Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 19th of December 2018 to The Sounding Line.
One of the more outlandish elements of watching Facebook respond to mounting evidence of its deceitful approach to safeguarding user data has been Facebook’s insistence that it has never sold user data to third parties. In response to every new revelation of alarming practices, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeated the claim that Facebook doesn’t sell user data, including several times during his testimony to Congress.
The defense is so ridiculous because, while Facebook doesn’t sell your data, it absolutely does give it away to third party app developers and Russian and Chinese State linked companies for free. That’s bad enough, but of course, the developers that get your data for free just so happen to pay Facebook too. They just don’t pay for the data, wink-wink. As if the quid pro quo wasn’t obvious enough, it is now looking like Facebook gave more data to developers that paid Facebook more.
The good news is that the public is finally giving up on Facebook, despite or perhaps due to Facebook insulting everyone’s intelligence by assuming people can’t figure out that ‘selling’ something and ‘giving’ it to paying customers aren’t the same thing. As the following chart from Statista notes, a recent poll shows that the public clearly feels Facebook is the company they trust the least with their personal data.
You will find more infographics at Statista
The other great news is that there is a really easy solution to the Facebook problem. Not only will it safeguard your data, it may even reduce anxiety and the chronic need to compare yourself to others. Don’t use Facebook.
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