Major Instances of Personal Data misuse by Facebook

Major Instances of Personal Data misuse by Facebook

What you may not know is that Facebook, the world's most popular social media site, has a dark side. You all know that Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire we all know. Launched on February 4, 2004 as TheFacebook, Facebook is almost unknown.

There is a very dark history between user privacy and Facebook. In order to dispel the ignorance of many, I wanted to list a series of events that have taken place since the creation of Facebook.

First protest 2006, against Newsfeed (2006)

With the rapid popularity of the site, which started small, Facebook has grown exponentially. Just two years later, in 2006, a drop of dung was added to Facebook's milk carton, marking the first such event in Facebook's history.

At the time, they had only about eight million users. Facebook launched the News Feed app amid strong protests from an estimated one million users. Protesters claimed that the new app would expose their personal lives to too much.

Facebook News Feed launched in 2006

Before launching the News Feed app, you had to go to that user's page to see the details of a friend. But the News Feed app allows them to view their friends' news from one place without having to go to each other's pages.

Mark Zuckerberg, whose opposition did not go unnoticed, remained steadfast in his stance, and the News Feed app largely contributed to Facebook's success.

Online notifications to Facebook friends (2007)

That was in 2007. There was an application at the time to collect data on various things that Facebook users buy online and distribute information about them among friends. All this work was done without the knowledge of the user concerned. On December 6, 2007, Mark Zuckerberg apologized to his users for allowing the Beacon service to be activated or not.

Online purchase notifications, how to show Facebook friends via Beacon

Even then, Facebook users did not know how much of their personal data was sacrificed without any subconscious knowledge, and no one knows how much money Mark Zuckerberg saved by selling those other people's data to various companies.

User data in the hands of third parties (2011)

In 2011, Facebook was again accused. That's because Facebook transfers users' data to third-party apps. Much of the personal data was leaked to third parties via Facebook, rather than being shown to the user. Even personal data of users who have never used a third-party app has been leaked to third parties through apps installed by their friends. Thus, Facebook users had to re-sacrifice almost all of their personal data without their knowledge.

Allow Facebook users to access even sensitive data from their friends

Facebook has also been accused of selling its user data to advertising companies. The allegation was made by Facebook, which had promised its users not to do so.

At the time, Facebook was fined $ 16,000 a day by the US-based Federal Trade Commission, similar to the Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka.

Contacts out (2013)

A White Hat hacker discovered a Facebook bug in 2013 that exposed the email addresses and phone numbers of nearly 6 million users.

After someone registers with Facebook and uploads their contact list to Facebook, Facebook explains how to show Friend Suggestions using that contact data, thereby storing the details of everyone they have on Facebook or not. It is clear that will do.

Facebook fixed the bug, and they remained silent after notifying people who believed their personal data had been leaked.

Half a million Facebook users turn into lab mice (2014)

In July 2014, Facebook users were reported to have been used as laboratory mice. More than half a million randomly selected Facebook users were shown more positive and negative posts and their behavior was monitored without any notice to them, and the test found that they were monitoring the spread of emotions on social media.

Mark Zuckerberg's response to the incident was that he "realized that some users were concerned about it and apologized to his staff for it."

Belgian court bans data access to third-party websites (2018)

In February 2018, a Belgian court ordered Facebook not to collect the data of Facebook users in their country on third-party sites using cookies.

It also ordered the deletion of data already collected by Belgians who already have Facebook accounts, and by Belgians who accidentally or accidentally access Facebook, or face a fine of up to 100 million euros.

Facebook said it complied with European data protection laws and regulations, allowing users to avoid collecting data from third-party sites. Facebook said it would issue an appeal against the order.

Cambridge Analytica Event (2018)

The Cambridge Analytica event that erupted around the world in early 2018 made many people around the world realize the hidden monsters on Facebook. Cambridge Analytica is a political data analytics company. The company was hired by Donald Trump during the 2016 US election. Cambridge Analytica collected data on 87 million American Facebook users to study their personalities and behavior.

This is what Mark Zuckerberg had to say about this blatant data theft.

"I'm trying to figure out exactly what happened, and I'm trying to figure out how to prevent this from happening again. Happily, we took steps years ago to prevent this, but we made a mistake. We will have to address these issues in the future.” To go.

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Here are just a few of the events that seemed personally powerful to me, and you can read a lot about Facebook's role and their dark past online. This article is the main one.

I think you're just as concerned about protecting the privacy of the Internet as I am, and needless to say, Facebook and its affiliate services, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, are similar. We meet again to discuss why a company that has misused so much user data is embracing people as well as how to avoid such things.