Internet Privacy and Social Media Websites Essay

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"All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret." -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez "If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." -- Anonymous Do you remember the last time something was taken from you that was rightfully yours? My answer would be high school when someone snatched my wallet with all my hard earned money in it. Stealing in the United States, depending on the total value of items stole, and the state, is a crime punishable up to life imprisonment. It’s also one of the only things that is agreed upon in any part of the world; stealing is wrong. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that approximately 412,000 larceny arrests were made in the United States…show more content…
We don’t have time to read that stuff! People have no idea what they are signing up for. Further, they probably don’t know those terms of service are legally binding. I’m here to tell you what you really are signing up for. Everything you put on social media is legally yours; with the exception of a few things that is. You weren’t expecting that right? Below I will briefly describe relevant user content laws on some of the most popular social media websites: Facebook - Facebook owns all of your posted content, unless you choose to delete it. If your content has been shared by someone else, you are unable to delete it and Facebook claims ownership. Twitter- You own any post 140 characters or Pinterest- You own everything you posted originally. However, Pinterest reserves the right to modify any of your original content, making any modified version their property. Deleting content takes this right away from Pinterest. However, anything that has been repinned by others becomes the property of Pinterest. So why are there so many rumors about social media websites stealing and or owning our content? I’ve already given you the answer. People don’t read the terms of service. As future leaders in the world, we need to take that extra time and actually read the things we are accepting online. This not only protects our personal future, it will give us the opportunity to educate others later

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