How You’re Really Being Watched: Facebook, The Filter Bubble & Big Data

Facebook in particular has grown to be the #1 source for news for most people today. With 1.79 Billion active monthly users (as of January 2017), one can imagine the kind of power in social engineering it can have if information is being filtered from us. Newspapers show all kinds of important stories on their front covers and within, not tailored to any specific person – but showing important events in the world for anyone interested to read it and form an opinion. This makes us aware of issues outside of our daily “bubble” we live in. By enforcing the “bubble”, Facebook and Google can filter what we see and prevent us from hearing about important issues that keep us aware of the world outside.

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Conspiracies To Cyber-bullying: The Fear And Misunderstanding Of How The Internet works

Imagine, all of a sudden messages start coming from people asking if you are spying on them. Some people actually threatening your life. Out of the blue. You are just at your job, making a living, minding your own business. Then your life is threatened completely at random. All of this after being victim to a recent hacking. Obviously, you can imagine the kind of fear this caused for her, or anyone going through this situation.

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