We have spent any time online in the last few days, you may have noticed that the hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending. This time, though, it’s not because of an unpopular update to the Newsfeed — there’s a more serious, not to mention creepy, reason you might want to get on board the #DeleteFacebook train and actually delete your own profile.
The #DeleteFacebook movement began this weekend after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining and analytics firm based in London, had harvested the data of more than 50 million Facebook users. The company then used that data to help the Trump campaign target advertisements, which may have influenced the results of the 2016 presidential election. The news was broken by a whistleblower who used to work for Cambridge Analytica.
According to news articles, the Facebook user data was obtained by Aleksandr Kogan, a Cambridge psychology professor. It was then given to Strategic Communication Laboratories, an affiliated behavior research firm, in violation of Facebook’s terms of service.
Facebook was fully aware of the data that Cambridge Analytica had, and asked the company to delete it. However, Facebook never followed up or tried to confirm that the data had been deleted. Until last week, Facebook even continued to allow Cambridge Analytica to keep operating on its platform.
The hashtag isn’t just a trend on Twitter, either — users are actually deleting their accounts, with celebrities and other big names getting in on it. Even former Facebook exec and WhatsApp co-funder Brian Acton has gotten on board with #DeleteFacebook.
Recently, Elon Musk has deleted their pages on Facebook namely Tesla & SpaceX. These all incidences show the effect of social media for making the news viral.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO AVOID DATA LEAK?
1- Avoid giving the approval to mysterious application: The application that you authorize on facebook can make it uncomplicated for the hackers to Leak your valuable data. Apps like “Who is your best friend”, “Where will you celebrate your honeymoon” etc should be avoided.
2- Avoid clicking on unwanted links: There are plenty of perilous links on social media that are treacherous. Such links should be avoided.
3- Last, stop clicking on undesirable surveys: Many Pages unfurl surveys in substantial amount. Some of them are safe and some aren’t. So every type of surveys should be avoided.