Facebook is the largest and most popular social network in the world. This service was founded by the American Mark Zuckerberg together with his neighbors in a student residence at Harvard. At first, the site was only available to local students, but it quickly gained popularity. He was joined first by students from Boston, then by other universities.
In August 2015, the number of visitors to this social network exceeded one billion people. Zuckerberg himself, at the age of 23, became the youngest billionaire on the planet, because his invention has become an impressive profit.
People on this social network exchange news, messages, post their photos and like them. But not everyone is ready to use a new service for themselves, fearing "pitfalls". And this is due to some popular myths about Facebook, which will be discussed below.
People can see who viewed their profile. This is not so, and such an option cannot even be discussed. There is no hidden button or special application to reveal the secret. So the user will not find out about the increased interest in himself from a certain character or about the viewing of personal photos by HR employees. This myth is due to the existence of apps that promise to identify "secret fans" on Facebook. That's just the main purpose of such applications - to take possession of the personal information of a gullible user or to introduce a virus on his computer. Even Facebook itself is already tired of gossip and has clearly stated that the service does not allow people to track their profile views. Access to this feature and third-party applications is closed. The social network is even fighting such programs by removing them.
You can open links in messages from friends without fear. It's understandable that friends don't want to hurt you. This is the only trust that cybercriminals can use. Having received a strange letter, even from a well-known person, do not rush to click on the link. Facebook is the place where malware and viruses exist. Even when working on a social network, you should not forget about the common precautions throughout the Internet. If you receive a message with a link from a friend, then before opening it, you should ask whether this person really wrote the letter. If the messenger is a public person, then you can view the comments on his page. There may be reviews from those who have already followed the link and discovered a deception or a virus. It is difficult to be on the alert even in such a simple matter as posting on social networks, but this is necessary for the sake of maintaining your own safety.
Facebook is charging or going to charge money from its users. Every few months there is a growing rumor that the social network will cease to be free and will have to pay to use it. But you don't have to worry about it. Facebook's management claims that this service will always be free. There are also reports that you will have to pay a certain amount in order for the service to preserve personal information and confidentiality. However, the user can already hide all information about himself from strangers for free. And the myth spread so much that the company's management even made a special statement revealing the truth. Do not believe everything that is written on the Internet. True, the opportunity to use Facebook for free still has to be paid for by someone. But, fortunately for users, advertisers do it.
Personal photos are taken over by Facebook and then sold to advertisers. And again, the social network comes out with a rebuttal, stating that it does not sell personal information about the user and will never do so. This myth has two parts. First of all, it is a mistake to believe that Facebook collects photos, including in messages, and then sells them to advertisers. The user can be sure that he owns all the copyright for the pictures taken and sent. The second part is related to legal practice. The terms and conditions for using the social network clearly stipulate that the owner of the copyright is the owner of the account, but the company is free to use for its own purposes those things that are published by a person. So, if you see your data somewhere in Facebook ads, you should not count on a reward. The company acts within the limits of the law and its rights. It also means that if you like a certain page, then your face may flicker among its supporters if it is advertised on Facebook. It is worth knowing this.
You can change the terms of agreements with Facebook in your favor. Sometimes on the walls of people you can see some legal announcements. Usually it is about allowing Facebook to use your information. The text on the user's page may state that it does not give the social network or its affiliated organizations the right to use photos, messages or any information in the past and in the future. The client notifies Facebook that he prohibits disclosing, copying, distributing his data or taking any action against him. However, such a statement has no legal force. This message can only demonstrate the ignorance and legal inconsistency of the user. When registering on Facebook, clear terms of interaction with the service were specified, with which the user agreed. Placing any statements on your wall does not change anything, which has been confirmed by the law practice on this issue over the past few years. If you really want to discuss the scope of what is permissible with the service, you will have to look for an individual approach. Otherwise, the best way to protect your data would be to stop using this social network altogether.
Leaving Facebook is easy. Many people decide that their personal information is worth keeping away from Facebook. However, it is surprisingly difficult to part with him and delete your account. Facebook has an entire help section dedicated to account deactivation and deletion. For obvious reasons, this task is not facilitated by the service itself. For starters, simply deleting an account will not immediately cause it to disappear. We'll have to wait at least two weeks, and in general they even talk about the disappearance of individual accounts only after a few months. You will have to manually disable all Facebook-related applications, remove the social network application from your smartphone and tablet, clear your browser history, and also go through the steps indicated in the guide. But even if you accidentally log into your account during this two-week period, everything can be started again. We can then abandon Facebook, but he does not want to lag behind us.
If I don't use Facebook, then he doesn't know anything about me. This is a very naive statement. Facebook is a social network, if many of your friends are on it, then it is likely that some information is collected on you. This is called a shadow profile. When your friends use Facebook, they give it access to their contact book and personal information. It is likely that someone has your number, the social network will take note of this. Another friend of yours will have your phone number and email in contacts. Facebook will compare and add information. We have no idea, but such data is collected and updated by the social network in the background. At the same time, the person himself may never work on Facebook, not give his consent to the storage of his data. This is a simplified example of how information gathering works. Of course, real algorithms are much more complicated, they allow you to get much deeper confidential information. Not so long ago, the Irish authorities discovered that shadow profiles contain information about a person's political views, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and so on. Fortunately or unfortunately, in the modern world everything is very intertwined. It is almost impossible to do something publicly that will not be noted by others and posted on this or that social network.
