“I am, like many others, questioning whether I should keep using Facebook or not. Allowing hate speech, the lack of fact-checking and, of course, the issues of interfering with democracy… are among many, many other things that are very upsetting,” says Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on a Facebook post.
According to Elon Musk, Thunberg has “better reasoning & more heart than the vast majority of political leaders.” Former President Barack Obama also says Thunberg is “one of our planet’s greatest advocates.”
The 16-year-old activist has threatened to quit Facebook if it refuses to silence her critics. Thunberg adds that the lies and conspiracy theories about her and many others result in hate, death threats, and violence. “This could easily be stopped if Facebook wanted to. I find the lack of taking responsibility very disturbing,” says Thunberg.
Thunberg has advised her fans to challenge Facebook to silence her antagonists. She also adds that Twitter has not done a very good job of protecting her. On an October 25 tweet, Thunberg shares that it has come to her attention that there are people who have been trying to impersonate her or falsely claim that they represent her in order to reach political leaders and other famous personalities.