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Reader's view: Privacy is harder to maintain in social media

Is it impossible to hide yourself these days? Does the media let you? It is interesting to see how people take risks with the content they show on social-media sites. Or maybe they are glad about showing off.

It is not well-understood how privacy concerns influence social interactions within social-networking sites.

Online relationships can develop at sites where perceived privacy safeguards are weak, according to an article by Catherine Dwyer about an information-systems study. Researchers found privacy within social-networking sites often is not expected or is undefined. Also, they showed that Facebook members reveal a lot of information about themselves and often are not aware of privacy options or who can actually view their profiles.

There are people who deactivate Facebook accounts for several reasons, but one reason that sticks out for me is that they no longer want to expose themselves to strangers, with information becoming harder and harder to hide, even though there are devices and buttons to click on to not show certain pages or links or information.

According to Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross of Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook offers attractive means for interaction and communication, but there also are privacy and security concerns.

Still, users have concerns. It is actually an open community. People need to know that from the beginning.

I know there are few answers to privacy concerns because many sites already are constructed to be openly exposed.

Could it be impossible to resist or restrict people from using Facebook even when racial issues or criminal issues, or even privacy issues, pop up? I don't think so.

Minyoung Lee

Duluth

The writer is a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, studying

communication.

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