Social media has become a tool for prosecutors to gather evidence and build cases where in the past they may have had to rely mostly on testimony from shaky witnesses or understandably distraught victims. In today’s society, it is almost impossible to avoid some sort of digital footprint.
All of your online activity is being recorded, stored, and tracked by someone you don’t know. The link you clicked on to get to this article is now part of your personal data history, and data collection companies are following all of this, and relaying that information to advertisers.
Instagram, the popular photo editing and sharing social network that made headlines when it was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for about $1 billion, was the recent target of user upheaval after it announced drastic changes to its Terms of Service (TOS).
Facebook’s aggressive strategies for monetizing its expansive user base have been gaining attention among social media observers and privacy advocates, particularly after the social network’s controversial debut on Wall Street in May.
A petition calling for social media background checks to become part of standard hiring procedure has received national attention due to its inspiration, the August 31 shooting rampage at an Old Bridge, New Jersey Pathmark grocery store. The shooting could have been prevented, say the petition’s authors, if the shooter’s employer had looked at his social media pages.
An uptick in litigation surrounding marketing has forced many public relations (PR) experts to rethink how they run campaigns, especially those on social media. Laws regulating marketing efforts on social media undergo constant change.
Businesses, schools, celebrities and community organizations have all taken advantage of the increasing popularity of social media. Following this trend, many police departments are now becoming actively engaged with citizens via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. While police presence on social media worries some avid users, the potential for developing strong community policing practices via the Internet is promising.
When a car accident involving an attractive young girl, insurance policy regulations, legal issues and her famous comedian brother’s acerbic response all combine, it can create a sensational social media backlash. The events have hit many major news outlets and have shown the power that social media can have when confronted with a sensational story.
Spam is all over the Internet and even more so on social media sites. It is easy for someone to create a fake account and send spam messages to users. Twitter has encountered problems with companies that automate postings to people and follow people on the site.
Today everything can be accessed over the internet. With that access, however, also comes the risk of your information getting hacked. LinkedIn, an employment and networking media site, faced this issue a month ago when 6.5 million member passwords were leaked online.