Come on. Who didn’t know that at some point when you make virtually everything about your life freely available to the public, or at least approved “friends”, that the data shared would eventually be misused?
Any rational person knew that. It was inevitable. But do the majority of Facebook (“FB”) users actually care?
There are so many different types of users of FB. I would wager that there are vastly more users who care so much more about maintaining their public status and perception, than incursions into their personal freedoms. Mind-blowing, right?
Which means that FB will continue to be a cash-flow gold mine, despite account closures and losses of ad sponsors from corporate partners. Mr. Market will tell us the answer before 2018 is over; maybe a lot earlier.
The stock has taken a quick, hard thrashing since the last week of January. Intra-week losses (Hi to Lo) are at 23% since that final week in January, with a chunky 10% during the week before last.
Don’t expect the Senate or Congress to actually take action. FB lobbies, and I don’t know if you knew this, but FB pays taxes, too. A lot of’em. My guess about this whole Cambridge Analytica-thing, “This too shall pass.”