A company whistleblower revealed that they advised the Trump campaign on how to target ads, both to boost Trump and suppress Democratic voter turnout. The new feature, which launches on April 17, lets users register and login without sharing information with the embattled social network. This breach possibly affected 87 million users who had their data unknowingly shared.
Since then, however, one Republican ad consultant says he has gotten around the clampdown by simply placing Facebook ads that direct users to sign petitions on sites outside the social network. Facebook has the opportunity to let us decide how we compensate it for social networking.
"Some of our friends only get messages about Side X, and some of our friends only get messages about Side Y, and others only get messages about Side Z", he said.
"We're proud of the discourse and the different ideas that people can share on the service, and that is something that, as long as I'm running the company, I'm going to be committed to making sure is the case".
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.
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"Things about a romance or a health problem or finances or one's political ideology", she said.
Facebook admitted in 2011 (when it had "just" 750 million users) that more than 600,000 of its accounts were compromised daily.
"We require these security measures for the company's benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook", the filing states.
There can often be a disconnect between the behaviours consumers aspire toward - say taking extra steps to protect their privacy - and what they actually do. "The way to think about it is if you are not paying for something, you are the product". Zuckerberg, however, said he was "not specifically familiar with that". If Facebook charged each of the 1.2 billion monthly active users $2.99 a year (about 1 day's worth of Starbucks Latte) - for an ad-free Facebook, the company could pull in $3.58 billion annually.
The hands-off, market-driven policy that turbocharged the megacap internet companies' growth has clearly outlived its usefulness considering the recent developments involving Facebook. "They gave them too much access", he said. That means that these non-subscribers haven't a clue about what information Facebook has obtained about them. This would allow Facebook to recruit new users younger than the current minimum age of 13, even as young as 6.
According to the law, organisations will be held accountable for the personal data they collect from people.
"I don't think people really understand what happened", he said. "So, how do we capture diverse thoughts", he said.