What do you think about the Facebook Privacy scandal?

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
4/9/2018
Social Media

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If you haven't heard about the Facebook privacy scandal yet, please read this summary here. Do some additional Google searches if you want more information. 

Once you feel confident you understand what happened I want to know your opinion on the whole thing. Are you upset? Why or why not? What implications do you think this will have for the future of online privacy?

Comments & Feedback

Student

Although people all know that publishing their own information on the Internet is a very dangerous thing, but in this era, people have to do it. This is very contradictory. We all know the convenience and joy that the Internet era has brought us. So, despite this crisis faced by Facebook this time, I still think that this will not affect people’s enthusiasm for using these social softwares.

Student

Honestly, we all know that hiding our information on a public social networking site is impossible. For people who get upset about the information that gets collected, get over it. If you put it there, its subject to anything after it leaves your fingertips. I do wish that the regulations on the collection of the data were strickter. Meaning, a third party shouldn't be involved like some others have mentioned. It is just not ethical, it should all be collected and stored by Facebook only for the sake of its reputation. Having a reputation of sharing and losing control of data will impact the subscriber rate from that point forward.

Student

Nowadays, Facebook becomes the biggest platform social media in the world. It fully embodies a globalized and borderless global village. People will almost always surf on Facebook, and Facebook has become an indispensable necessities in our lives. Facebook are the most important advertising social platform. It is the preferred social platform for global advertising marketers. At the same time, its privacy needs to be more focused. It will affect many important things and it will change them. I think after this thing Facebook and other platforms will pay more attention to the privacy of users. I think its influence will be a good thing for people.

Student

I think all of the social media should totally protect the users' private. As the Facebook, users can choose to open the page to public or just friends. But even I choose to be open to friends, others still can see some of my pictures. Only the social media can totally protect the private and let the users feel safe, then users can trust and use the social media. In China, I think some of the social media did protect the users' private. All the things, that if you want to show others or not can chose by ourselves. When a person trust a social media and then the private got see by others, it is an upset thing.

Student

I am not upset about this "scandal". I think that we as users as a whole need to come to the universal recognition that we have online cyber footprints and that everything digital is collecting information about us. When you go on FB, it is clear what of your stuff will be shared when you post, who can see it, the privacy options and settings are clearly marked. I think that if we don't want certain things about us online, then we need to make the conscious choice and decision to not be involved with sharing our information. I think the reason this "scandal" is such a big deal is because of the fact that FB is so universal and well known. But what about other companies or corporations who take our data without our consent? When you create a FB account it is clearly stated that data will be collected. It's not ideal that a third party (Cambridge Analytica) mishandled or was not transparent about how data was being used or distributed/shared, however, these are the types of issues that will continue to arise as the digital age evolves.

Student

It's a very bad phenomenon for now, because social media platforms are the most important thing for most people. I felt very upset about this content because I used to be a fan of Facebook, but now, this content broke the trust between me and Facebook. Privacy is the basic thing for social media platforms, after this happened, I think people would considered more doubts before they use platforms. And this is not good, since the reason why social media platforms invented is making people feel convenience.

Student

As a person who hates sharing their personal information when I don't need to and someone who is very adament about keeping things private, this scares and upsets me very much. Having researchers i do not know and also the government, looking being able to access my informaton without my permission is very upsettings, disappointing and scary. I have used Facebook for many years and have never had an issue, but after reading this and listening to what is going on, it definitely stirkes me as concerning to even post a picture of me or my family on there.

 

It does not matter what they are using the information for, they should never use our data like that unless they have informed us of what is going to happen with it. Now, I know that social media platforms like facebook do make you accept terms of use and such, but extensive data from people - most likely information that person wants to stay private - should never be accessed no matter what.

Student

Personally, I'm using Facebook very frequently, the privacy policy and the content is the main reason I enjoy to using the platforms. There are billions of users around the world, the information and privacy is really senstive and important to users, most of people will not give the second chance to a business such as Facebook, as a result, I hope the scandal will not happen again.

