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

The fact that Facebook had such a large data leak was no real surprise, in my opinion it was only a matter of time.  You take a social media that has over 2 billion accounts and is filled with personal data and information that people voluntarily put on the site?  Not shocking that they were selling data/hacked/sharing information.  Not to add that many of those 2 billion people are exposed to all of the phishing links and other scams on the website, some of them are bound to fall for it and give their personal data away.  The only thing that is upsetting is Zuckerberg's and Facebook's silent reaction to the situation.  Personally, I figured and take the risk that people are tracking my social media accounts and trying to farm data from it, which is why I don't post often and take risk when using social media.  I believe that there will never be a "secure" social media platform in the future, and things like this are bound to happen again.

Student

I do believed this privacy scandal did not happened or will happen only on Facebook. Nowadays is the time of big data. More and more people start to use social media. It is too easy to get someone's privacy online. I feel both upset and happy. I just worry about my privacy online and afraid some people will using my privacy to hurt me. However, this problem will make more and more people even the government pay attention on it. In the future, we will have a safer social media environment. It is always good to discover a problem as early as possible.

Student

I am not suprised about what happened in Facebook, because this event make me remember about what I see several years ago. There is a picture shows that tape is covered both camera and headphone jack on Mark Zuckerberg's laptop. Even he is afraid that his privacy would leak out, how about other people's privacy. There are so many ways people's privacy will be leak out. And I feel upset about it because I think Facebook is not the only one has this kind of problem. There also have other companies same like Facebook, especially other social media like Tiwitter, Instagram, etc. I think in the furture, people will pay more attention on their online privacy and goverment may add several policy about online privacy.

Student

I believe that not only Facebook but also other social media platform have the same issue. I am not really upset. As a student studying in advertising major, I know that data can help us have a better life. Once people post their personal information on the social media platform, they already choose to not have the privacy on social media because everything can be exposure to public. Those social media will use those data to help us to find new friends and meet new people, and companies will provide useful product that we might using. That is how a social media for and how it works. I never think there will be any online privacy. 

Student

I am not surprised by the Facebook Scandal at all. As updates increase, the amount of access they have to personal information doubles. I have always felt that Facebooks request for access on certain features was sketchy. The breach in the system seems inevitable when you have access to the information of millions. That is why I rarely use my facebook. When it comes to privacy and social media, I don't think that it truly exist. I try to steer away from putting to much information o my social media channels, because you never know who is watching or observing internally. 

Student

It is very obvious that social medias like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become the source of useful data to major compnaies. I think it is very normal that the Facebook privacy scandal happened. Just think about all those programatic buying ads, display ads with mind blowing targeting accurcy, it is very obvious that the minitue we post things on social media, we will no longer have our privacy. I remember one of my professor said, "you have no idea how much information GM knows about people". I just hope companies and the market can use the information they get to do better programatic targeting and make the market more efficient.

Student

To be honest I am not at all suprised such things happened. Most of us go on Social Media everyday and post a lot of content, however, we have no knowledge of the privacy policies to medias have. I doubt even 1% of Facebook users skim through the Facebook "terms" (including myself). I am obviously not happy about mny data being possibly accessed, but I am more unhappy of the way Facebook dealt with this. Facebook have a sort of monopoly, as they are other big social media wesbites, but Facebook is really unique and already has such a large pool of users. Because of this I think they did not really care about what happened, and just thought people would keep using it. In the future I think people should just consider that their online activity could be accessed and, therefore, to just be cautious with what people do/ post online. 

Student

I think this incident is a good warning for other companies such as social media platform. I believe that this kind of privacy problem is not only on Facebook but at other times our data will also be accessed and used for commercial marketing. But after this incident, the government will actively release new policies to protect user's privacy. As the recent troubles with Facebook have shown, privacy and security are what concerns users the most. Technology has an opportunity provide convenience for our lives, but that convenience might infringe on our privacy. What is the future development and potential of social media and what obstacles will they encounter in the future? Are people willing to increase convenience at the expense of privacy? Balancing convenience and privacy will remain a challenge.

Student

I am upset after knowing the whole thing even though I am not a frequent Facebook user. Just imagine I am one of the victim of data exposure, my individual privacy data has spread through media.  From my point of view, as a technology of information company, the most important thing is data leakage protection and anti-data leakage. But as a system, it cannot get 100 percent safe,it must has vulnerabilities. Therefore, I think relevant department must to very concerned about keeping information within its firewalls. And introducing strict measures like rewards and punishments to encourage innovation of information and avoid the data leakage happened again.


