#DeleteFacebook Is Not So Easy

On Twitter the hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending as a response to their not deleting a fake video featuring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The responsible thing would be to delete it and offer an editorial retraction as a way of discouraging future events from happening. Lots of fake news and click bait are ruining it for everyone. Algorithms the site uses often don’t make sense in how it displays information on your feed.

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Personally deleting Facebook wouldn’t be so easy. As a social network organically Facebook is still a good platform for person to person contacts. A lot of people I know use it and its a good way to keep up with what is happening in their lives. I also have connections with others who are like minded who are sharing what is on their hearts and minds about the state of the world we live in.

Being mindful and using careful judgement would make Facebook a better place. Using tools available to customize your experience and what information you see would be a best practice. I also think keeping the dark details of ones personal life off the platform would be best. The less someone knows the better it can be for you.

Ultimately Facebook does need more checks and balances. It needs to be policed and to create a safe place for everyone. Regulation would be appropriate in order to get it under control. No doubt it needs radical change not only in what you see but those behind the scenes who run the company. The network can be saved but it probably needs to have some sort of digital “chemotherapy” to make it well again.

The Facebook Aging Challenge

So I am doing this aging challenge thing all the cool kids are doing. The picture on the left is in December 2003 and the picture on the right was taken in January 2019. Much has happened in the years since that photo was taken.

 

Facebook Dating, This Can’t Go Wrong? Right?

So, Facebook is getting into the dating and relationship game. After the past year they have had isn’t this the very last thing they need to be getting into. Perhaps cleaning up their act should come before anything else. This can’t go wrong, can it?

When you try to do so many things you are not the master of any of it. Stick with what you know.

For more info https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-f8conference/facebook-to-play-cupid-in-online-dating-debut-idUSKBN1I23YV

Facebook’s Privacy Dilemma, It’s Pretty Sobering

facebookscreensMany of you have heard about the Facebook story involving Cambridge Analytica and user data being mined for political use. So many things you do on the site are being stored for research and some of it is being used to manipulate behaviors and opinion. You can search for more on this story for further details.

Now as a user of Facebook I am concerned about this. They aren’t taking user privacy seriously. Now is Facebook too big to fail in this situation, no…no they aren’t. Bigger websites have fallen over the years. The average user probably doesn’t care but those who do care might find themselves moving away.

No social network is immune from data mining because there are hackers out there who will find out anything for a price. Just think about what sort of information is being transmitted everyday across the World Wide Web. Your web searches show up on websites you visit because they are looking at your cookies. Very sophisticated technologies are being used to sell and influence people. Of course there is a lot of money to be made and they are doing it search by search and click by click.

The Internet has changed the world and revolutionized how we connect and do business in our lives. We all have to be vigilant in what we share with others. So my friends how are you who are on Facebook going to react. I think we all have much to think about as it comes to Facebook’s dilemma.

Mark Zuckerberg you gotta get your company in control lest it all goes away.