The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to be a hot topic today. Many Facebook users have become concerned about just how much of their personal data the social media platform keeps.
In case you need a refresher, here are the basics of the controversy: The London Observer and The New York Times reported on March 17 that UK-based data firm Cambridge Analytica acquired millions of Facebook users’ personal information. The data was reportedly gathered in early 2014 through an app called “thisisyourdigitallife” and was used to reportedly build a software that could target possibly swing voters in political campaigns – including US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election bid.
Cambridge Analytica’s co-founder and now whistle-blower Christopher Wylie helped the news outfits break the story, and since then, Facebook users have been concerned.
Wylie was quoted by the Observer as saying:
“We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles and built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis the entire company was built on.”
Since the news broke, Facebook has been under fire, and users have been trying to retrieve their Facebook data.
One way users are trying to see what data the social media giant has on them is through requesting all their Facebook data as a zip file. Many users expressed shock after seeing all their information Facebook has access to.
Users reported seeing everything from their contacts to records of their text messages.
Some users also reported seeing that their information has been shared with many advertisers.
Even users, developers, and techies who claim to have their privacy settings locked down complained about their private information being available and shared.
One developer from New Zealand downloaded his data and saw records of his phone calls with his partner’s mom, his old deleted contacts, and text messages.
The developer said he does not use Facebook Messenger for SMS. He also created a script for collecting phone record statistics from a Facebook user data dump, which shared online.
To download your Facebook data, just go to your settings and click ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data’ at the bottom of the page.
Elon Musk Deleted Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook Pages After Twitter Challenge
Most of us ordinary people would agonize days, weeks, or even months with the idea of deleting our Facebook account. Elon Musk is no ordinary man, as he wiped out the Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX just.like.that.
See, Musk was answering a flurry of tweets when he saw one of Signal's Brian Acton's hashtag #deletefacebook. So Musk replied and asked "What's Facebook?". Acton is a co-founder of the messaging app WhatsApp (which is owned by Facebook). One of the followers told Musk that he should delete the Facebook page of SpaceX if Musk was "the man."
Musk replied that he didn't even know what Facebook is and that he would delete the page to preserve his "the man" status.
Threats Of A Mysterious Deadly Infection Emerge In Australia After Typhoon’s Rage
People can get the infection through direct contact with floodwater or droplets in the air.
Facing a typhoon, hurricane or cyclone is a dreadful experience, particularly in areas prone to flooding and landslides. The strong winds and heavy rain could pose an imminent danger to the residents. More so, the aftermath of the typhoon could lead to the rise of various diseases and infections.
A deadly airborne disease is rising from the ground which has led to the death of three people in Australia. Dozens of people have already been infected during the 2018 wet season.
A category 2 cyclone, Marcus, ravaged through Australia over the weekend.
The Mountain From ‘Game of Thrones’ Breaks Deadlift World Record at 1041lbs
Now you know why he is The Mountain.
Most of us knew Hafþór Björnsson as The Mountain in HBO’s hit TV series “Game of Thrones.” Apparently, this guy is not just muscles and flexes. He actually lives up to his screen name in real life. That is because he recently showed to the world how strong he really is. And by strong, we mean deadlifting a massive barbell!
While competing at this year’s Arnold Strongman Classic, Cersei Lannister’s silent yet extremely dangerous bodyguard broke his own raw deadlift world record. And mind you, we are talking 1,041 pounds here. That is not an easy task to do, no?