Student

Facebook and all that this social media giant can do is fairly new, so for them to know that that kind of data could greatly affect presidential elections is beyond them. They are learning about their full power just as we all are. I think the measures they are taking now are important and a wise choice at this point. I believe this was a wakeup call for many people that the information we put online is not truly secure no matter how many privacy controls you put on. It is not just the information we are putting online ourselves at stake and being accessed, it is our movements online, such as links we click on. We are all being continually tracked and measured through these online social media and I think a lot of people forget that data can be easily exploited. Everything we do online from posts to clicking on a link is stored forever. We as internet users and social media users need to be more aware and protect our own privacy. We cannot rely solely on the social media networks to protect us all.

Student

If you are in the camp of once you put anything online it’s out there for anyone to do anything with then I would submit that possibly you should not live in the United States of America and adhere to the constitution. You should then allow any police or government agency the right to search you, your car, your house without any search warrant obtained with some form of check and balance. You might as well be ok with your banking and medical records being shared openly. I think most would agree that would be going too far. So, is it different due to the fact it concerns a social media platform that it doesn’t matter to some? The bottom line is that people did, in fact, agree to entrust a company with personal data of some sort under the pretenses that it would be protected. The company then failed to keep that data secure and allowed another company access to it without fully disclosing the intents while also getting permission to those intents from their subscribers.

One of the most unfortunate aspects of this incident is that it could have been prevented when Facebook was hit with a Federal Trade Commission charge and subsequent settlement in 2011. This indictment clearly established the lack of protection of privacy at that time and indicated future gaps which could ultimately lead to what we saw with Cambridge Analytica. This aspect is more personally troubling as if we are going to try and stay ahead of future technology we can’t only take into consideration the “good” or “positive” aspects. We have to do a better job of restricting/mitigating opportunities for people to leverage these tools in more destructive and heinous ways. Ways that can have deeply impactful consequences to democracy, human rights, and sustainable evolution.

Student

From this incident I saw the hidden dangers of the Internet age. The network is a virtual world from beginning to end. Since it is created by humans, there will be people who will break its rules. Nowadays, the personal homepage of the social networking platform has been able to prove the existence of a person more than the SSN or passports. But this is where the crisis lies. If we say that our social accounts can be invaded by others, then everyone will lose their sense of security and the world will become chaotic and disorderly.

Student

I think for the most part users should be aware that nothing we do online is 100% secure. There is never a guarantee that online security cannot be breached. I also think that if the information was accessed after Facebook users gave permission to a specific app to have access, then why the huge uproar. People should know better than to put extremely sensitive information, information that they would not feel comfortable having a stranger know, on the internet. It’s disheartening to know our trust in Facebook was diminished, however we cannot completely blame Facebook for this. If we as users had not supplied the information, then there would have been no information to steal.

Student

I think that it is very concerning that a major social media site, whom people trust, somehow failed to protect their users information. The company says that as many as 87 million people might have had their data accessed. That does not look good for Facebook whatsoever and they need to strengthen their privacy policies to stop this from happening again. However, it is important to understand that when a person posts something online, it has the ability to reach anybody in the world. I was always told, "do not post anything online that you would not like your grandmother to see." So while it is scary that a site like Facebook could not protect my personal data, I know that there is nothing I have posted that could get me into trouble or that I regret because I am careful about what I post online and others should be as well. Nothing you post on the Internet is 100% safe.

Student

It is a little worrying that this much information can be accessed. Especially from Facebook, who has so many users. I am most interested to see what Congress does after this mass information leak. To see how strict the legislation will be on what information social media sites can gather from its users. But it is worrying that Zuckerberg has stayed quiet over this whole issue. It has lead to a lot of distrust and skepticism among Facebook users. Facebook and Zuckerberg are going to have to implement some changes to please its users. I don't think that Facebook will go the way that MySpace did, but this will certainy hurt them. 

Student

The Facebook privacy scandal is a serious problem. This scandal has not only affected people's privacy, but their sense of nationalism. Voting is one of the most important rights we get as Americans. If people know that their security and rights are being affected through Facebook, people will most likely leave the platform. This will affect Facebook and advertisers that rely on the platform to advertise. 

