‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade
Since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, it has become increasingly apparent that the social network has been far more lax with its data sharing practices than many users realised. As the scandal unfurled over the last seven days, Facebook’s lackluster response has highlighted a fundamental challenge for the company: how can it condemn the practice on which its business model depends? In the wake of the revelations that Cambridge Analytica misappropriated data collected by Dr Aleksandr Kogan under the guise of academic research, Facebook has scrambled to blame these rogue third parties for “platform abuse”. However in highlighting the apparent deceit, the company has been forced to shine a light on its underlying business model and years of careless data sharing practices.
lax – not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful
Question: What do think about this situation? Do you care if companies sell your personal data?
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