Giving Compass' Take:

• GOOD Magazine argues that the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica took power away from voters and allowed data crunchers to manipulate our culture.

• What can be done about it? More regulation could help, but Facebook has such an outsized influence that only a real sea change in how users approach this social media platform and others will protect us in the future.

• Of course, we shouldn't forget, when done properly, social media can be a force for good. Read this on how the #MeToo movement changed the conversation.


What state should you move to based on your personality? What character on “Downton Abbey” would you be? What breed of dog is best for you?

Some enormous percentage of Facebook’s 2.13 billion users must have seen Facebook friends sharing results of various online quizzes. They are sometimes annoying, senseless, and a total waste of time. But they are irresistible. Besides, you’re only sharing the results with your family and friends. There’s nothing more innocent, right?

Wrong.

Facebook is in the business of exploiting your data. The company is worth billions of dollars because it harvests your data and sells it to advertisers. Users are encouraged to like, share, and comment their lives away in the name of staying connected to family and friends. However, as an ethical hacker, security researcher, and data analyst, I know that there is a lot more to the story. The bedrock of modern democracy is at stake.

Read more about Facebook's use of data by Timothy Summers at GOOD Magazine