An obstruction of democracy?

Next to their bed, on the nightstand, millions of adults and teens have smartphones. More than likely, these owners wake up to multiple notifications, Facebook being among the source of many.

  Today, users are questioning the safety of Facebook. It is open in the public domain that allows users, without credibility, to share their thoughts and opinions as fact. It is evident, now more than ever, that Facebook needs regulation.

  Creator Mark Zuckerberg is under fire for the lack of security around what and who is permitted on Facebook. As it is social media, it’s difficult to control who is on it and if they are who they say they are. With people spreading rumors and creating or spreading propaganda during election time, it is imperative that influential sites like Facebook are aware of what is real and what isn’t for the sake of the public.

  Facebook is currently cooperating with both the Senate and the House of Representatives to discuss their security measures and the current availability of tracking the users of Facebook. The House of Representatives was more pressed on Zuckerberg to give concrete answers. The creator, only 33, deflected many questions and downplayed the severity of the situation.

  Imagine this: Foreign operatives in dark scary caves with dimly lit laptops, posing as forty-three year old Nancy Jones, an Alabama mother. “She” shares extreme right articles and memes that convince others to vote a certain way.

  Facebook currently has no way to stop this from happening. And it does happen. This means that it can potentially sway elections. Also, Facebook has access to many of its users contact information and data. This can be sold or given away at any time.

  Recently many profiles have fallen into the hands of Cambridge Analytica. This is a group based in London that collects data to use and sell for profit. Basically, because of Facebook, a bunch of British guys read your texts, see photos, and and control parts of your digital life.

  All those ads that make you think that your phone is reading your mind? Nope. Most of the time it’s just some people who bought your information figuring out what ads they can feed you.

  Zuckerberg began his testimony with the Senate by stating that Facebook is built on the premise that it will be used to make connections with loved ones and to be an optimistic company. He stated that Facebook has also been used for positives, such as publicizing public issues like the #MeToo movement, as well as raising funds for hurricane Harvey.

  However, he adds that Facebook is not perfect. It’s a powerful network. Zuckerberg says “we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake.”

  Social media is a huge influencer on many people’s daily lives. A lot of people get their news from it. If what they are seeing is not real or is tampered with, it is an obstruction of their right to hear the pure facts.

  On the future of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg believes that “making sure that all of the members in our community are using these tools in a way that’s going to be good and healthy” is the key to a safer Facebook and safer internet.

 So should people be deleting their accounts? Well that’s debatable. For a lot of people it’s already too late, as they probably have your information. It would be incredibly difficult for an entire nation to give up a commodity like Facebook that has become part of their daily lives.

 It’s obvious that Facebook needs to make changes so that democracy in this nation and around the world can take place without interruption.