Topic 4: Facebook or Fearbook?!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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Facebook stores biometric data of faces without seeking explicit consent of users.

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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!

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Yours Truly, Jef Tan Yi Yang



6 thoughts on “Topic 4: Facebook or Fearbook?!

  1. Hi Jef,
    It is indeed terrifying to know how vulnerable we are on internet without knowing what they will do to our data. However it isn’t exactly bad. For instance, within a few hours after Boston bombings, the faces of bombers were identified and surfaced online worldwide. All thanks to surveillance and facial recognition systems.

    Total data privacy no longer exists today, where internet privacy is filled with conflicting interests between users. In fact, we live in a surveillance society where CCTVs, satellites and drones are all over; privacy is just an illusion.

    The facial recognition photo tagging system provides us with a more seamless experience, at the same time Facebook attains data from us. It is hard to get the best of both worlds – trading our ‘privacy’ for a benefit. You mentioned “you have control over your personal information, do not allow it to get in the wrong hands”, despite all these, will you stop sharing information online for the fear of having your data being sold/ stolen?
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  2. Hey Jef,
    I found your post to be illuminating on the various privacy issues posed by social networking sites and applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
    However I noticed that you express the sentiment that at the end of the day “you have control over your own personal information” but do we really?

    In this increasingly digital world, we are in one way or another compelled to display some of our personal information online whether it is to take part in social communities or seeking for employment.

    Platforms are also increasingly becoming singular as in if two people need to communicate, they need to have accounts in the same network.

    So where do you think we draw the line as to how much personal information we provide on the internet. What are your thoughts on the proportion of responsibility the user and company has over personal information that is shared on social media?

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  3. Hey Jef, considering that Facebook Messenger reached 1 billion monthly users this year[1], why are users still using it then if Facebook Messenger really is spying on them? I came across some articles that actually clarify that Facebook Messenger has no evil intentions: [2] & [3].

    I do agree though that we can control our online privacy. However, we can’t deny that fine print are ignored most of the time because they’re too wordy and lengthy. Do you think companies could increase transparency by stating the unfavorable and important conditions upfront?


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