Student

From its inception, Facebook has never had our best interests in mind. This situation with Cambridge Analytica will continue to happen, they will just hide it more efficiently. It is well known that they try and make the website as addicitive as possible. When the service is free, the user is the product. Mark Zuckerberg is not a person who aims to make the world a better place, Facebook has never done that. Obviously, this situation is upsetting, but as someone who doesn't have much information on Facebook, I am not that worried. Online privacy is something we all need to be held more accountable for. We need to have a understanding that our information is packaged and sold to the highest bidders, so we must take this story seriously and be careful as to what we put on the internet. 

Student

I am disappointed with the fact that millions of people had trust on Facebook with keeping their businesses private only to their friends and family. Knowing the fact that Facebook, gave out information to Cambridge without the consent of the user accounts. Facebook failed its users. Not only that, the information they shared was also used for political gains in third world countries. They used the information to plan a strategic political campigain that would ensure the party being voted for wins. As it has been seen in cases like Kenya where they strategized the win of the current president. This is uncalled and no asking for forgiveness from fans will it ever rectify the wrong done.

Student

I would say that I am upset. I understand that it would be incredibly difficult to regulate over 2 billion users, but they need to find a way to do better than they are. Even though they have users give permission for apps to use their information, the wording is usually tiny and not easily understood. There needs to be a more user-friendly approach taken by Facebook to make sure that people understand what apps are using their information. I think that this is a turning point for a greater conversation about online privacy and how it should be regulated. Future implications may include government organizations closely regulating social media sites.

Student

I think that the Facebook privacy scandal is very upsetting. While when you sign up for social media sites you know to an extent that you are putting personal information out on the web for many different people to see, the ethical management of this scandal is disappointing. Targeting ads to consumers based on their likes and interests is one thing and can be very useful to both the consumer and the advertiser, but taking personal information and using it in that fashion without informing the individual is extremely unethical and very concerning to see where the world is headed in that sense. 

Student

Social networking sites are not charity organizations; they are advertising to you, they are collecting data, and while Facebook says this was a mistake, be aware that information breaches happen online. If you have a Facebook account, it is well worth the time to lock down the privacy settings. It may seem complicated, but we have clear instructions on what the privacy settings mean. Some of the worst offenders in this particular breach were from applications within Facebook; the invitations where you have to accept terms of service from a third party. If privacy is paramount to you, we suggest declining the invitations unless you have time to research who they are and what they are doing with your information.

Student

I think is very upsetting. We all probably know that our data is collected for different things like ads, but when it's used in this way, it really makes us question the ethical implications of data collection. For the first time, I'm really thinking of deleting my FB, but really, my data is probably already out there. I think companies need to be really cautious about their ethical practices and take people's information seriously. I'm also thinking about what this says about advertising. I know FB can be really valuable in creating ads because you can target certain demographics, but is this ethical? Are the methods of retrieving that information ethical? 

Student

I joined Facebook and other social media being somewhat aware of the fact that these networking companies weren't asking for my money but my data. I knew they were making money off my data, but I didn't know how. I didn't know that on my FB i would be categorized as "liberal" or "very liberal" based on my sharing/liking habits on the site. It's upsetting to think of all the ways my data may impact me in the future. 

For instance, FB knowing my online habits, searches, etc. might benefit me right now because of how I am targeted for ads for products I'm typically pretty interested in, but in the future, my data could come back to haunt me. It's impossible to predict how it might affect me and my life in the future, but it's easy to recognize what scary types of consequences could come from the non-existance of online privacy. 

Student

As a person who hates sharing their personal information 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

I am very dissapointed in Facebook and how they could let something like this happen. This scandal upsets me because as a Facebook user, I expect my private information and my account to be secured. It also upsets me that so many people were affected, it was not just a few people but 87 million who have had their data accessed. I know that recently a lot of my friends' facebooks have been "hacked" which makes me nervous that it could be becasue of this. The article states that the hackers could be identity thieves, scam artists, or shady brokers assembling marketing profiles. That makes it bigger than just accessing data, that is all of your personal information being hacked to take your identity. I think because of this, social media sites will increase their privacy policies so this does not happen to them. I hope that in the future I will not have to worry about the security of my personal social media accounts. I forsee this problem having an affect on the rest of the social media world, not just Facebook. I hope it gets resolved quickly and more pollicies are put into place to protect my accounts. 

