Privacy of Social Network? (Day 28)

Recently, the Chinese social network is getting quite interesting.The Chinese Twitter (Weibo) exposed some private issues on political sides.

For example, a local officer who talked with his lover through his account got caught by the policemen, and things turned out that he was corrupted. Meanwhile, a young lady who claimed that she was a daughter of the CEO of Chinese Red Cross while uploaded a lot of pictures of luxuries on her Weibo page. Since it caught public’s attention, relevant government departments began to investigate this person and it turned out that the whole Chinese Red Cross organization is even corrupted.

This is so true but sad. The true side is that finally China has something could be talked about on social network issues, the sad side is that China has a terrible corruption situation while the privacy of social network needs to be thought about.

In fact, I am good at spying someone on Facebook. Though for the first time when I registered Facebook, I was hesitated that do I really have to put my real name on this site? Will there be something bad happen if my profile was public like this? However, it seems that no one really cares, since real names and information could help us to find our friends and keep our relationship in our circles.

There are some privacy settings on social media account for sure, and Facebook is claimed as the safest social media sites. However, there are still some problems like you can know a person by looking at his friend list.

Netizens could always make them as private as they can: block the wall, make no one see the profiles etc. But with the development of social network site itself, sometimes the site could not help itself to spread the word. One day I made a new friend on a party, the next day we added each other on Facebook. Then on his wall, Facebook stated: “XXX and Cici are now friends after attending XXX party”… I was embarrassed, hoping no one could see this.

However, facebook and twitter are two different social media network sites. On twitter we don’t have to use our real name and know all information about our friends, instead we can only receive information from people we want to know. But on Twitter, every one could get information from you even they are not your followers.

Privacy is a question that I have no idea how to answer , since I have lots of doubts myself. But social media helps you know a person more to some extend. By watching picture albums, I can see how many places this person has been, by watching his statues, I can see what his life is going recently. Social media shortens our distance.

Is it possible that Facebook could help a policeman catch the criminal? Is it possible that my boss could fire me just because a drunk face? Sometimes I even feel I am living out of this world is I don’t log on Facebook even for a day.

Related articles:

Privacy 2.0

http://www.economist.com/node/15350984

A bill of privacy right for social network users

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/bill-privacy-rights-social-network-users

Privacy and security issues in social network

http://www.fastcompany.com/articles/2008/10/social-networking-security.html

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