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Facebook Admits to Invading User's Privacy...Again

Facebook Admits to Invading User's Privacy...Again

Ever notice how the ads on your Facebook feed seem to be disturbingly accurate? As if Facebook can actually listen to your conversations about the dress you have been wanting from that one store or the supplement you just recommended to your friend? Well, the conspiracy of Facebook listening in on its users has been proven to actually not be a conspiracy at all[1]. During Mark Zuckerberg’s nationally viewed hearing on Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg underwent an endless amount of questions and concerns regarding Facebook’s use of its user’s private data. The hearing ended with a slap on the wrist and a minimal $5 billion dollar fine, and the public’s concern on the matter has withered away as time has gone by.

Until now.

Here’s What Happened:

Recently, Facebook user’s privacy has been challenged, yet again, with Zuckerberg’s admittance to analyzing private messenger conversations, and even listening in on user’s real-time conversations[2]. Although there has been speculation about whether or not our socials may be “listening to us” to provide appealing ads, there has been no proof to support the claims. After years of joking about our devices being hacked by stores, and, my personal favorite, assigned FBI agents, the jokes have turned into frustration.

The last thing I expected to see on my Instagram this morning was a photo being shared that stated, “Don’t forget that tomorrow starts the new Instagram rule where they can use your photos. It can be used in court cases in litigation against you. Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed.”. You can imagine my utter confusion as I read this before my morning cup of coffee, and throughout the day I continued to see it getting shared and posted. If you are not aware, Instagram is owned by Facebook, so it is not a surprise that users' privacy is up for grabs on it as well, but, to ease any worry Instagram users may have, the initial post was a hoax. [3]

Here’s Why it Matters:

While the Instagram privacy policy ended up being fake, there is still no way to know how these social media giants are using our profiles for their own, internal use[4]. In such a mysterious digital age, it is vital to be aware that there are just some things the public will never know. As a young internet user, it took me a long time to understand that the internet is not private. A popular trend among young users, especially on Instagram, is to have a separate “private” account called a “Finsta” where one can post pictures of them drinking and partying without having to face any of the potential consequences. This Facebook privacy issue and Instagram privacy scare show how nothing on these socials can be private, and if we want to continue using them then we must be careful[5].

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Emenator is a rising social media and has researched the privacy concerns that social media users have and how big social media moguls seem to get away with doing whatever they want with our data. Privacy is supposed to be private for a reason, and Emenator promises a safe place to post and share—one that won’t clog your feed with ads that eerily pertain to all of your interests. With all of these privacy issues, I recommend everyone to checkout Emenator and discover what it feels like to not have to walk on nails every time you upload any information to the social. On Emenator your data is your data.

 

 

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 [1] https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wjw889/facebook-said-it-wasnt-listening-to-your-conversations-it-was

[2] https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/facebook-admits-it-was-also-listening-to-your-private-conversations/

[3] https://time.com/5657718/instagram-privacy-policy-hoax/

[4] https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2019/08/14/did-facebook-just-give-13-billion-users-a-reason-to-delete-their-account/#52411c791662

[5] https://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-listening-conversation-message-online-chat-apple-google-amazon/

08/24/2019
 
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