Should There Be Stricter Controls on Social Media?

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Outcome Three - Using Language to Persuade
Through a point of view oral presentation

Social media has made a huge impact on our lives; some for the better, but some for worse. We can see how overall, these sites achieve this sense of connection and belonging - which is one of society’s greatest goals. On the other hand, they have provided people with an effortless way of bullying online and scamming people. So what are we going to do about this? Many people think social media companies should take responsibility and establish stricter rules which limit consumer’s output on the web. But doing so will only degrade the actual purpose of social media in the beginning. People would be restricted from communicating with certain people, certain ages and sending out their beliefs. I believe, people need to stand up and take responsibility for their own actions on the web.

Let’s expand on this argument, first from social media’s point of view. Log on to any social media site and it will clearly have set privacy controls in place. For example, if you’re under the age of 18 you can’t post things publically, and Google+ made circles that allow you to share information with only specific small groups of people. It is not the company’s responsibility of making sure you actually use or follow these settings. These companies automatically set everything to moderate. It is actually consumers who change these settings. It’s the consumers fault if they disable all the privacy controls and consequently receive all the negatives to the web. There is no point in these companies making everything stricter if nobody follows the settings. In many cases, people just leave the site altogether if it is too controlled, leaving companies broke. This is the first reason why social media has no need to be stricter.

Making stricter rules on social media would also affect the lives of the many people who use it. In fact, 845 million people worldwide rely on Facebook alone, including...
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