"Any other social media platform will never compare to what Facebook is and the possibilities that Facebook has", said Kaleo Chang, a sophomore political science and strategic and corporate communications major. But it's likely nearly none of them have read Facebook's 2700-word data policy.
Facebook, the social media giant, this week claimed that 5.62 lakh users in India were possibly impacted by worldwide data leak scandal comprising the UK-located Cambridge Analytica.
In the US, Facebook data was supplied to political and campaign consultants Cambridge Analytica, who claimed to have influenced the election of Donald Trump by using the data to "micro-target" voters.More news: Pence abruptly leaves summit, Trump to speak
"One aspect of the data that was leaked from Facebook was personality profile data".
Would Mark Zuckerberg change Facebook's business model to put users' privacy concerns first? But Chang believes that the roots of the boycott are misguided, as the process of a ban is unproductive.
Facebook often installs cookies on non-users' browsers if they visit sites with Facebook "like" and "share" buttons, whether or not a person pushes a button. If I were to ditch Facebook for the privacy issues that actually exist (as opposed to the ones that most of the press is making up) then I would have to also delete pretty much every app on my smartphone, and then drop that smartphone in the trash.More news: Manchester City wins title with Manchester United loss
Lawmakers and privacy advocates immediately protested the practice, with many saying Facebook needed to develop a way for non-users to find out what the company knows about them. That said, Facebook has known that this has been happening for years, and there is not much they can do about it, so they haven't: how do you know that digital information is being sold to someone else? "It's not clear what Facebook is doing with that information", said Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington advocacy group. Another way to say that is, there was nothing done wrongly at all and every user accepted that their contacts and data would be harvested.
Facebook gets some data on non-users from people on its network, such as when a user uploads email addresses of friends. "Major organizations have been hacked before, like the IRS, but because social media is such a new thing and it's fun, we focus on the bad things when they do happen".More news: British PM May defends Syria strikes