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Facebook scandals over the years – 2020 edition

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

Join us in digging into all the facebook scandals over the years. Since its founding in 2004, Facebook has been a staple of technology and social media. It’s also one of the most controversial companies on earth. From privacy issues to data breaches, there is no shortage of scandals that have surfaced over the years. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of these scandals with an eye towards what they mean for you as a user and consumer.

It’s been a tough 2020 for Facebook. The social media giant has had to deal with the aftermath of their public relations disaster stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as new revelations that they shared user data with at least 60 companies including Microsoft, Yahoo!, Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon. These are just two of many scandals over the years that have plagued this once-beloved company.

The first major scandal came in 2006 when it was revealed that Facebook allowed advertisers to target ads based on people’s interests which were determined by looking at what pages users “like” and who their friends are. This is problematic because users may be unaware of how much information about them is available online or even know they’re being targeted due to these practices

“Facebook has been around for a long time – what’s the big deal?” you might ask. “It’s just social media.” Well, that may be true to some extent, but let me tell you about Facebook scandals over the years from 2007-2018 and how they have shaped public opinion of this social media platform. In 2007, it was revealed that Facebook had an automated system in place to allow advertisers to target ads based on users’ profiles by race.

The company came under fire when it was uncovered that their ad targeting options allowed people to exclude certain races from seeing their ads. This set off a chain reaction with other scandals including allegations of allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica to access data from tens of millions of Facebook users without consent

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.

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.

Facebook Scandals over the years: History

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.

Facebook Scandals over the years: More criticisms

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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.


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. 

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