The straightalking activists guide to Facebook


Facebook is home to more than the average hacker. In fact, it’s the world’s largest social networking site used to connect and interact with people worldwide. Users sign up for Facebook and make their profiles. After this, they can connect with their families and friends through messages, images, and videos.

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Facebook operates in almost 37 languages. The platform is also common among businesses for marketing purposes.

Considering this, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Facebook has evolved into a significant source to connect and exchange information over the years. 

The history of Facebook dates back to 2004. It was a project by a Harvard student named Mark. Facebook was launched in February 2004. On 28 October 2003, Zuckerberg created a social media website, Face mash, and hacked the security network of Harvard University to copy the student ID images.

Unfortunately, this website could not run for long as Zuckerberg was alleged to have a security violation.

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But the shutdown of this website did not dodge Mark’s dreams, and he launched another website called Facebook on 4 February 2004.

Initially, the website was restricted to Harvard students to share their personal information and photographs. But, soon, the website amassed huge popularity and registered thousands of people in a single day.

Zuckerberg Wins

Students from other institutes such as Yale and Stanford universities and around 250,000 students from 24 schools joined Facebook till June 2004. Moreover, the introduction of the ‘tagging’ people feature, in 2005, further its popularity among the people.

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Currently, Facebook reports around 2.70 billion monthly users. Besides, its total revenue during the second quarter of 2020 is estimated at 18.7 billion U.S dollars.

In the following years, Facebook continued to be a successful project among the students. Even by 2016, individuals over the age of 13, having valid email addresses, could create their Facebook accounts.

Criticism

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Like Twitter and other social networking sites, Facebook could not escape the misfortune of spam and fraud. Yes, it is reality; a bitter reality.

Despite having huge traffic, Facebook remained failed to protect its users they deserve. This is why it is criticized for fake accounts created for fraud and pushing unwanted content to the top of feeds.

In April 2016, Facebook removed almost 30,000 fake accounts, spreading phony information about France’s presidential elections. These figures show how much this platform has been contaminated with spam and fraud.

It was reported recently that an underground network in China swore allegiance to the hacker code and defrauded users out of 4 million dollars. This specific hack was done utilizing malware, aka software designed to trick a user’s internet browser.

Conclusion

Other than this, Facebook has also been slammed to broadcast inappropriate and violent videos. Because a major fraction of its users are children under 18, we don’t understand how it could allow this?

Last but not least, Facebook is censured for lacking a fact-checking system, due to which it became the biggest source of circulating fake news and stories.

How has your experience been with Facebook? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.