner violence, fear and pain attract energetic parasites. Many times these parasites contribute to the psychological manipulation of fear in the person’s body. As a result, in order to avoid facing pain or discomfort, the person may refuse to address the contradiction that occurs between their behaviors and belief system. So they put up a wall and avoid confronting it entirely. When a person lives in perpetual cognitive dissonance, the mental and emotional stress that it creates leads to splitting behaviors and soul fracturing. These dissonant thoughtforms and the internal fracturing are used to manipulate the consent of the masses to keep them spiritually oppressed, feeding into destructive structures they do not understand that harbor anti-human forces that act as parasites to the human body.
What we hold as the intention made behind our personal thoughts is what we hold as our power of Consent, in participating with that thought-form and its vibrational quality and force. The consent is within the choices we make. Choices can be made via Cognitive Dissonance with discordant energies, or made through coherent systems of energy with congruent thoughtforms. If we make personal consent with something based on what we believe it to be on the surface appearances, but underneath the surface it represents something that is a deception or is contradictory to our belief, the energy behind it is really what we are participating with as our consent. However, when we are committed to serve our highest expression, these deceptions will be revealed to each and every one of us at some point. In that moment we have the power to make a choice, will we make the changes required that are congruent with this new realization, or will we compromise our integrity and pretend to not see it? Some people choose to live in denial because they don’t want to change or evolve.
Currently, with the bifurcation shift (see Sept 2013) and the opening of the Consciousness Corridors (see Oct 2014), many people are aligning to the new timeline based on what they choose to be in Consent with. This phase may feel very out of sync or change day to day relationships because people are aligning to timelines based on their everyday choices. Some of those choices may be on our timeline or not. This creates a strange and surreal experience when interacting with people on earth that are not on your same timeline, and one will feel the challenges increasing when trying to communicate with people that are not on your timeline (see July 2016). Communication lines between people on different Timelines and reality bubbles are made difficult now.
Through the exploitation of Universal Laws on the earth, the NAA have manipulated humanity through Mind Control to be in consent and authority with their agendas. As an intermediary they have shaped human culture, they have designed the curriculum humans are taught as the false history in the false reality. Based on these many lies and deceptions, humanity naturally aligns with the consent and authority of that same predator mind that is manufacturing the deceptions. This is how the NAA control humanity by Manipulation of Consent in the mind, by removing the possibility of holding clear intention of thoughts. While further stimulating automatic reactions in the unconscious, which manipulates the Soul. This makes the NAA False gods an intermediary source field, an Imposter Spirit or AI brain, that is communicating en masse with many unsuspecting humans who cannot discern the difference between lies, deception, manipulation and the hidden kernels of truth, the content we must decipher to make accurate assessments about this reality.
The consent we have made constitutes a personal choice. As a result of Cause and Effect there are consequences from the thought-form substance created, that impact the self and others. Consent naturally leads to what and who, has been given some power or authority over the individual and the individuals body. Therefore, educating ourselves about the nature of consent is critical to the preservation of our Self-Determination and Self-Sovereignty.
During an interview with Fox New’s Steve Hilton, President Donald Trump was asked about what he thinks about Pete Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, joining Pete for his campaign events. “Putting aside policy disagreements, don’t you think it’s just great to see the fact that you’ve got a guy there on the stage there with his husband […]
Should you delete yourself from social media?
You’re feeling like you’ve had enough. All the recent news—from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica snafu to various abuses of Twitter vulnerabilities—has you wondering: Should I delete myself from social media?
Social networking does have its positive aspects. You can stay in touch with distant (or not) relatives, be included in the planning of social events within your circle of friends, get real-time updates on regional and national news, and promote your company, content, or other personal ventures. Plus, you get to experience all the cool memes a full two weeks after they’ve been posted on Reddit.
Then again, there are quite a few reasons—spanning security, privacy, and overall shady business practices—for leaving. In 2018 alone, Facebook experienced a security breach that impacted 50 million accounts, was responsible for a genocide incited using its platform, kept user data it said it deleted, and was caught abusing Apple development apps to test on children. Twitter, meanwhile, has not only been at the butt end of password bugs, hacks, and data breaches, but some could say these days is a general dumpster fire of bot accounts.
Unfortunately, we can’t make the decision to quit social media for you. Instead, we recommend you make a list of pros and cons. Consider what data might be lost. Consider what time and peace of mind might be gained. Weigh the rewards against the risks. If you come away feeling ready to take a step back, but not quite quit cold turkey, we can help you with ways to tighten security and privacy settings. And if that’s not enough, we’ll show you how to delete your accounts.
Let’s start slowly
If you’re not quite ready to cut the chord, a good option for cooling down on social media is to adjust the privacy settings on all of your accounts. This is a sensible thing to do, even if you aren’t considering leaving. It also has the bonus side effect of increasing awareness of just how much you share on social media.
In a previous blog, we discussed how to secure your social media profiles in great detail. We recommend users who aren’t deleting themselves read this first to understand the intricacies. Next, here’s a quick and dirty list of links to follow in order to adjust privacy settings across the top four social networking platforms:
- Facebook privacy settings
- Twitter privacy settings
- Instagram privacy settings
- Snapchat privacy settings
After adjusting the settings, it’s a good idea to monitor and track your social media usage moving forward, either for the purpose of time management, focus, or beating social media addiction. As more and more of our media consumption moves to smart phones, you can leverage several apps that will help you achieve these goals. These include:
Goodbye, top four!
Let’s say you sat down, had a good think, and decided that it’s time to move on from social media. You can begin by collecting the appropriate links. Below, we’ve included links to download your data from the most popular platforms. You should download your personal information from these social networking sites prior to the nuclear option, should you experience remorse. Plus, it’s a real eye opener to find out exactly how much data you generate and share on social networking platforms.
Time to permanent deletion: Once 14 days have passed, your deletion request will be started. This can take upwards of 90 days to complete.
- How to deactivate your Twitter account
- How to delete your Twitter account
- How to download your Twitter archive
Time to permanent deletion: It takes up to 30 days for Twitter to completely delete your account.
Time to permanent deletion: Immediately!
Time to permanent deletion: 30 days
Ha ha ha, ho ho ho, he he he he. This one is mostly for the giggles. Google will abandon this particularendeavor on April 2, 2019. But if you feel the need to delete yourself before then, here’s what to do:
The right time
Security researchers love social media platforms. They’re a vast source of open-source intelligence (OSINT) and help us make attribution possible (provided your adversary has poor OPSEC). However, the reasons we enjoy social media may also be the reasons why regular consumers should take a beat and consider the benefits.
When you’re ready to make a decision, we’ve given you all the necessary links to back up and delete these accounts, as well as some material that may help you decide which ones to keep, and how to properly secure them.
If social media is causing anxiety, stress, or depression; if you’re tired of your data being mined and shared with third parties; if it’s starting to feel more like work to maintain instead of pleasure, then it may be time to shore up defenses and take a break, or even step away for good. And if that time comes, we’re here for you.