Term Project: An Article about Ethics and Social ResponsibilityByQunyuan Shu (Zoe) |
October 19, 2013
Term Project: An Article about Ethics and Social Responsibility
The most popular social network-Facebook said, “…it would let users between the ages of 13 and 17 make posts ‘public’ so that they can be seen by anyone on the network” (Reed Albergotti, 2013). Compared to the previous policy, the new teen policy will allow teenagers share their posts with someone they do not even know.
The author of “Facebook’s New Teen Policy Draws Fire”, Reed Albergotti, thinks that “Facebook Inc.’s move Wednesday to let teenagers share items more widely reflects growing competition among social networks for the attention of teens—and the advertisers that want to reach them” (2013). The purpose of carrying out this new teen policy is to attract more teenager users and win more market shares. However, the response of the public is mixed.
With the shift to the new policy, Facebook will gain more points in the battle of competing with its major competitor, Twitter Inc., by letting teens share publicly. Furthermore, some analysts point out that if Facebook sticks with the old policy, the company may risk losing the next generation of young users. These analysts believe that the new teen policy helps Facebook keep the same pace with competitors.
However, some privacy advocates raise concerns about Facebook's new teen policy. The number of Facebook users is so huge that the impact is immense. Compared to Twitter, Facebook currently has almost five times more users. “Facebook also allows users to post a wider range of media and to comment more broadly than Twitter does” (Reed Albergotti, 2013).
Facebook's new teen policy arouses public concerns about online privacy safety for children and teenagers. Even though, “Facebook has taken other steps to protect teens” (Reed Albergotti, 2013), it is time to teach teenagers...