Some FB truths are hard to swallow


No one in this world, so far as I know has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.” ― H.L. Mencken.

Another week of media hype. Nothing new there. Every week brings another news story that almost beggars belief, therefore, hardly surprising that some people are becoming a little complacent and who can blame them?

The lunatics have finally taken over the asylum and we’re beginning to realise we’re living in a world gone mad.

The latest media storm to hit our screens is the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal but before we get to my take on it,  the hilarious Mark Humphries from “The Feed” explains all!

Being serious for a minute, I’m not sure why anyone should be surprised at this latest scandal, especially when you consider how much information is “willingly shared” by Facebook users.

How many outside Apps use Facebook? Short quizzes designed to test our intelligence. Intelligence? Now that is funny, because the moment we click “Take the Test” we’ve already failed!

How many times have you seen this message pop up? “To continue, this application requires access to your information including photographs!”

I haven’t fallen victim to that one, though I know many have!

Digressing here to photographs, how many of you realise that your personal photographs contain data that you might not wish to share. This is especially true of photos taken with your Smart phone or tablet.

You may or may not be surprised to learn that your photographs retain this information and may even contain your address, especially if the photos are taken at home. Removing this data is a pretty straight forward task – Google it.

Facebook has many flaws, and these same flaws render it unsafe. In the past I’ve uploaded Blog articles and marked the individual post Public, only to find later that all my Facebook posts have become public and this is despite my privacy settings.

These days I don’t often use Facebook and no longer receive notifications, however, there is no point in attempting to delete it because it’s impossible, everything about me is saved in Facebook’s virtual world.

Using my university account/e-mail address, I joined Facebook in its infancy, at the time I was studying as an adult student. Later I deleted the account, but a couple of years on I joined again, this time via a personal e-mail address and was very surprised to find the account had synced with my previous one!

On Sunday (25th March 2018) Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took out full page ads in Britain’s national newspapers to apologise for the huge data privacy scandal.

Newspaper add

Cambridge Analytica says it initially believed the data had been obtained in line with data protection laws, and later deleted it at Facebook’s request. The consultancy said it did not use the data in work it did for the 2016 U.S. election.

On Friday night, investigators from Britain’s data watchdog searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica for several hours.” ~ Getty

Had enough yet? No? Here’s more from “The Feed”

© March 2018  In response to the word-prompt Swallow

9 thoughts on “Some FB truths are hard to swallow

  1. Definitely hard to swallow, And yes I’ve a FB account, but I’m slowing down on my participation. I heard this song this morning, and I think it’s quite appropriate for your article. Haha, hope you enjoy, a great Aussie classic from 1969, Russell Morris’s, The Real Thing.

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  2. Unfortunately all Social Media seems to head the same way. The more people want to make huge sums from it, the more it becomes exploitative, and far removed from its original purpose. Let’s hope that WordPress does not go the same way.

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  4. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE – 2018 and commented:
    Read this article before you post your next photo to FB, your Twitter account or any of the other media platforms out there that “guarantee your story. A timely article that offers insight and advice for the non technical computer user.

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