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Ethical Social Media of Facebook

Facebook is one of the social media platforms that is used by millions of people across the world. The Facebook users share over twenty-five billion of information in a month and over a billion of images in a week (Garside, 2013). Since its inception into the digital market, the management of this magnificent and enormous platform has never bothered to provide special features to protect the private user’s information. The Facebook Company gives priority to the advertisers at the expense of the millions of the individual users and at the same time it fails to provide the basic protection to the single user. For Facebook to maintain or even increase their relevance and profitability in the global market they need to introduce the ways of maintaining ethical principles in their platform to safeguard the private users and at the same time ensure that they preserve their policies. This paper will scrutinize the ways of realizing the purpose the Facebook Platform is created and the result of absence of regulations protection ethical principles and personal information.

The Situation Definition

The Facebook Platform lacks well-defined ethical principles. The users of this platform can post anything that may harm other people or even spread lies that may harm other social groups. The individuals using the Facebook for communication have a right to privacy and this right is taken away from them due to failure of the management to control or even secure each individual’s information. The platform is so open that anybody anywhere can access the information of the person they want; a situation that may lead to the conflicts between different users (Sengupta, 2013). Although there is a right of expression, people usually take advantage of the Facebook to avoid telling the truth, they are engaged into the conversations that may lead to conflicts of interests.

The management personnel should monitor their users by identifying their likes and preferences. They can also monitor the posts and the individuals’ profiles to identify the intension of the different users. In most cases individual users usually prefer the facial recognition process; this is whereby an individual places the photo or image to their profiles. The Facebook management personnel do not take action to protect such images from the scammers who may want to use such images for other purposes. Usually, other private users may extract the images and use them to undertake criminal activities.

The main ethical question in the above case is weather the Facebook Company is addressing the issues of the privacy concerns or they are neglecting them for the purpose of the increased social interaction and profitability. In most cases, sharing of information leads to the formation of groups within the Facebook platform as long as it attracts a group of advertisers who may want to showcase their products to the target group of people.

Analysis of the Situation

There are various conflicting values that are ought to be weighed in order to ensure an ethical environment for the Facebook users. The introduction of privacy policies may help in securing the users information but, on the other hand, breach the policies or mandate the Facebook users to hand over personal content. It is quite common for various online social media to scrutinize the information displayed by the users and at the same time try not to block their users, but in the case of Facebook, it is quite different as the platform is free and individuals are also free to air their views.

The conflicting ethical concern also arises when the Facebook Company fails to control the information that may cause harm to other members sharing the same platform. Although every individual is free and have a right to express their ideas, the company finds themselves in a conflicting situation because when they try to control or eradicate the information considered negative, they will affect other groups of users who may be interested in the same information.

The introduction of privacy policies will help in protecting customers’ information from scammers. For instance, monitoring what the Facebook users’ post may help in reducing cases of cybercrime and unnecessary suspicions that may arise due to criminal activities. On the other hand, Facebook have millions of users that post billion of information in a short interval, and it is hard to monitor each and every post or even if it can be achieved, the process may prove costly. (Kaplan & Haenlein, 2010). The above scenario may also interfere with the privacy options in the way that it involves peeping into people’s private accounts without their knowledge.

Pros and Cons of Taking Measures

The pros of introducing the privacy options to the Facebook users include protection of the individual information and details and ensuring the moral practices on the platform, particularly, it will help to avoid political conflicts and propaganda on the platform and protect the individuals’ identity. On the other hand, the introduction of privacy policies may lead to the limitation of the Facebook users. In addition, it will not be able to serve the main purpose it was initially created for. It therefore means that introduction of the privacy policies will limit the process of socialization. Otherwise, the Facebook policy concerning the prohibition from accessing the individuals’ information will remain. The right to privacy may be introduced, but in this case the individuals’ information and details must be secured. It is also inappropriate for the Facebook Company to access the information the individuals are posting; these are policies that must remain even if the conflicting situations are solved.

Decision

Facebook should provide the privacy policies to protect their users from scammers. The above idea is necessary because it will help in eliminating some cybercrimes that aim at stealing people’s identity for criminal activities. Although it will go against the purposes that Facebook was meant to accomplish, it is necessary to ensure that users are safe. The information shared on the Facebook Platform should be monitored to discourage the unnecessary conflicts may arise among different people and groups. As the society strives to maintain the moral obligation, it is necessary for the Facebook management personnel to consider moral principles across Facebook. It has become a common medium for interaction, collaboration with people and communication form many young people who need moral guidance, so there should be created a special department that will be obliged to provide good life principles and regulate conflict situations.

Conclusion

For Facebook to maintain or even increase their relevance and profitability in the global market they need to introduce the regulations to maintain ethical principles in their platform to safeguard the private users and at the same time ensure that they preserve their policies. The Facebook Platform lacks well-defined ethical principles. The users of this platform can post anything that may harm other people or even spread lies that may harm other social groups. The introduction of privacy policies may help in securing the users information but, on the other hand, breach the policies. Facebook should provide the privacy policies to protect their users from scammers.

References

Garside, J. (2013). Facebook’s Graph Search tool causes increasing privacy concerns.

Retrieved from:http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jan/23/facebook-graph-search-privacy-concerns

Kaplan, A. M., & Haenlein, M. (2010). Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of Social Media. Business horizons, 53(1), 59-68.

Sengupta, S. (2013). Protecting your privacy on the new Facebook. Retrieved from

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/technology/  personaltech/protecting-your-privacy-on-the-new-facebook.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&