Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia and Nicholas Confessore writes in the New York Times:
Facebook has never sold its user data, fearful of user backlash and wary of handing would-be competitors a way to duplicate its most prized asset. Instead, internal documents show, it did the next best thing: granting other companies access to parts of the social network in ways that advanced its own interests.
Facebook is still a convenient place to connect with family members and close friends; therefore, it is so hard to pull the plug. I am, however, deeply concern with all of these privacy issues, especially my kids’ photos. I am seriously considering leaving Facebook by the end of this year. Leaving Facebook is difficult but doable. Google, on the other hand, is much harder. From Gmail to photos to Pixel, Google has me locked in. I guess, I can’t keep anything private as long as I am on the web.