I started the Ultra Large Format Photography Group on Facebook a while ago, and we have about 1,000 members worldwide.
I didn't realize the majority of the members in this private group were not seeing all of the updates shared by myself and others.
I kept getting emails from ULF members asking me about things I had posted. So, I started an investigation and figured out that Facebook tightly controls and manipulates what people see based on their motivations are marketing directives.
Read on because it is far worse than members of the group not seeing the posts that everyone shares. If you want to lose sleep tonight, watch these videos by cyber privacy expert Rob Braxman regarding the privacy issues with Facebook.
The only way to ensure more, and not even all members of this private group could see the posts was to pay a lot of money to Facebook for marketing. Then we still have a sub-optimal solution with serious underlying privacy issues that are well documented.
While I am not averse to paying for marketing or anything of value, I am opposed to being manipulated and monitored by one of the biggest personal privacy offenders in our digital society.
Facebook and Google have effectively wiped out privacy for the average person in the 21st century; most people are unaware or don't seem to care.
Every action you take, everything you share on their platforms, is recorded and used for their benefit and not yours. Did you realize they track your location via the GPS on your phone, even when you are not using their app and you permitted them to do that!
You willingly allow them to do this and much more when you sign up for their services, and the average person does not read the many pages of legal jargon associated with their user agreement.
Effective July 1, 2022, I will be archiving the Ultra Large Format Photography Facebook Group and shutting down my personal account as well for the above-mentioned reasons. I have started a new safe and secure community that is located at https://forum.ultralargeformatphotography.com
Premium members get access to the full value of the new private forums for $20 per month and there are several free public forums that you can use as well. If we can't get enough people to support the forum within a reasonable time period, I can say that I tried to build the community and there was not enough support for it. I will simply work on my own personal ultra large format projects with Tim Jr. and enjoy life.
I want a safe and secure place for all large and ultra large format photographers to connect, help, encourage, and share their work without the issues noted above.
THE NEW ULTRA LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY FORUM
I intentionally created a private community for a couple of crucial reasons.
First, having complete control over our content and not being subject to the ever-changing rules of Facebook and other social media outlets is a huge advantage for all of us. This is our community, and we don't need big marketing-driven social media giants controlling what we say or do. Also, they tightly control who can see what based on the marketing engine.
Worse than that, all social media platforms capture your personal information, actions, and behaviors and sell you out to marketing companies that want this type of information.
If you want to lose sleep tonight, watch these videos by cyber privacy expert Rob Braxman.
Haven't you ever wondered why Facebook, YouTube, and Google, are free? They may not be charging you monthly, but you are paying a high price with your personal information and identity, not to mention monitoring everything and every place you go.
When you sign up for their free accounts, you authorize them to track and monitor you 24x7x365, even when you are not actively using the applications. Their terms of service go unread by an estimated 99.9% of people; even if you did read them, you wouldn't understand them unless you are a lawyer.
The second important reason I made the new community private is to keep out the haters and trolls.
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