Student

After reading the article, it is frustrating and upsetting to see what Facebook has created and done. People literally could buy someone else's identity with the information leak through it. The main thing I am worried about is that if this is just the start of a social media monster. Hopefully this is a wake up call to all social media companies and everyone becomes more strick through their business. The future of online privacy is about to take a huge step and create a way to only face recongnize yourself through the app. Also it will not allow you to put social information in the app because the chances of that getting leaked again could happen. I just really hope everyone learns from Facebook's mistake and creates a much safer community online. 

Student

It's really a shock that Facebook appear this privacy scandal. Facebook is such a big social media platform that over millions of users over world. They have the resposiblity to protect users information privacy. The security problem is one of my concern when posting blogs or news in social media. Hope this problem never happen again.

Student

After reading the Facebook Privacy Scandal article, I would say I'm frustrated. I have commented on previous posts for this class noting that I believe our use of social media and technology can be excessive, and detracts from our overall satisfaction in life. To add to that, there are countless studies that have been published recently showing that our smart devices may be linked to cancer from radiation, increase the likelihood of mental illness, etc. Now, we don't just have to be concerned about our health safety when we use technology, but we have to think about our privacy and personal safety as well. It seems like we continue to make advancements in technology but never stop to think about the consequences of what we're doing. I also think that as a society, we put a bit too much blind faith in the internet - in more ways than one. People believe that any article on the internet is a reliable source of information, just like they believe that filling out a profile of personal information on Facebook is like using a private database. I think going forward, our country needs to put more effort into questioning, understanding, and testing the possibilities/outcomes of the advances we are making.

Student

 

It's shocking to me how such a huge company could mess up as badly as they did. To blatantly go against their own privacy policy should be very concerning for everyone, especially considering how much everyone blindly trusts social media company. Unfortunately, I’m not very surprised about this since Mark Zuckerberg spent millions protecting his own account and while many users had their accounts compromised. It’s very disappointing and makes me wonder how much of my personal information is been harvested.

 

Student

As bad as it sounds, it does not really surprise me that something like this happened. I remember when it came out about what you are agreeing to let Facebook do when you download and use their Messanger app. They could transcribe phone calls, read emails, use your camera, and from what I remember, a lot more. While I don't know if they still have access to all of this data just from downloading their app, it doesn't come as a surprise that Facebook got caught in a privacy scandal. I don't think this will have an effect on the future of online privacy. I think people will soon forget this happened and will forget what they sign up for when they select "I agree to the terms of service."

Student

I feel disappointed for the scandal Facebook, because privacy is very important for us, Facebook is now everyday a lot of people in the use of the platform, if he can invade our Facebook account then may via Facebook invaded our other privacy is more important. So privacy disclosure is very serious for users.

Student

I believe it is not the first time, but I hope it is the last time. This was a shocking invasion of privacy.  maybe the media has made unfeeling voyeurs of all of us. 

And it is another way to tell us it is not work to account details encrypted. The best way should be don't release any information of you on the pulic.

Student

Privacy is something serious and I think this is an issue that shouldn't be tolerated. If they can hack our Facebook account then we don't know that whether they have hacked into our cell phone, which stores most of our privacies or even secrets that we don't someone else know.

Student

The Facebook privacy scandal is a big story due to the scope and depth of its impact. As a Facebook user, I'm somewhat upset with the company for being so weak in its handling and security of such a large amount of personal information. Although I've become kind of desensitized to privacy breaches and hacks in general – as I believe is the case with many people – I'm still upset with Facebook because it broke my trust.

However, I believe the bigger story – one that's not being properly addressed – is the breakdown of the exact information Facebook possesses about its users. Recently, I saw a thread of Tweets outlining the data Facebook and others typically store surrounding users, and the findings are pretty eye-opening.

If people fully understood the depth and specificity of the data that Facebook and other social media platforms holds regarding their daily lives, interests, communications, and more, the outrage would exponentially increase. Yet, this particular Facebook scandal will challenge all sites, especially social media channels, to improve security practices and overall transparency with users. Unfortunately, I don't believe the government will issue a serious punishment for Facebook.

