The Pros And Cons Of Privacy On Facebook

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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.
The privacy issue on Facebook is a concern that could link to real-life threats. Privacy is not about communication and information, it is the claim of individuals, groups or institutions to determine for themselves when, how,
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Although Platform owners often present usage policies and guidelines as legally binding, click-through contracts that declare and delimit user status, rights, and opportunities (Stein, 2013, p. 354); but as legal and technical frameworks for information security and privacy are developed, they should take into account that users will typically consider the likely rather than the possible, and ensure that users are allowed to understand the implications of their information sharing behaviors online (Hoadley, Xu, Lee & Rosson, 2010, p. 58). Most of the users especially those who are not entrepreneurs, businessmen or adults would not spend time on reading thoroughly which consequently, could possibly become a victim of economic surveillance, i.e., the collection, storage, assessment, and commodification of personal data, usage behavior, and user-generated data for economic purposes (Fuchs, 2011, p. 160). Therefore, we have a little or no control over content or governance on these…show more content…
However the faulty policies that are made by the sites are potentially putting users at a high risk which consequently leads to the affection of their social impressions. Evidently, Facebook likely is not the most appropriate entity to be the arbiter of whether or not academic researchers should obtain consent from individuals to collect their information (Solberg, 2014, p. 800). The terms and condition legalities notwithstanding, users can and should question the terms and conditions of the platforms on which they contribute content, conduct exchanges, socialize, communicate, and otherwise interact. Understanding the conditions of use on these sites allows users to better assess, and advocate for, the levels of influence and control they consider acceptable on the sites they use (Stein, 2013, p. 368). Some of the consequences of sexting are prioritizing humiliation as ‘the worst’ consequence for girls, and criminalization as the most important consequence facing boys (Karaian, 2014, p. 288). As a whole, social media are inevitable in terms of a daily entertainment for teenagers however they usually become victims as of misunderstanding certain terms and conditions offered by the sites; and they might become sexually abusive by offending a victim through sexting (does not matter which gender; heterosexual or
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