Cambridge Analytica Scandal – Facebook users are being urged to stop using the social networking platform for one day in protest against the company’s participation in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Faceblock campaign was planned to coincide with Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before US Congress on Wednesday, in which the Facebook chief executive will be testifying about data privacy issues.
The international group of campaigners is requesting people to take part in a day of internet protest by refusing to use Facebook platforms and apps, includes Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, for 24 hours( A Day).
Laura Ullman, the spokeswoman for the campaign, said the group was worried about information privacy and how the company had been regulated. “We wanted to organise some direct action where lots of folks could say they adore Facebook but want to see it improved. By not using the platform for a day, it is a digital presentation which is easy to do but will send a strong message that we demand much better,” she explained.
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“Facebook has also become a stage for community organising, so why should those people suffer due to wrong implementation of policies of a Social Media company? Why should they have to give up to their involvement in the community to have a stand against a company which hasn’t yet been appropriately controlled, that’s had improper policies, and that has abused the trust of its customers?
“Individuals shouldn’t be forced to watch out for themselves if the difficulty comes from the way the system is set up.”
Individuals can participate in #faceblock by joining the Facebook occasion and sending their messages into Zuckerberg and their governments, Ullman said.
Zuckerberg, who based Facebook in 2004, will be testifying before the House energy and commerce committee, which is examining Facebook’s “use and protection of consumer information”. He’s also agreed to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and trade committees on Tuesday.
We picked the afternoon as we want to show Zuckerberg and the US authorities that we wish to to change. It is Facebook’s responsibility to manage their stage, but it is also the responsibility of governments to make sure firms protect data and also to regulate monopolies.”
Some customers have said they’re thinking about deleting their FB accounts entirely, but Ullman reported this was not possible for everyone and that many still enjoyed using Facebook and its other programs. “Not all of us have the liberty to do so. Clearly States that Facebook has to create a monopoly, and in some states, the sole point of entry to the web is through Facebook. It’s frequently the sole source of news in some areas,” she explained.