I totally agree with you. You know, initially, all these platforms were called social “networking” platforms. It made sense, you met people and make new connections, socially, expanding your network. But now, it’s called social “media,” and the reason is very obvious.
I was on Facebook properly for 1.5–2 years, when I was actually posting stuff and reacting to friends’ posts. Then, Facebook started experimenting with ads and paid posts. So I started seeing my news feed as a “news feed,” only to read news headlines from news agencies and occasionally clicking on a link to read a whole news article. In a very short time, we started seeing a lot of fake news stories and absurd stories and posts, as you have mentioned in the post.
This is when I stopped frequenting on Facebook. Now I open the Facebook app on my phone only to accept new friend requests, or to check out posts in which my friends have tagged me; both of which happen very rarely. And I don’t even remember the last time I logged into Facebook on my computer.
The platform is not “social” anymore and it’s definitely not for “networking” either. It’s just another online service where brands pay shit loads of money to display a small block of ad to thousands of people and where people put up click-bait style stories. It’s a shame!