Facebook: Privacy Killer??

Facebook privacy settings: Who cares?
by danah boyd and Eszter Hargittai.
First Monday, Volume 15, Number 8 – 2 August 2010

Abstract: With over 500 million users, the decisions that Facebook makes about its privacy settings have the potential to influence many people. While its changes in this domain have often prompted privacy advocates and news media to critique the company, Facebook has continued to attract more users to its service. This raises a question about whether or not Facebook’s changes in privacy approaches matter and, if so, to whom.  This paper examines the attitudes and practices of a cohort of 18– and 19–year–olds surveyed in 2009 and again in 2010 about Facebook’s privacy settings. Our results challenge widespread assumptions that youth do not care about and are not engaged with navigating privacy. We find that, while not universal, modifications to privacy settings have increased during a year in which Facebook’s approach to privacy was hotly contested. We also find that both frequency and type of Facebook use as well as Internet skill are correlated with making modifications to privacy settings. In contrast, we observe few gender differences in how young adults approach their Facebook privacy settings, which is notable given that gender differences exist in so many other domains online. We discuss the possible reasons for our findings and their implications.

Facebook Killed the Private Life

What Facebook is For?

Facebook Privacy: A New Approach


Danah Boyd and Eszter Hargittai. Facebook Privacy Settings: Who Cares?  First Monday, Volume 15, Number 8 – 2 August 2010. http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3086/2589

“Facebook Killed the Private Life” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azIW1xjSTCo&feature=related

“What Facebook is For?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFKHaFJzUb4&feature=related

“Facebook Privacy: A New Approach” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1b7nuo55k8


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Posted on July 13, 2011, in Discussion Leader. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. The discussion I had concerning this presentation with the group made me think a lot about how social media websites determine their information. I found it quite curious that Facebook would go and increase the publicity levels of users by essentially lowering privacy levels for all users. Interestingly enough, the discussion leader said that scholars had researched in order to come to the conclusion that people would want more of their personal information to be public. I feel personally that perhaps the scholars were thinking more about advertisers and various corporations who would, as a result of the lowered privacy levels, have greater access to users’ personal information. In conclusion, I wish to ask who really has control over media: The users or the corporations?

  2. I really enjoyed your presentation about Facebook privacy. I think that its a very important topic in today’s society, and many people have raised concern about their awareness regarding this topic. I liked how you explained the article in a manner we could all relate to. Also, I really enjoyed watching the clips you picked out go along with the article. Facebook Privacy: A New Approach, really gave your article a visual backup.

    Not to mention, I enjoyed the way you facilitated the discussion. Your questions regarding our privacy monitoring was a good reflection and stirred up an interesting discussion between our group!

    Good job! :)

  3. I think that the controversy over Facebook privacy settings is interesting. I agree that people should be aware that there are privacy settings and what something means when it is public and what it means when it’s private. However, these websites are free and people volunteer to sign up. I think that for the most part, people are either ignorant or naive and don’t bother to learn about what the consequences and/or benefits of privacy settings are. I am glad that there is an increase in discussion about privacy settings and that it is an important topic right now. People should know what they are potentially getting themselves into.

  4. First, i really like videos you presented to us in the presentation. They were intriguing while informational. In regards to whether facebook truely violates out privacy life, by this point, i am not thrilled by it just yet. Just like the girl who was interviewed on the street, i still feel that i have more control in terms of what i post online and what i don’t want others to see. And just like our other group mate was saying, nothing that i would post is going to make me look bad in any way. In fact, what other people post about me is what i have the most concern. In other words, I still feel very secure in terms of “my space” on the web but it is undeniable that somewhere on the web or my friends’ spaces are out of my territory.

  5. Deborah,

    Your topic was very interesting to me. Employers, these days, really do look up your Facebook profiles to see what kind of person you are. Personally, I adjust my privacy settings so no one in my friends list can access my page, but that still isn’t private enough. My biggest advice for a person is to never post anything into the internet that can affect your future for the worse because there is no guarantee that it will be hidden from others.

    Simple process for me is to not post up what I deem as private. That way, my private life will stay more private. To me, social networking is an enhancement and not a privacy killer. Only if you are smart enough to know what’s right and wrong to what you post. You, your own self, is in control of your information. You have the power to write whatever you want about yourself or to not write at all.

    The videos you posted up were humorous. I don’t know if I’d hire the guy in that one video. He’s creative, but very, very outgoing and silly. I wouldn’t agree on his approach in hiding his information. To post up thousands and thousands of constant status updates about Star Wars would annoy the crap out of the person looking through your info. Good job!

    – Danny

  6. I am really glad that you brought this topic up because I think it is becoming an increasing issue especially when it comes to applying for jobs. I think that Facebook is increasing my social life (not necessarily killing my private life). I keep my profile private for a reason and only accept “friends” that I feel comfortable with seeing my info/posts. While I don’t necessarily agree with the fact that employers can access and see private information that I may have posted online (even though I am not friends with them), today it is unavoidable so it is my own discretion. I think that privacy is important but is becoming less and less in our digital world so overall, if you don’t feel comfortable with anyone seeing it.. don’t pot it.

  7. Deborah,

    First off, I want to say great job! In continuing our discussion, I just believe that privacy settings are necessary. People may complain about what others can see on their wall or profile, but I honestly think everyone can control what goes out in the open. If there is something that you don’t want people to see or hear then just hide it or don’t even post it. Simple as that. I don’t think people should upload or show to the public what they don’t want others to see.

    Moreover, Facebook is a social and public network; people are bound to come across it. I don’t think employers should look at personal profiles but it happens. I would suggest that people put their profile on private and just be careful about what they share.

  8. I think Facebook somewhat kill my privacy. I really enjoy talking and watching pictures on Facebook but I don’t want to be released what I talked with friends to anyone even if they are my other friends. I set privacy setting for my profile and photos but
    conversation on wall sometimes bothers me.

  9. I used to thought that sometimes Facebook kills privacy. There are privacy setting in Facebook which we can adjust, however some people make fault assumption about my post. I used to check my Facebook all the time and comment on friend’s wall a lot, but now I’m very careful about commenting on someone’s wall. It kills privacy in some way, but it also helps to develop my social relationship with others such as co-workers, friends, and teachers. We shouldn’t blame other people for making fault assumption. I believe setting privacy and post things on wall are our responsibility to do. Great job Deborah!!! I really enjoyed your discussion!!

  10. What people seem to forget about these social network sites is that things are very public. Sure, you post something on your friend’s wall and it’s “all good” because you are friends. But, what about all the people that you DON’T know that are reading what you posted. Think of all the friends of your friend that you don’t know.

    I don’t think Facebook or any other social networking site has harmed our private life in anyway. These sites are to put things out in the public. If there’s something private to me… I keep it to myself… I don’t go to FB with it! That’s the nature of these websites… to get things out there in the open.. even if it’s only with your “friends”.

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