Is Social Media Legal Or Ethical

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Social media platforms have become the norm in the society today and are used by billions of people around the world. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have transformed the social, political and economic aspects of life. Social media platforms allow users to share their photos and videos as in the case where Steve Stephens shared videos on Facebook of his intention to murder somebody and even ended up sharing a video where he actually murdered Robert Godwin Sr. This raised the question of whether Facebook has a legal or ethical duty to rescue a crime victim. It is, therefore, important that Facebook develops strategies to ensure that such acts of violence are not broadcasted and that there is ethical use of the …show more content…
Safeguards that Facebook and other social media platforms should put into place to prevent acts of violence from being broadcasted are continuous monitoring of the data posted. This can be done through the implementation of software to detect and delete activities associated to violence. Facebook should also not support games which have physical or mental torture tasks and if it allowed then it should be with very strict conditions. This way Facebook will be emphasizing on their zero tolerance to violence. In order for Facebook to prevent broadcast of acts of violence then the company has to lead by example and not have any games or apps that have aspects of …show more content…
Facebook can adopt anti violence campaign on their site to educate their users on the dangers of sharing violent content and at the same time remind users that Facebook does not condone life threatening content on their site. To encourage ethical use of their platform Facebook should deactivate accounts that frequently broadcast violence or that has been numerously reported to have violated the statement of rights and responsibilities and community standards. Strict adherence to Facebook’s statement rights and responsibilities together with the community standards will greatly contribute to ethical use of

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