One of the recent headlines in the news that really caught my eye was the Facebook privacy scandal, as I myself use Facebook.
The problem was originally pointed out in mid-march when a data mining firm had lifted the Facebook profiles of 10s of millions of Facebook users without their permission, all in an attempt to sway peoples votes on the past US election. This caused an uproar and has led to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being questoned by congress as well as Facebook’s stock price taking a massive dip, $119 Billion dollars to be exact.
Reading over the article I found on ctvnews, at first glance I didn’t think much of it as most of it was directed towards the US election. But reading further into things, there was a statement about how we should be questioning Facebook’s ability to protect the privacy of its users, and thats what got me thinking. All of the information Ive posted on Facebook over the years I’ve done without thinking twice, one reason being its who I am, but another lingering thought being that only my friends and family would see it. If I knew that the information I had on Facebook would be open to the public, would I have done things the same? Not to say I have posted anything offensive or hurtful on my page, but knowing just anyone could come across something as simple as my place of work or cell phone number, I think I would be more privy to provide that type of information.
Going further into the article, it states Facebook’s number of how many peoples information was actually accessed kept on rising with each passing press conference. First it was 50 million, then it was 87 million, and then they went on to say that they believe that most of its 2.2 billions users have had their public profile information “scraped” at some point.
This got me thinking, is it really worth it to have all different types of information about your everyday life out there on social media for everyone to see? Should we really have all of our personal information so easily accessible? Let me know your thoughts!
Was Facebook only the first of many, do you think others like Twitter will be next? #nomorehashtags #whatsnext