Ready to break-up with Facebook? Here are some alternatives to "stay connected."

Facebook is under scrutiny for privacy concerns regarding their users' data.

by Tina Mata'afa-Tufele and Roy J.D. Hall III

(SAMOA) — Trust is something that simply cannot be quantified. The more end users learn about the data abuse enabled by Facebook, the social networking site that has become a verb in the global tele-communications vernacular, the more people of note are opting to bail.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak has deactivated his account, telling the Associated Press Monday this week he had been thinking for a while of deleting his account and made the move after several of his trusted friends deleted their Facebook accounts last week.

It's "a big hypocrisy not respecting my privacy when (Facebook CEO Mark) Zuckerberg buys all the houses around his and all the lots around his in Hawai'i for his own privacy," Wozniak said.

"He knows the value of it, but he's not looking after mine."

Zuckerberg is testifying before the U.S. Senate this week about what is the biggest privacy crisis in the history of Facebook. Given that Facebook is the largest social media networking site on the web and in the world, it's safe to say this is the biggest privacy breach in history. Period. It's a tough pill to swallow. We know.

Journalism and tele-com skills combined, here is a list we've compiled to assist our readers with the big Facebook break-up.

• LinkedIn
• YouTube
• Twitter
• SnapChat
• Reddit
• Pinterest
• Vine Camera
• Tumblr
• Flicker
• Google+
• Classmates
• Meet Up
• VK

How safe are the sites that've made our alternative list? Even though they haven't had a documented privacy breach like Facebook, we can’t say with confidence that they are safer than Facebook. This is the digital age and all free to use services operate on the exchange of our data for their services.
In the terms of the most basic business metaphor, Facebook is the farm, the users are the sheep, and the grass is free.

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