Oxford Dictionaries define ethics as moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity (oxforddictonaries.com). While humans are granted freedom of speech, in social media there seems to be many misuses by users (nytimes.com, 2015). What’s more important is that networking sites are not responsible for those misfits. Instead, the consequences will all fall to the users. The case of Justine Sacco which had been covered in the previous post is an example (guardian.com, 2014).
An ethical issue that has been particularly causing troubles is consent. The issue can come in different aspects. Cases of consent issue have caused a varied degree of reactions, from angry rants on social networking sites to court trials. Further on this issue will be discussed below.
An interesting article was released earlier today about judges ruling out Amazon to reimburse kids’ in-app purchases without permission (the wall street journal, 2016). With increasing percentage of kids with home internet access—62% in 2013 (childtrends.org)—, parents have not been able to monitor their kids’ digital activities, often resulting kids making purchases on the internet without parents’ permission. While Amazon didn’t agree to the penalty of $26.5 million that the court has settled, they proceeded to allow parents to get refunds for these purchases .
The consequence of lack of parents’ consent in kids’ digital activities does not end at online purchases. The chart below summarises more dangers and how to avoid them.
Infograph created by Maureen Harend, by Piktochart, references from childtrends and welivesecurity
Children are not the only victims of internet misuse due to lack of consent. Many has expressed sorrows with works online being stolen. A famous case is Sammy Rhodes on Twitter back in 2013. Sammy was a famous twitter user who mostly posted comical tweets. What he didn’t tell his followers was he paraphrased others’ tweets and claimed them as his own. When public caught on to this, the users who made the original tweets Sammy copied were angry at Sammy for not crediting or telling them before recreating their tweets. Later on, Sammy admitted his mistakes and has ever since changed his username.
Screenshots of Sammy Rhodes copying D’Brickashaw‘s tweet via Twitter
The vastly-growing social media has provided limited time for users, both kids and adults, to learn which behaviours are acceptable and which are not. The line between ethical and non-ethical doings online is often blurry as users don’t really understand when is it time to stop before creating further problems.
Ethical Social Media Behavior – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
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Oxforddictionaries, 2016. Ethics. oxforddictionaries.com
Ronson, J., 2015. How One Stupid Tweet Ruined Justine Sacco’s Life. nytimes.com
Sammy Rhodes, 2013. @SammyRhodes. Twitter
Theguardian, 2014. Twitter abuse: easy on the messenger. theguardian.com
The Wall Street Journal, 2016. Amazon to Reimburse Customers for In-App Purchases by Kids, Judge says. thewallstreetjournal.com
Welivesecurity, 2015. Why parents must teach their children about internet security. welivesecurity.com