Facebook started in February, 2004, by a few Harvard students for Harvard students only, and then opened it up to students in higher education institutions in the Boston area. Gradually Facebook added support for students at various other universities, and eventually to high school students. As of 2006, anyone 13 years or older can register with Facebook.
There are more than 2.2 billion monthly active users on Facebook, as of January 2018. If you want to learn more about Facebook, go to Wikipedia and be prepared to learn more than you probably want to know.
In 12 short years Facebook has taken over the lives of many people worldwide. The sad part is that we willingly gave them all the information they asked for without question.
In February 2015, Facebook announced that it had reached two million active advertisers with most of the gain coming from small businesses. A big part of Facebook’s pitch to a potential advertiser is that it has so much information about its users, that it can more effectively target ads to those who will be responsive to the content.
Do you wonder why ads pop up about products or services you might have been looking for on Google? Do you really think that Facebook is not reading your comments and analyzing them so your eating habits, shopping habits, political affiliations, family values, music, etc. and everything about you is used for their greater good?
Facebook users have compromised their own privacy by sharing their life with everyone on the internet, and as a side note, this information cannot be deleted (remember that bell you can’t unring?). Zuckerberg laid out the trap and watched everyone fall in as he was laughing all the way to the bank. By the way, he is worth over $51 billion according to Forbes, and he never sent me or anyone I know a thank you.
Now, you decide!