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Did you #DeleteFacebook? Shady players can still exploit your data

Published: January 2, 2019
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Source: The Next Web

Did you #DeleteFacebook in 2018? Caring about our online privacy might be popular right now, but on a wider level, it’s not as easy as we think to escape the hole we’ve dug ourselves into.

Don’t believe that this is more of a trend than a turning point? Just look at the difference between hype and action. Despite 26 percent of Pew poll respondents saying they’ve deleted the Facebook app, the company’s user stats have stayed essentially the same.

And even if we were deleting our Facebook accounts en masse, would it be anything more than a symbolic gesture in terms of our own online privacy?

Sadly, the answer looks bleak. Many of us have been handing over our personal data for years without paying much attention. Our Facebook accounts are just one scene in story the of our online privacy nightmare.

And while we’ve all been distracted by the story playing out on the main stage, there have been several other plot lines happening alongside it.

Consumers and the industry alike spent the year calling out Facebook for the amount of data the platform has amassed on its users, and what the company does with it. But Facebook’s not in a unique situation.

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