Thoughts in the Social Media Data-Selling Ongoing Scandal

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The ball was dropped by Facebook (or more exactly by one of their clients) when it comes to huge privacy issues which resulted in the data-selling scandal we all know now. If the ball would still be in play, the practices would continue, and everyone would carry on with their happy or not so happy lives. Tell me if I’m wrong!

The reality is EVERY company (ok, let’s leave room for exceptions: MOST companies) which have large databases of user information and their preferences or habits, are at some point tempted to use data-selling to increase their profit margins. Facebook is definitely not alone in this practice, but their extensive information about users’ behavior, background, relationships, likes and dislikes, make their data very valuable to customers (and we’ve seen what it can be used for) and the privacy breach even more intrusive for their users.

I understood a long time ago exposing intimate aspects of my life to one company or another (or the government for that matter) is not something I want to do. I also saw the increasing manipulation power of such platforms. I only had one personal social media account, and that was on Facebook and stopped using it for years. A few days ago I deleted it entirely, after all it served no purpose.

The data-selling scandal may not yet be over. On April 10th, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey, the CEOs of the giants Facebook, Google (Alphabet), and Twitter are formally invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the huge scandal, I don’t feel something significant will change unfortunately. The incident will be forgotten in time. And the power at the disposal of these giants will continue to grow.

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4 Comments on Thoughts in the Social Media Data-Selling Ongoing Scandal

  1. I AGREE 100%. Similar thoughts to mass shootings. The last one at the high school is different. It has motivated our your people and I AM THRILLED. Our young people are our future. Our young people are letting our government know SOMETHING MUST be DONE… NOW!!!
    Right on Young people
    Respectfully
    Patsy

  2. Mass shootings are horrible, regardless of who does them and for what reason. I don’t follow these news, but as much as I can read between the lines, seems a little facile the justification that all these shooters are people with guns that snapped.

  3. Don’t think for a moment that Facebook or any other social platform will stop data mining! This is how they make their money. How else do you think they target their database to advertisers? Zuckerberg and all his billionaire friends will never stop their gree untill, or should I say, if and when congress gets the courage to regulate.

  4. I agree. A free social platform which has stock holders, is as good as the profit it makes (or the data it collects and serves to other parties, not necessarily related to advertising).

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