Student

As someone who is concerned about privacy and aware of how much information I share about myself on the internet, this news was shocking, but not surprising. I think today, many people don't realize how the little quizzes or surveys they take, everything they like, the people they interact with, etc. is collected to better understand each person as an individual user of Facebook.

I am in a content strategy class right now and we have looked at this situation from many perspectives - how Facebook is handling it and how people are responding to it. I hope, that going forward, this scandal will make people more aware of what they put on the internet. With Facebook, they pay attention to every behavior we make on the platform which can allow the company to draw conclusions about who we are - such as age, race, political preferences, and interests. If people become more aware of this, it might change how we use social media and interact with others online. 

If anyone is curious to see what Facebook knows about you, log in and look at your ad preferences. You can see how the pages and ads you view have helped Facebook to develop an idea of your interests. You can also look at the "my information" section to get an idea of who Facebook thinks you are (you can delete these things too).

Student

I think the Facebook has already did a good job in the privacy. Many years ago in China, almost all the social media can see which person just come to your page. And many times people want to see others page but also afraid others to know she or he has already go to see the page. But the Facebook will not let the person see who come to her or his page. It is a good thing for most of the people. And the Facebook can let people chose to open the pages to others or not. So I do not think the privacy cannot be protected. Just for the tag pictures part. The person can tag anyone on the picture, and the pictures will show on the pages of that person even before she or he approve it. I think this part need tobe change. Just like before, my friends took a picture of me, I think it is very ugly but friend probably did not think that way, and she tagged me on the Facebook. Before I approved to put this pictures on my page, it has already on my Facebook page. I have to get on the Facebook and delete it.

Student

I'm disappointed about this facebook scandal. To be honest, today this is the world with high technology, people take advantages of technology brings to us, at the same time, we have to take a risk that what this kind of convenience may bring back. However, such privacy scandal makes people feel so unsafe, it's like your behavior online and even your life in real life, everything can be monitored by people we don't know. I hope there has improvement occurs to fix such online privacy problem. It takes time.

Student

I think that the facebook scandal should be taken seriously. It has many different people's personal information on it which could be vital if leaked. This is one example of how the internet is not very secure. I believe that everyone should be careful what private information is online and think about what they are posting before they do so.

Student

For as long as I can remember, I grew up with parents who taught me that anything I post or do on the internet will be captured and recorded forever. So when I heard about the Facebook data breach I was not surprised. While it is frustrating to hear of this news since so many people use and trust Facebook with their information, users have to know that nothing on the internet is private. I also think that my parents' generation would be more upset about this kind of data breach than my generation because we have grown up with the internet in our lives and we know nothing different. We've had to be as cautious as possible on the internet about what information we share. However, when something like this happens, no one has control over if their information was breached. That is the risk that comes with being a user of Facebook. I think this situation will have implications for the future of online privacy and the government will find a way to wiggle in and control social media sites like Facebook. I am interested to hear Mark Zuckerburg testify in front of Congress and hear what he has to say in response to this situation. This will be an important issue to follow over the upcoming months. 

Student

I think that the scandal of Facebook Privacy recently is very popular and I have my own opinion about the whole thing. I think it's not very surprise that Facebook let this thing happened. Every big digital company like Facebook, Google even Baidu in China had those scandals before. I think the attitude that Mark Zuckerberg react when this thing happened. Compared to him the attitude of the founder of Baidu in China is very annoying. He is not only very arrogant about the privacy things and also don't believe that Chinese people will treat this thing seriously. As a founder of the digital company, he said something like this out to public is really makes me feel shamed to him.

Student

It's interesting to see how people react to this issue. While people are so willing to share their daily lives on social media, my parents always ask me not to upload any of their photos to the Internet, as they basically believe that there is no privacy on the Internet. Also, I was taught about online security and the potential risks of the Internet when I was just in the elementary school. (That was the first time I knew about script kiddies, hackers, sneakers...etc.) That being said, I personally didn't really upset by the scandal.

I agree that Facebook did have faults for not taking actions once they kind of sense the dangers. But it doesn't make sense to me that people think a company is reliable because it is a large one. In last November, Google got caught secretly recording Android Users' location Data. Isn't Google large enough? They are collecting your privacy as well. The nude leaked iCloud pics; the Google secretly collecting data; the Facebook privacy scandal..all of the evidence are telling the people that the Internet is not a place for privacy, unfortunately, most of the people still don't understand the rules behinds. As a rule that I always keep in mind: "While using the device that connects to the Internets, you have to be prepared that you have no privacy." 

