Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, who sold it to Facebook for $19 billion, tweeted..
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Elon Musk, the man who makes electric cars and launches rockets, deleted the FB page of SpaceX and Tesla in a Twitter challenge by his followers.
I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
Definitely. Looks lame anyway.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
If you haven’t been living under a rock or in a desert without internet, you would have already read about the Cambridge Analytica data breach.
In case you missed it, last week The Observer of London and the New York Times cited that Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information of over 50 million Facebook users.
This consultancy firm had also helped several elections including the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016.
How Cambridge Analytica gets data?
Through apps and games on Facebook, when you hit Agree without reading the terms and conditions.
Wow @facebook I just realized how many layers of my personal information you are making available to my FB friends for their ‘Apps’ usage. I wonder which tiny, squiggly, hidden part of your terms have made it possible to do this with what you’ll call my ‘consent’.
— Barsha (@BarshaPanda) March 20, 2018
To be honest, I haven’t even completely read one of them.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon found that it would take 76 work days to actually read all of the privacy policies an average person agrees to in a year. This cartoon from @tomfishburne points out some of those "hidden" promises you might be making 🙂 https://t.co/gqLT3pvHSh pic.twitter.com/4M46cdtMA0
— Lee Odden (@leeodden) March 26, 2018
You would have seen many crappy apps named ‘Your secret lover’, ‘What if you were the opposite gender’ etc.
These apps and games collect your user information, track user behaviour and serve you ‘relevant’ post updates and advertisements to ‘optimise’ user experience.
Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. Your friends’ data is also collected.
Sounds terrifying, isn’t it?
Why do we get screwed?
Hey! That’s the link to WannaCry Ransomware. I’m gonna hit the delete button right away!
I’m no cyber security expert nor do I code. All I know is that a legit version of an antivirus can help secure your system from aliens.
The odds of getting screwed are higher when you click a link from an email in your Spam folder and get affected by the latest ransomware in the market.
You may not get screwed but fooled when you believe that the Aadhaar data is safe behind the 15ft walls(we are talking about biometrics) or the BFF comment, an Easter Egg, will help you check if your account is in order, which is just another hoax.
We get screwed due to our lack of awareness.
Be sceptical. Never believe straight away everything that you see online. Be an avid Googler, ask people, read blogs, watch videos and keep up on.
These some of the ways to be aware and stay away from getting screwed.
That said, should you #DeleteFacebook for the good? Hold on..
Aren’t you going for the bank audit seminar?
I was at my office at the usual time and that morning Anoop sir, my boss, asked us if we weren’t going for that seminar on bank audit.
A seminar on what? Where is it? At what time? These were the questions running through my mind.
It’s only when I asked my friends did I come to know that the details were shared the day before through our WhatsApp group, both in Today’s Innings, the official one in which I haven’t been added and in our photo-sharing group which I had left for some reason.
That was with WhatsApp. But it’s the same with Facebook as well.
Delete FB and be ready to miss out.
Its great to stay away from all negativity. But be ready to miss out.
Just like I missed out the message in my WhatsApp group, you may miss out the favourite moments of your dear and near ones.
Shutting down Facebook to prevent data breach and protect privacy would be like shutting down roads due to frequent accidents or heavy traffic.
You can still do something. Change your Privacy settings.
Head over to Facebook Settings and choose Apps.
Choose the app to either edit the settings or remove them.
Still, want to delete FB? Here’s how.
Head over to General settings and hit Deactivate your account. Chose the option best for you and BOOM you’re done. Bye!