Social media and Ethical uncertainty

The social media network was created to connect mass audiences of professional and personal people from any background, worldwide via a public online forum using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To enable, instant communication between users, entertainment and a place to source world wide information including breaking news in various forms of text, designs, layouts, videos, audio files, imagery and links to websites (Banbridge, Beasley and Tynan, 2015, pp. 75).  These are all positive highlights to social media, however, there are a few negative points associated to social media.  For example, where the ethical uncertainty can be questioned.

The dissemination of information determining if something follows a moral values and standard.    There is always that level of uncertainty if the account or post is a true representative of what it said it is.  Be aware of criminal activity, unethical dealings, sites and posts (NC State University, 2017).

Further to that, it is important to ‘stay smart online’ To have self awareness and protect personal privacy and disclosure of confidential information online (Australian Government, 2017).  To prevent someone using the particulars to create a false account or post and do not except friend request from people unknown.

Ensure that information on social networks is only shared with people, organisations, known to be authentic (NC State University, 2017).  That information is sourced from already well established, reputable and credible sources found on social media.  For example, education facilities, government, media outlets.

 

References

Bainbridge, J., Goc, N., & Tynan, L. (2015) Media and journalism new approaches to theory and practice.  Melbourne, Vic.

Australian Government, (2017).  Socialising online.  Retrieved from https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/protect-yourself/doing-things-safely/socialising-online

NC State University, (2017).  Legal and ethical implications.  Retrieved from https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/social-media-archives-toolkit/legal

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