By | April 13, 2019
Fake News

Fake News: Facebook sells user data which include their photographs, videos and chat messages

Reality: No, Facebook is not selling your personal data to companies

Explanation: Facebook uses algorithm for running targeted advertisements. Which means a hotel can target people in the age group of 18 to 24 to book a Valentine’s Day package at their property. But, they never know who has seen their ads and do not have access to any user data.

Fake News: My employer will know if I apply for a job through LinkedIn

Reality: No, that is not possible

Explanation: LinkedIn never posts an update or informs your network when you apply for a job on LinkedIn. All that activity is private and can be only seen by you.

Fake News: People get stalked and kidnapped for using Instagram as I have to post everything publicly

Reality: No, that will not happen

Explanation: Only business profiles are public, you have an option to make your account private. In that case only approved followers can your photographs and posts.

Fake News: Electronics products made in China are of inferior quality

Reality: That is untrue

Explanation: China manufactures electronics like mobile phone, computer hardware and consumer electronics for brands like Apple, Intel and Sony. They have world-class manufacturing infrastructure, next-generation technology and highly-skilled power.

Fake News: If you use Google chrome’s incognito mode no one can track you

Reality: that is incorrect

Explanation: When using Chrome’s incognito mode, it will only not save our browsing history, cookies and site data. But, our school/employer and internet service provider will still be able to track us.

Fake News: People working at WhatsApp can read our messages, see our photos and videos

Reality: that is false information

Explanation: WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, which means the only receiver of the message can see what the sender has sent and no one in between.

Fake News: Amazon.com sells goods at competitive price only because they’re of inferior quality and duplicates of original items

Reality: this information is incorrect

Explanation: Amazon.com does not manufacture the goods it sells on its website. It is usually purchased from manufacturers, suppliers or importers that too under strict quality guidelines and originality assurances.

Fake News: Skype can take control of our microphone and camera whenever it wants to

Reality: this information is untrue

Explanation: Skype will only have access to video and microphone whenever we are making a video or voice call. Once we disconnect a video or a voice call it no longer has access to a microphone or camera.

Fake News: Storing our photographs on Google Photos means granting its access to the Company and advertisers

Reality: This is false

Explanation: Your photographs and videos are private by default until and unless you decide to share it with someone by sharing a link or making an album public.

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