Generally speaking, social media has been designed to be public unless the user makes it private. It is supposed to connect people to one another and is largely an open forum (Larry, 2011). As such, expecting privacy on social media such as Twitter and Facebook is like one yelling out in a crowded town square yet expecting privacy. Social media consists of information that individuals volunteer for the entire internet to see provided they are connected to your social media account. It is logical to say that if one uses his/her real name, photo and real birthday on social media, he/she can not claim to be private anymore.
This implies that the only way to avoid being public on social media is to avoid giving private information on social media. A look at Face book’ s statement of rights and responsibility seems to suggest that although the company values the users’ privacy, they do not guarantee this privacy and it seems that it is only the user who can ensure that he/she does not share information he/she intends to be private on such a public forum.
Furthermore, it seems to suggest that once you share information on Facebook, you grant some rights regarding the use of the information to the company implying that you also waive your right to privacy over the information. For instance, the statement states that the user grants the company non-exclusive rights to use any IP content that one posts on Facebook. As such, any information shared on social media should be treated as public and not private (Face book, 2014).
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