Filters are important
Pierre M. Krause makes fun of Facebook in this video about sharing, post, nudging, group joining, etc., by simply translating the all-too-easy Facebook habits into reality. And he shows how absurd the whole activity can be. Because it quickly shows how few people really care.
But above all, it shows one thing: how important good filters are on the Internet. So you get just the information that you really want to have. One way, by the way, which is certainly given on Facebook, the Krause really ignored in the otherwise very funny video.
But Facebook has created its own filters over time. Users who previously had to actively visit the profiles of other Facebook users to find out what they had written or uploaded there were automatically notified when the feed was introduced, aggregated in a new user interface.
After logging in to Facebook, the start page now consisted of a list of all status messages, which friends had set up on Facebook. The users, however, felt cut off in their privacy because there was no choice to decide whether to approve this publication or not.
A life without status messages?
Since then, the public list of status messages on Facebook belonged to the default setting. Nevertheless, there were voices at the time, which felt that users who complained about this innovation were naive.
This view was based on the fact that users would anyway set information on their public profiles on Facebook, which are visible to everyone, regardless of how Facebook decides to provide information. Today it seems unthinkable that we live without status messages.
However, Michael Zimmer bases his opinion on this Concept contextual integrity, which states that the collection and dissemination of information must always be tied to adequate protection of privacy and norms within a specific context. Helen Nissenbaum, Professorin at New York University, contextual integrity describes as follows:
"Contextual integrity ties adequate protection for privacy to norms of specific contexts, demanding that information gathering and dissemination be appropriate to that context and obey the governing norms of distribution within it."
The transparency is missing!
Room criticizes above all the fact of the lack of transparency, the changes made by Facebook, especially about the impacts, such as reputation damages, which can bring to the individual user in the provision of private data.
Once established norms, which existed on the flow of information on Facebook, were changed with the introduction of the news feed and undermined the existing acceptance of the user. Despite criticism, “sharing information” is Mark Zuckerberg's biggest concern.
Information wants to be shared
In the regular Facebook conferences for developers, entrepreneurs and innovators, such as the f8 conference, where Zuckerberg talks about changes to the Facebook platform, he expressed this with the phrase “Information wants to be shared”.
According to Barker, “sharing” is the core of Facebook. He emphasizes that the main thing is to find people you know, to meet new people and to find opinions that other Facebook users have on certain topics. Barker's view, however, would only be possible if access to the profiles were open and the users communicated.
“Sharing is at the core of our product. Finding people you know, learning about people you don't know, searching for what people are saying about topics that interest you can generally only happen when people are open and choose to share.
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