Over the years, Facebook has been plagued by constant privacy controversies. And some experts think that these problems could ultimately lead to a competitor emerging who vows to take better care of our private info and data.
One prominent Facebook alternative, True, has already emerged. However, more and more competitors will likely spring up to serve as an online home for the growing number of users concerned about their privacy.
“The search for a healthy and private alternative to social media will continue as more tools are developed to meet this growing need,” tech leader Joe Karasin told ConsumerAffairs. “Jumping ship seems to be the only way to escape the data trap Facebook… and others have created for their users.”
However, despite many users’ well-justified worries, experts say that privacy hasn’t yet become the main reason they leave Facebook.
Increased advertising. Yes. Not seeing the kind of posts I want to see from friends and family. Yes. Issues with the algorithm. Yes,” professor Mara Einstein said. “There hasn’t been a significant correlation between privacy concerns and people leaving social media. The issue is, there are so many social structures in place that keep people attached to these platforms that even with concerns about privacy, people tend to stay.”
While Facebook can rely on having an attached user base for now, that may not always be the case. The best thing it could do to stave off these competitors is to simply better protect their privacy.
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