Do You Care About Your Privacy?Re-Think ,If Facebook Knows Too Much About...

Do You Care About Your Privacy?Re-Think ,If Facebook Knows Too Much About You

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Do You Care About Your Privacy?Re-Think ,If Facebook Knows Too Much About You

It was created in the dorm room of Harvard University in the year 2004 and was initially limited to only the Harvard students. Today after ten years, the giant social networking site, Facebook, has over 1500 million users. This decade long journey has seen many changes in the website’s form. Paved by numerous acquisitions, partners and funding, Facebook has become a phenomenon and has integrated in the lives of the populace. Not only it has affected people socially but after the onset of this online bug, there have been plenty of medically proven syndromes and abnormalities that arise due to spending longer hours on the website. Its implication is such that one needs to stop for a moment and evaluate how much really the site is affecting our lives.

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The users of Facebook are known to share a lot of their personal details on the site. Starting from photos to minute by minute status updates, their current locations, relationship status and so on. Amidst the ruthless exchange of information and such crucial details, people constantly overlook the fact that their online activities could be monitored, tracked and analyzed. And who else to do this ‘stalking’, but the very own creators.

Do You Care About Your Privacy?Re-Think ,If Facebook Knows Too Much About You

For quite some time now, this issue is hotly debated on as to whether or not Facebook knows too much about its users. And this knowledge about the interests and aspirations of its users by Facebook is spanned out to a plethora of substances.

While browsing through the page, how often do you encounter advertisements that are related to your choices? The same stuffs that you may search otherwise on the internet show in your page itself. This does sound creepy and though it may have a fancy name, this practice is majorly questionable. Personalized Marketing Strategy is a method of the social media giant to advertise these companies and cater to the interests of its users. Often the naïve users do not pay much heed to the privacy settings and thus fall prey to such marketing hype and exploitation.

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In another such event which is an unyielding proof that we must be cautious to the extent to which Facebook knows us, is the fact that it can predict when is a user next going to start dating. How bizarre does it sound that the social media website which works solely on the information we provide it, starts taking life decisions for us?

Shocking as it may sound but Facebook has yet another algorithm to estimate by when you are likely going to change your relationship status. It evaluates the number of interactions of a particular user with another person, monitors this growth over a period of time and finally based on these predicts as to when is the person most likely to change their relationship status from ‘single’ to ‘committed’. This preposterous disclosure was made by none other than the Facebook Data Scientist Carlos Diuk. He writes, “During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple” , the implication being that if one wants to avoid detection or a subject of Online ridicule by Facebook, it is safer to not post personal updates on the page.

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The users come to these sites to find a source of recreation from the rather mundane life activities. They all seek a place to connect with friends and have a visual aid of each other’s life happenings. Though Facebook has given each of us a unique platform, this doesn’t entitle it to be a master of our destinies. The time is not far when the millions of users will appeal for a better privacy policy from the makers of Facebook and would want to maintain their confidences.

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