I think it’s safe to say that personally, I have learned so much about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica via the Privacy Paradox interviews we conducted on VoiceThread. Beginning with my own interviews, one of them discussed a very different perspective, one that is more on the conservative side. From the responses made regarding this interview, clearly some people agree and some don’t, but what I think we can all agree on is that the interviewee mentioned the use of social media in previous elections, in President Obama’s campaign more specifically. Maybe these candidates used social media and people’s private information in different fashions, but it was still an interesting point to be made – one that many may have not considered before.
After listening to my classmates’ interviews, I learned that many of our interviewees said similar things. Our parents’ generation often uses Facebook to share news articles, connect with old friends, and post pictures/information about their kids. Our generation often uses Facebook to keep up with social groups and events. Most people said they won’t delete Facebook since it is a valuable platform that allows millions to communicate daily. Instead, they will be more careful about what they post and what information they provide moving forward. Besides, at this point, whatever information analytics companies have attained from us has already been done. Who knows if anything is ever really private in the cyber world, even if we choose the “private” settings. I think the biggest thing to gain from this controversy is you should always be careful about who you give your personal information to, and where you post it. In regards to Facebook, maybe some regulation is needed to assure users that nothing like this will ever happen again.