Social Media experts say Facebook users need to be responsible

Social Media experts say Facebook users need to be responsible

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of congress for the second day over Facebook users' privacy. The hearing follows private company Cambridge Analytica using data of 87 million users to plant right wing ads during the 2016 election.

Zuckerberg says he believes deeply in what Facebook is doing. Facebook is a free platform but comes with costs users may not be aware of.

Lisa Low, a social media expert at Texas Tech, said everything you click, like or view on the site is data collected by the platform.

"Facebook isn't in the business of providing us a joyous network for nothing," Low said. "Obviously their intent was always to monitize and boy have they monitized.

Low explained the dangers of putting personal information on social media sites.

"You're leaving your front door open and saying not only come in and," Low said, "steal my stuff but take all my friends stuff as well."

While you may not have clicked on the 'my digital life' app, where the data for Cambridge Analytica was collected, your friends may have and your data is consequently connected.

"Frankly we didn't do enough to understand that or do it soon enough," Zuckerberg said.

Texas Tech professor Phil Terrigno said, "remember when you downloaded the app on your phone you just indiscriminately went through clicking yes. You've given away all the rights you thought you had in terms of privacy."

"Don't do anything on Facebook that you wouldn't do in person," said Low. "Just remember that everything you do on Facebook, every video you watch, that's being tracked."

Zuckerberg was questioned by lawmakers about ad algorithms and content regulation, which Facebook is able to control.

"We don't send that information to you. We just send the message to the right people," said Zuckerberg.

According to Low, it is the users responsibility to use the platform safely.

"This is all coming to light in a way that i think the normal average american can understand that hey every single thing i do on here is being watched," she said.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake," claimed Zuckerberg.  "It was my mistake and I'm sorry."

To see if your data was shared through Cambridge Analytica by going to Facebook's privacy settings... and searching "cambridge".
 

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