Student

From the moment the Internet came into our lives. We've been running naked, but we think we're wearing clothes. Facebook's responsibility is to design the user on this data of two-way flow, it's like on a civilian car design a "self-destruct" button, it doesn't matter how much hidden deep, once people use lead to an elderly, the lion's share of the responsibility is the design button on the designer

Student

I heard about it and this is disappointing. I as a social media user, I placed most trust on Facebook. I was so comfortable in posting about my milestones, commenting and adding reactions to posts. To hear that my data is not safe and Facebook let Cambridge use it without my persmission, is devastating. The saddest thing is I cannot tell whether my data was amongst the ones compromised or not. In my opinion, social media should have a responsibility of protecting their users data at all cost and should always have a laid out procedure to ask for consent when they want to open their users data.

 

Student

It is very upsetting because this is a violation of privacy. It is scary to think that this can happen without our knowledge of it. With our world moving more and more towards online and social media it is just going to get worse because everybodies information is at access to people and there isnt a way to forsure be safe. It is concerning and a good reminder to know that whatever you post out there is at the worlds fingertips.

Student

I was very disappointed with the scandals on Facebook because this incident had a lot of negative impact on consumers. This behavior makes consumers very angry because this is a serious violation of personal privacy. This phenomenon has an adverse effect on Facebook’s extremes.

Student

A large number of users' accounts and passwords are stolen directly. On the one hand, the user's privacy information can be read illegally, and other people can use these account codes to further infringe the rights and interests of the users. Users may encounter various kinds of harassment and annoyance because of the leakage of privacy information, and may also cause property losses due to their identity being misled. I believe, Facebook can deal with this problem correct.

 

Student

I feel really bad about the Facebook privacy scandal. I haven't heard about it before I read this article, and now I'm worried. Few years ago, there was a similar situation in my home country; Korea, which one of the most famous social network websites got an issue on their security system. It spoiled all information of almost everyone in Korea, which made people angry. Social media platforms are very crucial and influential thing in our daily life. People write and post their secrets and other important information, and its secure status would be very very important to keep in safe position. 

Student

The Facebook privacy scandal is very disturbing to me because as a Facebook/ Social media user I expect my information to be kept secure by Facebook. I did not allow them permission to let anyone use my information so it is very disappointing to me, It is very alarming to know that anyone can basically have access to my information it makes me want to no longer use Facebook anymore. I believe the implications for future online privacy is that individuals will no longer be comfortable sharing their information on Facebook, also I believe Facebook will lose millions of users as a result.

Student

Once I heard about the Facebook chaos that erupted, I became very upset. All individuals, myself included, use Facebook on a daily basis, and to know that our information could possibly sway elections, is ridiculous! Our personal inofrmation could be public, and that is scary. We put our trust into this app and make sure that none of information is leaked, but now with this, everyone is nervous that it could be! In the future, I feel as if individuals will be very hesitant to join and make accounts online. Many people may just log in as a guest to avoid putting in information that is kept a secret. Facebook is going to have to prove themselves all over again, as well as with other apps, they're going to have to clearly have information stating that they will not leak anything and it will be discrete. 

Student

I know a decent amount about the Facebook scandal and I believe that they have let their users down. I know many people that have considered deleting their Facebook accounts due to this issue. Personally, I am not upset and I will continue to use Facebook. Although I think they made a grave error, I am not particularly concerned with my privacy being breached. However, i do understand the mindsets of those who have made the choice to terminate their accounts.

In the future, I believe that Facebook needs to do a lot to regain the trust of many peopl around the world. They need to be able to ensure the public that their information is safe and that their personal information wont be used by data analytic companies, such as Cambridge. It is a long road to recovery but I think that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg can do it.

Student

I feel disappointed with Facebook scandal.Facebook contains lots of personal information even daily story, own thought and opinion. I have an experience that someone mimicking me. One of my friend show me an account that has my pictures. I could not know what the account did bt I was surprised cause most of informatio was about me. 

This is irony because social media can easy to access various informaion but it could be not a true information. Therefore, it can be this situation.

People should be aware of this and have knowledge about this Facebook scandal more serious.

Student

I think Facebook privacy scandal is the more serious problem than we think. People used to upload their daily life and write some thinking about their day. Facebook contains more information than just a personal information.

We don't know how the user's information will going to be used. Facebook contains various information about their hometown, school, age, friends, preference, and pictures. But the thing I am most concerned about is that they also know private information and people's daily life. 

