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.