As trust in Facebook is questioned some users turn to deleting their accounts

by Dana Gray
Staff Writer

Facebook has experienced significant backlash after the social media platform exposed the data of 87 million users to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that has been linked to the 2016 Trump campaign.

However, Facebook’s issues run deeper than just Cambridge Analytica. The company has faced several other issues with the past presidential election, including spreading fake news and ads that pushed Russia’s political agenda.

Facebook users, who are less than satisfied with the issues surrounding this social networking site, have begun posting #DeleteFacebook across Twitter. From Will Ferrell and Elon Musk to everyday users of social media, countless people have followed the hashtag’s advice and deleted their Facebook accounts.

But not everyone is saying goodbye to the world’s most popular social media site. “I don’t know if I would go as far as deleting my account just because I don’t know what good it would do at this point,” said Sarah Elbaum, a sophomore hearing and speech sciences and psychology major. “It definitely is interesting to see that so many people are taking a stand.”

Facebook apologized for their missteps and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress regarding the Cambridge Analytica data scandal on April 10.

The site has also taken strides towards changing their privacy policies and becoming more transparent in how they are handling this issue, such as letting users know if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook will now require a verification of both the identity and location of advertisers who want to run political ads to help prevent foreign advertisers from influencing American elections.

In regards to privacy, Facebook will redesign its settings menu, simplify the way to control which data is shared with outside apps and rework its data policy to provide its almost two billion users a better understanding of the data Facebook collects.

Yet, these changes may have come too late. Facebook’s stock took a significant hit while the company’s total value dropped roughly $80 billion in March.

Rachel Clair, a freshman journalism and government and politics major, said she does not use Facebook often, but is interested “to see the lasting repercussions of this and see if they’re going to take any further actions to really protect users so this doesn’t happen again.”

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