Social networks are tools that let us communicate with friends and family, share our lives with them, learn about theirs, and sometimes even to establish new relationships. Social networking sites are being broadly used by young and adults all over the world, being the formers, the main target market of the largest Social Network of the world, Facebook. According to recent statistics which can be found in Facebook’s home page, the site has 500 million active users around the globe, who have an average of 130 friends in their contact’s lists. The same statistics also show that it is estimated that the average user spends around 58 minutes per day browsing the site, sharing and receiving information. Facebook has several places where different
‘The rapid development of technology, including the provision of easy access to social media sites, is having a negative impact on young people’s privacy.’
In the 21st century, digital media has gain popularity from young adults. There are over 1 billion users solely registered on Facebook (Solberg, 2014). However, issues of privacy and publicity are being brought to attention, though it has been used in problematic ways such as academic research, personal reputation, or policing. The faulty policies of social media websites like Facebook are potentially putting users at risk and are outweighing the benefits, which in turn can negatively impact their social perceptions.
Internet has become a vital element in people daily lifestyles. People use smart phones, tablets, laptops or computers to access Internet. By the first decade of the 21st century, many Internet users use faster broadband Internet access technologies. As the Internet users grow, one of the Internet phenomenons that can be seen is social networking. Basically, people use social media to interact among people where they create, share or exchange information in virtual communities and networks.
Privacy is one of the severe issue in today’s Modern Technology era, tied to human right around the world. Most countries have started thinking differently regarding between the people’s right and national security, and trying to leverage on new technology to detect potential national threats without hurting people’s privacy. However, there's a blurred line between privacy violation and government surveillance. (Sánchez, Levin & Del, 2012) It would be a learning process for governments to seek an optimum balance between retain integrity of privacy right and eliminate national threats in order to make the country better.
Many terrorists realize that they are being watched, so they must take extra precautions to not be caught. This shows that “online surveillance has been effective and is an important tool the fight against terrorism” (Francis, “5 Reasons Why The NSA's Massive Surveillance Program Is No Big Deal”). This is a major point to back up the importance of national security. They also say that we do it anyway when we post photos and videos to social media; so what’s the difference if the NSA is seeing what we do? We are able to “determine… the following things about the most active people in [our] Facebook feed: Where they live; where they work; roughly how much more they make; how many children they have; where their children go to school…” (Francis, “5 Reasons Why The NSA's Massive Surveillance Program Is No Big Deal”) among many other things. This shows that our “privacy” isn’t as private as we make it out to be regardless of the NSA and other spying organizations. It also shows that we need to be careful what we post to social media as it could become
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Social media has seen a significant number of stories that bring attention to failures in surveillance policies over the past decade. Time after time we hear about how surveillance technology is digging deeper and deeper into our personal information and is infringing on our rights more and more. It is important however to recognize successes in personal information protection and acknowledge achievements on behalf of the common population. As more and more attention is brought to surveillance the public is becoming better informed. As this trend progresses it is becoming more and more beneficial for social media companies to side with the individual and protect their user’s rights. Twitter is a social media company that has had success in protecting their users rights and working towards an open and transparent information environment. Between Twitter’s involvement with the Do Not Track program and their lawsuit against the United States Justice Department, the company models a successful social media surveillance strategy.
Social networking sites have revolutionised communication, and are now one of the main sources of communication used today. Facebook was created in 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerburg, and is estimated to have over 175 million members (Hovi, Pitkanen, Tuunainen, 2009).
Since their advent, Social Network Sites (SNSs) attract a lot of attention from different groups. Technical experts, Businessmen, Social Activists, and Researchers try to find out the structure of SNSs, and at the same time take advantage of those sites as normal users of these SNSs occasionally. In other words, SNSs now are an inseparable part of people’s life.
Social media is a very large virtual form of communication which utilizes the internet as main device of propagation. The threat to privacy by social media can be represented by the public exposition of personal life of a real world into a virtual medium. It is evidenced that social media serve as a powerful collaborator to the interaction of peoples around the world. However, indicators demonstrate that social media also exposes personal informations as an gateway to access user personal information and made people lose privacy inside their own home or environment work. Social media may not be safe to keep dado and even any kind of information. It is an threat growing real to privacy because of hacker attacks on websites, lack of knowledge in tools, awkward and inefficient laws that does not support web users nor avoid cyber crimes.
Social networking sites are used by millions of people in today’s world. With reasons varying from connecting with a few old friends to sharing photos and videos, it is plain to say that social networks are a part of many individual’s lives. Sometimes the usage of social networks areusage of social networks is required for business and other times, it is just for leisure. With various individuals constantly sharing personal information or even photos from a wild party on the Internet, exactly whose hands does all of this end up in? Although many privacy rights exist for individuals on and off of social networking sites, networkers are not well aware that government agencies, police officers, and many decision makers legally have access to their online data.
Social medias have become a big part of our society now, they are being used in all aspects of our life. We are connected twenty-four hours a day, at work, school, home, shopping etc. There is a necessity, a need to be connected to these social media’s, to feel like you are a part of society. With these growing numbers in being connected to social media’s on the web, there comes a growing desire for privacy and safety. In this paper I will discuss and analyze the social media’s themselves, the dangers that arise from them, and how all these correlate to privacy.
The use of social media has risen exponentially in the past decade, and with it the impact of its ubiquity has become evident. Although social media can undoubtedly be a positive vehicle for self expression and social interaction, it is largely restrictive of personal liberty and subsequently does more harm than good. Though this applies primarily to the individual, the negative effects of social media on personal freedom extends to interpersonal relationships and can therefore negatively affect groups as well. The convergence of audiences and associated privacy concerns on social media sites like Facebook can result in self-censorship, while the inbuilt filtering systems create a sense of censorship. Data collection and surveillance make it
Nowadays, we are living in the “ technology world”, digital’s century, science and technology are being devolopped like a rain-storm, people try their best effect to serve for human’s infiniti demand. Internet in general and social network in particular are exceedingly funtional tools. Indeed, with over 1.3 billion active users in June,2014 ( Wikipedia), there is no suprise that Facebook has been becoming a leading social network in the world, “Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission - to make the world more open and connected” – CEO of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg (google). Facebook truthly brought many useful; however, it is still “ a double-edged sword”.