The way companies mine information is through various methods…but this one is interesting for those who love to take the popular quizzes on Facebook. Using a personality quiz called ‘Your Digital Life’ users data was taken.
270,000 people took the quiz, but details of 50 million users through friend connections on Facebook was breached totally.
The presidential elections of 2016 in the U.S had strong messages of Pro Trump slogans, which were sent to these 50 million users.
Mark Zuckerberg has still claimed that the story is way different, and authorities are charging hearing after hearing to understand what has been misleading.
- Facebook’s Attempt to stop fake News Failed!
- Has Facebook Taken Societies Backward?
- Google’s Malpractices- Deliberate or Innocent?
- Drafting Policies for Fake News
President Trump too has claimed innocence, vying for ‘Americans’ that privacy should be protected.
These accusations whether true or not has led to Facebook falling in the share market, by a further 5% on the 20th of March following a 6.7% drop on the 19th of March. This means almost $50 billion has been wiped out in two days following these very strong accusations.
Privacy International has warned the world about how privacy leaves social networks and starts stepping into your personal and professional lives, which is pure exploitation.
The Policy Times suggests a few pointers to protect your data on Facebook-
- Uncheck certain permission boxes when opening any new application through your Facebook account.
- Use an ad blocker if needed
- Check your security settings on Facebook to see what all are enabled, remove the tick from the box of giving permission to allow individual apps to view your friends and yourself
Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.
This was in reference to Facebook being the surveillance company.