Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Young adult professionals seem to be dropping out of social media platforms in view of scandals, making "global" social contacts harder to make

This is getting too complicated.  Today various media outlets report on another Facebook sin, allowing various tech partners access to private messages and friends’ data, which the companies all say they didn’t share.  The Verge has as good a summary as any (Casey Newton). 

The problem is that people might have set full privacy as a requirement for work (something I have talked about as conflict of interest) as these settings were not observed.  

Many people, with more responsibilities for family or direct reports at work, could feel more vulnerable to privacy lapses by social media companies than I have been (although when my mother was alive there could have been doxing risks for me living with her).  

Third parties had the ability to read and even delete chat messages, although they all deny doing so.
Washington DC has sued Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal (CNBC). 

I’ve noticed various well-regarded individuals in entertainment and science posting much less than before on Twitter and Facebook, and sometimes deleting social media entirely, very recently, as the reports on breaches get worse – probably on the advice of their agents.  That could make them harder for “proles” like me to network with them personally.   The Guardian had weighed in during August. 
Does social media make people less interested in “realism-based” relationships with locally available people?

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