Why I be­lieve in us­ing Face­book

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

Su­sane Lorette aka Tat­ing and Ar­ri­ane Jaden aka Yanyan and baby Ja­cob “Porky” B. It makes my day when I see posts that show that they are okay at the mo­ment (ATM).

I look for­ward to see­ing the Face­book posts of cousin Gerva Ta­gapolot Cel­eredad in Davao City, Philip­pines and of stu­dents scat­tered all over the world. And I am in­spired ev­ery­time Car­lyn Fran­cisco posts some­thing in her Face­book ac­count ev­ery morn­ing or I read news posted by Sun.Star Ca­gayan de Oro and Sun.Star Davao, Min­danao Gold Star Daily, Min­danao Daily, Philip­pine Daily Inquirer and Cebu Daily News at their Face­book pages.

In fact I watch the pro­gram hosted by Ca­gayan de Oro City Hall In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Mari­cel Casino Rivera fea­tur­ing Mayor Os­car Moreno over at FB Live. When it comes to con­nect­ing with fam­ily and friends, I go to Face­book.

I am re­minded of all these be­cause I never pub­licly thanked Face­book for all the good things it has done to my life. So I watched with in­ter­est Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg be­ing grilled by the US Congress in re­la­tion to the con­tro­versy over pri­vacy data fol­low­ing the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica fi­asco. In the two-day hear­ing I heard words like reg­u­la­tion, con­trol, Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, Rus­sians, 2016 elec­tions, for­mer US pres­i­dent Barck Obama, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and so on.

I can also tell who among the leg­is­la­tors were se­ri­ous and in­formed in their ques­tion­ing. I also no­ticed that Zucker­berg wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion at times ei­ther be­cause he was tired or over­whelmed by the ques­tions posed to him.

At times I thought that Zucker­berg was in a class­room de­fend­ing his the­sis prepara­tory to grad­u­a­tion. I tell you this Mr. Zucker­berg, I am a fan of yours. Of all the words I heard dur­ing the hear­ing, I chose the word “con­trol” for dis­cus­sion. Among many things, con­trol is de­fined as the power to in­flu­ence or di­rect peo­ple’s be­hav­ior or the course of events.

Face­book is now a global com­mu­nity and our Face­book ac­count is our prop­erty free of rent and charge. A Face­book user is free to post, up­load pho­tos, an­nounce one’s feel­ings, check in, go live, tag friends, use a back­ground color, take a poll, sup­port non­profit groups,or make a list or delete a post or the ac­count it­self.

The Face­book user has con­trol over whom to share his or her posts with and not Face­book. Zucker­berg ex­plained that Face­book earned from ad­ver­tise­ments posted on its pages and like many oth­ers, I merely glance over the ads or ig­nore it com­pletely.

There are factual news re­ports posted in Face­book as well as fake, un­ver­i­fied ru­mors made to ap­pear as news or fake news. Face­book doesn’t force us to be­lieve

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