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The year 2019 has witnessed the tech giant Facebook squirm and squeal under the public microscope since it’s alleged involvement with the now infamous Cambridge Analytica in regards to data theft and privacy violations. The whole event heavily tested the faith of its users in terms of reliability of the platform, but it didn’t really end there, as it turns out there’s more to come just before the year ended.

The Facebook iOS app has recently been reported to activate the camera in the background without any notification whatsoever, whilst being in use. 

A concerned user – Joshua Maddux was the first to take to Twitter to spread the word about this incident after which others followed suit. 

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However, before this incident could easily turn user concerns into widespread paranoia, Facebook Vice-President for integrity Guy Rosen took to Twitter as well to debunk the issue as a malfunction caused by a bug and that there was no evidence to support any privacy infringements.

He then went on to assure various news outlets and tech reporters on the same via Twitter.

Now the question remains whether we can collectively make up our minds to write this incident off as a singular isolated issue. The answer to which would be a definite and unanimous ‘NO!’ for the most of us after witnessing all the preceding events that Facebook has been a part of regarding its failure to safeguard the personal information of its users.

Facebook has absolutely no wriggle room left in terms of making mistakes of any magnitude that continually tests the platform’s integrity and questions the company’s commitment to roll out measures that will mitigate the problems at large. 

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This particular incident, no matter how small in nature, most certainly doesn’t put our minds at ease and will continue to keep Facebook in the loop when it comes to the ongoing conversation related to the privacy of user data in the tech domain.

What Facebook Must Most Certainly Understand

On Facebook’s part they must understand, no amount of damage control whether it be security upgrades or introduction of newer and better policies and regulations will ever work if they continuously seem to slip up to serve a more secure and robust platform experience with little to no room for errors because users will most definitely jump ship if push comes to shove regarding their user data being continuously at risk at all times wherein platforms like Mastodon, Textile, PixelFed and many others seem to have a much stronger ground in terms of privacy protection as of right now and are slowly gaining momentum and might as well see a huge spike in their user base if things continue as they are with the mainstream social media platforms.

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