I like and use Facebook a lot.  It offers up lots of good information although it has become more and more difficult to discern truth from fiction, but for me, the good far outweighs the bad.

          This whole Facebook idea started in a college dorm with Mark Zuckerberg and several friends literally screwing around with the concept of connecting college kids using the internet.

          Obviously what they started or stumbled onto has become massive and changed human habits in ways no one could have predicted.

          Currently, Facebook is under siege because of their failure to adequately protect the information they have collected about users from outside groups who have used this data for purposes it was not designed for – so we are told.

          This has me confused. What or how exactly has this supposed data breach hurt me?

          What does Facebook know about me that makes me vulnerable to the Russians, the Democrats or the Trump campaign: My email address? My phone number or mailing address? Where do I work? Maybe, even my social security number? My credit cards have not been compromised, so what?

          Maybe I'm naive, no, admittedly I am naïve, but I do not understand.

          I do understand if one of these organizations wanting to influence opinion can send a message to 87 million Facebook users with one SEND that's pretty powerful, but how am I hurt? Lots of folks are trying to influence me and most of them bother me a lot more than some strange Facebook message.

          Zuckerberg is appearing before Congress and they are roasting him like a pig on a spit. Next Congress will likely develop a plan to regulate Facebook type companies. Regulation might be necessary and helpful, but I'm not so sure given Congress’ track record.

What I don't want Congress to do is "throw the baby out with the bath

water!"

Facebook is fun, informative and more of a positive thing than bad, so please don't ruin it!

          I like bragging about the accomplishments of my grandkids and learning about the good things others have accomplished too and I really enjoyed receiving more than 150 Happy Birthday greetings.

Conclusion: Facebook is fun!

          I’m Steve Sauder

 

 

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