Horror Video Brings Worst Facebook Nightmare to Life

take this lollipop main pageDo you believe the info you share online is secure? As though you'd never have to worry about even the stealthiest of Internet stalkers? If you were to find out that it wasn't, that what you post on Facebook could rapidly turn you into a victim, would that freak you out more than the scariest horror flick? Well, creator Jason Zada (who did the "Elf Yourself" campaign you may have played around with a few holiday seasons ago) is doing just that and scaring a lot of us silly with his new interactive app called Take This Lollipop.

By allowing it to access your Facebook profile, the app creates a 2-minute video, starring YOU! ... and a total psychopath, seemingly hell-bent on ruining your life.

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I'm never keen on allowing apps like these to access my Facebook profile, but I did it for the sake of this post, and because I figured I could just remove the app once I was done. Supposedly, your info is deleted as soon as you're done, too. 

So, I bit the bullet and watched as this freakshow in a basement somewhere "logged on" to my Facebook profile and scrolled through my News Feed, my photos ... one of me with my sis, with my boyfriend, a couple from weddings we've been to in the last year. I've never given my home address to Facebook, so when the creeper goes to look for me on a map, the video only shows a general area in my town, not my precise location. He then goes after me in a hateful rage, and the app promises someone in my friend list (who I haven't actually spoken to since high school) is NEXT. Dun dun daaaaaah!

Final thought: That's it? Meh.

Sure, watching a stranger access some of my basic personal info is disturbing, but it's not like this vid shows how someone could tap into truly HIGH SECURITY stuff (like credit card numbers, personal banking, email). Of course, if you have pics of you and your kids on your Facebook profile, or your phone number, or your home address, etc., that would surely make the "Take My Lollipop" experience all the freakier. And either way, it does hit home how vulnerable we might be making ourselves by using social media. Like Zada says:

Our privacy was dead a while back and will never be the same. Life as a whole has changed. If you look at the video, the scariest part is that your information is in the video. The piece is scary because a person is violating your privacy, not because it's bloody or there's anything jumping out.

He raises a great point, right? Even if we think we've locked our privacy settings down, we should still be afraid. Or at least aware that we're definitely taking some sort of risk every time we share a piece of our lives online.

Did this video freak you out?


Image via TakeThisLollipop.com

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