The Death of Facebook

It cannot be hidden anymore. Facebook, with all its blunders, is dying.

Facebook is a dinosaur in the new bustling world of social media. Fourteen years old and still chugging on, Facebook’s platform is stale but still trying to be “hip,” like a forty-something dad buying a Mustang during a mid-life crisis. The harsh reality is that Millennials and youth, the rulers of the digital world, are fleeing to other platforms such as the lively and young Instagram. Youth hate one thing- their parents- and as Baby Boomers become the kings of Facebook, the youth no longer see it as cool. The stats don’t sugar-coat Facebook’s decline either- Google search trends show a steady search decline for the archaic platform, which doesn’t seem to be tapering off.

Many people who have ditched Facebook have coined the term “Facistbook,” speaking on how users have little control on the platform and its abysmal privacy issues. The sad truth is, as David Chaum said, Mark Zuckerberg is trying to “preserve Facebook’s $10-20 billion annual revenue from spying on us.” Zuck came out a couple weeks ago and tried to nullify these blatantly true statements. The Facebook CEO stated, “Facebook is going to build a privacy-focused platform, built around truly private, encrypted interactions on its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging systems so that no one beside the sender and recipient — neither hackers, nor governments, nor even Facebook itself — can read them” and that the core Facebook platform would follow these guidelines as well to protect its users.

Sounds promising, right?

Today, Facebook made a massive blunder. In the world of digital security, hashing and the safety of account passwords is of utmost importance. Today’s scandal shows that Facebook employees had access to unscrambled account login names and passwords for years- an account list in the hundreds of millions. More than 20,000 employees had full access to this list of plain-text account passwords. Facebook has issued an apology and plans on emailing tens of millions of users about the incident, and recommending them to change passwords. (If you use Facebook, you probably should change your password just in case).

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal as well as a hack of tens of millions of users’ personal data over the past couple years, one thing emerges as crystal clear- Facebook, in all its draining archaic malaise, doesn’t care about your privacy and has dug its grave.

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