New York, March 22: The once celebrated hero of the tech world, Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook, is today a "disgraced man". Thanks to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which revealed that Facebook gave access to the British firm, Cambridge Analytica, to "harvest and exploit the personal information" of more than 50 million users worldwide, tech-savvy people across the globe are an angry lot.
The anger of social media users is valid as not only Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica to mine our private information without our knowledge, but it is a huge "breach of trust" which users had unknowingly bestowed upon the social media giant. They thought while they enjoy all the "gifts" from Facebook free, Zuckerberg, one of the world's richest men will protect their data. Unfortunately, that is not how things unveiled for millions of Facebook users.
The personal information of Facebook users is said to be used for electoral gains in the United States (US) by President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign in 2016. Reports say Indian political parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress too used the service of the British firm to win elections earlier.
Today, Facebook users are feeling betrayed and let down by Zuckerberg who on Wednesday admitted mistakes on the part of his company. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again," added the chief executive officer (CEO) of Facebook.
However, users are in no mood to forgive him so easily. Thus a worldwide campaign has started under the hashtag--#DeleteFacebook--to punish Zuckerberg for his "karma". However, cybersecurity experts feel that the Cambridge Analytica data scandal is just a tip of the iceberg. Experts say users are always at the risk of giving away all their personal information to various online platforms they access on a daily basis.
The #DeleteFacebook campaign was started by one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, Brian Acton. Earlier, Facebook bought WhatsApp. Acton is no more a part of the company he co-founded. In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook. "It is time," Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
The hashtag--#DeleteFacebook or #deletefacebook--is trending on Thursday. Here we bring you some tweets where users have confirmed that they have deleted their Facebook accounts and urged others to do so:
New Facebook slogans:— Red State Resister 🌊 (@RedStateResistr) March 21, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg became a multimillionaire selling my data and all I got was this lousy president. #DeleteFacebook
I’m okay not knowing what people I barely knew in high school had for lunch today if it would prevent Russia from ever picking our president again. #DeleteFacebook— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 22, 2018
#DeleteFacebook— SarahCA 🌊 (@SarahBCalif) March 21, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg is a greedy corporate bastard and must be held accountable for lying to and exploiting Facebook users.
Zuck violated the trust of FB users w/the CA data breach, allowed his App to be utilized to push fake news, propaganda impacting our election
I’m having serious second thoughts about continuing to use #Facebook, as troubling signs about their commitment to the principles of transparency, security, democracy continue to mount. If we don’t see some quick and dramatic changes, it may be time to #DeleteFacebook.— Eli Beckman (@elihbeckman) March 22, 2018