Stephen Colbert has a solution for #DeleteFacebook-ers who want to escape from the social network’s data collection but still enjoy the things they like about it: Amishbook, or Facebook, “without the electricity.”
Colbert brought up Facebook’s ongoing data-management PR problem at the top of Friday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” saying that “we’ve learned over the last few days that you’re not the customer, your life is their product, and Facebook is the pimp.”
Colbert nodded to the #DeleteFacebook movement, in which people delete — or at least announce intent to delete — their Facebook accounts as a statement against the company’s management and mismanagement of user data.
People are deleting their accounts “right after checking to see if their ex’s new boyfriend has a six-pack. He does, and she seems happier with him,” Colbert joked.
Among those leaving Facebook, Colbert added, is Playboy. “Wow, that’s gotta sting,” Colbert said. “That’s not gonna be easy. Now where are those people gonna find porn on the internet?”
Colbert bragged that he doesn’t actually have a Facebook account of his own — “You know nothing about me, Suckerberg!” — but noted that some of his staff have pointed out to him some of the sneakier things Facebook does with user information. “It seems like the only way to defend your privacy is to be off the grid,” Colbert said.
So Colbert unveiled “Amishbook,” which he promised is “everything about Facebook except the electricity.” He then showed up looking a little like “Weird Al” in the “Amish Paradise” video.
Watch the whole clip below:
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 31, 2018