Is Our Data Safe?

Imagine having a platform that you can post personal information about yourself, which then helps you find your friends whose done the same. Then allowing you to connect and share information between each other, connecting you on a virtual level. Welcome to 2004’s Facebook. A Social media platform that allows friends to connect from anywhere in the world, or people to share ideas that can reach millions of people. Facebook has over 2/7th of the world’s population on its site making it one of the largest social media sites on the internet. Making it have a constant flow of information from person to person. But what happens when that kind of information is mishandled?

Welcome to the new fears of 2018, Facebook now dealing with scandal after scandal of how the wrong information is reaching the wrong people. Recently it started during the 2016 Presidential campaign, were it was revealed that facebook had sold Russian ads targeting the U.S trying to influence the election. The public did not receive this very well, resulting in a sour taste left in a lot of cat video sharing adults in North America.

 

Facebook powered on until march 2018 where it hit a huge mistake. A company called Cambridge Analytica had accessed around 50 million users private data through an app that did a personality test on users that gave permission to access data on them and their friends which was only around 270,000 people. Facebook found out about this back in 2015, in 2016 they cut accesses and told them to delete the data. This data however was not deleted and instead was used by campaigns in the election to try and manipulate voters.

Facebook is now suffering from one of its most costly mistakes. The company’s stock is down 16% along with many users banding together to delete their accounts one of which being Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Facebook is a tech giant, but even giants can come crashing down. Having a place where all your information is stored is convenient for you, but also for the people that want that information to target ads at you, or want to know how you think for any sort of reason. Just be careful your on the internet next time because you don’t know what kind of information sites are keeping about you, and who would be willing to pay for it.

2 thoughts on “Is Our Data Safe?

  1. This is a very interesting read, Justin, thank you for sharing. I have learned about what Facebook has been doing with everyone’s privacy and personal data. As a result, I often end up not using Facebook the way they intend me to…in other words, intentional inaccuracies and the posting of memes.

    Your post can easily spark a discussion about privacy on the internet in general and how people are starting to realize what’s going on with their data. I noticed how more and more a social media site can become mobile, the easier it is to be tracked.

    You are never truly alone knowing that an FBI agent is watching you. Isn’t that right, Agent #902172900?

  2. Interesting read, Justin, I have to say, I gave up on Facebook a long time ago. I never put much personal stuff on there in the first place, I saw no reason to put it on the internet, but I really haven’t payed much attention to the platform itself for a while. I can’t say I’m very surprised by all the recent scandals regarding Facebook’s use of people’s information, I’m sure that information is worth a lot of money, but the main reason I’ve avoided Facebook lately is because of the immense amount of garbage that can be found on the site. You mentioned “cat video sharing adults,” I like to refer to these people as “the mom demographic,” as I find that the whole platform has really just become a hub world for moms.
    I am also amazed at how naive many Facebook users are, I can’t count how many times I’ve seen “By posting this I am saying that Mark Zuckerberg can not use my personal information for anything. Copy and Paste this post to your timeline to protect your personal info!” These posts do nothing, but so many people believe that a simple post like that will make it all go away. How would we educate these people and tell them that it’s not that simple? I have no idea.

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