Facebook has MANY benefits, uses for all to enjoy, however, have you ever stumbled upon the downsides and unethical issues of the most popular Social Media platform worldwide?
Just by putting text information here will not be sufficient to convince you, hence for this blog post, I have added in various interesting videos as evidence supporting my point.
This is an extremely significant issue as according to Statistics, there are over 1.79 Billion monthly active users as of third quarter of 2016. (Needless to say, I am also part of that bandwagon.)
Take a look at this shocking FOX 29 news clip at the start of the video.
Facebook Messenger App is exploiting information, contacts, messages etc from users. As shown at 0:52 Seconds in the video, the app can even use your phone’s camera functions to record and take photos without you realizing! Anyone in the world with evil intentions can easily have access to your privacy and personal information.
The most used networking app, WhatsApp, is also sharing personal data (phone numbers, contacts) with its parent company, Facebook.
As reported on Next News Network, Facebook is tracking the browsing histories of users and selling them to advertisers. This is very thought-provoking and scary as there is no more privacy on the Internet. Whatever you browsed on the Web, posted privately are no longer confidential, indeed making it a severely unethical issue.
Just recently in 2016, Facebook had been hit with a lawsuit for storing biometric data, mimed from users’ photographs. Most users do not realize that they are signing away information about their own faces. Other than identifying faces in photos, like this one,
[Source: Jef Tan Yi Yang]
Facebook stores biometric data of faces without seeking explicit consent of users.
Facebook’s security hole leaves personal data open to easy stealing. As reported in Independent news, just by guessing phone numbers, hackers can easily gain access to all of one’s name, locations, images, information etc. These data can be sold on, for use in crime and identity theft.
In conclusion, I feel that this is the most significant unethical issue raised by the Business Use of Social Media.
You have control over your own personal information, do not allow it to get in the wrong hands. The next time you see a Privacy Statement from anywhere, (Apps from the Appstore, Social Media platforms, Online/Offline Games, Downloaded Softwares, etc.),
Be sure to read the FINE PRINT before hitting the ‘Agree’ button!
Yours Truly, Jef Tan Yi Yang