Social Media to Us – “We see Everything”

Social Media to Us – “ We see Everything”

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Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have become digital hoardings for internet users. People love sharing their personal views about what’s going on in their lives.

But stop and think for a moment. This information — some of which is very personal — is going up on the internet. Outside of group of people you trust like Spam bots, acquaintances, and even cybercriminals could take an interest, too. The dramatic story of the consulting agency Cambridge Analytica is a case in point. The firm exploited the private information of over 50 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 American presidential election. 

Social media users’ concerns about their privacy have spiked in recent years. Incidents of data breaches have alarmed many users and forced them to rethink their relationships to social media and the security of their personal information.


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Public views on Social Media Privacy :

Saswatik Tripathy

Foundation for Ecological Security

“I believe that each person is responsible for the information he/she is posting online. As soon as you post something, you should understand that your private life is not fully private anymore.

Of course, when it comes to some messengers or personal texts in social media, if someone leaks private information without mutual agreement, this person should be punished as it violates person's privacy.

This problem is really complex and controversial. You can look at the situation from different perspectives and have absolutely different opinions.”

Thuan Nguyen

Lapland University of Applied Sciences

“People should really take some minutes to actually read all the terms and conditions about data privacy on anything that they're about to sign up or register to.

Especially regarding your financial data, any party that violates their term should be punished.”

Kaukab Abid Azhar

Barrett Hodgson University

“If I’m honest, I don’t precisely know how or what information different social media portals are collecting about me and what they do with all that information. Even if I have tried to read all the terms and conditions about data privacy, I really don’t know. Can anyone really know it? OK, the all the terms and conditions about data privacy are often very long and it might take couple of minutes to read them, but like you said it would be very important to read those carefully and even try to clarify what you share to others (meaning the whole world).”

Marvin Kirsh

California State University, Los Angeles

“ I am quite sure that nobody know exactly what information portals is collecting about you. And I think that is quite scary. Now when I thinking about this more, I realize that I have been actually careless about reading all the terms and conditions. Too often I just click ''accept'' without reading those terms.”


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Up till a week ago, 67-year-old Snehlata Patel believed that WhatsApp was the only possible way in which she could communicate online through text or video call with her friends or relatives. Since new whatsapp privacy policy, however, she has spent hours glued to her phone, struggling to familiarise herself with Signal – a messenger app to which many in her “school friends” WhatsApp group were moving.

1.2 million people have downloaded Signal since the start of 2021, at the same time that WhatsApp saw an 11% decline in its weekly downloads. Telegram, a messenger app, has also seen a rise in new users, with 1.7 million downloads since January 1.

Hence , its evident that people are now more informed and concerned about their privacy on social platforms.

In the 21st century, information can be a new form of valuable currency or leverage. You wouldn’t just hand out your bank account information to a stranger , so why would you give away your privacy rights on social networking sites? Pay particular attention to what information you are agreeing to share when you sign up for a social media account. As an example, according to Facebook, if a user chooses to delete any photos and videos they’ve previously shared on Facebook, those images will be removed from the site but could remain on Facebook’s servers.

Take a moment to wade through the information contained in the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service before you click “Accept.” You may find that some of the terms are in the best interest of the platform, but may not be the best for you.

Social networks have changed communication among an extended circle of friends. Everyone around the world are benefiting from the use of social networks. An analysis of this new technology shows that it has many positive aspects, but at the same time it has significant problems with respect to privacy of information and security. Easy user frame of the major social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter undermines their privacy and security features.

Privacy. It feels like something that we all strive for in today’s society, but should we have to? Shouldn't it just be there when we want it?


About the writer

Awkwardly confident and a socialising introvert, Arushi believes in minding her own business. An explorer (because there’s just too much too see to give importance to just one thing), aspiring traveler and a budding Youtuber.