Privacy Is A Social Norm

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Ever since the founding of the internet, privacy has been a growing concern. The internet has been a place where information about anything and everything is readily accessible at the touch of our fingertips, and just as easily personal information about people can be found. With the amount of social media and how it interacts with people 's lives, it can be said that privacy is a depleting resource. Privacy is a "fixture in public discourse", with the most enduring issues in this sphere being related to informational technologies such as the world wide web. (Nissenbaum 2004, p. 119) This essay will disagree with Mark Zuckerberg 's statement, claiming that privacy is still a social norm, and disagree with the the notion that attitudes to privacy have been fundamentally changed by the popularisation of social media. This essay will also explore these issues through the case of Facebook newsfeed outcry. (Xu et. al, 2010) Firstly, the case of the Facebook newsfeed outcry. The case study refers to the implementation of the news feed function that was introduced to Facebook on September 2006, whereby users could obtain information about their friends and their activities via a headline news format. (Xu et. al, 2010, p. 2) The news feed also allowed for real time updates of profile picture changes as well as conversations between friends and family. The newsfeed feature was promoted as a tool of convenience (Xu et. al, 2010, p. 2) but users protested, claiming that their information was exposed and invaded. (Boyd 2008, cited in Xu et. al, 2010, p. 2) This case study is supported by that of Hoadley et. al (2009), where concerns of privacy are mirrored due to an "illusory loss of control" and increased information access. Furthermore, ... ... middle of paper ... ...s are any indication. On the other hand, academic literature has shown that privacy is still a social norm in teenagers and the youth in general, just in a different form than conventionally expected. Teenagers are said to want privacy, whether they admit it or not. (Waffles 2011, cited in Boyd & Marwick 2011, p. 1) Furthermore, the information disclosed by teenagers are said to be only general information, (Waffles 2011, cited in Boyd & Marwick 2011, p. 1) implying that important and personal information are kept hidden. These show that teenagers attitudes to privacy have not been altered by social media platforms, and that participation in social media networks are not an indication that youth of today have rejected privacy. (Boyd & Marwick 2011, p. 1) This stance is supported by Schneier (2010), who states that the younger generation and people in general still

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