Facebook criticism over how it protects users data
Technology commentator Lance Ulanoff, says Facebook users would be shocked to learn how much information they share on the social network.
Facebook is in danger of losing its most valuable currency – you.
The social media behemoth, beset by a growing data-mining scandal, was confronted with a sharp, two-pronged scrutiny of politicians for her role in the Russian 2016 misinformation campaign, and under fire for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent silence, faced with the prospect of disabling the users so much that they leave the ship.
The time, attention, likes, posts, messages, events, app downloads, photos, updates and more for the 2 billion monthly active users—up from 1.5 billion in 2015—is the driving force behind Facebook’s revenues, which is largely driven by advertising. In the year 2017, Facebook revenue reached $40 billion, of which $39.9 billion from advertising.
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But what happens when those numbers start to flatten or decline?
If people want to stop being spied on have they first have to tear up their loyalty to companies. #DeleteFacebook
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) 20 March 2018
The tech industry is littered with examples of once-mighty companies that have since imploded or crashed and burned. Don’t forget AOL? What about MySpace? The continued success of Zuckerberg’s company, which has big ambitions for artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality and many other initiatives, is not insured.
The hashtags #QuitFacebook, #DeleteFacebook and #BoycottFacebook have all popped up on Twitter. Some of them are increased, in the aftermath of the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a data-harvesting company that gained access to the information to 50 million users and has worked with 2016 Trump campaign.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) 20 March 2018
However, it is difficult to gauge whether the bad press is actually a dent in Facebook’s numbers. And the company does not release statistics for its 2018 in the first quarter to the following month.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced criticism for his silence during the data scandal.
What is clear? A part of the Facebook users now understand that their data may be confused with other information brokers, who then use that data for a specific ideological ends.
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What are the steps that you can take
Of course, Facebook do not want to lose users and makes it difficult to cut the ties.
The first option, that the company will definitely prefer, is to deactivate your account. That way, you can come back at any time just by logging back in.
If you’re really ready to leave the platform and be forced to communicate with the people you know in real life or by other means, you can download a copy of your data, and then permanently remove it from your account.
Even so, Facebook delays actually delete your account by several days to give you a chance to change your mind. Once you have this step, your data will no longer be accessible to others on Facebook, but it can take up to 90 days for all of your information will be removed from the company’s back-up systems.
If you decide to stay on Facebook, but you can restrict third-party collection of data by the change of the Facebook Platform.
Go to Settings, click on Apps on the left side and then disable the Apps, Websites and Plugins function. This means that every site you’ve logged in via Facebook will now ask for a password/username and every post that you have shared on Facebook using these apps will then disappear.
It remains to be seen whether Facebook will come out of the current crises stronger, and continue to grow exponentially, but there is no shortage of opinions about why you should delete your account.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.