The code is the law. Let's hack it!


FB Resistance is a research initiative and hands-on workshop series to rethink and change the frame that Facebook is setting for us.

Facebook is defining our identity and social interactions in digital space. The code is the law (A quote by Lawrence Lessig). What would you do if you could change it? This workshop shows you how. Let's inspire each other and work on concepts to alter!!


The Workshop

FB Resistance’s workshops are both conceptual and concrete. On the one hand freedom is explored through the re-imagination of Facebook and on the other hand ideas are actualized into prototypes, mock-ups and functional user scripts. Critical, subversive and fun ideas emerge out of the workshops. Moreover, the participants are also given the opportunity to experiment with browser hacks that are inherent to the initiative, actualized inspiring ideas that might be elaborated on. Furthermore, ideas of the participants, relevant available hacks, software projects and artworks are ironically shared on an open Facebook Group: FB Resistance Artists.

Here are some links to write-ups of past workshop: [1], [2]

FB Resistance - Augmented Freedom

"What kind of hacks are there to enhance the Facebook user experience and fulfill needs that Facebook does not support? How to define the freedom that FB Resistance explores and cultivates, which is obscured by Facebook at the same time?
To examine this, this article shed light on several concepts and hacks, adopted by FB Resistance. Firstly, three antagonist concepts are described that provoke against wearing Facebook’s obligatory rose-tinted glasses. Secondly, the possibilities for user interface modification are exemplified. Finally, the essential freedoms of open source software are juxtaposed to the freedoms, exercised by Facebook Resistance."

An excerpt from: Stumpel, Marc. "Facebook Resistance: Augmented Freedom." Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives. Eds. Geert Lovink and Miriam Rasch. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2013. 274-287.

Press about us

German [Print] "Gefällt mir nicht"
Der Tagesspiegel (Newspaper) 13.02.2011
[Print]"In Uniform gegen den Einheitslook" 07.02.2011
"Facebook Hack Workshop: FB Resistance"
PAGE Online 07.02.2011
[TV] Tobias Leingruber und Widerstand gegen Facebook
RBB-online 03.02.2011
[TV] Tobias Leingruber und Widerstand gegen Facebook
RBB/ARD TV 03.02.2011
[Radio] FB Resistance auf Transmediale Festival
WDR Radio Süpermecardo (Interview, live) 02.02.2011
[Radio] "Facebook Resistance Artist"
Radio Fritz RBB (Interview) 29.01.2011
International "Take charge of Facebook" (The Wall Street Journal), India 24.05.2011
"Net Cracker"
TimeOUT Bangalore, Interview, Marc Stumpel + Tobias Leingruber 19.04.2011
Results form Transmediale Workshop
Review by Anne Helmond 18.02.2011
Workshop review
Review by Taina Bucher 17.02.2011
"Hack Your FB Profile and Join the Resistance" 08.02.2011
Video Docu of Workshop
at Transmediale Berlin 2011 08.02.2011
TM Workshop Docu
on F.A.T. 08.02.2011
The Facebook Resistance Is Afoot!
Animal New York Blog 17.01.2011
Clarin, Interview, Argentinian Newspaper (Spanish)
"Red social, la resistencia" EN translation 13.01.2011
Announcements Link to Workshop at Amsterdam School of Arts
Mediamatic Amsterdam Workshop Announcement
CIS India Workshop Announcement on
CIS India Workshop Announcement on
Kitch Digital Barcelona Workshop Announcement
Transmediale Berlin Workshop Announcement
Workshop Announcement on FAT
On Exhibit in Paris, Speed Show No. 5

Credits & Contact

FB Resistance is a project lead by: Tobias Leingruber (Founder); Marc Stumpel (Researcher) and Saskia Aldinger (Designer of previous website)

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We're part of / friends with: FAT Lab,, the Social ID Bureau and the internets.

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