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Prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Om Malik is urging people to boycott Facebook: 'You might be one person with just one account, but you are not powerless'

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  • Om Malik, the founder of the tech blog Gigaom and partner at True Ventures, is calling for Facebook's 2.5 billion users to delete their Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts to hold the social network accountable. 
  • "You might be one account, but if you are one among millions, you will make a difference," Malik wrote in a blog post published Tuesday, comparing the decision to voting. "Let go of the need for traffic or attention that has kept you coming back to the hell on earth that is Facebook."
  • Facebook's refusal to take action against a post from Trump that talked about "shooting" in response to some actions during the protests has attracted waves of criticism, internal protests, cancelled contracts and even employee resignations. Twitter criticized the same Trump message, which read in part, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."
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Om Malik, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist, is calling for Facebook's 2.5 billion users to make a moral decision and delete their accounts.
Malik, who founded the tech blog Gigaom and now works as a partner at the VC firm True Ventures, published a blog post on Tuesday that compared quitting Facebook to voting. Just as casting a vote can help deprive a candidate of office and prevent an abuse of power, Malik said that deleting Facebook could help slam the company's business.
"You might be one person with just one account, but you are not powerless," Malik wrote, framing the decision to quit as an act of civic duty. "If you believe that Facebook is causing long-term damage to our society, and you don't agree with their values or their approach to doing business, you can choose to leave."
Facebook's refusal to take action against a post from President Trump that said, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," in response to the heated protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, has prompted an outpouring of anger. Both Facebook employees and outside critics have said that the platform is knowingly inciting violence.
In a company-wide meeting on Tuesday, Facebook employees butted heads with CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he stuck by his decision to leave the post up. Employees also staged virtual walkouts over the decision, and some resigned.
Outside the organization, some startups also changed their arrangements with Facebook. Online therapy app Talkspace announced that it cancelled a six-figure deal with the company.
Malik, who said he deleted his Facebook account back in 2018, said that he now disagreed with Facebook and its leaders enough to also quit Instagram and WhatsApp. Other users should consider doing the same, he added.
"Let go of the need for traffic or attention that has kept you coming back to the hell on earth that is Facebook. While you are at it, get off Instagram, and use something other than WhatsApp. Otherwise, you are just endorsing Zuck's way of doing business and it is a dirty business," Malik wrote.
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