Do you know someone who has left Facebook out of concerns about privacy? Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress over how his company handled user data and privacy, and the company's role in Russia's influence in the presidential election. 

We talk about what we learned from the testimony, the role of social media platforms when it comes to user data, and who owns and is responsible for content posted to social media sites. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, senior lecturer of communications at RIT, and social media consultant at Fixitology
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, digital marketing manager at NextCorps, and director of content at I Heart ROC

Buzzfeed's Ben Smith, among other writers, are saying that Big Tech is in trouble. He says Facebook and Google are too big, too powerful, too complacent -- and soon, both consumers and Congress will come for them.

Is he right? Is Facebook primed for a fall? We discuss a future in which Facebook falls, Google shrinks, and everyone posts fewer status updates. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose work focuses on the intersection between social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, lecturer at RIT and social media consultant with Fixitology

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Wegmans wants you to know about a scam going around Facebook.

The company reports someone is posting, using the Wegmans name and a photo of a storefront on coupons. The bogus post says Wegmans is giving away free 200-dollar grocery coupons.

Did Facebook break basic etiquette standards, or even the law, by manipulating user emotions? Our social media watcher Mike Johansson weighs in, and we'll hear from Cornell University; they had a researcher who helped Facebook with the data.

Then we'll hear from University of Rochester history professor Thomas Slaughter, who has a new book out called Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution. Professor Slaughter says we tend to misunderstand the revolution, which was terribly divisive; the revolutionary war never had more than 45% public support.

Teens are finding creative ways to use social networking sites like Facebook to not only access drug dealers but hide their drug use from parents using coded statuses and blocking their access to uploaded pictures.

WXXI's LeShea Agnew visited a teen substance abuse treatment live-in facility in Rochester where teens openly shared how modern technology aided in their arrests and addictions.