When creating a Facebook account, Michaela Burke believed that her personal information and accounts were private and couldn’t be accessed by anyone other than her. However, it recently was discovered that this isn’t the case.
Recently, news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm, accessed information from roughly 50 millions Facebook users without them even knowing. This data firm also has ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign and used the information to persuade the users political beliefs.
This recent news makes many Facebook users question their privacy and safety when using the social media outlet.
“It makes me feel uncomfortable because I feel like my privacy is being violated,” said Burke, a senior. “I feel like I’m being persuaded to believe things that I actually don’t believe without even knowing I’m being persuaded.”
Ciara Horvat agrees.
“If they can hack that, then how do I know what else they can do without me knowing, it’s such an invasion of privacy,” said Horvat, a senior.
Not only does this make users question their privacy, but it also makes people question the veracity of what they see online.
“It makes me feel like the things we’re seeing and hearing about online aren’t true,” said senior Alayna Perbonish. “I think it might change the way people view society now because we’re finding out about these kind of things.”
Since the Cambridge Analytica hack, Facebook has been facing a “delete Facebook” movement along with various lawsuits from users and investors.
Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg released a statement voicing his concerns: “Facebook will take steps to further restrict developers’ access to user data, including automatically removing access for any app the user hasn’t opened in at least three months.”
Furthermore, Facebook will add a tool that helps users repeal permission of apps obtained their data, he said.