By Ryan Hackland
To most people “Big Brother” is a topic of science fiction. Eagle Eye and Person of Interest are both exaggerations of American society after the implementation of the Patriot Act. Though the methods of information gathering in the movies are exaggerated it is no mystery that the data we send out and take in is being constantly monitored, especially on social media. The most ridiculous part of this is that we are the ones to blame. Is Facebook the new Big Brother?
In 2004, Mark Zuckerburg created Facebook to allow individuals to network more efficiently with friends, family, and other acquaintances; However, with most people ignoring the terms and conditions page and simply clicking “I agree”, what they are really doing is selling their souls to the devil. One might ask how such a useful tool can be so damaging to ones sense of security. To answer that question we would have to start from the beginning.
Despite allegations about its invasion of user privacy and selling user data to corporations through “likes” and a pulse feature (discontinued in 2007), Facebook claims that the users have the capability to determine whether or not their friends, family, or employers, can see content they submit by adjusting their default settings . In other words, the users themselves are responsible for what gets shared and what doesn’t. But is this entirely true?
Despite the vulnerability and paranoia, hope remains. An organization called Fight for the Future is petitioning to ensure that Facebook users do indeed have a right to privacy.
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