I read recently that the social media giant Facebook applied for a patent that would allow them to spy on users by accessing their cameras.
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What is the reason Facebook would implement technology to spy on its users? To advertise by monitoring user’s reactions, facial expressions, and attentiveness when being shown content.
In 1949 George Orwell published the classic novel 1984. In 1984 every move you make is being watched by Big Brother. The oppressive group has cameras and audio recording everywhere in private and in public. The most haunting part about this novel for me was that the people invited this technology into their homes. After all, if you’re not doing anything wrong what is there to worry about?
History Repeats Itself
As if Facebook wanting to spy on us like Big Brother wasn’t enough, this is not the first time the company has manipulated its users. In 2014 Facebook conducted an experiment on its users. They were barraged with messages in their news feeds that were all positive or all negative. Facebook wanted to see if content had an effect on people’s emotions. The company also put out an application that had bugs, errors, and was difficult to use. They did this on purpose to measure user loyalty. Facebook wanted to see at what point you would give up and uninstall the app.
http://bit.ly/2td7ZNc has more information on these experiments.
A Waste of Resources
What I find the most infuriating about the whole situation is Facebook’s recent statement against the proposed hate crime law in Germany. The law would fine social media platforms that do not delete hate speech and other illegal activities. Facebook says “The legislative state cannot pass on its own shortcomings and responsibilities to private companies”
DW has more information here http://bit.ly/2tdpTPZ .
If Facebook doesn’t want to take the time to delete hateful and straight up illegal activity on their website, then they shouldn’t be wasting their resources to monitor people’s facial expressions for petty causes like advertising.
In conclusion, I can only hope that if Facebook is allowed to access people’s cameras it will have a negative impact on their usership. I will leave you with one more thought. If Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg uses a piece of tape to cover his camera while he is online, why would you still trust them?
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