Is it right to blame Facebook for our privacy violation?

Since the Cambridge Analytica incident came to light there have been tons of videos, articles, and posts blaming Facebook for privacy violations and some people even suing Facebook for its information mismanagement. I know, it is scary that your data is being used without being informed to you but a bigger question prevails here – Is Facebook solely responsible for this blunder?

From the moment we signed up for Facebook and created that shiny new account we knew this can be dangerous. And none of us take the pain of reading the Privacy Policy or the Terms because let’s be honest, nobody has the patience to go through such scary terms and the huge number of pages. But that’s where we made our first mistake. Do you ever believe a stranger the first time you meet them? Or do you ever buy a product from a company that is completely brand new and launched itself recently? No! Because we aren’t ready to throw away our hard-earned cash at some untrustable and unverified brand without knowing everything about it! Then how did we all believe Facebook without even knowing what it is and what it does?! Because it’s completely free! And you know, we all have this tendency to use free stuff without thinking of the effects.

The second mistake we made is posting stuff. We didn’t care about how we are ourselves allowing others to violate our own privacy by posting personal pictures and sharing locations. We just saw one side of the coin never thinking about the other side. We still continued to do so despite threats and warnings from around the world – of Facebook accounts being used to blackmail people, of Facebook accounts being used to track people and various other things. We all ignored what’s in front of us and continued to believe in the fake world.

Don’t misjudge me. Facebook is a great platform. It’s actual purpose still serves me. I met a lot of my friends I thought I lost after parting way in my childhood on Facebook and it has similarly helped my parents find their friends too. But we need to learn the limitation of what we do and use the stuff carefully and responsibly and understand the difference between where the virtual world needs to stop and the real world needs to start. Kids are making friends with people in two different countries but don’t know their own brothers and sisters sitting next to them. This isn’t a life that we are supposed to lead.

So next time when you sit online on Facebook and are about to post a picture, think twice if its worth that effort. Also, if you want to know how much data Facebook has on you then go here.

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