At the end of this month, April 2018, Artificial Flowers will no longer have a presence on Facebook. I know that this is going to be inconvenient to a number of our fans who follow us there, but after discussing it with the team, we decided that we could no longer have a relationship with that company.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal confirmed something I’ve felt for a long while, that Facebook isn’t a positive force in our lives. They claim to make the word more connected, but what they actually end up doing is primarily connecting you to advertisers, data miners, trolls, and others that seek to manipulate you and do you harm. To paraphrase one of my favorite movies, “Facebook is the most awesome goddamned propaganda force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls into the wrong hands, and that’s why woe is us that they sell ad space to anyone.”

I know a lot of people primarily follow us on Facebook, and that’s why our Facebook page will remain up until the end of April, to give you time to transition to following us elsewhere. You can follow us on the website, artificialflowerscomic.com, which has an RSS feed, on our Tumblr at artflocomic.tumblr.com, or our Twitter @ArtFloComic. Every update and post we make will go to all three of those destinations, so you won’t miss anything.

In addition, if you feel as we do about Facebook and are looking for an alternative, we suggest Vero. They’re a new social network that’s looking to run on a paid subscription model rather than an advertising based model, but right now, they’re giving free lifetime memberships to anyone who signs up. If you get a Vero account, and convince a number of your friends to do the same, you might play a small part in getting Facebook to change. And no, this isn’t a paid advertisement, we’re just fans.

Anyway, that’s all for now! We’ve got a new page comic out tomorrow, so be sure to come back for that, and safe travels!