So, what I have sold out the personal information of more than 50 million people? No one has the right to raise a finger to me—much less giving a piece of advice for redemption!
Well, this is exactly what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meant when he attacked Apple CEO Tim Cook for offering him a way to get out of the mess for once and for all. By lambasting Cook, Zuckerberg has further endangered the already jeopardized popularity of Facebook.
Not the Right Time for Facebook to Indulge in Counter Offensive
As a kid, I never appreciated the scolding of my sir even if I was in the wrong. However, I would always listen to the advice carefully and tried my best to follow it—even if that seemed to be badly hurting my ego. I wish Facebook had let go of the childishness and at least been a bit receptive to the valuable suggestion coming from no less than Tim Cook.
Frankly speaking, I didn’t find anything wrong in what Cook had to say. He was just emphasizing on boosting privacy, making sure it’s not compromised by any hazards.
“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident. “The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.” – Bloomberg
“You know, I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib,” said Zuckerberg, in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein “And not at all aligned with the truth.”
“The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can’t afford to pay. And therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.”
Agreed, the main source of Facebook‘s earning comes with advertising, and I find nothing wrong about it. The social networking app with a great many immensely user-friendly features lets people communicate with friends and clients free of cost. But that doesn’t have to be at the expense of privacy.
This is not the time for Zuckerberg to blast everyone for finding fault in the way its app works. Rather it should dedicate itself to bring in a more secure and reliable feature to safeguard the personal info of millions of people who use the app each day. Unless it has an in-depth look at the loopholes and gets them fixed sooner than later, mere counter attacks won’t restore the trust.
I would rather pay a tad extra for additional security than go for free stuff that may compromise my privacy.
Don’t get me wrong! I believe Facebook is one of the finest things that have come into being in the last decade and a half. And, as someone who has been a loyal user of the social networking, I earnestly want it to get out of trouble and continue to be an endearing tool for communication. But when I see the app being embroiled in so much of controversy and showing very little remorse about the blunder, it pains my heart—no end!
That’s all folks!
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