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Reporter for The Post-Star, covering the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and northern Warren County communities.

Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is 'inevitable'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Andrew Harnik

The sight of Mark Zuckerberg in a suit and tie testifying before Congress is a little bit jarring as a gray hooded sweatshirt is his typical uniform.

I find it a little concerning that the House and Senate are wasting hours of time on this so-called scandal concerning Facebook. Let’s be honest, with out-of-control deficit spending, a humanitarian crisis in Syria and nuclear tensions in North Korea, is protecting people from a social media site that people voluntarily joined and post to, really worth our elected representatives’ time?

Facebook is a free product. To make money, they rely on selling advertising. Companies spend a premium for targeted advertising. We know that search engines and social media sites collect information on our search history. Amazon has built its business with people browsing products online and then recommendations pop saying “You might like this” or “customers who bought this, also bought that.”

Should Amazon stop monitoring our purchase history?

I just find it hard to believe that people are making such a big deal over a company obtaining demographic and profile data on people. It’s not like their bank records were being searched, credit history viewed or Social Security numbers taken.

Many people post everything about themselves online to what they had for breakfast to what is their opinion on politics. Some people don’t make their posts private, so they are open for the world to see. I could go online and search random people’s profiles and would be able to glean some basic information about their interests.

Unless you unplug from all social media, you will be leaving behind digital breadcrumbs.

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