Student

I have two ways of thinking when it comes to this issue. 1. Yes it is irresponsible of the Facebook to let all of this personal data be shared, and it was extremely unprofessional of Zuckerberg to take 5 days to address the issue. But.. 2. Is anyone very suprised? When you sign up for something like Facebook and have personal information on there do you really think you have any privacy that cannot be seen or hacked by anyone? Sites like these cannot be completely trusted especially one as large as Facebook which has a massive amount of information about a massive amount of people on it. Now I am not saying that is right or it is okay of Facebook but that is the reality of the situation and if you are that worried about it then you should consider deleting your account. 

Student

I think I am not surprised about the data leak from Facebook, because I read some news before this one. This makes me a little bit disappointed for Facebook. Facebook has a lot of information from people. This scandal is kind of scary because so many people were affected by this. Also, this is alarming thing because it was out of control by account owners and they cannot do anything about this scandal happened in their social media. Before this, people might trust social media to keep their data and information private and safe, but now some people change their mind about social media privacy and safety. Facebook says that they are going to be more protective, I think this will let Facebook to make big change in the future, also this is the warning for other social media sites. 

Student

It seems like tons of social media been hacked several time for personal privacy. To be honest, i am mad about this and i am afraid to create post on my social media after that. I believe the creater should try to improve the security of online privacy. Otherwise, people will lose their trust about that. I feel upset about this. Because we try to express our personal feelings on the social media. But we seems like did not get the enough protection of privacy. Facebook should try their best to protect user's privacy.

Student

I am mildly upset personally at Facebook. I am not a huge user of social media, and Facebook is the platform that I use the least. I do, however, believe that people should not be so enraged when they find out that Facebook has been looking at their private information. Many people use that very platform to make their private lives public. I do, however, disagree with selling private information. It is unethical and should be condmened. The #deletefacebook trend will die down becuase Facebook's userbase is too wide to be severely harmed like that. I believe this was a major misstep for the company, but will just be a blip on the radar in relation to its lifetime.

Student

yes I am upset, not devistate but upset. The fact that people high up at Facebook were fully aware that these developers were using my (and millions of others) personal information for financial gain is pretty sickening. It really makes me sick to think someone would allow this for their personal gain. I think this will increase the demand and enforcement of future online policy. Companies will need to insure that their product is safe, otherwise people will not use it. 

Student

I feel bad to know Facebook has this huge data leak. And I read news before about high risks of people put their personal privacy online, some websites stole users' information and sold them to get benefits. I was so mad because I think it should be their reponsibility to protect users' privacy security. The situation is bad now, but it's not too late to find the problem and solve it.

Student

I knew that if technology develop these things will happen. Facebook has many information about the users and I know that it is really hard to secure website that everyone in the world use it. There are many kind of people and they are unpredictable. People need to take care of their privacy by themselves. I guess they need to be careful at all the time. 

Student

It is not the very first time that users privacy disclosure, I remember that apple had the same mistake and the outcome was more seriously to users. The privacy cannot be protected by the company very well made users mad and loss of trust. Otherwise, the government should formulate laws and regulations to protect users and consumers' legal interest. The internet environment should maintain by everyone, and the consumers should be protected or it might lead that no one want to share the privacy information through internet, some website or social media would hard to using.

Student

In my point of view, I am not a person who usually use Facebook. However, if this happened to my daily social media I will think this is not a responsible issue to users.  Users are the biggest victim because they will face alot of inconvinence in the period of Facebook solving this crisis.

Student

First and foremost, from a PR standpoint, Zuckerberg taking five to respond to the issue was five days too long. While this isn't a great situation, I don't know why anyone is really that surprised. Of course Facebook has data on billions of people and if that database is accessed, billions of users information is vulnerable. That said, although there is personal information on Facebook, it's ultimately up to the user to censor both what they post and how they use the social network, and how they control their privacy settings. I think this breach speaks more to how much people share on social network and how vulnerable people allow their private information to be. Even though I am an avid Facebook user, I don't feel personally affected by this attack. 

