Feeling connected is fundamental to the human experience – feeling part of the whole. What better way to do that then from the privacy of our home? We pick and choose when and where and for how long we want to connect when using online social media.
In a previous article we examined Facebook and pointed out its allure. We listed the aspects of this “free” service and we identified “Likes” and “Dislikes”. Were we too quick to accept at face value, the company’s emphasis on the importance of privacy?
A Bit about Facebook
- Facebook, launched in 2004, is the most popular online social media and social networking service. It is based in the U.S. and is the creation of Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard friends and roommates.
- As of June 2017, Facebook reached 2 billion active users.
- It is a giant in terms of net worth. According to Wikipedia, as of Mar 25, 2018, it is worth US$62.2 billion.
- Recently the company has faced considerable scrutiny and public pressure in relation to hate speech, fake news, depictions of violence, and privacy.
Facebook has been in the news multiple times of late. With news related to privacy of data, we need to start with Aleksandr Kogan, a University of Cambridge professor, who created a survey filled out by 270,000 people. Continue reading...