Although I’m very much a beginner and started taking myself down the route to be a member of the Class of 23, I had my finger x’d that the facebook part was not going to be obligatory., not to be sadly.
I thought better of it now I have the invite, knowing what I KNOW of facebook and their instusions into places they had no legal rights to go, I would rather pay the $39 for the strumming couse than be FORCED to have the facebook account to have free access to the same course.
Like many other aspects in life, you have a choice… accept the conditions and use the service, or don’t. From what I gather of the Class of 23 concept, it’s not just a way for people to get free stuff. The social aspect is supposed to be a big part of it, so if you don’t want to engage in that on the platform they’ve chosen, then I guess it’s not for you. It’s not for me either.
I think you’re letting internet hysteria get the better of you regarding Facebook too. Yes the company is dubious, yes they will gather more data than you’d like them to if you let them. But it’s perfectly possible to have an account on the platform without surrendering anything of import. Nobody forces you to install the Facebook app on your phone, put your real name on your account, add a list of all your family and friends, a map of where you’ve lived your whole life and what schools you attended, or make any posts or photo uploads whatsoever. You have a lot more choice in your involvement than internet conspiracy theorists would have you believe.
I’m aware that we have a number of people in the community who avoid FB for many reasons. As you are one such it seems the Class of 23 is not for you. As to the other issues, can I ask you to email Laryne using firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns / issues and questions. She may be able to help.