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.