People who take that information could plan critical things based on the information they received. 

I saw the news that facebook message can also be spilled. We can not imagine how they are going to use that information. 

Student

Facebook privacy scandal is a serious issue. Nowadays, people become increasingly upset about privacy, because they worry about respect for individuals, restriction upon individuals’ life, heavy blow to personal or organizational reputation, freedom of thoughts and speeches, etc. In the first instance, when individuals want to associate with others and participate in social movements or political activities, an important part of the personal liberty is to opt for carrying out such activities with privacy if the individual wants to. On the contrary, o infringe on someone's privacy and to abuse personal private information could expose individuals to dangers and restrictions.

Student

My thought on the topic is that Cambridge Analytica did something that Facebook should have responded more aggressively to. There was no follow up from Facebook or enforcement toward Cambridge Analytica, despite Facebook having known since 2015. I think this was wrong, very unfortunate, and must be dealt with, but it is not something I am personally worried about. It is definitely just me and my personality, but I am uninterested in scandals such as this. Technology has the ability to make or break certain aspects of our lives, and I'm sure a scandal of this magnitude will bring restrictions/solutions that will help in the long run. This is my take, coming from someone that has no interest in the topic. 

Student

I was not pleased to hear about the Facebook scandal. This is a verry worrying topic that will become a bigger topic as we become more digital and companies wanting to get their hands on consumer data. This can lead to big social and cultural clashes and a dangerous divide in opinions rather than open mindedness. 

I hope that the Facebook community realizes how important privacy is and that they can come to terms and create a safe environment for us all. Trust is their number one priority now. 

Student

in my opinion, this was a shocking incasion of privacy. and the media has made unfeeling voyeurs of all of us. The internet offers our protection, anonymity and privacy. It is so dreadful.

So we need more careful. the most useful way should be not release personal information on social media.

Student

I feel like privacy is very important and makes everyone feel secure. This is why I am upset with the whole Facebook situation because it just shows you can't trust really anything. This will make other social media crack down on privacy settings and make sure that their users use privacy. I feel like it is only a matter of time that more truth comes out which makes everyone else fix their mistakes so they don't get caught. 

Student

Actually, I think this is a serious problem because privacy is the only thing that we can control, and you don't know whether there are someone else who is monitoring your devices, and in nowadays, almost all of our secrets are in our phones and that's unbelievable.

Student

I think the Facebook scandal is a little frightening! It gives me an uneasy feeling to know that my information was not as secure as I was informed that it would be! Although it seems that only minor information was leaked, who knows what other issues will arise as of this complication. I think that platforms, such as Facebook, should increase their security and be extremely clear when telling their users how their personal information will be distributed. As of now, these terms and conditions are very vague to the potential user!

Student

 

Modern social networks are problematic in terms of privacy. However, to use network services requires your authentication. If this procedure goes away, it will become more chaotic. Therefore, I believe that the punishment of people who violate privacy by social networks should be strengthened.

Student

I don't think that it is as much as a big deal as everyone makes it sound. It's not like you're being individually monitored 24/7. I imagine Facebook only monitoring people that pose a threat to society and are using Facebook as their platform for that.

Student

Every one always jokes about social sites such as Facebook using our information and spying on the general public. Now it has just become a reality. We were already being montitored if you really think about it. If you do a random google search for Nike gym shoes and go to your facebook page you will see an ad for Nike. It's almost silly to think that they would not be using their tracking processes for something greater.

Student

I personally feel the Facebook scandal was inevitable. In our world today, it’s a known fact that internet users need to be aware of what they put on the web. From a young age, I was taught not to share personal information online. With this being said, no one should have to worry about their personal information being stolen. Not to mention, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg should have apologized from the start.

Going into the future, I believe all we can do is be more careful as to where we share our personal information and what sites we visit online. I also feel we should hold CEOs more responsible for protecting our privacy.

