Should We Trust Facebook with Our Romantic Data?
In his article titled, “Don’t Trust Facebook With Your Love Life”, Charlie Warzel argues that we should not trust Facebook with our intimate romantic data. Warzel comes to this conclusion because he believes that Facebook’s history of privacy failures makes them particularly unsuitable for handling our sensitive romantic data. However, this stance quickly falls apart under scrutiny.
It is unfair to single out Facebook in this regard because the benefits of modern-day social media can only be reaped by sacrificing our privacy to some extent. In addition, why does Warzel only have an issue with Facebook having our romantic data? We give Facebook plenty of equally sensitive information about ourselves such as our phone numbers, our contacts, as well as everything else we do on the app. So, the question is, what makes our romantic data any different from everything else Facebook knows about us?
As a privacy concerned user of social media myself, I know firsthand that Facebook is not alone in its poor handling of sensitive user information. For example, this past May it was discovered that Snapchat’s employees were spying on their users through a backdoor tool. Furthermore, sites such as Twitter share Facebook’s reputation for data breaches, Twitter having major breaches in both 2018 and 2019. The 2018 breach potentially leaking all the sites 330 million user’s login credentials.
In order to enjoy the many benefits of social media you have to give up any expectations of privacy you may have. If you are ok with that you can continue to use social media like the rest of us. If you don’t want to deal with the privacy nightmare that is modern social media, the best way to ensure your privacy is to meet people in real life, no internet connection required. To conclude, although Warzel was correct about Facebook being a privacy nightmare but, so are the rest of the social media platforms. What makes Facebook different from the rest?