Mark Zuckerberg believes that public is becoming the “social norm,” which his company is banking on for the future. A major change that took place recently involves users’ loss of the ability to conduct various actions in a private manner…
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Users of the Facebook website vary from individuals who post profiles with photographs and videos freely to the other end of the spectrum, those who post, but secure their profiles out of fear that their personal information is at risk (Sutherland). A contradiction exists in regards to perspectives on privacy. People want to feel safe on the Internet, going to great lengths to minimize their “cyber footprint” (Changing Ways), from removing their contact information from directories to complaining about “their houses being visible on Google Earth” (Grayling). Yet, millions of other people cannot spend a single day without Internet-access, informing the world of their every action via Twitter and updating their Facebook status with their every thought, a plethora of photographs and personal details. Perhaps the attraction is in the projection of an ideal or image rather than conveying truth (Grayling). That said, Grayling implies websites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, chat rooms, and other blog sites, may not be extinguishing users’ privacy as much as people think....
For example, users are now prompted to accept the Facebook terms and conditions when opening an application for the first time, granting the application developer access to personal contact information from the user’s personal profile. This change is geared toward one of Facebook’s largest company initiatives for 2011—e-commerce (Townsend). Although users are prompted to accept or decline the granting of access to personal information when the permission box pops up, it is unlikely that users will read the new terms. Townsend suggests most Internet users have been trained to bypass the fine print and get to the bottom line, clicking anything necessary to get them to what they were initially trying to do. Facebook cannot be blamed for users failing to read the fine print, can they? Based on Townsend’s research on the subject of privacy and recent changes made by the company, it seems Facebook is focusing on profiting from the personal information of its users. The value of contact information and personal details that are provided on the website so freely serves as one of the company’s “greatest potential revenue streams for the future” (Townsend). While Facebook is protecting itself by adding new terms to the permission box that pops up when users access developer applications, it may not only be Facebook benefiting from the personal details being transmitted. Townsend describes rogue applications that are intended to farm user information by pretending to be something they are not. Facebook claims to carefully monitor scams (“Facebook”) such as faux applications that gain access to users information in this manner, but it could take several days before the application is caught and eliminated; meaning countless users at the hands
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This trend has been more consistently observed with teenagers and young adults than with people of a larger age bracket. The conventional methods of meeting up on a barbecue have gradually given way to surfing cyber chat rooms and social networking websites.
Furthermore, they has enabled and invited philosophical views from diverse communities. The continuous evolution of the social networking technologies has raised questions related to the ethics and social responsibility. This has occurred due to the fact that it has reshaped how human beings are getting involved in any type of virtual social bonds and friendships.
To join Facebook, users must first register, after which they can then create a personal profile that shares personal information, add other users as friends, post photos and videos, message and chat with other users, play games, use apps, and join countless groups, causes, and networks.
4). Its users reached 8 million in just two years from launching date (Yadav par. 1). It is a social networking website founded by Zuckerberg (current chief executive office), Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin (Founder Bios pars.
The ethical actor that will be used for the test here is Facebook itself. It is not clear whether it was just exercising its rights to amend the SRR by acting as a private company or whether it was acting unethically by misleading users about the security of the
These features put the user in control of the content one wishes to share. The managers changed Facebook from being a private diary to a public forum where users could interact. According to Barry Schnitt, the changes in Facebook have come as a result of
In addition, the advent of digital communication has further revolutionized social networking through a number of media platforms that include Facebook, LinkedIn, Google plus+ and Twitter. Through these mediums, interactions between people and across international borders, has been made easier.