Top 10 Scary Facebook Dark Secrets
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Top 10 Scary Facebook Dark Secrets

29% of all people alive right now use Facebook
right now – that means more than 1 in 4 people. Its become almost inescapable aspect of modern
life – many people actually say they don’t particularly like Facebook, its just convinient. Its waning popularity might have something
to do with the scandals and dark secrets that have been revealed along its 14 year history. Lets look at 10 of the most shocking. My name is Danny Burke, this is the Top 10
Dark Facebook Secrets. Starting off at number 10 we have Cambridge
Analytica. This is perhaps one of the most famous Facebook
scandals in recent years. In June 2014, a researcher named Aleksandr
Kogan developed a personality quiz app for Facebook. 270,000 users were asked if the app could
acess their data and less known, the data of their friends. Because of this, from the small pool of people,
Kogan was able to gain access to the data of up to 87 million Facebook profiles. He then sold that data to Cambridge Analytica,
a voter profiling company. They used it to make 30 million so called
-psychographic- profiles about voters. It was eventually revealed that the company
had use their information to influence the US election, the Brexit referendum, and a
number of other big political events over the past few years. When the spotlight turned to Facebook, they
said that the users consented to giving the app their data – but this wasnt good enough
for many people who felt Facebook could no longer be trusted with their information … Moving on to number 9 we have Reading Messages. In the wake of the aforementioned Cambridge
Analytica scandal, many people started downloading their Facebook data to see what exactly Facebook
had stored on them. Many people expected pictures, status updates,
perhaps a list of their friends. However, they found a lot more – and people
shared their discoveries on Twitter. One user found that Facebook had recorded
the data of every call hed every made, including the time and duration- as well as -data about
every text message Ive received or sent- … actress Emma Kennedy tweeted that her data revealed
Facebook had recorded every phone number in her contacts, every social event she went
to, a list of her friends birthdays and a list of every text shed ever sent. Facebook responded by saying they take nothing
that the user doesnt agree to at some point or another. Do you guys think its the fault of the user,
or are Facebook overstepping a boundry? Next up at number 8 we have Divorce. Did you know Facebook is said to cause divorces? According to a 2009 survey in the UK, around
20 percent of divorce petitions included some kind of reference to Facebook. Its thought that Facebook was causing people
in marriages to worry about their spouses contacts and relations with other people online. Researchers claim that high levels of Facebook
usage can cause in Facebook related conflicts which lead to breakups and even divorce. Facebook jealousy, partner surveillance, ambiguous
information and online portrayal of intimate relationships are just some of the facets
of this phenomenon. Quite often, partners on one side of the divorce
report feeling neglected and having lower feelings of passion and intimacy in the relationship. Have you guys ever been involved or witnessed
a relationship breakdown due to Facebook? Next up at number 7 we have Facebook Stalking. Its an elephant in the room when it comes
to using Facebook – the more you put out there, the more likely it is that someone with a
little bit too much interest in you can stalk you and make your life uncomfortable or even
hell. According to the National Center for Victims
of Crime – over 1 million women and 370 thousand men are stalked anually in the US. 63% of Facebook profiles are visible to the
public – but its teens that are most at risk. 3 out of 10 teens in the US have been stalked
by complete strangers on Facebook and received numerous friend requests from people they
don’t even know. Perhaps more worrying is that 7 in 10 victims
know their offender in some way. In the years since its creation, Facebook
has taken extra measures to ensure its users safety when it comes to stalking, but its
still brought up in many conversations. Next up at number 6 we have Addiction. You may be surprised to hear that Facebook
is said to be as addictive as alcohol or smoking. A 2011 study found that some users found quitting
social networking sites such as a Facebook to be comparable to quitting smoking or giving
up alcohol. You may think Facebook denies this but they
kind of admitted it – at least, Sean Parker did. He’s the billionaire early Facebook investor
who has claimed Mark Zuckerbeg knowingly made Facebook as addictive as possible. He said in the early days, Facebooks entire
goal was to consume was much of your time and conscious attention as possible. If youd like an anecdotal story about how
addictive Facebook can be – hows this: in 2014, it was reported that the site went down
for about 30 minutes which prompted several users to call the police due to severe withdrawal
symptoms. Moving on to number 5 we have Minimum Age. Facebook sets the minimum age to use its site
as 13. However, many young people have reported having
their Facebook accounts before reaching that age. A 2011 study by First Monday examined how
