V4-Facebook and Ethics

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Facebook Changes a Security Risk, Say Privacy Advocates

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites in the world and certainly the most widely used and well known in terms of number of users. Over a billion people have their accounts operational on Facebook (Fowler, 2012) and such is the importance of its presence in the lives of its users that more than half of them operate their accounts via their mobile phones (Sengupta, 2012). Being a social networking site, it allows its users to share their personal information with the people they know such as friends and relatives. They can also manage their friend list by categorizing it in many ways such as people from work, school and college friends and close friends. The Facebook users can block a person in case that person is posting some wrong information about the users through implementing the privacy settings of Facebook. Coincidentally, it is the same privacy settings that have been lately become a source of headache for Facebook policymakers. The newly announced security changes by the Facebook have been up for the debate amongst the users and experts alike. Many privacy advocators deem these changes a direct assault on users’ secrecy.

Rationale diagram

The diagram we have got here is reflective of the case scenario. New security changes will make the private information of users quite vulnerable to strangers. The current security settings allow the users to conceal their identities if someone tries to search them by their ‘names’ in Facebook search bar. This is considered the simplest way to find a person on Facebook (Starke, 2013). Under the new proposed security settings, however, not only the users’ profile photos but the timeline header photo too will be visible to strangers searching the users by their names despite their usage of privacy filters. In addition to this, if users haven’t updated their messaging settings, they will be contactable by the Facebook messaging services...
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