The Privacy Of Facebook

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Without any doubt and exaggeration, these days social networking websites became an integral part of our everyday life, and most of people would have certain problems with imagining their existence without of them: it is not only the question of entertainment, but also an aspect of social and professional interaction. Each day at least ten minutes is spent in order to check the latest news, photos and links provided by numbers of social networks. To such useful tools Facebook is also related, and in most cases it can be claimed that Facebook provides a lot of opportunities that allow people to interact with each other for different kind of reasons, learn new information, and even run own business. Nevertheless, there is also the pitfall of …show more content…
The research on social networks attacks completed by Carl Timm and Richard Perez articulates the issue in such a way that probably would not be appreciates by Facebook users (though highly unlikely it would turn away from using it later on). The authors claim that it is not social networks’ obligation to protect their users, for their prior mission is to engage more and more people to use it: the more visible they are, the more potential guests and user would be attracted (Timm, p.79). Even though there are some privacy settings available, still no user can protect himself or herself totally. Timm and Perez suggest reading all the information concerning privacy, that at least on Facebook can be found. However, one might come across the information he or she would not like. One of the aspects of such lies in fact that all photos and some other things a user posts automatically becomes an object of Facebook ownership. Thus, if one makes a decision to delete or leave the account, all the data provided by it at the time of its existence in social reality remains on the …show more content…
As it is assumed, it was the shift-point when people started to be concerned over their privacy, for from the start of social networks usage one could be so excited by this phenomenon of virtual social interaction, so he or she would ignore its drawbacks and possible hidden dangers. Nevertheless, certain significant drawbacks of this new system were pointed out. Firstly, “there 's more "publicly available information" that you can 't control” (Ozer), which means the following: before the late transformations, a user had an alternative to keep his profile hidden from everyone, but his friends, and only his name could be available for all Internet users, as well as Facebook ones. Ever since these recently occurred changes all possible fan pages a user has, as well the quite personal information, such as age, gender, relationship status, current city are completely available for everyone who uses the web. Thus, a Facebook user due to the fact of being registered there has no possibility to hide anything from anyone that he or she wants to be accessible only for his or her friends. Secondly, “Facebook is "recommending" that you loosen your privacy settings” (Ozer). For most of Facebook users, including the individuals who have never showed any signs of change in their

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