Due to all that is happening with Facebook and their most recent data scandal, you may be wondering how safe you actually are. For those of you who don’t know, data mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to over 50 million Facebook users’ information. The social media site discovered the truth back in 2015, but didn’t divulge it to the public. It all came to light when UK newspaper, The Observer, along with The New York Times, found out and reported on it.
Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, released a long statement on his page addressing the entire incident and what initiatives he and his company are planning to take to protect people’s privacy. In the statement, Zuckerberg said, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
This is not the first controversial thing to happen to the famed social media site. Zuckerberg and crew received a lot of flak last year over accusations of fake news and Russian-bought ads. And several of the company’s cofounders—Naptster’s Sean Parker and WhatsApp’s Brian Acton—have been publicly denouncing the social media site’s exploitative intentions.
Time to Quit Facebook?
So, are you thinking about leaving Facebook? There’s a big movement out there on Twitter—#DeleteFacebook—and no, it wasn’t started by Tom from MySpace. It was actually initiated by the aforementioned Brian Acton. Just know that if you do decide to leave the social media site, there are some things to consider.
- It may take up to 90 days to fully terminate your account.
- You should download your archived Facebook information before quitting.
- Once you leave for good, your account can’t be recovered.
- Facebook will still have access to a lot of your data.
- Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook—so your information is still out there.
- You may lose access to other sites that you regularly signed in on with Facebook.
What If You Don’t Want To Quit Facebook?
If you’re planning on staying friends with Mark and the gang, there are some things you really should do to protect yourself. Start cutting ties with some of your Facebook “friends.” Seriously. Do you really need a thousand of them? Yes, it may have been a great idea back in the day to build your social network, catch up with old schoolmates, and make employment connections. But now? The truth is, they’re all a detriment to your privacy. The same goes for groups you belong to and pages you “Liked.” Each one is a link to your personal information. Dump ‘em all and don’t look back.
How do you feel about the whole thing? Are you disenchanted with Facebook? What’s your plan? Let us know in the comments section below.