Facebook is so much more than a social network. For many, it’s become a way of life–spanning personal, private, and professional sectors and wrapping them all into one timeline that, to the outside world, is you.
But has Facebook gone too far? We live in a world of ads, with companies and artificial intelligence always thinking they are helping us by making things more convenient by invading our assumed “privacy” and selling our data to third parties. At the end of the day, none of this really matters, because who cares if Amazon or some other site knows that you were looking for a Cecil the Lion Beanie Baby or an autographed Barbara Streisand poster? But it’s more than that.
I think the worst part about ads and the selling of personal information is not the act itself so much as the fact that most people don’t even know it’s happening, right under their noses and right along the sidebars of their Newsfeeds. When you sign up for Facebook, and virtually any time you start using any apps or games–even ones on your mobile devices that link to your FB–you’re signing away certain information, and it just might shock you how much access you’re actually giving these third parties. Did you know that even if your privacy settings seem air-tight, many apps still give your friends’ Facebooks access to your personal account information? It’s scary and true.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to lock down your information and keep those pesky ads from knowing all your business.
The ads on my Facebook knew WAY too much about me, until I did this.