From WhatsApp to data collection and tracking, here are 3 good reasons to delete your Facebook account in 2021.








  • offender – a person who is guilty of a crime
  • ethos – the distinguishing character, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution
  • to reflect – if something reflects a situation, it shows what it is like
  • to reach out – to ask someone for help
  • transparency – the quality or state of being transparent (easily seen through; obvious; frank)
  • to impact – have a strong effect on someone/something
  • to spell – to be a sign of
  • inclined – if you are inclined to have a particular opinion, you hold this opinion but you are not expressing it strongly
  • to wean off – to make someone gradually stop depending on something that they have become used to, especially a bad habit

Replace the words in bold with their synonyms used in the article.

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It’s never been a secret—Facebook collects huge amounts of data on you. Just look on the App Store at the amount of data included on Apple’s privacy labels, which show how much the social network (1) follows you as you use your iPhone.

Facebook announced its (2) buy of WhatsApp in 2014, and at the time it promised that the platforms would be kept separate. It’s clear now that this isn’t the case, and it’s (3) annoyed a lot of WhatsApp users, many of whom are threatening to (4) resign from it.

“Hey, remember when Facebook bought WhatsApp and (5) promised they wouldn’t do this? Surprise!,” Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at digital rights group the EFF said in a tweet.

Facebook said the update “does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook and does not (6) have a strong effect how people communicate privately with friends or family.”

As Jake Moore, cybersecurity specialist at ESET says: “Facebook offers many reasons to use its platform offering huge amounts of information on whatever you are into. However, this now comes with a large (7) cost—that cost is your privacy.”

 ANSWERS: 1.tracks; 2. purchase; 3. angered; 4. quit; 5. swore; 6. impact; 7. price tag

Practice Makes Perfect

Fill in the gaps in the sentences below with some of the words/phrases in Glossary


1. The new regulations are aimed at preventing insider dealing and promoting market …………. .

2. The …….. here is that it’s cool to care about your work.

3. I’m more ……….. to think it was a mistake rather than some deliberate action.

4. I’m trying to …… myself …. Facebook.

5. Identifying the ……… from the DNA samples will not be easy.

6. His work ………… popular culture and some catastrophic images spread by the media.

7. Facebook …………. the whole world.


 ANSWERS: 1. transparency; 2. ethos; 3. inclined; 4. wean off; 5. offender; 6. reflects; 7. impacts





  • What are the best/worst things about Facebook?
  • Can putting information on Facebook be dangerous?
  • Have you ever regretted  putting something on Facebook?
  • Would you let your 12-year-old child open a Facebook account?
  • Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?


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