I am glad we finally got a topic that allows us to explore and concentrate on different issues from each other!
I feel that with regards to privacy, misuse of personal data as raised by Zaidhan’s post and YongYou in his video as well as identify thefts are the most prevalent and harmful issues with regards to social media ethics. Dayna raised the problem of identity theft in a Human Resource(HR) recruitment perspective. I did not think of this and it really roused my interest because it is simply misguided for someone to be judged by a profile that does not even belong to them, especially when it may cost them a job.
Lee Gin’s post introduced me to the concept of A/B testing on Facebook which I personally found was interesting, but not as unethical as it may seem. Indeed, it may seem unethical to be subjects of experiments without our consent, but are we not facing this manipulation with the bombardment of advertising and marketing efforts everyday?
Jeremiah shared the same thoughts with me on the use of fake reviews and astroturfing by businesses. These practices mislead consumers and take advantage of consumers’ trust and are definitely unethical. Zoey and Charissa also provided examples of how bloggers, who have huge followings, treads on this issue too.
While many of us were focused on the unethical issues regarding the business use of social media, Elvina raised the issues on how the education scene may be affected as well. With the extensive use of social media in education today, the line of distinction between the personal and academic lives of students is often blurred. However I feel that teachers are the ones who have to suffer more from the unethical use of social media, as seen in the case of Yik Yak that went viral among colleges.
While social media is an extremely useful tool as we have discussed over the past topics, it does bring about plenty of ethical issues with it. There may be laws created to help protect certain groups of people from these poor ethics, but the truth is majority of the time we can only learn to deal with it. Ultimately, web users are the ones responsible for our own actions so it is up to all of us to practice proper social media and online etiquettes in order to maintain good ethics.
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