Delete Facebook

For the past few days, the press has been fascinated by the stories of disconnection, deleting one’s Facebook account, and leaving social media sites altogether. This time the urge to disconnect has been sparked by the news of Cambridge Analytica harvesting 50 million Facebook profiles and using the data for building psychographic profiles potentially used to influence political decision making through targeted advertisements. I will gather here some of the most recent discussions that mention the problems and solutions of deleting one’s Facebook account. Talking about targeting ads; these discussions relate intimately with the themes of my book Disconnect. Facebook’s Affective Bonds (University of Minnesota Press 2018) which is currently in production and hopefully out in September.

Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts?
The Guardian, March 20.

How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data 
The Verge, March 20.

Why it’s so hard to quit Facebook.
Venturebeat, March 20.

All the Ways Facebook Won’t Let You Quit
The Daily Beast.

Zuckerberg says he hasn’t seen a ‘meaningful number of people’ deleting Facebook accounts in the wake of data scandal
The CNBC, March 21.

WhatsApp co-founder, who made billions from Facebook, suggests deleting your profile
The National Post

Don’t Delete Facebook, Regulate It
The Nation

Want to #DeleteFacebook? You Can Try
The NYTimes, March 21.

Delete Facebook? Founder Mark Zuckerberg vows to keep data safe
The San Diego Tribune, March 21.

Here is how to delete Facebook
, March 21.

Can’t quit Facebook? You can protect yourself without deleting your account
Digital Trends

How to take your data back from Facebook and delete your account

Deleting Facebook is easier said than done
The Engadget, March 21.

How to delete facebook for good: step-by-step guide to permanently removing your account
The Independent

How to disconnect your Facebook account from third-party apps
The Techradar

How to Quit Facebook
Consumer Reports

Should you delete or deactivate your Facebook account?
Khaleej Times

Delete Your Old Facebook Activity With Must-Have Extension Social Book Post Manager

Many Canadians vowing to delete Facebook amid fears about electoral meddling

Before You #DeleteFacebook, Try Taking Control
Bloomberg, March 21.

Delete your account – a guide to life after Facebook
The Guardian, March 20.


Affective capitalism

I am happy to announce that Affective capitalism – special issue for ephemera – theory & politics in organization vol 16 no 4 2016 has been published. It was a pleasure to collaborate with ephemera and edit this special issue with Lotta Kähkönen, Mona Mannevuo, Mari Pajala and Tanja Sihvonen. The issue includes texts from fantastic authors such as Gregory J. Seigworth, Tony Sampson and Annamari Vänskä. Here is the abstract for the issue:

Affective capitalism is understood in this special issue as a mode of production where systems of organising production and distribution rely on the capacities of different bodies, human and non-human, to encounter each other. These encounters and different modes of capital that emerge are surrounded by a vast array of technologies of production, capture, valorisation, commodification and transformation. Affective capitalism appeals to our desires, it needs social relationships, and organises and establishes them. The theme issue offers a variety of theoretical approaches to analysing formations of affect in contemporary capitalism. The issue includes ten essays that address ways of capturing affect in different contexts, such as debt, media and popular culture, brain research, humanitarianism, and pedagogy.


Microsoft chatbot TayTweets goes rogue on Twitter

I have been recently interested in the questions of automation, bots, robots, AI and in specific what we define as their failures. One of the recent events was reported today when Microsoft’s Twitter chatbot TayTweets learned unexpected behaviors. Mainly for my own research purposes I am gathering some of the press articles here:

‘Hack Crash’ in the news

Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash a  paper Kate Crawford and I wrote about the interconnection of social media and financial markets is getting attention in different news outlets. It began with this the Boston Globe piece called “Lessons of the ‘hack crash’ from social media” and has continued in different places. Some of them listed below:

Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash

The OnlineFirst version of “Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash” was just published in Theory Culture and Society. This paper, co-authored by Kate Crawford and I, is a result of my Social Media Collective internship during summer 2013.

The paper is about the interconnectedness between social media and finance. It focuses on a case where a hacked tweet was sent allegedly causing the loss of 136bn dollars in financial markets. We are also mapping the rationales behind a new industry, which makes money by examining and predicting things with social media data. The article is here:

The pre-print version can be found here:



Recently I have been fascinated with the face. I have an article manuscript in the making that will focus on face on Facebook. For this paper I have been reading really interesting stuff from Charles Darwin’s book on emotional expressions (first Facebook, anyone?) to new technologies of image recognition and of course about selfies and especially about the duck-face. Interestingly the current research on selfies (that has expanded during the recent years) seems to lack a proper definition of the selfie or is replaced by a description of the techniques of taking one. For example, pouting one’s lips into an unnatural position generates the duck-face. Interestingly, one could draw parallels between selfies on social media and the experiments by Benjamin Duchenne in 1800. Darwin was inspired by Duchenne who tried to create particular expressions by using an electrical device, which would shock the facial muscles into gestures such as a smile.

Images that inspired Darwin’s emotional expression research.


It is most certainly a time to update my blog because great things have happened. Firstly, I defended my dissertation Disconnect.Me: User Engagement and Facebook March 28 with Professor Richard Grusin as my esteemed opponent. I have received the review statements from the Faculty of Humanities and the dissertation is recommended to be awarded with the highest grade possible in the Finnish academic grading system.

The best news however are that in August I will start as an assistant professor of media theory, Department of Media Study at the State University of New York Buffalo. For me it is an ideal place to teach and to do research. I am really looking forward to joining the Faculty and meeting new people in the area.