Does social media really respect your privacy?

 

Facebook and other social media companies are dealing with lawsuits about their Privacy Policies. Their privacy policy says, "We will never sell your data to other companies,", but more suspicions grow as the documentary, "The Social Dilemma" is released. Is it ok to use Social Media? Facebook is known for its incredible social sharing on the app. But things you don't know about Facebook are being unmasked here. Today we are going to talk about reasons to reconsider trusting Facebook and other social media platforms with your personal information, or any sensitive information you are sharing through the social media platforms.
Are Companies Really Selling My Data?
There are lots of questions about Social Media's Privacy Policy. Yes, they're very likely selling your data to companies. Reports say that Facebook earns $30-35 by selling your data. There is a quote, "There is no such thing as Free Lunch," and Social Media isn't an exception.
Why do they sell my data?
Facebook pays lots of fees for their domain names, expensive dedicated web hosting servers, web application firewalls, and much much more. By getting money from possibly selling your data, they can more easily pay these fees without worry. Facebook ads are known for showing things of your best interest and that already is a sign of them tracking you.



Are my voice/video calls really private?

When you are in a Facebook call, you believe that it is just you and the other person you are talking to. Well, this is not true at all. The call is being recorded by Facebook’s technology and then is sent to them. It’s no surprise that these big companies are recording your calls. Facebook and other social media platforms claim this is just for security reasons, but we do not know this for sure, they could be using their AI to help improve their voice recognition service, as Zoom does something similar to this, but with facial recognition.


Is social media addicting?

Various Social Media Platforms are made to get you addicted to it, to stay with them, and invite your friends to get them more users and more popular. Social Media can be helpful, but when it starts to use you, it's a problem. If you aren't paying, you are the product. Once you become addicted, they use you as their product. They show you ads based on what you search, they convince you to purchase. Now, it isn't too late to stop your addiction if you are already addicted. There are some steps you should consider taking to break free from your social media addiction. Stop using social media in the morning, and during most of your free time. Otherwise, this makes you want to check it more when you see something you like. When you see something you like, you get more interested, leading you to constantly always be on top of social media, 24/7. Don't use too many social media platforms, you will get addicted to ALL of them! Yeah, that's even worse. Notifications from social media should be turned off so you don't check your phone for each new notification you receive. For every new like you get on a social media post, it makes you excited and encourages you to make more posts, causing you to get more addicted. Social Media can be fun, but if you use it too much and get fished into their marketing, you will get addicted extremely easily.


Alternatives to conventional social media platforms

There are indeed a few alternatives to normal/conventional social media platforms, but the safest, private, and most secure one is said to be Mastodon. Mastodon is just like any other social media platform, except it is 100% free, open source, very customizable, and can be self-hosted. Many instances of Mastodon are available for free online, like: https://ruby.social/about, and there are many more, you can find them by simply looking them up on a search engine like DuckDuckGo or Qwant, or another search engine.