Facebook shows dangers of giving up our privacy

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This privacy scandal allowed third-party applications to gather Facebook users personal data without their knowledge or consent.

The Verge that Facebook has taken out full-page advertisements in multiple newspapers to apologize for their latest data scandal related to data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.

On Facebook, take a minute to ponder whether the post going live is revealing too much personal information that can later be misused by many.

What are Facebook's 'shadow profiles?' Although it's no longer the peak social hub that it used to be, people use the site to tag their friends in memes or amusing posts, and to share photos.

"But unlike Cambridge Analytica and its peers, who must content themselves with whatever data they can extract from Facebook's public interfaces, Facebook is sitting on the motherload, with unfettered access to staggering databases of behavior and preferences", Biddle notes.

The apology from Zuckerberg reads "This was a breach of trust and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time".

"So that Facebook doesn't become this hyper-focused, hyper-targeted platform for giving people messages that reinforce their own beliefs".

"Any other social media platform will never compare to what Facebook is and the possibilities that Facebook has", said Kaleo Chang, a sophomore political science and strategic and corporate communications major. The social media doesn't need to know these details, which you might have used as passwords for various services.

In the aftermath of President Trump's election, many speculated whether Zuckerberg's carefully orchestrated road trip, which included photo-ops with farmers in Wisconsin, firemen in IN, and college football coach Nick Saban in Alabama, was part of grander political ambitions or a way to make amends after a tough year for Facebook's image. Convincing people to pay more with their wallets than their eyeballs may be hard.

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"While Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it may not have matured", he said.

Ideally, the company should look to broaden its governance horizons, by seeking to truly engage in consultation and reform with Facebook's stakeholders - its users - as well as the civil society groups and regulatory bodies that seek to empower users in these spaces.

You might feel sharing photos on social media from hospital bed, asking people to pray for your recovery or moral support before a surgery, but remember, this is way too risky than you can imagine.

As for what such profiles actually are, they are actually for people who have friends or social contacts who do have Facebook accounts and chose to share their contact data with the social network. Every action on Facebook is logged and recorded.

Techpinions, a tech research firm recently published a survey of 1,000 Americans, said to be representative of the population in terms of gender and age, investigating what changes they have recently made with how they used the platform.

The social network would be wise to recognize at least a right to know, said Michael Froomkin, a University of Miami law professor.

Though Summers said people can't expect Facebook to be "good stewards" of user data, Chang believes that others should focus on hacking and privacy in general, and not just pointing fingers at Facebook.

"The Internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he said.

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