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Despite Privacy Uproar, Facebook Users Aren't Changing Their Privacy Settings

16 April 2018

"[Facebook] is sitting on one of the richest, most longitudinal, quantitative data sets we've ever seen", said Khatibloo. The users that populate its pages understand this fundamental bargain at some level, but, as with any relationship, there are limits and what worked while sharing photos with friends several years ago is maybe not the same as seeing news stories influenced, say, based on your facial expressions while facetiming your sick father. Inevitably the new age appears somewhere in the many ensuing comments. It would be hard for an antitrust action against Facebook to gain traction, especially in the United States where antitrust laws are created to protect consumers rather than competitors, as Facebook provides more and more services to its users for free.

While some of this information may be expected, as much of the information is logged onto the profile, other tabs can be more concerning. While Zuckerberg was grandstanding about the right of users to have control over their data and his hope that Facebook would be a platform for "all ideas", the consequences of his company's conciliatory policies toward governments continued to affect individuals' right to free expression in places like Turkey and Russian Federation.

The Guardian pointed out the absurdity this way: "Two tweets, one each from Sens".

A recent survey conducted by Recode and market research firm Toluna found that 23 per cent of respondents said they'd be willing to pay to use a version of Facebook that had no ads.

But the questioning from members of Congress, most of whom are old enough to be the 33-year-old Zuckerberg's grandparents, was excruciating to watch. But their tweets reveal the unspoken dynamic: "Zuckerberg is in the hot seat today, but Facebook still has all the power". Facebook right now operates as take or leave it. Users of Facebook give the company broad permission to collect whatever information the operators of Facebook want for whatever reason.

Facebook is under fire for a privacy breach affecting more than 87 million users, and regulations affecting all users could be on the way.

The takeaway buzzword in the hearings, however, was "regulation".

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Harrington also said word of mouth, even if it drives someone to the Facebook page to learn about events, is the best way to get someone to come to a business.

But Blumenthal wasn't buying it.

"The proposed ballot measure would allow consumers to file suit against companies that allowed customers' personal information to be stolen even if they were not hurt financially by it". Apparently Facebook doesn't read the "terms for use" either.

Sen. Lindsey Graham was the first to bring up the situation during the hearing by asking the simple question of "Who is your biggest competitor?" to Zuckerberg. It codifies a lot of the things in there are things we have already done for a long time; some other things that I think would be good steps for us to take. But he also dodged some important queries by invoking "his team".

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will investigate Facebook over how private data on millions of users was given to Cambridge Analytica. How many fake accounts have been removed? User privacy and innovation are more likely outcomes when companies compete for value creation in society, that being Facebook's 5th value. Right now we are in the midst of a general election and you know people get passionate in the Caribbean.

By the time the question was framed and Zuckerberg's response was given, it was too late to follow up and try to pin Zuckerberg down, the congressman said. If we want to regulate Facebook's privacy policy, it can begin with us while we wait for Congress and Facebook to make necessary changes. We can also all read the fine print, especially the lawyer-speak that might as well be in Swahili.

Despite Privacy Uproar, Facebook Users Aren't Changing Their Privacy Settings