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

When you sign up for Facebook you agree to many different things. So when something like this happens I understand why many people will be upset and mad at Facebook. They should keep your things private like they said that they would do. People have so much information on their profile so if they want to keep it private then it should be able to stay that way. Although, people should be aware and know not to post too much stuff about them because something like this could happen and it did.

Student

Facebook revolutionized social media. Nowadays, people will almost always surf on Facebook, and Facebook has become an indispensable necessities in our lives. Facebook is popular all over the world. It slaps the world and other countries. It fully embodies a globalized and borderless global village. However, have greater relative responsibility. Because it have large number of users. When I read this article, I was very upset. It is the largest social platform in the world. Its privacy involves the people all over the world. And we all know data in social networks is very important for economic forecasting, public opinion analysis, etc. It will affect many important things and it will change them. Through this thing, I think other platforms and Facebook will pay more attention to the privacy of users. Looking from another perspective, it is also a good thing.

Student

Facebook are the social media that used by millions of people. I am not surprise of the changes of Facebook. Although I am not use Facebook often, privacy for individual should be protect by social media account company. Privacy for people who are likely updating the post are important. It is hard to imagine that there is no privacy in the social networking site. 

Student

While this data breach is a huge problem, I am not really mad about it. When someone agrees to use an app or social media platform there are a list of permissions that you are asked to give to the company, many of which require access to your personal information. Whenever I download a new app or signup for a new social media account, I make sure that I read those permissions. If I don't want to give them up, then I simply don't make the account. In the article it clearly states that the people who used it gave their permission to let the app use their personal information. The issue I have is that people who did not use the app had their privacy violated. 

Student

I feel bad about this, I think social media should protect people's privacy. At the same time, Facebook, as a well-known social media platform, should strengthen people's privacy protection. I think the Internet is a popular and free platform. Everyone will express their opinions on the Internet, provided that they think these statements are private. I think Facebook has a very serious crisis of confidence. If he does not take the tactic to solve this problem, he will lose many customers. I think social media should protect their users so that users can trust this social platform.

Student

I am not personally upset if I was affected by this data breach simply becuase I am a very open person as it is. What you see is what you get, I dont hide any information or post anything on facebook that I would not want people to see. I do beleive that this data breach is a huge problem when it comes to other countries and organizations being able to use that much information for their own gains. I think that future online policies will be much more up front with what data they are gathering now. This is because they dont want to be pursued the way facebook is now that this issue has come to light on such a large scale. Social media has become such a large part of so many peoples lives and since facebook is the largest platform to date, I think that they will recover and get back on their feet once the publics attention is drawn elsewhere.

Student

When someone decides to use social media for their personal use, that immediately takes away some aspects of privacy, as we are choosing to share our personal information with others. However, I like to think that we can control our privacy by customizing what we want to view and what we want to post. As Facebook is a huge player in the social media game and a site that I use, it is very upsetting that this privacy scandal occured. There is a level of trust and privacy towards a site like this, and having information obtained with permission is definitely upsetting to me. As this was a huge scandal that took place during such a pivotal time in our country (the election), I think people will be less inclined to their overall use of social media. This will make people more careful in terms of what they choose to share and view because even though we know people are "watching", it is odd to think that people are using every click we make to track our social media habits. 

Student

Until reading this article, I was unaware that the data breach had occurred during the presidential election. I am fascinated that Congress had been interested in increasing the regulation prior to this situation and now it seems a little too late because as many as 87 million people might have had their data accessed. I am interested in pursuing a career in digital analytics and I do understand the importance behind collecting data on sites such as Facebook but being a consumer I also understand that my data can be misused. I often link my Facebook with various sites just because I find it easier than creating an account myself and that convenience can be costly to my own personal information being used in ways I am unaware of. I do like seeing that Facebook wants to share with users what apps they use and what information they are sharing with the apps. In the end I think it is important to inform and educate consumers of the importance and dangers of sharing your information.

Student

I'm upset because Facebook is used by millions of people worldwide. We place security on our social media because we want our information to be kept private, and obviously in this case it wasn't. It's sad to see such a big platform take advantage of all these people, but it kind of seemed like it was bound to happen at some point. It's unforunate, though, because the scandal took place during the election, which was highly controversial. Although most people are aware that they're being tracked (data collected in order to for brands to advertise online effectively), seeing the world's largest social media site being caught shifts the social media/online atmosphere. People will be much less trusting of social media sites and web surfing overall, so I think online privacy in the future will increase.  

Student

This makes me upset because I trust Facebook. This is the biggest crisis Facebook has faced. Overall Facebook has a lot of your information. This scandal is scary because so many people were affected by this. In addition, this is scary because it was out of the users control and they had no idea and still might not know if their information was leaked. We trust social media sites to keep things that we don’t post publicly, private. We also trust social media sites to keep our data private and safe. Facebook says that now they are going to be more protective and proactive. I think this was a wakeup call for Facebook and other social media sites. I think they will be more aware of the privacy of their users.

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