Social Media Data
Learning reflection 3
Please choose one of the below selected key reflections taken from the
readings and write a 500 word learning reflection on the topic. This learning
reflection will be graded by your tutor and is worth 10% of your overall mark.
Some information may be found online that was not intended to be made public, is it
ethical to use this information? Why and why not?
You have tried to verify information received through user-generated content but can’t,
what are the options and what are the implications?
What are the risks with bending rules in a social media environment?
Social Media Data
Some information may be found online that was not intended to be made public, is it ethical to use this information? Why and why not?
There is a thin line between public and private when it comes to social media. A major concern in the social media data is whether information should be considered public or private. By design, social media is supposed to be a public platform where people share information with others (Knight & Cook, 2013). At the same time, it is important to recognize that social media also provide for privacy through creation of some closed groups. Such provisions are evidence of the need for some privacy in the social media. From the onset, it is therefore important to understand that social media is designed for the public, but it gives limitations for privacy.
For most journalists, and in deed many social media users, the public accessibility of social media data is used as a justification for use of such data for public consumption, with assumption that whatever is posted on the social media is meant for the public. Public data that is posted as social media posts and comments is a public data, but it should be seen within the lens of both public and privacy context. It is questionable whether informed consent even exists for use of such content, considering that most people do not read the teams and conditions in the social media sites…..
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