Social Networking And Privacy

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Social Networking and Privacy
Technology in the 21st century has forever changed the way in which people communicate and interact with each other. Many websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube allow us to capture and share all the great things such as experiences and memorable moments with friends. We can easily broadcast these great moments out to the rest of the world. However, along with the opportunities of sharing our information becoming ubiquitous, more and more people are getting concerned around the topic of privacy. Some social networking users complain that sharing their interaction causes the risk of personal information leak. Others argue that users should agree with the openness of social networking before they use the sites.
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As a senior Facebook user, I have more than 400 people connected to me. All of them able to watch my current activities. Nevertheless, I am ashamed to say that, most of these nominal friends are no more than a stranger. Unfortunately, users do not realize that, those nominal friends can be a potential rick, which leads to the leak of their privacy. For instance, a malicious user can distribute people’s privacy to the rest of world rapidly in a few seconds by simply click share to public. Those users may sold people’s secret out for their profit. Usually, users like to “adding” more friends. The common phenomenon is caused by a pointless popularity contest on the Internet, more friends make users looks more popular among their friends. Based on the characteristics of social networking, the concept of friend making has been diluted by many different definitions from different sites. A statistical data published by Pew Research Center shows that, “23% of adult Facebook users have 101-250 friends, 20% have 251-500 friends and 15% have more than 500 friends.” However, the number of real friends, which people can truly trust and share their life with, is usually much smaller than the number of nominal friends. It is almost impossible to protect users’ privacy, if a user has a chaotic contact book. For this reason, if people are not willing to give their …show more content…
For example, one of my friends told me that he finally decided to cancel his Facebook account, [misplaced comma usage]because he is concerned that many employers require their employees to provide Facebook access to their account. In fact, people are worrying excessively about the risk of using social networking. Social networking users are also under the protection of American law. With the problem of privacy leak is concerned by public, relevant laws are approaching to consummate, many states such as California, Maryland and Illinois have enacted laws to protect users’ privacy. For example, California Online Privacy Law states

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