Facebook will receive a "Dislike" button. The social network became famous for its "likes". (In honor of the "Like" button - like). For a long time, people would like to express not only their satisfaction with something, but also the opposite feelings. However, the social network itself still insists on the presence of only positive experiences. The rumor appeared recently, many were delighted with the possible future expansion of the functionality. The media reported that a "Dislike" button would appear soon. However, this turned out to be a myth. Instead, Facebook has released new types of emoticons as an opportunity to respond to messages. If you see an application that adds a "Dislike" button to Facebook or some browser extension with this functionality, you should refuse to install it. The social network does not have such functionality, most likely we are talking about malicious programs.
Facebook is overflowing with dead accounts and needs to be cleaned of them. Has anyone heard from Mark Zuckerberg that his social network is overcrowded? Many are afraid that there will be user activity checks to enter or read a message, otherwise the account may be deleted. But don't worry. Facebook will never close accounts just because there are too many of them. Even if a person does not use his account for a long time, it will not be deleted. This is a rather old myth that comes to life from time to time. And it appears when Facebook once again announces the removal of inactive business pages. But this has nothing to do with inactive user accounts. Also, some likes are removed on the social network, as some artificially increase their number using fake accounts. Wrap removal helps you create a more accurate impression of your landing page.
Facebook requires personal identification. The social network emphasizes that it wants to unite real people, not fictional personalities. Scammers try to take advantage of this. The most common scams are encountered by new users. You can receive a message supposedly from the Facebook administration asking you to scan and send a photo ID for identification. The user is afraid that if he does not do this, his account will be deleted. It is worth ignoring such messages or reporting them in support of the service. There are only two cases where Facebook really requires identification. Firstly, in case someone reports that your account is fake or you are an impostor. Then access to the account will be suspended, and the user will be asked to verify his identity. In this case, access to the network will be closed. It's rather unpleasant to be a victim of politics. However, if the entrance to the social network has already been completed, and after that they ask for some evidence, then we are talking about fraud. Secondly, the situation may concern well-known public figures. People need to know that they are communicating with a real character. Then Facebook may also ask you to prove your identity.
Advertisers have access to users' personal information. Facebook selects the target audience for advertising anonymously, without providing personal information to the customer. If the advertiser sets demographic boundaries for their audiences, the system will automatically select the right audience. As a result, the customer receives an anonymous aggregated report on the viewing of ads by representatives of specific target groups.
New algorithms do not show all posts in the feed so that companies can insert ads there. This myth is being refuted by Facebook marketers. The content is optimized in the interests of the user, and not in order to make money on it. The researchers found that, on average, each social media user has about 229 friends. This crowd generates a lot of content, which is too much for one person. In the stream of records, interesting information can simply get lost. Facebook tries to make people happy with the content they receive, which is why work is underway to improve the quality of the news feed. Really high-quality and interesting material gets into it, and spam is deleted.
The Facebook idea was stolen. The history of Facebook is pretty well known. Early in his career, Mark Zuckerberg was hired by friends at Harvard to create the Harvard Connections website. Students were supposed to communicate on this portal, the concept was similar to Facebook, which was still unborn. But then there are different versions of the development of history. The owners of the resource claim that Zuckerberg began to deliberately evade his duties by starting to make a similar resource. Mark himself said that the idea of creating a social network was prompted by the previously created program "Facemash". She allowed students to rate each other's photographs. The success of this resource pushed the young man to the idea that people like to track information about their acquaintances online. In any case, after lengthy litigation, Zuckerberg paid $ 61 million to his opponents.
Some company is about to buy Facebook. For Mark Zuckerberg, a billion dollars is no longer the amount to impress him. After a couple of years of Facebook's meteoric rise, Zuckerberg did indeed discuss selling his brainchild to Yahoo! Just a year earlier, a competitor, MySpace, with a large user base, had sold for $ 580 million. Yahoo! felt that a billion should be enough to acquire a growing Facebook. However, after much deliberation, Zuckerberg decided to retain control of the company. This turned out to be the right decision, a year later Microsoft estimated the social network at 15 billion. In 2014, Facebook was already worth 200 billion and bought other popular services itself. Such a giant is beyond the power of anyone to absorb.
Facebook is killing social skills in people. There is no doubt that social media has made it much easier to connect with friends and family around the world. True, you have to pay for such convenience. Psychiatrists argue that getting used to dynamic communication leads to a departure from live communication and building real relationships. The younger generation, which has already grown up on the Internet, is at risk. Gradually teenagers pay more attention to virtual communication than to real one. Physiologists, on the other hand, believe that being on social networks leads to a person's isolation from the external environment, which turns into a deterioration in health, up to heart attacks and cancer. Facebook fans can be reassured, not everyone believes that this network is spawning hermits. Scientists from Cambridge conducted their research. It showed that, thanks to Facebook, people are more likely to maintain relationships that would otherwise be lost. This social network helps you better interact with family and friends. Sometimes it's easier and cheaper to like a friend's status update than to call him and ask how he is doing.
Facebook keeps track of its users. This is one of the biggest fears of social media users.Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, added fuel to the fire. He stated that the largest web platforms have a hidden user-tracking interface. Such functionality was created specifically for the American special services, allowing you to receive a detailed report on the actions of people. Assange has bluntly called Facebook the greatest spy tool in history. The creators of the Abine DNT + utility have confirmed this interesting fact. But representatives of the social network categorically deny such accusations. Assange himself is called a great conspiracy theorist who simply cannot know all the nuances of Facebook. In any case, an ordinary user will not find out the truth, you can only console yourself that if the intelligence services get information about an ordinary person, it is clearly not from Facebook alone. Mobile operating systems (iOS, Android) and ordinary (Windows) are accused of similar leaks.