Barry Lewis: Facebook and the illusion of privacy

No need to fret over Facebook scandal – Walcott Article by Marlon Madden Published on April 13, 2018

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Facebook makes almost all its revenue and profit from advertising and has a market value of $478 billion, the sixth-largest in the S&P 500. But it's a loss for the rest of us. But the fact of the matter is, Facebook is not your friend or your babysitter.

The 2011 agreement bound Facebook to a 20-year privacy commitment, and any violations of that pact could cost Facebook a ton of money, even by its flush-with-cash standards.

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!", a daily worldwide TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,400 stations. The first was with Sen.

He said users should think twice before giving apps access to their Facebook accounts.

The answer, as Zuckerberg surely knows, is yes.

But Facebook isn't turning this personal data over wholesale to advertisers or third parties. That means that these non-subscribers haven't a clue about what information Facebook has obtained about them. In case it was designated a "media" company, FB would face strict advertising regulations governing television, print and digital media.

"Of all the social media that are out there, Facebook and Instagram provide the most available targeting options", she said. So, it seems that European Union regulations in this matter might make Facebook a bit uncomfortable to implement fully.

MIT Technology Review reports Cambridge Analytica, whose parent company entered into a contract with Kogan's company, later "combined the Facebook data with other data sets to build robust, integrated profiles of 30 million USA voters". Facebook's reasoning is that there is little transparency and control over how third-party data is collected and used, and whether consumers have even consented to their data being shared. The report says Kogan paid about 270,000 participants to take the quiz, and due to Facebook's loose restrictions, the app also scraped data from the participants' friends - allegedly affecting a total of 87 million Facebook users.

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In separate development, the Republican chairman of a powerful senate committee said that he had invited Mr Zuckerberg to testify to a hearing next month "regarding the protection and monitoring of consumer data". During this week's hearings Zuckerberg talked about users having informed consent but that's not happening in the courts.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and other lawmakers tried to get Zuckerberg to change the rules of engagement between Facebook and its users.

Users can now access various Facebook settings, including Account Settings, Privacy Shortcuts, News Feed Preferences, Activity Log, Payments Settings and access to Help & Support, with lesser number of mouse clicks.

The information is believed to have been used to help Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for U.S. president.

Facebook recently denied allegations that the social media giant had been logging users call and text history without their permission, stating that the call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for those who use the Messenger app or Facebook Lite on Android devices.

Maybe people would find this system too cumbersome to be practical. In May 2017 that the social media company full-page ads in United Kingdom newspapers as part of an initiative to show that Facebook was actively fighting "fake news" on their platform.

Facebook could voluntarily change the rules of the game. "Now that advertisers are realising they can use this information, they are getting more aggressive about how they use it".

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