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Is It Time to Forget Facebook?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • As of December 31, 2018, Facebook had 2.32 billion active users around the world, up from 2.27 billion at the end of the third quarter that year. This includes an estimated 83 million fake profiles
  • Your hobbies, habits and preferences are meticulously tracked by the site, and your personal data is then sold to whomever wants access to it — ostensibly for targeted marketing purposes, but there are no safeguards in place to prevent scammers and even political agents from using the data, as detailed in Frontline’s “The Facebook Dilemma”
  • A front-runner to Facebook was a “hot or not” site called FaceMash, where people voted on the attractiveness of Harvard students’ photos — photos Zuckerberg obtained and used without permission
  • Two former Snopes employees quit after discovering Facebook was paying Snopes, and pushing fact-checkers to debunk information that might hurt its advertisers
  • NewsGuard, clearly influenced by Wall Street and indebted to big industries through its funding, is being positioned to eliminate competition, which will allow Big Industry to reign as the leading shaper of public opinion and government health policies

Despite the controversy swirling around Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg in recent years, the social media platform keeps growing. As of December 31, 2018, Facebook had 2.32 billion active users around the world, up from 2.27 billion at the end of the third quarter that year.

This does include an estimated 83 million fake profiles, though, which is just one of the many hazards of Facebook. It should come as no surprise at this point that Facebook is monetizing your involvement with the site. As the saying goes, "There's no free lunch," and this certainly applies here.


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