Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Facebook: If something is free, 'you' are the product

Facebook: If something is free, 'you' are the product

How do we deal with the new public sphere as it operates?' " She added: "People mistakenly think that Facebook sells your data. The updates will be rolled out globally over the next two weeks.

Following the fallout from the recent scandal, Facebook is making changes behind the scenes to help boost users' privacy protection.

Facebook said the redesign had been in the works for a while."We've been looking into how to make Bookmarks easier to navigate and more relevant for people for some time", a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying. And it raised some eyebrows about how Facebook collects data when users aren't active on the site.

The company yesterday published a blogpost, where its product manager David Baser said that Facebook collects data about web users who aren't even logged into Facebook. As well, users can opt to have their News Feeds display content chronologically instead of in the order of what Facebook predicts they might be most interested in.

"When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account".

Cambridge Analytica, co-founded by former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon and billionaire Trump supporter and extreme right-wing ideologue Robert Mercer, claimed it could create "psycho-graphic profiles" of people based on their Facebook data. This law is designed make tech companies like Google and Facebook comply with rules regarding the protection of their customers' data.

CNN reports that Zuckerberg gained about $3 billion during the hearing; Facebook stocks increased about 4.5 percent starting from the morning of April 10. "I think it's those kinds of manipulation of policy messages or political messages that potentially undermined the civil discourse and the kind of nation that we started out as".

Critics said that Zuckerberg has not said enough about the extent and use of the data.

Bill Gates has offered some reassuring words for embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg - but warned that the company must play a leading role in helping the world figure out data privacy.

Shelly Rodgers, strategic communications professor at MU's journalism school, said in fact, the majority of today's consumers like to see ads cut out for their profiles. "Girls who are on social media are more likely to feel dissatisfied about their bodies", Josh Golin, executive director of the advocacy group, said on "Democracy Now!"

"If, for example, a Swiss Facebook user spreads illegal propaganda through the network, that may be punishable in Switzerland, but not so in the U.S. due to a different legal framework", she told the SonntagsZeitung.

In the end, many in Congress expressed concern that users may not fully understand what data is collected, stored and at risk. "We took down the app, and we demanded that both the app developer and Cambridge Analytica delete and stop using any data that they had". "If you believe that you want more privacy or some oversight of an organization like Facebook, which is really the principal social network for anybody over 25, then people should ask for that". That is a population recently targeted by Facebook with the development of its application "Facebook Messenger Kids".

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