An American company sold advertisements to Russian agents who were attempting to influence the American Presidential election. The company claimed it had no way to prevent a repeat of the problem. Some have suggested that if there was no way for this company to prevent foreign agents from contaminating our democracy, the company should be shut down.
Now we learn that the same company allowed people to extract private information, most without their permission. That information was then used by Cambridge Analytics to create targeted, misleading ads, masquerading as posts, in an attempt to influence our election. Unlike political ads on TV, no one knows where these ads come from or who pays for them.
Facebook has many valuable features but it's primary business is selling your information to other companies. As some have said, "If you are not paying for the service, you are not the customer, you are the product!"
It will be difficult for many people but I urge you to delete your Facebook account.