Student

I am not surprised that Facebook was hacked to allegidly sway elections using propoganda. Unfortunately there seems to be a culture of giving away our privacy and information for knowledge and efficiency of news feed. Where I am most curious is what the supreme court will do about any of this. Keeping in mind that Facebook is monumental in size comparison to many other businesses within the US, whatever regulations that the supreme court enforces on the company can have lasting implications on many more companies than just Facebook. We see this a lot in american history, where a monopoly begins to form and the government does its best to regulate it. In this case the monopoly seems to be on news and real time events. Making me wonder how the government could regulate such a thing.

Student

I can’t say that I’m surprised at the large data leak from Facebook. people are so willing to relinquish their information on social media now that his is practically expected and almost trivial to be upset over. The one thing I am creeped out by are their analytics programs that make pinpointed advertisements to you and dictates what appears on your “top story” news feed. That seems invasive to me, but the leak itself seems fairly anticlimactic. Cambridge Analytica is truly alarming though, if they did successfully swing elections in their officials favor.

Student

From the Facebook user data disclosure in the United States, it can be seen that in the whole world, more and more consumer data is mastered in the hands of enterprises and the possibility of inappropriate use or leakage is increasing. Businesses do not underestimate the importance of the user's privacy strategy. because in addition to the possibility of more government regulation and public pressure, the new business model may be on the horizon in the distance. User's personal data belong to the individual and sometimes belong to the enterprise, but in the final analysis, it is user's personal. The business mode of innovation in the future needs to be truly understood and accepted by users, so that enterprises can grow healthily together with users.

Student

If the scandal really does make Facebook change its ways than it will have been worth it. However, I am not sure that will happen. The 2.2 billion Facebook users, myself included, have willingly given loads of data and personal information to a company in exchange for the ability to stay connected to their "friends." Most don't even bat an eyelash as they skim Facebook's privacy policy and get straight to viewing updates from people they haven't talked to or cared about since high school. Data is the foundation of Facebook. It's how they sell ads and make their millions. So, it shouldn't be too shocking that it was used in this manner. Only a handful of people have gotten upset to the point of deleting their profiles, and who can say if that takes your data away from Facebook. I can't delete Facebook or I'll lose a channel that I use to communicate with coworkers. I think Congress needs to legislate tighter restrictions for social media companies in order to protect data from being used malevolently and I also think everyone needs to be smarter about the things that they share on the internet. Facebook needs to be made to adhere to the ethical standards that we all assumed they were upholding all along.  

Student

I feel upset after reading this news. Facebook, as a hugh social media platform with millions of users, has the responsibility to protect users' personal privacy. Cause we know that now the personal online privacy security has become not only a problem that internet users are more and more concerned about, but also one of the biggest challenges that e-commerce are facing. Facebook must tackle misaligned incentives around issues such as privacy security, access to data, and technology development. It's a good thing that we found this problem and trying to fix that.

Student

Honestly, this scandal does not shock me and I kind of predicted it a few years ago. Facebook has access to every piece of information that they collect from us. Am I upset? Not really because I agreed to their terms and had every idea of what they could possibly do with my info. If anything, I think this is a bit of a wakeup call to everyone who has a social media presence or any presence online as it show's you just how vulnerable we are to having our info exposed. What if they wanted to check out our private messages (wait a second... they already can do that!). My only hope of what can possibly come out of this is that social media companies are held more accountable at being transparent on what info they do use where people are able to clearly know up front before agreeing. Right now, everything is in fine print and most are guilty of hitting "I agree". 

Student

It is a very bad mistake that facebook did. I felt upset about this. For me, privacy is very important since I believe no one would like to share personal information to others. People provide some private personal information for signing up Facebook because they trust Facebook system, now, they must felt disappointed. However, it is a good thing to be exposed into the public and we still have chance to fix it and try to stop getting worse. At last, if this situation keeps happened in our life, I think people would not have any confidence on it and eventually, the whole social media platforms would abandoned by people. 

Student

I was unaware of this Facebook scandal prior to reading the article. After reading the summary, it makes me a little scared. While I do not read all of the protections Facebook offers, it seems like they try to come off as a very protective social media platform. I am always seeing privacy policies and settings pop up, but are they really trying to keep their users information private? This in general brings up the topic of information being exposed on the internet. It is scary to think how someone can easily receive data and information now-a-days. Back to the Facebook scandal, this makes me a little weary in trusting their services, but at the same time I understand that sometimes it might not be their fault due to the impressive hackers in the world. 

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