Local reaction to Facebook data misuse - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Local reaction to Facebook data misuse

Local reaction to Facebook data misuse

The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. (Photo source: WDAM) The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. (Photo source: WDAM)
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. WDAM caught up with Dr. David Davies, from the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Mass Communication and Journalism about what this means for all Facebook users.

"We love to think, 'oh, that's happening to other people, that could never happen to us,'" said Ebonee Jackson, who is an avid Facebook user. 

The Facebook data scandal now has Jackson worried about being on the social media platform.

"It could very well happen to you," Jackson said. "It's happened to 87 million other people so I think we need to be more aware about this."

David R. Davies, Director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, said it's important to protect your personal information, or it could be open to a world of compromise. He said it's critical before proceeding with your account to read the fine print.

"All of us just hit accept and go through the scroll button just as fast as we can," Davies said. "I think it would help all of us just to do a quick Google search on the kinds of information that Facebook collects on us and by clicking accept we are allowing Facebook to use."

Personal information such as your name, birth date, location data and even your likes could be saved instantaneously without your knowledge. 

"The bottom line, know what you are giving up to Facebook by actually reading that long agreement or googling it to find out as much you can about it," Davies said. "And, if you are reluctant to give up that kind of information, it might be time for you to take a step back form social media."

"I'm not too surprised. I'm kind of nervous," Jackson said. "I don't want any of my information to randomly be out there."

You can visit Facebook.com/help to see if your information was shared with Cambridge Analytica. 

Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Six new troopers joining Hattiesburg MHP district

    Six new troopers joining Hattiesburg MHP district

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:57:26 GMT
    Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Luck (left) speaks with new troopers Jacob Welborn (center) and Allen Grace. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Luck (left) speaks with new troopers Jacob Welborn (center) and Allen Grace. Photo credit WDAM.
    Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Luck (left) speaks with new troopers Jacob Welborn (center) and Allen Grace. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Luck (left) speaks with new troopers Jacob Welborn (center) and Allen Grace. Photo credit WDAM.

    Six new troopers have joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol's Troop J in Hattiesburg. 

    More >>

    Six new troopers have joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol's Troop J in Hattiesburg. 

    More >>
  • MDS honored for community contributions

    MDS honored for community contributions

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:39:48 GMT
    Economy Supply hosted a luncheon for Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers Wednesday at their base camp. (Photo Source: WDAM)Economy Supply hosted a luncheon for Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers Wednesday at their base camp. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Economy Supply hosted a luncheon for Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers Wednesday at their base camp. (Photo Source: WDAM)Economy Supply hosted a luncheon for Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers Wednesday at their base camp. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    In an effort to get tornado victims back into their homes, volunteers with the Mennonite Disaster Service have helped build 12 houses. And today, Economy Supply honored them with a luncheon for their commitment to the community.  Roses Bar-B-Que and Catering was provided to the volunteers, which included ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans and even banana pudding for those craving something sweet. MDS is expected to leave sometime next month. But, those they work with say t...More >>
    In an effort to get tornado victims back into their homes, volunteers with the Mennonite Disaster Service have helped build 12 houses. And today, Economy Supply honored them with a luncheon for their commitment to the community.  Roses Bar-B-Que and Catering was provided to the volunteers, which included ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans and even banana pudding for those craving something sweet. MDS is expected to leave sometime next month. But, those they work with say t...More >>
  • Getting your pool summer ready

    Getting your pool summer ready

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:16:16 GMT
    Summer time is coming fast here in the Pine Belt, and that means enjoying a relaxing day in the pool. (Photo source: WDAM archive)Summer time is coming fast here in the Pine Belt, and that means enjoying a relaxing day in the pool. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    Summer time is coming fast here in the Pine Belt, and that means enjoying a relaxing day in the pool. (Photo source: WDAM archive)Summer time is coming fast here in the Pine Belt, and that means enjoying a relaxing day in the pool. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    Summer time is fast approaching  here in the Pine Belt and that means enjoying a relaxing day in the pool. But what are some of the things you can do to get it ready? To find out, we talked to Kris Adcock, owner of Adcock Pools and Spas. Chemical water balance is really important. A lot of people don't realize that it affect everything. The bather usage is no longer comfortable. It also protect the finish on the pool and the equipment. It's also important to keep your pool ch...

    More >>

    Summer time is fast approaching  here in the Pine Belt and that means enjoying a relaxing day in the pool. But what are some of the things you can do to get it ready? To find out, we talked to Kris Adcock, owner of Adcock Pools and Spas. Chemical water balance is really important. A lot of people don't realize that it affect everything. The bather usage is no longer comfortable. It also protect the finish on the pool and the equipment. It's also important to keep your pool ch...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly