Internet Google’s got a front-row seat. Every

Internet is free, but how are these sites getting paid? The truth is
that we are paying with our identity, for example when we use Facebook they log
everything we do, the pages we like, the people we interact with, even the
words in our status updates, then they take that information analyze it and
assemble a detailed profile of who you are. They know your habits, your
preferences, they can even determine risk tolerance or sexual orientation, and
they sell that information to advertisers. They actually record which ads we
see then partner with firms that monitor what we do in the real world, and then
they just pump us full of ads. This has got to be one of the most invasive
advertising systems ever devised. Facebook can actually determine who’s the
most vulnerable to an ad campaign then up their dosage until they buy even
more. Sure, you can quit Facebook. But good luck escaping Google. Google
doesn’t just track you when you search, their tracking software is also
installed on more than ten million websites, even medical sites, so the health
info you think you’re looking up in private Google’s got a front-row seat.
Every time you write a Gmail, watch a YouTube video, or use Google Maps, Google
collects data about you. We don’t even know the full extent of what Facebook
and Google store, or what they do with that. All we know is that they’re
collecting our data on an unprecedented scale and making billions off of it.
That’s their real business model. When we use these sites, we’re not the
customer, we’re the product. The fact that the sites are free is the problem.
When the web was created, we decided, we would rather have free stuff then pay
for the services we used, as a result, the websites have had to sell ads to
make money. They target ads to us based on our preferences and our behavior
online. And that means we’re under constant surveillance in exchange for these
services that we get “for free”. One in six people on Earth now has a Facebook
account, and they make up twenty percent of all time spent online. That’s 1.6
billion people whose every move is being tracked by an online big brother that
they chose to live under. For every user they surveil they make just twelve
dollars. Your interests, your personality, your relationships, your privacy,
those things are priceless, but you gave them all away just to avoid paying
twelve dollars. So think about it before you click, like, or visit a page on
internet

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