parents consistently enable children as young as 10 to sign up for accounts. The study involved over 1000 households and
found that 76% of parents reported that their child joined Facebook when they were younger
than 13. The study also claimed that Facebook removed
roughly 20,000 users each day for violating its minimum age policy. Of course, this is to do with internet laws
aswell but many criticised Facebook for not making it clear enough to parents that Facebook
had a minimum age. 47% of parents said they were unaware Facebook
had ever set a minimum age at all! Next up at number 4 we have The Greater Good. Many people were outraged after a 2016 Facebook
memo got leaked, revealing a dark side to the company. The memo, published by Buzzfeed, was written
by a Facebook vice president – Andrew Bosworth. In it, he argued that Facebooks growth is
more important than any safety concerns. One specfic quote seemed to disturb people
more than all others. Bosworth said -Maybe someone dies in a terrorist
attack coordinated on our tools, and still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting
people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de
facto good- … of course, Bosworth claiming that terrorists using Facebook to help them
kill innocent people is still a good thing did not go down well with the public. He admitted writing the memo but said he didnt
agree with it, he only wanted to start a conversation about the topic. Most people didnt buy that though, and Facebook
made the news in all the wrong ways … At number 3 now we have Cookies. In November 2011, an article published by
USA today claimed that Facebook had been creating logs of pages visited by its users and non
users. The use of tracking cookies is nothing new,
many websites ask your permission to use them so that they can see your browsing habits. Youre usually given the chance to say no but
in this case, Facebook was using cookies to track people who never even visited their
site. Of course, this caused a lot of outrage – its
one thing Facebook doing things with the data of its own users if they agree to it – its
another thing doing it to users who may have never visited the site at all. A number of governments took moves to stop
this. One example came in November 2015 – the Belgian
Privacy Commissioner ordered Facebook to cease tracking non users or face fines of a quarter
of a million 330 thousand dollars a day. Facebook claimed this practice actually made
users safer but they were eventually forced to stop. This is the reason why you now have to log
in to Facebook to see public available content! Next up at number 2 now we have Envy. Facebook has been accused of causing a spike
in envious people and the unhappiness that accompanies it. This phenomenon is not exclusive to Facebook
and Im sure youre all aware of it. Facebook shows people their friends living
successful and positive lives which are often highly representative, basically, its all
just a front. We all know this about social media but still,
its something that many of us slip into – envy, jealousy, even if we know its not real. This is obviously down to the fact that most
people don’t share negative aspects of their life on Facebook, only positive ones. Another reason is that because Facebook is
open to everyone, it exposes inequality between social groups, showing the have nots what
the haves – have! If that makes sense. All of this can lead people to severe depression,
self loathing, rage and feelings of inferiority. Is this just part of the Facebook game, human
nature, or a technique Facebook uses to keep you hooked? And finally at number at number 1 we have
Fake News. Its a phrase that didnt exist a few years
ago, now everyone knows it, and many say its thanks to Facebook. After the 2016 US presidential election, it
came under heavy fire with people claiming it didnt do enough to stop the spread of fake
news stories on their site. Some even went as far as to say Donald Trump
would not have won if the fake stories that helped his agenda were not so widespread. Many of you guys may be young or tech savvy
enough to know a fake news story you see online just from the title. But many older generations who use Facebook
grew up in a time when news stories were arguably a lot more credible, at least the main sources
of news. These days, more than 40% of Americans say
they get their news from Facebook. With titles such as -Pope Francis endorses
Donald Trump- or -Obama Admits He Was Born In Kenya-, its no wonder people are concerned. Those stories were shared by millions of people
without a shred of evidence to back them up. The people behind these fake stories are motivated
by quick cash through adverts on Facebook – thats not inherently Facebooks fault, but
they have since admitted they could do more to curb the spreading of fake news on their
site. Whether they like it or not, this little website
made in a college dorm back in 2004 now had the power to sway global politics, and its
learning to take the responsibility that comes with that. Well, thats all I have to say on that. What do you think about Facebook? Do you think theyre just an easy target because
theyre the biggest social media site in the west? Or do you think the company wields its immense
power in shady ways, all in the name of profit? Lets hear your opinions down below, thanks
for watching as always, my name is Danny Burke and Ill see you all in the next video.


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