1 in 10 Americans say they have deleted their Facebook accounts

18 April, 2018, 05:04 | Author: Terri Saunders
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During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's grilling before Congress last week, it became apparent that the social network could have at your data, even if you weren't on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg spent much of his congressional testimony making the case that Facebook Inc. users have control over their data.

The post also gives us a look at the kind of data that Facebook is able to collect when you visit a website, or launch an app, which uses one of its services.

The blog post, written by product management director David Baser, is mainly about third-party websites and apps that send data about their users to Facebook, regardless of whether those users have Facebook profiles.

In terms of security, Baser said that collecting information from websites and apps can help Facebook identify "bad actors" like people or bots from different countries trying to access a user's account.

The social media giant admitted that the several websites and apps make use of Facebook services to make their content and advertisements more relevant and engaging to their users.

He stressed the practice was widespread, with multiple companies such as Google and Twitter and many more, "Most websites and apps send the same information to multiple companies each time you visit them".

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Mind you, most information which Facebook or other websites collect are vital to render meaningful services. And if you make it long and spell out all the detail, then you're probably going to reduce the percent of people who read it and make it accessible to them.

"I don't want people to turn around and say I want to switch off Facebook", he told Trusted Reviews. "If they advertise things you'll like, that's fine, but it also feels like an invasion of privacy without proper notification". We also need to know exactly how Facebook and others plan to take more responsibility for what happens on their platforms.

The above questions make it clear that many members of Congress do not understand even the most elementary aspects of how Facebook operates.

If you're using Facebook, you can switch off some of this functionality.

Next, and this is also important, is to head back to where you found your privacy settings and scroll down until you see "Apps and websites" - click on that. Before the scandal, 79% of people agreed with the statement: "Facebook is committed to protecting the privacy of my personal information". The answer is obviously that Facebook runs ads, but it was pretty jarring to hear a senator seem totally unaware of such an obvious aspect of Facebook.

To its credit, the full blog post explains when and how Facebook collects certain data, and how you can control how Facebook uses your data if you do have an account.


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