LTE Draft – voxPopuli

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.

 If we can’t trust Facebook, then who should we trust? When it comes to choosing a social media platform to use, you are almost forced to pick your poison. Some sites are better than others but, any site you pick will invariably collect, analyze, and sell your data for mass profit. It’s just the way the system works. For example Twitter can collect your location information, contacts, and your private direct messages as outlined in their privacy policy. Furthermore, Snapchat can collect your contacts, access your microphone, log your location, and can even access your camera and photos in accordance with their privacy policy.

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?

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3 Responses to LTE Draft – voxPopuli

  1. davidbdale says:

    My first reaction, Vox, is that you need paragraphs to identify your main ideas (one per paragraph). If you have only one main idea, and therefore need only one paragraph, then your post will surely fail for lack of material. So, let’s see if we can agree on where to break your work first, then I’m going to advise you to expand each paragraph meaningfully to make or support your argument.

    Here goes:

    1. In his article “Don’t Trust Facebook With Your Love Life”, Charlie Warzel argues that we should not trust Facebook with our intimate romantic data.

    2. However, it is unfair to single out Facebook in this regard because the benefits of modern-day social media can only be reaped by sacrificing your privacy to some extent.

    3. 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.

    4. If we can’t trust Facebook, then who should we trust? When it comes to choosing a social media platform to use, you are almost forced to pick your poison.

    5. Perhaps the only way to ensure our privacy is to meet people in real life, no internet connection required.

    Your letter breaks down nicely into these clearly-defined sections, three of them represented by a single sentence each. Organization is no problem; rather, thoughtful readers are going to wonder why you skimmed over several points without support of consideration.

    Does Warzel, do you, have a reason to distinguish “romantic data” from any other sort? Does he single out Facebook because it’s notoriously lax about guarding our security, or because it’s such an easy target? Since he offers no alternative himself, does he mean to caution us from using ANY website to share our personal information? For example, would he be comfortable using online banking? Or is he utterly disengaged from sharing anything with the internet, and if so, how does he function in modern society? Is data insecurity a reasonable trade-off for the chance to make a lifelong love match? These and several other questions could be addressed in your reaction to Warzel.

    In your best paragraph you offer significant examples of breaches at other sites that amount to evidence that facebook is not alone in having trouble guarding our secrets, but you don’t truly draw a conclusion.

    You’re coy about your own attitude, Vox. Suggesting that we might rather just meet in the physical world could be your actual conviction, or it could just be a cop-out to avoid making the bold choice that would make for a better letter.

    I hope you find these Notes helpful and not too intrusive, Vox. You can certainly benefit from expanding your piece with additional material.

    Please let me know how you feel about the feedback. Much as I like to give advice, I very quickly start to ignore students who don’t keep the conversation going.

    1. Respond to this feedback with a Reply.
    2. Open your post in Edit and make revisions.
    3. Update your post without creating a new one and without changing its title.
    4. Leave me another Reply to alert me that you’ve made changes.

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