Social Media Privacy Settings Essay

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The Impacts of Social Media Privacy Settings Science and technology have drastically evolved in the 21st Century. It is important in the new technological era that the rights and responsibilities are upheld by those on its forefront. Young people have become increasingly interested with technological innovations, especially that of the Internet and its social networking sites. The rights and responsibilities need to be upheld by both the users and companies. It is important to recognize that the privacy settings of social media, set by both the company and user, affect users’ daily lives. Have you ever realized how well the ads on Facebook pertain to your preferences? This is no coincidence and should not be taken lightly. Negative impacts …show more content…
According to Privacyrights.org, “There is no federal law that we are aware of that an employer is breaking by monitoring employees on social networking sites. In fact, employers can even hire third-party companies to monitor online employee activity for them. ”In an article from Cnet.com, Darr Kerr gives an example of a high school teacher who was fired after posting a fun festive photo of her holding wine and beer at a get together with friends. An employer who is able to look through social media profiles without permission is essentially similar to an employer who goes through personal items without permission. A person who writes a journal to share specific information with people they choose shouldn’t change just because it is through (now via) the internet. One simple mistake of posting something on social media, which does not define who you are, should not be the determining factor of whether or not a person gets hired. A person’s skill set is supposed to be of more importance than harmless activities that they do outside of work. According to shrm.org, 32% of employers in 2014 did not receive a job because of “poor communication skills.” Communication skills through social media is not the same as communication skills in real life. If social media was truly private, employers should not have the ability to look through private social media accounts to decide the …show more content…
According to the AACP, over 60% of 13-17 year olds have at least one profile on a social networking site, many spending more than 2 hours per day on these sites. Parents are grappling with the issue of keeping their kids safe from the dangers of social media, which include vulnerability to predatory adults and cyber bullying. DoSomething.org reports a study that states that (which states that) 43% percent of kids have been bullied online, providing a troubling statistic and tremendous issue at the hands of these social media companies. These companies must enforce their privacy policies with minors to ensure their safety from the evils of the Internet. Joining these social media sites is at the user’s discretion, yet at such young ages, they still face dangers of unintentionally revealing too much personal information, which may be regretted at a later time. After authorizing an individual’s day of birth, a privacy lock should be placed on one’s account to protect their postings from the general public, now allowing the user to decide the audience that will be viewing their

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