Facebook has been dominating news cycles this week due to the controversy surrounding how it allows apps and companies to harvest your data and your friend’s data. For longtime social media users, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Facebook, social apps, and other online entities, including Amazon and Google, harvest user data so they can develop a profile to improve its targeted advertising AI. It’s nothing new and Facebook has never been known as the guardians of user privacy.
However, the recent Cambridge Analytica and stories surrounding Russian interference in the U.S. elections has magnified the issues surrounding privacy. All the negative attention on how Facebook manages user day has caused many repercussions. The company’s stock value has taken a hit, the #DeleteFacebook movement is trending on Twitter, Facebook investors are suing over the scandal. Mark Zuckerberg himself has been out front and center for damage control. He first broke his silence with a post on his personal Facebook page and making the media rounds. He has done several interviews with tech sites and an interview on CNN.
Since its inception, we have written several stories about the creepiness of Facebook, making it work better for you, and how to improve security and protect your privacy. No matter what you decide to do with Facebook, take a moment to review some of the following articles to ensure you’re getting the most from the social service. If none of the links below peak your interest, make sure to browse through our complete archive of helpful Facebook articles.
- Enable Facebook Two Factor Authentication
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Privacy on Facebook
- Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account
- Download a Full Copy of Your Data
- Stop Facebook from Auto tagging your Photos
- End the Annoying Reoccurring Ads
So, when do users decide that, “enough is enough” and we don’t need your service anyway. If you step back and look at it, Facebook is not much more than a time-wasting exercise that typically just gets you in a bad mood anyway. What vital function does it serve that you can’t live without? Whether you delete your Facebook account, lock down your privacy, or continue to use it as normal, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
Now go ahead and sound off about Facebook in the comment section below. How do you really feel about the service? Rants are welcomed – but please keep things clean and civil.