Pledge to Protest

How would you protest a large social network all your friends are using?

It's hard to quit some social networks, because too many of our friends, family, or professional colleagues/contacts use them.

Pledge to Protest is here to help people find ways to protest specific social networks in a way that respects privacy (https-enabled, no analytics, no ads, no cookies, no login required).

The catch? This site won't tell you why to protest, you should know why. Everyone may have a different reason, which may change over time, and others may have none at all (in which case they should probably leave)!


Why does the site focus on social networks?

1. Because it's not obvious how to protest large social networks, and the main intent for this site is to be informational, so it's a good fit.

2. Social networks impact our lives in huge ways, including:

• Privacy (from web browsing to who you hang out with in real life)
• How many of us get our news, learn about important figures in society, etc
• Free speech
• Whether its services follow non-discriminatory practices, like in ad targeting
• Terms of service may be onerous, like if they included forced arbitration or non-disparagement clauses

Why is it (perceived to be) hard to protest social networks?

First: it isn't. That's a myth. The consumer has so many options to protest. This myth should be dispelled, and that's the main thrust of this site.

What is harder than normal is Quiting/Boycotting (though still a powerful protest choice, it is oftentimes untenable). So why is quitting difficult?

1. Network effects have grown so strong that to quit might mean cutting yourself off from the world. In other words: they're almost utilities.
2. Oftentimes companies let consumers make purchasing decisions, and it's clear how to protest them (simply don't buy from them anymore). However...

With some internet companies like social networks you are the product, so it's not as obvious how to vote with your wallet (but there are many ways).
3. There's a very long list of additional reasons one might feel compelled to stay on.

Does Pledge to Protest save info on visitors?

No. This is a static site that does not use cookies. It uses CloudFlare to cache the info on edge servers, which means most traffic doesn't even hit the original server.

Just as a good librarian doesn't care what patrons read, this site tries to respect your protesting privacy.

How can I save my protest plan?

Click the "View finished" button. Save the URL that it takes you to.

You can also share the URL of the protest plan.

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