Facebook is one of the biggest technology companies in the world. Which means they have a lot of responsibility and power. Over the last few years, Facebook has been involved in many different scandals about how much power they have and the fact that they are not doing enough to change the bad influence the site has on the world. But does Facebook have too much power?
In 2016 there was the precedential election in the united states, it later showed that Facebook had a huge influence on the outcome. Donald Trump was elected as president and there were a lot of people that were unhappy with that. A huge part of Donald’s campaign was run on Facebook and they used the algorithms to their advantage. On Facebook, it is possible to segregate the users and make adds directly meant for the individual user. His marketing chief made sure that they had inside help from Facebook to make sure they used the platform the right way. This made the campaign effective in comparison with others such as Hillary Clinton. However, the platform was not just used to publish true content. Fake news was now invented, in the period before the election a lot of “fake news” was published on Facebook in favor of Trump’s campaign. The question is is it Facebook’s fault or does making the rules harder on this subject eliminate the freedom of speech. Facebook is now one of the biggest sources for news to spread since it is where the newspapers can reach their readers.
Though there are some good sides to this, Facebook is designed to only show you what you want to see. So, the diversity of perspectives and different opinions disappear when you only get your news from Facebook. Fake news sites are now also born, and it is hard to acknowledge the difference between a real and a fake site. Realizing the fake news on Facebook makes it easier to make the reader believe the content. The fact that Facebook did not have any rules about what goes on the site made it easy to spread different content to impact the readers’ minds. There are several examples in different countries where this has happened. As shown in the movie “the Facebook dilemma” one of the worst examples is the one from the Philippines, where the president used a network of paid followers to spread lies about his policies and attack his critics. He especially used it against critics on the violent war he had against drugs. This is an example of how a government can take advantage of a thing almost everybody uses every day. The power Facebook has gained over the years is insane and they have not been good enough to take charge and fix the problems with their site. As mentioned in “the Facebook dilemma” as long as Facebook continues to grow the profit, they are not going to be forced to make the changes needed.
I have now mentioned several examples of how Facebook can and are being used for political and personal profit. Facebook knows about these problems but is not doing enough about them. Can this be a sign that Facebook has too much power? If people don’t want to be a part of what Facebook is doing why don’t they just quit and delete their accounts. People are bound to Facebook without knowing it, they can’t just quit. If they do that, they will lose contact with everybody else because it is where people communicate. And it is where you read the news, gossip about celebrities and everything else you are interested in. because that is how Facebook is designed, it only shows you a similar thing to what you previously have liked. Facebook has time after time showed that they can’t handle all the power and responsibilities they have; therefore, they may have a little too much power.