Saving Face on Facebook (White paper by Dr. Richard F. Gaspar)

Facebook In Western culture, individual privacy is a long established basic right. Many laws have been established that safeguard privacy. Categories defining the parameters of privacy have also been created to protect individuals from unreasonable intrusion. However, for social media users, new businesses and modern consumers of news, the established legal definitions may be inadequate. On Jan. 9, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg announced to a live audience, “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people” (As cited by Kirkpatrick, 2010). Zuckerberg concluded that online privacy was dead, and so was Facebook’s 2005 privacy policy. Facebook’s privacy policy changes generated thousands of articles, interviews and debates, as well a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC File No. 092 3184, 2011). In November 2011, Facebook settled the charges that it deceived its users, resulting in an additional overhaul of its privacy policy. In the end, the court challenge established that personal privacy is still important and social media companies should establish policies that protect it. However, many users are unaware of the numerous changes that have taken place to the Facebook’s Privacy over the past few years and are still unaware on how to safe guard their personal information and protect privacy.

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  1. I like this blog a lot because it shows that we really aren’t that safe with what we share online. The fact that Zuckerberg came out and shared it is a bit admirable, but hiding the changes on Facebook was not a good move. I remember hearing about this before, and now the world knows to be more careful, if they can.

  2. I believe people get too comfortable while on the internet so, for Mark Zuckerberg (the creator of Facebook) felt as though he needed to change Facebook’s privacy policy shows that he cares about his users.

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