Facebook has gone from being the darling of the tech sector to something approaching a pariah as it finds itself increasingly under attack. It is accused of exposing its members’ data to unscrupulous operators and for putting its profits ahead of people’s privacy. Its most vocal detractors are arguing that the power of its platform now threatens to topple the pillars of democracy itself.

This might be taking things a tad too far but there is no doubt that the social media giant has firmly put the spotlight on the issue of protecting individual’s data and the danger of concentrating too much power in the hands of a few executives who ultimately determine how the data of billions of people is disseminated, packaged and sold.

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