CrossFit quit both Facebook and Instagram in early 2019 citing privacy reasons and as protest over the abrupt deletion of the Banting7DayMalPlan Facebook presence.
Back on May 24th, 2019, CrossFit stated that all activities on Instagram and Facebook were suspended. Amidst large speculation among the CrossFit community about the sudden departure from the social media platforms, Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit said:
”All activity on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts is suspended as of May 24, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints about the social-media company that may adversely impact the security and privacy of our global CrossFit community.”
Stating that CrossFit had a “fundamental disagreement” with Facebook’s handling, Glassman said, ”Facebook and its properties host and oversee a significant share of the marketplace of public thought.”
“Facebook thus serves as a de facto authority over the public square, arbitrating a worldwide exchange of information as well as overseeing the security of the individuals and communities who entrust their ideas, work, and private data to this platform. This mandates a certain responsibility and assurance of good faith, transparency, and due process.”
Though Glassman had several objections about Facebook’s mishandling of user data, he decided to stick to the platform until the South African low-carb Facebook Group Banting 7 Day Meal Plans with over 1.65 million members was deleted without any prior warning or explanation.
“The final straw was when they deleted without notice or explanation a low carb high fat FB page with 1.6 million users in South Africa. The group has 1.65 million users who post testimonials and other information regarding the efficacy of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. While the site has subsequently been reinstated (also without warning or explanation), Facebook’s action should give any serious person reason to pause, especially those of us engaged in activities contrary to prevailing opinion,” said Glassman.
While CrossFit has reappeared on Facebook and Instagram, it isn’t clear whether its privacy issues were addressed by Facebook. According to a CrossFit employee, it was revealed that several more accounts of CrossFit were going to be live on social media platforms in the near future.