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The American people are slowly growing wary of the dangers of Facebook, and this week’s latest revelations for the social media giant aren’t helping their cause in the least.

Facebook has long dominated over all other forms of the social interaction on the internet, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg steering the ship from high upon his leftist perch.  The young bazillionaire, who is almost always adorned with his signature “regular guy” hoodie, has openly admitted to using the platform for his own political conscientiousness, cultivating a deeply liberal world view through censorship codes in his algorithms, or with teams of engineers who are responsible for identifying and removing conservative content from the site’s “trending topics”.

Now, as the enormous social media magnate becomes an increasingly larger part of the national media landscape, there are serious concerns over the ability of Facebook to keep their users’ data safe.  This worry has come to a head in recent weeks with the disclosure of a massive information breach during the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

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The breach itself was so worrisome that the Federal Trade Commission has now become involved, hoping to keep tabs on the Wall Street-listed bit of intellectual property.

Axios reports that Facebook is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission following the recent user data scandal related to data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. The FTC has now stated that they are investigating the social media companies internal user privacy practices. Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, released a statement on their investigation saying:

“The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers. Foremost among these tools is enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises, including to comply with Privacy Shield, or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation of the FTC Act. Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements. Accordingly, the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”
In an ironic twist to the tale, Facebook felt it prudent to purchase a number of expense, full-paged ads in legacy, (read: Dinosaur), media outlets apologizing for the breach.
This is far from the first concern over Facebook’s ability to protect its users, nor will it likely be the last.  As long as the site is allowed to operate as an independent entity, and not as a broadcaster, there will be very few opportunities for equality on the site.
We should be demanding more from Facebook.  They’ve ingrained themselves in our lives through a number of information hostage schemes and user-profile crossover logins, and they make billions of dollars with nothing of value to show expect for our browsing data.  This data is what we give to Facebook to use their service – why aren’t we being given a fair and balanced platform in return?

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