 

 

Student

I actually expected these kinds of things to happen, this is also one of the reasons that I quit use facebook. It is hard to not got monitoring and recording on the internet. For example, Google would record users activity and popup ads according to individuals' interests. It is hard to determine right or wrong for websites to do these things but I am sure they can not use this to harm users, whether it is intentional or unintentional. After this, Facebook needs to figure out a way to rebuild the public trust. Online privacy is getting more and more important with the technology getting more and more advanced. So protecting users online privacy is the biggest responsibility these websites should take.

Student

I don't really get it, but I am not surprised it happened. I haven't really ever trusted social media to keep my privacy safe, and as the internet gets more public, it seems like the natural progression would mean that our privacy would get more public too, whether we want it to or not. 

So upset, kind of. Surprised, no. It just seems that as a consumer, our satisfaction and protection should be number one priority, but it feels and seems as though this is not the case.

Student

In my opinion, there is no absolutely privacy to say, because we use internet all the time, we communicate with our phone, we shop on our phone, then we need to provide information, they said no one will know anything about your information, but the system did, and there are people are controlling the system, so I am not surprised at all, I just didn’t expect the number of people ‘s information got leaked.

 

 

 

                                       

Student

 I think privacy scandal is a normal thing ,in my opinion, if you upload your privacy information online it means you already agreed other people used your information. When you sign up your Facebook , you already sign up their privacy policy.  I think the best way to protect your own privacy is not publish your privacy information on social platform .

Student

I am not that surprised by the leak of personal information. Because not only Facebook, privacy scandals were reported many times in the past years. For example, the leak of iCloud photos. But I was truely surprised this time by the use of those information. I've never imagined the result to be distubing the election. Technology is developing day by day, and big companies like Facebook have the responsibility of protecting users no matter under what kind of situation. I am upset to see this happen because if Facebook is doing bad on keeping user's privacy, what company can be relied on?

Student

I am not surprised by this scandal because I think it is obvious that everyone's personal information is not safe. Leaking is just a matter of time. I mean the online just become came to more personal on your search engine based on your interests,  your information was already been used before you even notice. All the songs which were recommended to you are already been chosen by personal information. And it is incredibly easy to find people's personal information online right now. I think in the future, there are more and more groups would try to control people by their "online privacy", because there is no such "privacy". 

Student

Facebook has had this information for years and it's not new that our information is not always safe online. I dont think it's a huge deal because if it happens it happens and theres not much we can do. I do think that Zuckerberg should issue an apology.

Student

Facebook has had this information for years and it's not new that our information is not always safe online. I dont think it's a huge deal because if it happens it happens and theres not much we can do. I do think that Zuckerberg should issue an apology.

Student

I personally am not the least bit surprised by the leak of information.  Everyone's info is online, and I just felt like it was only a matter of time before it was hacked.  I am however surprised with the delayed response from Mark and his team.  I would have thought they would have been on top of the situation and been able to calm everyone's nerves.  Because they weren't on top of this, they have lost the support of so many.

Student

This scandal is not surprising to me, however, being an advertising student, I am more exposed to these situations and probably slightly more knowledgeable than the average Facebook user when it comes to the actual realization that everyone who has a Facebook profile is giving out more information about themselves than the realize. When it comes to using data for advertising, I feel fine with the use of some, surface level, analytics of one's profile to be ethical to use. What I find extremely upsetting, is the use of this data, more importantly, leaked data, being used to swag elections. I find that unbelievably unethical and extremely upsetting. Getting someones information to advertise clothing or restraunts to someones Facebook profile is one thing, however, the system was inevitably cheated and used totally wrongfully. This is going to defnitely change the future of online privacy, I see more and more people, classmates, etc., deleteing their Facebook app from their phone, covering their laptop cameras and mics, and I believe we will start to see more and more websites and advertisers having the online privacy be more transparent to its consumer, rightfully so. 

Student

I feel so dissappointed about this event. I don't think users will trust them as much as they used to. No matter how the issue will be solved, this undoubtedly causes a crisis of confidence to not only Facebook but other social media platforms. We should have some crisis awareness of internet privacy security. This event illustrates our online privacy are threatened, and this kind of issue is still possible to happen in the future. If there is no appropriate supervision mechanism, we can't ensure our safety by trusting internet companies' professional ethics. I'm looking forward to the result of the scandal.

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
4/9/2018
Social Media