It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there is no real concrete definition of “digital privacy” anymore. Technology has improved modern life in an undeniable way, but it also means that there are some that take advantage of social media to push their own agenda, control certain narratives, or exploit specific weaknesses. Cyberbullying can lead to real self-harm, for example, and feuds between gamers have had fatal consequences.
Facebook is now trying to decide whether to fact-check political campaigns, and civil rights leaders are urging him to rethink his position. Zuckerberg has to play a dangerous game if he wants to continue to run political campaign advertisements. Will he cave in, and recognize that the truth matters?
Zuckerberg is not just a billionaire; he is the head of a social media network that boasts BILLIONS of users — not millions. Facebook doesn’t seem to be able to stay out of the news, whether it relates to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and its consequences, or the fact that more high-profile investors and executives are criticizing the company.
Who Is Warning Us?
Steve Wozniak is the co-founder of Apple, one of the largest and most well-known tech companies in the world. Apple has its own shares of controversies, especially with concerning its labor practices. However, Wozniak has suggested that Facebook should offer users more of a choice with respect to privacy.
Cynics might argue that Apple and Facebook are both worth billions, and this might be some strategic move by Wozniak. If that’s the case, why is the founder of Whatsapp, Brian Action, telling us to get off Facebook, as well?
In March 2019, Acton told students that Facebook now cared more about monetization than user privacy, and…