Imagine overhearing the following conversation:<p><p>Company X: “I’d like you to give me access to your personal data (email, birthday, address, etc.), a list of a hundred of your friends, family, and acquaintances, and permission to use that information in whatever way I choose.”<p>Individual Y: “And what do I get in return?”<p>Company X: “You get to take a quiz that tells you what Lord of Rings character you are.”<p>Individual Y: “Sounds like a fair trade.”<p>You might think that no one would be foolish enough to engage in such an exchange. But I have. And if you use Facebook, chances are you have too. But even if you’ve never taken an online quiz or accepted a game request, your friends may have given away your private information.<p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/SasinParaksa</em></span></p>
This week, I came across an article at USA Today about what appears to be a mass exodus from Facebook. Recently, the exodus has been spurred by the discoveries surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data to help along Donald Trump’s presidential race. But plenty of other factors have contributed to Facebook users’ increasing irritation with the social network.
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