Facebook revamps 'Bookmarks' section to easily access settings

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 17, 2018

The data obtained by Kogan was then sold to Cambridge Analytic. Those who were affected were supposed to receive detailed messages Facebook starting on Monday; however, it is unknown whether or not this has actually happened yet. This breach possibly affected 87 million users who had their data unknowingly shared.

In February I explored the idea of how Facebook could disarm data privacy backlash and boost well-being by letting us pay a monthly subscription fee instead of selling our attention to advertisers. Revelations about Facebook's role in the exploitation of user data by a company called Cambridge Analytica to support the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, as well as the outcome of the Brexit vote - the referendum leading the United Kingdom to leave the European Union - have provoked widespread calls for tough, new data privacy laws.

"This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works", Facebook's statement reads.

But that isn't the real problem here. In the United States, social networks are considered public spaces; information shared there is covered under the "third-party doctrine", meaning users can not reasonably expect privacy regarding the data their service providers collect about them.

The hearings generated much heat but little light, as was predicted by Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the University of North Carolina and one of the keenest observers of Facebook and our evolving digital landscape.

This was the core message of his short film with Carlota Fey Schoolman titled Television Delivers People. Until it was caught, the massive social media company seemed entirely indifferent to changing its ways.

Ms Kaiser made the claims as she was questioned by SNP MP Brendan O'Hara
Ms Kaiser made the claims as she was questioned by SNP MP Brendan O’Hara

Facebook quizzes are one way political data firm Cambridge Analytica mined data from Facebook users.

What is more telling that Facebook seems to be unscathed despite the scandal. Considering there were questions about how Facebook could sustain its business model without user payment, we can safely say that numerous committee members did not do their homework. Think about it: What else in the last decade has more powerfully shaped how Americans do relationships, get their news, spend their money, use their leisure time, determine their political positions, and for too many, get their theology than Facebook?

Facebook has been scrambling to become GDPR compliant before the regulation takes into effect on May 25, 2018. "I'm just a farm boy from West Michigan trying to get my name known in two additional counties and they're making it a little more hard". Facebook is embroiled in controversy over how the company handles the sensitive information it collects from its 2 billion users.

Is that something Facebook can offer? Fox Business reported that the CEO wants to reassure its users that Facebook is an "idealistic and optimistic company". And that means the consent of Facebook users is not informed. Not all users are outraged by the fact that someone got hold of their data and used it inappropriately.

We're not sure why that is, it could be that there are some users who still don't know what these settings do, or maybe some just simply do not care, but what do you guys think?

If you're not checking in on Facebook for the news (both real and fake, as it turns out), or to touch base with relatives and friends, you're interacting on one of the platforms it controls, such as Instagram, to share the most intimate moments of your life.

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